Preparation For Float Therapy
For your best experience please observe these tips prior to your floating session
Arrive at least 10 minutes early! - this enables you to settle into spa, sip on some herbal tea and fill out a health history form, it is an opportunity to relax before we introduce you to your float session.
Eat before you arrive (within 2 hours) even a snack, as magnesium is best absorbed with food in the belly and hunger could distract you from relaxation!
Hydration is a must, as the body will replenish and detox with therapeutic magnesium - H20 is needed to replenish tissues to allow that healthy exchange to take place!
Avoid caffeine! even if you are used to a regular coffee, it make you feel edgy and will disallow your body to enter a beautiful theta state - zero stimulants is vital to floatation
If if have any minor abrasions on the skin please advise staff before you float, so staff can advise provide you with a solution to salt stinging on that area of your body!
Read our FAQ's - so you feel prepared before you arrive ready for your floatation session!
Spray tans and hair dyes - if you have had either recently, you may be unable to float, due to reds and brown dyes dropping out in the crystal clear tank water! Please allow 3 washes for hair dyes and 3 showers for spray tans before you float. If your hair colour still runs when you wash it, please do not float!
Floatation during pregnancy is a beautiful and nurturing experience connecting mother and bub is a weightless, harmonious environment
Benefits of floatation during pregnancy are-
...many, many more beneifts
Safe and available from 2nd Trimester onward
Note : With complicated pregnancies or low blood pressure, allow time to seek doctors advice 1st for clearance to ensure that floatation is suitable for you
Feel free to contact the spa should you have any questions with floatation and pregnancy
In most cases floatation is safe and available to all people! - as individuals we also have varying health journeys, so we ask you to observe the following contras to floating
Kidney disorders - dialysis etc - if your kidneys are unable to filter, you will be unable to take on the large dose of magnesium in the tank, like wise certain prescription medication may inhibit your kidney function
Low Blood Pressure - floatation naturally lowers your blood pressure, if you are at risk of fainting due to low blood pressure, floatation therapy may not be suitable for you
1st Trimester of Pregnancy - precautionary period for all treatments, we ask you wait until 2nd trimester before floating
Cancer and serious illnesses - if you are undergoing any medical care, we recommend you consult your doctor if floatation is right for you, as medication's may compromise kidney function and floatation requires healthy kidneys to filter the high dose of magnesium!! Please seek a clearance letter from your GP prior to your appointment.
Vertigo - floating is not recommended during an active vertigo stage, we advise you have your condition assessed and treated by a GP / health professional before trying floatation.
Recent illness - recent illness such as gastro or vomitting is not an indication for floatation, we recommend that you stay at home and rest until all illness has cleared
Epilepsy/seizures - for safety reasons we do not allow people with epilepsy or prone to seizures to do floatation
Other medical conditions - we ask that you to seek a clearance letter from your GP prior to floating to ensure it is safe for you.
Some frequently asked questions when considering a float session
You may wonder if you may experience claustrophobia?
Be assured that our Dream Pods at West Lakes are are designed to provide you with a sense of space. You choose when you would like to open/ close the lid! and you may even sit in the tank and you will still absorb magnesium - a beautiful soft light gives a feeling of calm - often
clients are relived when they see how spacious the space is and progressive floats can improve your anxiety toward a this perception.
Our open Float pools at Hyde Park very spacious and designed for 1-2 people who prefer an open float experience.
Is floatation beneficial to pregnancy?
Yes! Absolutely from 2nd trimester onward, as long as you feel well in yourself, and are not experiencing nausea or complications, please read above our pregnancy section, floatation is a great opportunity to relax the body structures and connect to baby
Can children float?
Yes absolutely at select times we offer child floats (from 5 years) -all children must accompanied by a parent or guardian in the room or you can also float with your child, please refer to our child float page!
Is there any lighting in the Pod?
Yes. We have soft coloured lighting or no light - the option is yours
You may turn the light off in the pod or pool if you are seeking a sensory deprivation experience.
Do I wear bathers?
bathers are optional, however if you feel you may relax more with bathers, then you are welcome to bring yours and shower before hand in them, to remove any phosphates from the fabric. Floatation without bathers has other benefits, such as lymphatic flow in the body.
How long do I float for?
Session times range from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours
We recommend for 1st time floaters to start with a 45 minute- 60 minute float
this will allow yourself time to relax into the experience and truly let go!
Can I float with a friend?
West Lakes: We have 2 float pods, one person per floats in each pod, so book ahead to ensure you can secure a time space together.
Hyde Park: We have 2 float pools, both designed for couple floats.
What is Sensory Deprivation?
This is a silent float experience with no light, said to enhance inner journey work, however for your initial float we recommend our carefuly selected float tracks for your mind to follow to facilitate you to drift into your experience.
Is music available?
Yes, we have specific floatation tracks, designed to facilitate meditation and a restful experience for your time in the pod, upon request we record what you liked to play again next time
Are the pods clean?
Yes! Our float pods and pools have state of the art filtration systems, with tank water running through micro filters, UV treatment in between each session, with daily monitoring of Ph, phosphate and alkaline water health tests. Our tanks meet the requirements of commercial cleanliness standards.
Yes you can float, although please use a tampon whilst floating.
We understand you have many more curiosities around floating, you are welcome to call us on 08 8346 0205