What do I need to bring with me?
We provide shampoo, conditioner and body wash for your pre and post-float shower. We also provide towels, robes, and earplugs. Most people float in their birthday suit since our float tanks and showers are in your own private room, and anything you wear will press against your body, becoming a distraction. Feel free to bring any personal items such as a brush or makeup for after your float. Don't forget your contact lens case if you wear contacts.
Is the water clean?
Yes! The water is turned over four times in between each float through a filtration system with UV light that kills any bacteria. The magnesium sulfate solution has 1,000 pounds of salt. Due to the large amount of Epsom salt, bacteria and pathogens cannot survive.
What will it be like?
It is an individual experience for each person. Nearly every customer reports having profound peace and relaxation, deep concentration and creativity. To get the most out of your experience, you should try to fully relax like you would if you were meditating. Once you learn to let go and fully relax, you'll really start to enjoy the experience to the fullest. It often takes a couple of float sessions for people to learn to relax and just be. The mind, for many of us, tends to be very busy during the first float. We recommend committing to at least 3 floats because by the second float you are more prepared to fully ease into the experience and begin your real journey with flotation.
What if I'm claustrophobic?
The sensation of floating is more like floating in outer space than a confined area, and you are always in total control of your float. Feel free to leave the float suite door open or the lights on. With 8 feet of vertical space, you won't at all feel enclosed. Enter and exit the Float Room any time you wish.
Is it safe to fall asleep?
If you fall asleep due to the deep relaxation you experience, you will stay afloat due to the buoyancy created by the 1,000 pounds of Epsom Salt in the water. No matter the size, shape, or weight of your body, you will float, and your mouth, nose and eyes stay well above the water line. It's also very hard to flip over while you are floating, and if you somehow managed to do so, you would get saltwater on your face and pull your head up immediately. It is beneficial to fall asleep because one hour of sleep during flotation is roughly equivalent to 4 hours of regular sleep.
I’m pregnant. Can floating harm my baby?
We encourage floating during pregnancy as pregnant women love it. Not only does floating allow you to take a time out from the added stress of pregnancy, but the strain from the added weight is taken off your body by floating in the weightless environment. If you are concerned for any reason though, double-check with your physician.
How often should I float?
While you can float every day without harm, we find that the relaxing effects of a one-hour float typically last beyond that day. For best results, we recommend regular sessions, and many clients find that floating once or twice a week provides the most benefits.
Is it safe to go that cold?
Yes. The length of the session maxes at 3 minutes, with a 3-minute auto shut off timer. This short period of time ensures safety.
What should I wear?
While in the cryochamber you will be wearing socks, slippers, and gloves that we provide. Men also wear briefs. Some women choose to wear a sports bra without any metal on it. This allows for 90% of your skin to be exposed to the hyper- cool air. It is fine to leave your hair down and have on face lotion or makeup. We just ask that you do not apply lotion or any moisture to your skin an hour before your session. No jewelry or metals can be worn below the neck.
How long will my first appointment take?
The first appointment can take anywhere between 15-20 minutes. We like to fully educate our clients and help with any questions they may have. After the first appointment, sessions typically take 5-7 minutes total including 2.5 - 3 minutes in the cryochamber.
Will I feel anything after my first session?
Because the effects of cryotherapy are different for every client, it will depend entirely on how your body reacts to the session. Typically, most clients feel an increase of energy and range of motion within the first few minutes or hours. Some clients feel the first impact the next morning after a sleep cycle.
How does PBM work?
Photobiomodulation (PBM), formerly known as Low-Level Laser Therapy, is the application of red and near infrared light to stimulate tissue repair, increase production of cellular energy, reduce inflammation, and reduce pain. Light is absorbed at the cellular level, targeting the cause of inflammation by reducing oxidative stress. Extensive research during the last two decades has revealed oxidative stress can lead to chronic inflammation, which in turn contributes to chronic diseases including cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, neurological disorders, and pulmonary diseases.
What is the session process like?
Goggles are provided to reduce brightness during your session. You can disrobe to your level of comfort; however, light cannot penetrate clothing, so it is optimal for no clothing to be worn. You will lie on the bed face up for the duration of the session. The standard suggested session time is 12-20 minutes; when completed the unit will turn off automatically.
What will I feel?
Unlike high intensity lasers, PBM Therapy does not heat tissue. It does, however, increase circulation so a warming sensation is often experienced. Occasionally, some clients may experience mild fatigue, discomfort, or aches after a session. These responses should reduce after 24-48 hours; if they persist notify your Recovery Specialist.
I’ve never heard of this before—is there any research about it?
There are currently over 500 clinical trials (RCT) and 4000 laboratory studies on PBM Therapy, with 30 new research papers a month being reported on Pub Med. NovoTHOR was developed by James Carroll, a recognized authority on Low-Level Laser Therapy. He collaborates with many universities and hospital research centers on treatment protocol design and reporting of treatment parameters, including Harvard Medical School and MIT.
How long does a session take?
Typical sessions run anywhere between 30-60 minutes. To receive the full benefits of NormaTec, we suggest using it for at least 30 minutes.
What areas of the body does this work?
There are 3 different sleeve sets. One is for the arms: compression starts at the fingertips and works its way up towards the scapula. The second set is for the hips: compression starts at the mid-thigh and works its way to the lower back and abdomen. The last sleeve set is for the legs: compression starts at the toes and works its way to the top of the thigh.
What does it feel like?
The process feels like a very tight squeeze that works its way up from the bottom of the sleeve to the different chambers. It feels very relaxing and soothing, especially to sore, tired muscles. It is not painful but can be a very intense pressure, ranging from level 1 to 7.
What should I wear?
We advise that you wear comfortable, tight-fitting clothes. The reason for this is at times the sleeves can compress tightly and looser fitting clothing can bunch up, causing an uncomfortable experience.