Float Therapy

Floating, also known as floatation therapy or Reduced Environment Stimulation Therapy (REST) is the practice of entering a floatation tank or pod, in which you are suspended effortlessly in a super-saturated solution of magnesium sulphate (Epsom Salt) and water, within a light and sound controlled environment.

What is floating?

Floatation therapy is the practice of lying back in approximately 30 cm of warm water, heavily saturated with magnesium sulfate, which enables you to float effortlessly. The float environment systematically minimizes external sensory input to the nervous system allowing the muscular-skeletal system and sympathetic nervous system to wind down into a state of deep relaxation and serenity, in which your body and mind can heal and replenish - resulting in many therapeutic benefits, the most consistent being, reductions in levels of stress, pain and anxiety. Decrease in blood pressure, heart rate and cortisol levels. Better sleep. And an increase in mental wellness. 

You will experience a sense of focus and clarity that is difficult to achieve with other techniques, and profound and measurable changes occur within the mind and body system – these have been shown to improve overall function and performance.

BENEFITS

Relieve stress, anxiety and depression
Reduce chronic fatigue caused by insomnia and jet lag
Stimulate creativity
Accelerate mental clarity and learning
Deepen meditation practices
Soothe chronic pain from arthritis, fibromyalgia, back and neck pain, inflammation and tendonitis
Improve athletic performance
Decrease muscular tension caused by daily stresses and prolonged sitting
Improve circulation and reduce blood pressure
Accelerate healing
Strengthen the immune system
Floating is a wonderful way to maintain good health for your mind, body and soul. The positive effects are cumulative, so be sure to float regularly.

OUR TYPES OF FLOAT TANKS

Apollo Tanks

We have two iconic Apollo Float Tanks that give you the ultimate floating experience in total darkness or if you wish you may leave on the light. The sliding lid and roomy cabin make them a favourite tank to float in.
OPEN FLOAT ROOM

Our private Float Room is perfect if you are not sure about being in one of our enclosed float tanks or if you have difficulty getting into the float tank. The room contains a large freestanding float base that has no lid and is filled with skin temperature solution, highly saturated in Epsom salt. The room temperature is much warmer than our other float rooms. Access in and out of the solution is much easier. There is a sensor

WHEN WAS FLOATING DEVELOPED?

Floating has been around since 1954 and was first developed by neurophysiologist Professor Dr John C. Lilly at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland. The effects of floating have been scientifically validated around the world. It has been researched for mental health, physical health, resistance to addictive habits, accelerated learning and elite sports performance at Harvard, Stanford, Yale and other universities, along with hospitals and sporting facilities around the world. It is used by famous athletes as an essential part of their training – for instance, The Australian Institute of Sport has been promoting floatation as a recovery therapy since 1983.


Scientists estimate that up to 90% of the brain’s normal workload is caused by the effects of routine environmental stimulation the combined effects of gravity, temperature, touch, light and sound on the muscles, nervous system and sense organs of the body.


The float tank screens out these external physical stimuli, creating a pure state of ‘sensory’ relaxation. Under these conditions, your body has a chance to restore its natural powers of self-regulation, while you simply lie back and rediscover the latent abilities of a deeply relaxed mind.


Whilst floating, your ears are below the surface of the solution, cutting out external sounds. Many people, however, find that gentle ambient music accelerates and intensifies the relaxation process. The Apollo float tanks powerful underwater speaker system creates the feeling that you are floating in a sea of music, enhancing the rich dream-like quality of the experience.


The temperature inside the capsule is kept at a constant 34.5 degrees Celsius – relaxed skin temperature. As a result, the nerve endings which cover the surface of the skin no longer perceive any sense of separation between the skin and the silky mineral solution which surrounds it.


In the dark, weightless tranquillity of the Apollo float tank, the boundaries of your body seem to dissolve and vanish. As you enter progressively deeper levels of relaxation, even your body seems to ‘disappear’ from conscious awareness because of the sharp reduction in signals being transmitted through the nervous system to the brain.


Free from external stimulation, your body can achieve a state of relaxation which is deeper, purer and more beneficial than sleep. With no body to look after, your mind can attend to other business.


With no body to look after, your mind can attend to other business.

THE FLOATING BODY

The sudden de-stimulation of large areas of the nervous system triggers a spontaneous chain reaction throughout the body known as the parasympathetic response. Muscle tension, blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen consumption all drop dramatically. The whole chemistry of the body changes.

Blood vessels including capillaries dilate, improving cardio-vascular efficiency and increasing the supply of oxygen and nutrients to every single cell in your body. This is called the vasodilatory effect.

Stress related chemicals such as adrenaline, cortisol, Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) and lactate are removed from the bloodstream and replaced by beneficial endorphins. High levels of cortisol and ACTH are known to weaken the body’s immune system and create feelings of depression, while lower baseline levels are associated with feelings of dominance and confidence.

The endorphin discovered by NIMH researchers in 1976, is the essence of pleasure. The body’s endorphin level is what makes some people naturally happy and others less so. Sometimes called ‘the body’s natural opiate’, the endorphins released while floating create intense feelings of well-being, alleviating fatigue and pain, as well as improving many higher brain functions. Happiness is not an illusion – it’s an endorphin.

These biochemical changes occur naturally and spontaneously as by-products of deep, sensory relaxation. No training or techniques are required. Just lie back and let it happen.

THE FLOATING MIND

Although your body enters a level of physical relaxation deeper than sleep in the tank, your mind remains awake and dreamily alert, just above the threshold of sleep. Areas of the brain are suddenly liberated from their normal workload of processing signals from the nervous system and organs. There is a sharp drop in the level of electrical activity of the brain (measured on an EEG) from the usual 20-25 Hz down to 4-8 Hz. EEG readings show a slow, rhythmic wave pattern known as the ‘theta state’.

This is a twilight zone of creative, inspirational thought processes in which your abilities are at their highest and powers of visualisation and auto-suggestion are enhanced. Measurements of brain waves produced by experienced zen meditators in deep satori show large amounts of theta activity across the cortex. For most people, however, the theta state is almost impossible to enter without falling asleep.

Whilst in the tank, you will enter this elusive state effortlessly and enjoyably and will remain in it for most of the session.

EEG measurements on floaters show that the level of activity in the two hemispheres of the brain also becomes more balanced and synchronised. This can produce a shift in awareness away from the normally dominant ‘left-brain’ thought patterns (logical, linear, analytical, and detailed) towards intuitive, synthetic and large-scale thought modes of the ‘right-brain’. The tank does not inhibit the left hemisphere, but simply changes its role from one of dominance to one of partnership with the other hemisphere, enabling floaters to use all mental powers.

Floating while Pregnant

Women that are in their 2nd and 3rd trimesters of pregnancy are able to float after seeking advice from their healthcare provider.

Being pregnant is a wonderful time in any woman’s life.  The changes to your body as you prepare to bring a baby into the world are endless but one of the largest changes is obviously the amount of extra kilos you end up carrying around with you every day.  In a typical pregnancy the woman may gain between 10 and 20 kilos. Which is very healthy for your baby and for you, but for your back, hips, knees and feet this can be a challenge.  Gravity is relentless and in the final stages of your pregnancy there is no position, sitting, standing, laying down, or otherwise that can relieve this pressure. Until they invented the floatation tank.  The zero-gravity environment created by floating on epsom salt saturated water is unique and an unbelievable relief.

Pregnant Floating better than normal floating

Floating while pregnant is indeed better than floating when you are not pregnant for one massive reason.  You need it more than everybody else.  Absolutely you will get the benefits that everyone else receives when they float, the dopamine and endorphin release, the mental clarity and calmness, the ability to meditate without the distractions of the senses, but you will also benefit from a unique oneness with your baby (some women can even hear their babies heartbeat), relief from the additional kilos that you are carrying around, and the ability to be comfortable while laying down.

What should you tell your healthcare provider about floating

  • The water is heated to exactly the skin temperature of the body (34.5C) and your core body temperature will not rise
  • The water contains 350KG’s of Magnesium Sulphate (Epsom Salt) which will allow anyone to float effortlessly
  • The water is filtered to less than 20microns, pH balanced, sanitised with a minimum of 2ppm of bromine
  • There is direct airflow through the tank with specially designed ventilation system to encourage air flow and direction
  • Lights and safety alarms are also available for your comfort

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW DO YOU CLEAN THE TANKS?

The water is filtered entirely after each float for at least 15-20 minutes. The water is extremely sanitary due to the high concentration of Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salts). The Magnesium Sulfate alone kills up to 99% of bacteria. Our tanks are much safer than using a public swimming pool or spa.

WILL I DROWN IF I FALL ASLEEP?

No. Some people fall asleep during their float, but the water is so buoyant that you stay afloat. The worst that can happen is that you may get woken up by a bit of salt water in your eyes.

WILL MY SKIN WRINKLE?

No. The Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) in the water is a natural skin emollient. You will emerge with silky smooth skin!

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?

Nothing but yourself. We provide towels, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, ear plugs, make-up wipes and a hair dryer or straightener.

Do I have to be in the dark and silence?

Nope. Something magical happens when your brain is given the opportunity to truly rest without any external stimuli, but we know that might not be comfortable for everyone. Your float room has an LED light inside, and you choose what colour it is, and whether or not to turn it off.

We set music to play at the beginning and end of your float to help you settle and to reawaken peacefully, or we can leave it on or off for the entire session.

Why do I have to shower before and after my float?

The first shower is to ensure all dirt, chemicals, dust, body products, and debris are removed before you step into the float room. We ask that you use body wash and shampoo (provided) for the first shower, but no conditioner. This helps to ensure our water is squeaky clean.

The second shower after your float is just to get the salt off your body, and it's a chance to condition your hair if you'd like. You will need to totally wash off the solution, otherwise you will be very salty.

After a float, I sometimes hear a crunchy sound in my ear. What causes this?

Even when using the provided earplugs, it's possible that salt water trickled into the ear canal. When the solution dries it will leave a layer of salt. We provide a solution of 50% vinegar (to dissolve the salt) and 50% alcohol (to dry up the later) in the shower for each guest, and you're welcome to swing by the centre to use ours or you can easily mix it up at home. Just squirt it into the ear, then tilt your head to the side to let the solution run out.

WHAT IF I'M CLAUSTROPHOBIC?

Many people with extreme cases of claustrophobia use floatation tanks with no problems. You are always in complete control of your environment. You can leave the sliding door of the tank open and the light on until you feel comfortable to progress further. Being in the tank is more like floating in space.

CAN I BRING A FRIEND?

Absolutely. You can’t float in the same tank, but we have several rooms available to book a float at the same time.

IS FLOATING A NEW AGE FAD?

Definitely not. Floating has been around for over 50 years and embraces a magnitude of published scholarly research. To view the research, visit our website.

IS THERE ANYTHING I NEED TO KNOW BEFORE I FLOAT?

Before floating, we recommend that you:
- Don’t shave or wax, smoke or drink caffeine
- Eat a small meal 90 minutes prior
- Remove any contact lenses
- Remove make up


In the proceeding 24 HOURS:

DO NOT have your hair coloured (Dye from newly coloured hair, may be striped and contaminate the tank water)

DO NOT have a spray tan (Chemicals in the spray tan, may contaminate the tank water)

Arrive 20 minutes before your booking if it’s your first float. 

You will need to fill in our client information form, be given a tour of the float room and have any questions answered.

Can children float?

This decision is handled on a case-by-case basis. We ask that a parent has floated with us before, so he or she knows the process and what to expect in order to make an educated judgment call. Generally speaking, kids under 10 aren't ready for showering, being in a quiet space, and avoiding salty splashes on their own. After a discussion with a parent, we're happy to make that decision together. If it is agreed that a child under the age of 15 can float with us, we ask that a parent stay in the room to assist as necessary.

It's important to be aware that some children (as well as women) experience some stinging in the genital areas. This is a fairly common reaction, especially in pre-pubescent girls, as well as girls and boys going through puberty due to a reaction of the hormones in the body. We recommend bringing a non-petroleum ointment that can be applied to the external organs to help prevent the burning.

Sometimes my body twitches when I’m floating. Why?

This is known as the hypnogogic jerk. It’s just an involuntary muscle spasm that happens when you're drifting off to Sleep. It's actually a good indicator that you're relaxed and releasing tension during that transition from wakefulness to sleep.

Hypnogogic jerks are also sometimes called sleep twitches, night starts, or myoclonic jerks. A myoclonus is an involuntary muscle twitch; hiccups are another form of myoclonus. It might feel like a jerk or jolt, a falling sensation, quickened breath, a rapid heartbeat, or a startled feeling.

If it's bothersome to you, you might try the following:

- Avoid caffeine or other stimulants before your float.

- Do a few breathing exercises at the beginning of your float. Inhale for a count of 10, hold for 5 breaths, and slowly exhale for 10. If that feels like too long, start with shorter times and work your way up over time. (Don't do hold your breath if you're pregnant. Instead, just focus on the inhale and exhale.)

- Stretch before you float. Just do a few toe touches or twists before your shower, or try a few seated twists as soon as you enter the float room.

when should i not float?

If you are severely sun burnt or have just had a fresh tattoo within the past 5 days.

If you have dyed your hair and the colour is still washing out.

If you are intoxicated by alcohol or drugs

If you are pregnant and you have not consulted with your doctor.

If you are suffering from an unstable mental health condition, such as psychosis or have suicidal tendencies.

If you are an epileptic where seizures could endanger your safety in the float tank.

If you have extremely low blood pressure.

If you have impaired kidney disease.

If you have bowel or bladder incontinence.

If you have a severe skin condition (eczema) or a contagious disease or infectious skin condition and open/infected wounds.

If it has been less than two weeks since you experienced gastroenteritis/diarrhoea.

Those with asthma, a heart condition, diabetes should seek advise from their doctor prior to making an appointment.

If you are having cancer treatment, please consult with your doctor prior to making an appointment.
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MONDAY - Closed
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FRIDAY - Closed
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SUNDAY - Closed
118 North Road, Warragul VIC 3820
03 5622 1847
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