Our Flotation Pod
*BEFORE YOU FLOAT:
If you have used spray tans, bronzing lotions, dyed your hair, or added hair extensions within 14 days of your scheduled float, you will not be able to float at Massage Haven. Those who ignore this policy may be subject to paying hefty fines due to compromising the float pod filtration system. We appreciate your understanding!
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What Is a Float Pod?
For the most part, a flotation is the most effective method for stress relief and relaxation. The flotation pod has 10″ of water with approximately 800 pounds of Epsom salt, creating incredibly buoyant water for you to float. The water is heated to skin temperature (93.5 F). Once you’re settled, it is virtually impossible to distinguish what parts of your body are in contact with the water and which aren’t, tricking your brain into a “floating” sensation. Since your senses are void from input, the tank is sometimes also called a sensory deprivation tank.
Float Pod FAQs
How is Massage Haven Sanitizing the Pod During COVID-19?
Massage Haven is taking all precautions and safety measures to ensure you can float with a peace of mind. Our float pod has a standard pool filter and is also equipped with dual skimmers. The dual skimmers ensure the surface integrity of the salt water solution.
Ozone and UV purification systems are also in place to make sure bacteria and viruses are eliminated from the water tank surfaces and air.
Additionally, the entire float pod room is cleaned and sanitized after each guest’s float pod session
What if I am Claustrophobic?
It’s not as bad as it looks. The space inside the float pod is approximately 4 ft wide by 8.5 ft. long. You are in complete control and can open the door and go in/out as you’d like. You can even float with the door open. If you get chilled with the door open, you also have the option of propping up the door with a rolled-up towel. Since there is an absence of space, time, and sensation it is difficult to feel claustrophobic within the tank
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.
I’m a bigger person, can I still float in the tank?
Unless you’re over 7 feet tall or over 500 pounds, you can float in the tank.
How long do people usually stay in the float pod?
We recommend 60 minutes for first time floaters. As you become more experienced and aware of the effects, you may find 90 minutes are effective. Others may want to float for 2, 3, or more hours.
What will it be like for me?
We don’t know what your specific experience will be like since it is such an individual thing. Nearly every client reports having profound peace and relaxation, deep concentration and creativity. We want to avoid saying too much before people use the tank, so that they aren’t influenced by what someone else says. Not only will it be different for you than it is for someone else, it will be different each time you float.
Will I be able to resume my daily activities when I get out?
Yes. And it may be good to arrange your time so you don’t have to rush. Many people enjoy savoring the peace and quiet before jumping into something hectic
Is there a cumulative effect of using the tank on a regular basis?
Yes. There seems to be a cumulative effect with consistent use of the tank. This is not documented by research; it is the tank users who know it is true. Relaxation is a learned art that needs practice.
Do you wear anything in the tank?
No, since this is a private experience, most people don’t wear any clothing. Anything you wear will press against your body, becoming a distraction. In this regard imagine it as similar to getting into your bathtub
What do I need to do to prepare for this experience?
Most importantly…relax. The float pod will help but if you arrive relaxed, the experience will be more beneficial for you. There are a few additional things to consider.
- Try not to shave right before arriving. It isn’t the end of the world if you do…but salt water on freshly shaven legs isn’t the most pleasant thing on Earth.
- Remove your contacts prior to floating (bring a container to store them in).
- If you have caffeine before you float, it may interfere with your ability to relax.
Would I drown in the flotation tank if I fell asleep?
It is not possible to drown in the tank. The water is only about 10″ deep and has a very, very high density of salt. This water is buoyant and will support you regardless of your size or weight. If you were to turn over the salt in the water would sting your eyes and wake you. Since you are floating you do not need to know how to swim. Additionally, it’s not dangerous to fall asleep in the tank. We actually encourage it! One hour of sleep in the tank is roughly equivalent to 4 hours of regular sleep
What happens if I get salt water in my eyes?
It’s going to sting like hell. But there is a spray bottle in the tank with fresh water to rinse your eyes. You can also open the door, grab a towel, dab the salt water off, then get back in the tank.
Can two people float in one tank?
No. Flotation therapy is a solitary experience. You would not want another person in your tank.
Are there situations in which I will not be permitted to use the float pod?
We will not allow you to float if you have any of the following conditions:
- Infectious skin or respiratory disorders
- Open wounds
- Epilepsy or serious mental conditions
- A high-risk pregnancy
- Have colored or permed your hair within 10 days
- Under the influence of any drug or alcohol
- Heavily menstruating
- Under 18 without parental presence
- We expect you to inform us of any conditions for your own safety and the safety of other floaters! We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone at any time.
How are the tanks kept clean and disinfected?
There is approximately 800 pounds of medical grade Epsom salt dissolved in the float pod. Salinity is at 1.30 grams per cubic centimeter. The solution is so high in saline that no living microorganism can survive in there. After each session, the entire volume of the solution is filtered through a three part filtration and sterilization system utilizing Ultra Violet light. UV is the safest most effective system available. It maintains the water’s soft, clean and crystal-clear appearance. In addition, all clients are required to shower prior to entering the tank.
Will my skin get wrinkly?
No. The high Epsom salt content of the water means that the water will not draw the salt from your skin and cause wrinkles like a long bath does. Epsom salt has been used for centuries as a medicinal treatment for various skin conditions. It is non-toxic and is not harmful if swallowed (although it does not taste good!). Epsom salt is actually quite nourishing for the skin, which may feel silky smooth after your float session.
I’m pregnant. Can floating harm my baby?
Absolutely not. In fact, pregnant women probably get more relief from the float tank than anyone else. Just lying on a bed can be extremely uncomfortable for a woman in the later stages of pregnancy due to the massive gravitational strain placed on the body. The float tank is a wonderful haven for pregnant women. We do, however, recommend that pregnant women avoid floating during the first trimester. If you have any concerns about the effects of floating on your pregnancy, we ask you to consult and get permission from your physician before you float. To learn more about the benefits of floating while pregnant, go here.
I have hair extensions, can I still float?
We ask that people experiencing their floats not add hair extensions within 14 days of their float. If you have hair extensions added to your hair using a glue, you will not be able to float with us. For hair extensions braided into your hair already and added without glue, you will be able to float without issue. If you have added hair extensions within 14 days of your float and choose not to inform us, you will face a contamination fee of $2,500.
If I have dyed my hair, can I float?
We ask that our customers do not dye their hair within 14 days of their float. Hair dyes can seep into the salt water solution and compromise our filtration system. Those who choose not to inform us they have dyed their hair in 14 days and contaminate our pod will face a contamination fee of $2,500 to cover the cost of repairing the pod.
If I have used bronzing lotions, can I float?
You cannot use any bronzers or self tanning lotions at least 14 days before your float. If any of these lotions are used within 14 days of your float, this could negatively affect our filtration system. Should you choose to ignore this policy, you may face a contamination fee of $2,500. If you have other questions about bronzers and self-tanning lotions, please call us.