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Frequently Asked Questions

Spa Float

Do I need to bring anything?

Come as you are.  Other than a hair brush/comb for after we provide everything that you need – towels, earplugs, body wash, shampoo, conditioner and hair dryers are all provided. If you wear heavy makeup we recommend bringing your own facecloth / towel and makeup remover.

Is there anything I should do to prepare?

In the 24 hours before your float, don’t shave or wax as the Epsom salt solution may sting if you have an abrasion (we’ll provide single use packets of petroleum jelly to cover any small abrasions).  Don’t drink caffeinated beverages for several hours before you float, as it may interfere with your ability to relax. Eating a light meal about an hour to 90 minutes prior to your float should alleviate any hunger pains.

What do I wear and is the room private?

Your room is completely private so most people choose to float in the nude. However it’s your float, so you can certainly wear a swimsuit if you’re more comfortable.  Your room also has its own shower and is for your exclusive use for the duration of your session.

What if I’m claustrophobic?

Our float room’s inviting interior is lit by twin underwater LED lights in a rich, vibrant blue. As well starlight lights are on our ceilings. After you shut the door you have two options, you can leave both the underwater lights and the starlight’s on or either light or you can choose to float in the dark.

You are always in control of your environment.  You have the ability to leave the lights on or get out at any time. While it may seem a bit strange at first, we find that if you give yourself a little time to relax and get used to it, you’ll feel very safe and comfortable. Many people with extreme claustrophobia have reported having no problems with their time floating.

How do you clean the water and pods?

With over 1000lbs of Epsom Salt dissolved, it’s not water anymore! This Solution is part of the experience and is the medium in which we float so we take it very seriously. The solution passed through a commercial grade filtration system a minimum of 4 times between each person. This system uses a combination of hydrogen peroxide and high intensity UV light to create a super potent oxidizer which disrupts and kills most pathogens naturally. No off gassing, just water and oxygen are the byproducts. All of this, along with the natural pathogen killing qualities of the hundred of pounds of Epson salt, means that the solution in the pods is cleaner than most tap water.  We follow safe operating practices recommended by Ontario Health and Safety, as well we test our solution multiple times a day to ensure perfection. Each week the pods and float rooms undergo a “deep clean” where they are fully sanitized both inside and out to ensure your safety and comfort every session.

What if I fall asleep?

Because of the deep relaxation floating provides, some people do fall asleep.  Not to worry, the water is so buoyant you stay completely afloat.  The worst that can happen is getting woken up by a bit of salt water in your eyes.   90 minutes of floating is equal to 4 hours of solid sleep.  Because of this, many people who suffer from insomnia or jet lag get great relief from floating.  So relax and let yourself drift away.

Will I get cold, like staying in a bath too long?

No, the pod is heated all the time to the perfect temperature to heighten your floating experience. The temperature of the water feels warm when you get in, but it is at normal skin temperature (93.5 degrees Fahrenheit), the perfect temperature for floating. You’ll always be comfortably warm.

Can I float if I have my period?

Yes. Just follow the same protocol you would for a swimming pool or hot tub.

Can I float if I’m pregnant?

Absolutely, pregnant women love floating!!! It‘s a wonderful way to alleviate the strain of carrying all that extra weight.  If you have any concerns please consult with your physician before coming in.

What if I can’t swim or float?

Floating doesn’t require any swimming skills whatsoever and no one has ever drowned while floating.  The pods contain only 10 inches of water, and due to the extremely high concentration of Epsom salt, no matter your size or shape, you’ll float like a cork.

Will my skin wrinkle during my time in the water?

No, remember this is not normal table salt.  Epsom salt is very good for you and leaves your skin feeling soft and silky after your shower. If you have abrasions, scratches or other cuts, the salt can sting which is why we suggest you do not shave 24 hours before your session. Individual packets of petroleum jelly are provided for you to protect any potential sensitive areas.

What is Epsom salt & what are its benefits?

Epsom salt is not actually salt but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. Studies have shown that magnesium and sulfate are both readily absorbed through the skin, making Epsom salt baths an easy and ideal way to enjoy the amazing health benefits. Magnesium plays a number of roles in the body including regulating the activity of over 325 enzymes, reducing inflammation, helping muscle and nerve function and helping to prevent artery hardening. Sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins and help ease migraine headaches.

What’s the longest someone has floated?

There is a float centre in Portland Oregon called Float On that had an endurance athlete rent a room for a 24 hour period and apparently floated for most of that time! We haven’t heard of anyone floating longer than that. Some people enjoy back to back float sessions for up to 3 hours.

Can children float?

Yes. We do require anyone under the age of 18 to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Is there enough air circulation in the pod?

Absolutely. Each tank has a completely silent air circulation system that is constantly pulling out stale air and replacing it with fresh air.

Can more than one person float at a time?

Only one person per pod at a time. We do have four float pods though, so up to four people can come in to float at any one time, so bring your friends. Double-wide tanks do exist, but we feel that they take away from the whole ‘sensory deprivation’ experience.

Is it boring?

Anyone who floats regularly will tell you how blissfully comfortable and deeply relaxed they feel during their float as well as afterwards. Floating brings you as close as you are ever likely to be to the experience of weightlessness.

During the day we are constantly bombarded by sensory input and mental activity. In your first float your mind will be adjusting to the lack of stimulation and your brain may demand to be entertained. Take some deep breaths and relax into the experience, pretty soon you’ll float away.

What if nothing happens?

In this age of instant gratification and multi-tasking it can be very difficult to not put expectations on everything that we do. We suggest that you approach your float with compassionate curiosity and allow yourself to simply be in the moment. Know that whatever your experience, your body is receiving the benefits of deep relaxation and everyone’s float is different.

How many times do I need to float to feel results?

Many people experience significant benefits on their first float, however like any form of active wellness, consistency and repeated usage yields the best results. We find that after your second or third float, you’ll be able to more easily relax both physically and mentally and you’ll really start to feel how awesome floating can be.

Will I be spacey afterward?

Everyone’s float experience is different. Some people report feeling extremely relaxed similar to after you’ve had a great massage, others have a heightened sense of energy and alertness. Take a few moments to check-in with yourself or join us in our float lounge for tea. We enjoy talking with people about their float experiences, but we also realize that perhaps you just want a few moments of solitude. Give yourself some time before you go to your next activity, you deserve it.

What about my hair?

Yes, your hair will get wet, though the water is neutral and the Epsom Salt is not at all harsh. If you do have freshly dyed hair though, we ask that you wash it at least four full times or two weeks after colour treating before coming in to float as any colour leaching out would not be good for the water and can damage our float tank.

Special Note: If you use a Keratin hair smoothing treatment they recommend staying out of salt water and this includes Epsom Salt. So if you use this product we recommend taking precautions against getting your hair fully wet by using a high quality swimmer’s cap to keep as much water out as possible.

Who invented floating?

Dr. John C. Lily, an American physician, neuroscientist, psychoanalyst, psychonaut, philosopher, writer and inventor.

How long have float tanks been around?

The first float tank was developed in 1954. These involved full submersion in water and a breathing device that completely covered your face. The first lay down, commercial tanks were invented in the early 70′s. Floating has been around for over 40 years and has loads of published scientific research to back it up.

Is there anyone who should avoid floating?

I will NOT use the floatation tank if:

  • I have not showered thoroughly and still have oils, creams, or makeup on my body.
  • I have had any type of hair color/treatment within the past two weeks.
  • I am pregnant and have not discussed floating with my Doctor.
  • I am under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • I have a communicable or infectious skin condition, disorder, or diseases.
  • I have open sores.
  • I am diabetic, and I have not discussed floating with my Doctor.
  • I have a history of heart trouble, schizophrenia, epilepsy, seizures or blackouts and have not received my doctor’s permission to use the floatation tank.
  • I am experiencing a heavy menstrual period.
  • I have a skin condition which may be adversely affected by absorption of magnesium.
  • I am taking a medication or medications which magnesium from the Epson salt can have interactions with certain antibiotics and muscle relaxants.
  • I have kidney disease.
  • I have incontinence, or voluntarily/involuntarily release of bodily fluids of any kind.
  • I have low blood pressure which makes it hard for me to sit or stand up.

I understand that violation of any of these rules that results in contamination of the float tank water may result in a salt replacement fee of up to $1,500.00. I am choosing to use floatation therapy of my own free will and will not hold the owner/operator or Float Therapy liable for any injury during a session or while on the premises. Float Therapy reserves the right to refuse service to anyone. I have read, understand and agree to all of the terms and policies listed above. This signed document represents an agreement between us, which you may revoke in writing at any time.

Spa Salt Cave

What is a Salt Cave?

Our salt cave uses a halogenerator to crush pure 100%  highest grade salt into micronized particles disperses 84 minerals through the air into the salt cave. The client then inhales this salty air and enjoys the countless benefits.

Why is it cold in the Salt Cave?

Our Salt Cave is between 14-16 degrees, this is done to maintain a cave like atmosphere. We provide blankets to keep you warm.

Who can benefit from Salt Therapy treatment?

Salt Therapy can benefit people of any age with respiratory and skin ailments, as well as those in good health who want to strengthen their immunity and enjoy a relaxing treatment with proven positive effects on wellbeing.

Can children attend the salt cave?

Yes, children can come enjoy the salt cave. The treatment is suitable for children of any age (as young as 6 months old). Children, in fact, respond to the therapy even more quickly than do adults. We offer toys for children to play while they get therapy. We have days and times during the week just for families with children.

What is Halotherapy?

HALO = SALT.  Salt Therapy evolved from Speleotherapy, which is prolonged exposure to underground salt caves and mines. Many countries, in Europe have been using Speleotherapy clinics for over 100 years. It involves spending 2-3 hours underground in a salt cave daily for 2-3 weeks.  Halotherapy replicates the salt cave environment but only requires 45 minutes to achieve therapeutic results.

What conditions are improved by the Salt Cave?

Inhaling particles of salt reduce inflammation and mucus in the lungs, improving respiratory conditions such as asthma, allergies, bronchitis, sinus congestion and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). The calming and detoxifying effects of halotherapy can support the immune, nervous and lymphatic systems. Additional benefits are reduced stress and headaches, increased energy, and better sleep patterns. Salt ions purify the air and may increase lung capacity and reduce physical ailments for adults, children and athletes. Treatments are recommended to help keep the body healthy during flu or allergy seasons.

Skin conditions can also be improved with halotherapy (psoriasis, rashes, eczema, acne). Table salt, sodium chloride, is dehydrating, but pure mineral salts have natural moisturizing properties and support the skin’s water balance and barrier function by attracting moisture to the skin. Minerals are necessary for cell function and detoxification, so mineral salts have strong rejuvenating properties. Salt molecules are comprised of a positive sodium ion and a negative chloride ion. While you breathe in the salty air of the therapy room, salt molecules enter the moist airways of the lungs and break down, releasing the negative ions.

The negative ions stimulate airway linings, improving mucous clearance and improving immune response to pathogens. People with chronic respiratory conditions lack sodium chloride in their airway linings and salt therapy helps resolve this deficiency. It alleviates symptoms, helps prevent them from reoccurring, and reduce dependence on medications like nasal sprays and inhalers.

The airborne salt that works on airways also clears up a variety of skin conditions, such as psoriasis and eczema. Furthermore, the release of negative ions can have a beneficial effect on your mood.

Studies suggest that the release of negative ions (what you experience when you step outside into fresh air) during salt therapy reduces stress, headaches, lethargy and depression, and improves energy and mental acuity while stabilizing mood and sleep patterns. Salt therapy provides the best results when you take it regularly. A single treatment lasts about 25-50 minutes. You simply sit in the Salt Cave and inhale microscopic particles of salt.

How safe is Halotherapy?

Halotherapy is 100% natural, safe, and drug-free, providing effective long-term relief. It can be used as a complementary treatment to prescribed medications or as a sole treatment. When Halotherapy is used as a complementary treatment, it can increase the effectiveness and decrease the amount of prescribed medications.

How many sessions are recommended?
Issue # of Sessions
Asthma 14-18
Acute Bronchitis 12-14
Recurrent Bronchitis 12-14
Chronic Obstructive Bronchitis 18-21
Pneumonia After Acute Stage 12-14
Bronchiectatic Disease 20-25
Cystic Fibrosis 20-25
Chronic Pharyngitis (Respiratory Tract Infection) 14-18
Adenoiditis  (Inflammation of The Adenoids Caused by Infection) 14-18
Chronic Sinusitis 14-18
Tonsillitis 12-14
Multi-Chemical Sensitivity Syndrome also known as Environmental Illness 12-14
Smokers 12-14
Skin Pathology 8-25
Healing of Post Surgery Scars 12-18
Allergies (Seasonal, Hay Fever, Dust) 12-14
Atopic Dermatitis, Neurodermatitis 12-18
Psoriasis 12-18
After Contact with Industrial and Household Pollutants 12-14
Vasomotor and Allergic Rhinitis, Rhinosinusopathy 14-18
Respiratory Infections, Influenza 5-7 or 2/week for prevention

SOURCES:

MINISTRY OF PUBLIC HEALTH OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION, Halotherapy Application in Treatment and Rehabilitation of Respiratory Diseases, Methodical Recommendation No. 95/111, Moscow 1995

Methodical recommendation was discussed and approved by the Scientific Board of the Institute of Pulmonology of the Russian Federation.

Clinical-Research Respiratory Center, St. Petersburg – Doctors A.V. Chervinskaya, S.I. Konovalov, O.V. Strashnova, N.G. Samsonova

Institute of Pulmonology of the Russian Federation, Moscow – Doctors A.G. Chchalin, I.D. Apulcina, I.E. Furman, A.A. Bondarenko, M.V. Samsonova

How long is a session?

Sessions start every hour on the hour and they sessions are 45 minutes. You will relax in a comfortable zero gravity chair, listening to soothing sounds of music and breathing the mineral saturated salt air.

What if I am late?

Unfortunately, we cannot let people into the Salt Cave if they are late, this would be disruptive to the guests who are already in their session.

What are the side effects?

You may experience a dry throat and increased coughing after your first session. This is a natural part of the clearing process of the respiratory system. The pollution which has accumulated over time is being released by the salt and is then expelled from within the deepest regions of the lungs. You may also notice slight skin irritation, throat tickle (gargling with water resolves this) and minor eye irritation (use eye drops.)

Is there a risk of catching an infection from the other clients in the room?

With over two tons of salt on the walls and floor of the treatment rooms, the microclimate of our salt room is said to be 3 times cleaner than a sterile surgery room in a hospital.  Therefore it is nearly impossible to catch any infection or be affected by bacteria during the therapy. Salt is a natural anti-bacterial and it kills almost all bacteria on contact. In addition, our HEPA filtered ventilation system is constantly working to circulate the air in the salt room, drawing used air out and clean, filtered air in.  Completely new air is pumped into the room before each session.

When should salt therapy be avoided?

Treatment should be avoided during the acute phase of any illness

  • People under the influence of alcohol or drug intoxication
  • Uncontrolled hypertension
  • Acute stage of any illness
  • Infections accompanied by fever
  • Acute active tuberculosis
  • Stage 3 COPD
  • Intoxication
  • Contagious ailments
  • Use of an oxygen tank to aid breathing
  • Cardiac insufficiency/severe heart disorders
  • Spitting up blood
  • Unstable or uncontrolled high blood pressure
  • Acute stage of kidney disease