Spa Floatation Therapy
What is Floatation Therapy?
Floatation therapy, also known as floating, floatation, sensory deprivation, or R.E.S.T (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy) involves lying in a salt-water solution in a spacious tank. It is one of the most effective means of stress relief and relaxation available. Now widely accepted as a legitimate therapy, floatation is also used to treat a wide range of ailments and conditions and has been proven to lower cortisol levels, which is the stress hormone. During your float, the outside world is gone and amazing things happen. It turns out that when you’re not fighting gravity or receiving sensory input, your body has a lot of extra resources at its disposal. Your mind is free to navigate without distraction, your brain pumps out dopamine and endorphins, and the parasympathetic nervous system gets to work helping you rest, de-stress and heal. It’s likely to be the most relaxing thing you’ve ever experienced.
The term sensory deprivation is often used as the environment is designed to limit sensory input and allow your body to fully relax:
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. The beauty of having the button inside the tank is so that you can control your environment.
Your ears (with earplugs in) stay just below the water; the tanks are insulated against sound leaving you in peaceful silence.
Inside the tank you’ll find 10 inches of water and 1000 lbs. of dissolved Epsom salts – a solution that allows you to float effortlessly. The water and air are both kept at 34.1 degrees Celsius – this is skin-receptor neutral, which means that when you fully relax, you lose track of where your body ends and the water or air begins.
About our Float Rooms
We spent many months researching which Float Rooms to purchase. Quantum Float & Salt Cave is proud to be the first in London Ontario to offer Ocean Float Rooms. By far the highest quality Float Rooms available on the market. Ocean Float Rooms have been making Float Rooms since 1989. Once you try an Ocean Float Room you will not want to try another sensory deprivation tank.
Some Ocean Float Room features include;
A large, side opening door offers a far more inviting entrance & ease of use compared to the top hatch type lid common to float tanks. It also gives easier access for the able and the less able. Conveniently positioned internal grab handles offer greater safety, comfort and sense of security.
Ocean Float Rooms high specification UV & Peroxide system constantly delivers 100% sterile water, a rare standard for this form of sanitation. How it is done: A powerful magnetic drive pump drives the salt solution through our UV system 4 times during the standard cleaning cycle. With each pass the solution is exposed to powerful UV wavelengths up to 5 times longer than required, guaranteeing full sanitation.
A dosing pump simultaneously injects the correct peroxide amount into the solution while a dedicated control system allows you to increase or decrease the dose level & filtration time to super clean and/or purge the solution at the close of business. Real time feedback on the status of the system is available at any time.
Over 100 waterproof LED lights in “Night Sky” layout. “Twinkle” effect and/or colour changing moods available. Lights fully controlled by the customer. How it is done: This system provides simultaneous lighting control of the Float room spa lights and the suite lighting. Control is from either the air switch inside the Float room, or from the external suite light switch. This provides an easy convenience for both staff and float clients.
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.
- Book in, simply schedule online, call in or stop by as we accept walk ins.
- Arrive to Quantum Float & Salt Cave, if it is your first float please come in 15 minutes before to sign our waiver and for your tour, all following floats please arrive 10 minutes before.
- Get a tour of your float room.
- To ensure that our float tanks stay free of contaminates please rinse off any dirt and oils using our natural products.
- Once you finish rinsing off please use the petroleum jelly which we provide to cover any cuts or scrapes you may have.
- We supply ear plugs please place them in your ears.
- Time to float! After you shut your float room door you have three options, you can leave both the underwater lights and the starlight’s on or you can leave either light on or you can choose to float in the dark. The beauty of having the buttons inside your tank is that you are in full control of your environment.
- Your body will naturally float however, there are two float positions in a tank. Place your arms over-head with your palms up or place your arms at your side, palms down. For those who want more support for their head we supply a Halo which allows the head to float in a more natural position.
- Try to take time to relax. Having your eyes closed and floating is a new, strange and yet wonderful experience. It takes about 3 session to be able to let go and to get used to this environment.
- Music will begin to play to que you to wake up and exit the float room so you can take your next 5 minute shower to remove the salt from your body. Once your session is done we kindly ask that clients not take more than 15 minutes in their float room.
- If you need more time to get ready we offer a vanity area in the locker rooms and we supply; hair dryers and q-tips.
- Grab some fresh tea and take some time in our post float lounge to relax and reflect before you enjoy the rest of your day.
Floating for Athletic Recovery
Floating is the most efficient way to get heal post work-out. The athletic recovery that clients receive from floating is profound. The weightless environment soothes aches and pains away, eliminating pressure and tension, giving every single muscle and joint the rest they need. Floating reduces blood pressure & oxygen intake, but increases blood flow and distribution of red blood cells. This speeds recovery from injury & assists in flushing-out cortisol, lactate & adrenaline that might have built-up either through training or performance. The turn around time for recovery is astounding, as a result.
Additionally, the magnesium sulphate received while floating is a muscle relaxant and a protein builder for your joints, is absorbed directly into muscles, for immediate relief from tension and soreness.
Floatation Therapy facilitates and speeds athletic recovery;
- Accelerates the recovery from injury
- Increases energy (ATP)
- Ideal space for visualization and mind setting
- Boosts the immune system
- Reduces Lactic acid levels in the body
- Aids in facilitated rest, improving athletes exposure to fatigue
- Facilitates the reduction of muscle soreness (DOMS)
Athletes Who Use Floating
History of Floating
In 1954, a neuroscientist named John C. Lilly needed to eliminate incoming sensory information to create a control group for his experiments. He ended up discovering that sensory deprivation has a load of benefits that far superseded whatever captivating experiments he was doing. By the 1970’s, the tank’s design had evolved from Lilly’s original laboratory chambers to the comfortable commercial tanks that we have now. This means you’re not submerged in the water with air tubes, you don’t have to wear a diver’s helmet with a black faceplate, and you don’t have to have experiments run on you.