Your very presence on this page indicates that you have at least taken the first step: curiosity.
Here are 4 reasons why you might still be hesitant to try it.
“Floating is just another fashionable trend”.
Not at all!
Flotation was developed in the 1950s in the USA, before becoming widely available in the 1980s. After a hiatus in the 1980s with the arrival of AIDS – at the time the modes of transmission were still unknown – the discipline has picked up again since the 2010s.
There are now more than 500 float centres in the USA. Studies highlighting its profound and lasting holistic benefits are multiplying.
“I’m claustrophobic. There’s no way I can go inside that capsule without freaking out.”
This is probably the most common apprehension among aspiring floaters.
The float tank is spacious and can be opened at any time. You can choose to float the capsule closed, open or ajar as you wish. Lights out or on, you’re on your own.
Once immersed in this state of sensory deprivation, most people paradoxically experience the opposite sensation: that of floating in an infinite space.
The lid is more than 80 cm from the face, so if you don’t have any particular problem taking the lift then you shouldn’t have any problems in the capsule either.
“What if I can’t float? What if I fall asleep? Is there a risk I’ll drown?”
Each float pod contains approximately 500kg of Epsom salt, which is 4 times the salt concentration of the Dead Sea. For those who doubt it, it would be physically impossible to notfloat.
However, it is perfectly possible to fall asleep in the capsule. In fact, it’s probably the most restorative nap you’ll ever take: 1 hour of floating is considered the equivalent of 4 hours of sleep.
Finally, the absence of pressure points between your body and any surface means that your body will never try to adjust its position. No risk of rolling over and drowning
“Just floating in the dark for 60 minutes? It’s either going to be very boring or totally useless”.
Have you ever heard of that famous American study from 2014, which measured that the majority of participants would ratherreceivean electric shockthan spend 20 minutes alone with their thoughts?
In a world of constant external stimuli, it is crucial to be able to hit the pause button from time to time. Our float capsule is probably one of the only places in the world where you can accomplish this modern feat. Just imagine: none of your senses are involved. Not even the sensation of earthly gravity.
In this state of sensory isolation, your brain does not shut down, far from it. It gradually switches to the theta wave frequency, which is characteristic of REM sleep. This phase is said to contribute to the consolidation of memory, i.e. to the lasting fixation of our memories and of what we learn. It is also said to be conducive to the development of creativity, to help us adapt to emotional experiences in our daily lives and to solve problems.
Still curious? Come and test the effects of flotation on yourself: it’s a deeply personal experience, and you’ll probably be able to talk about it better than we can when you leave…