The process of flotation therapy facilitates an environment that allows the human body to work unencumbered, bringing itself back to optimum health much more effectively and efficiently than any other form of rest effortlessly floating on top of a dense, super-saturated solution of Epsom salt and water creates a weightlessness that allows the muscular, skeletal, and circulatory systems to rest in a zero-gravity environment. The act of floating allows the muscles to completely relax and the spine to decompress and realign. With this type of weightlessness, the circulatory system can more easily pump blood to areas of the body that are normally difficult to reach when the heart and vessels are working against gravity. In turn, the blood flow to the lymphatic system is increased, causing the waste-maintenance system to operate more effectively. This detoxification process encourages lymphatic drainage, diminishing the appearance of cellulite and resulting in vibrant, glowing skin. The high concentration of Epsom salt in the water exfoliates the skin, but also restores and maintains its moisture and electrolyte balance. When blood flow to the muscles is increased it helps to dispose of lactic acid, which diminishes soreness and accelerates recovery time for athletes and fitness enthusiasts
We get it this might be your first float so your just not sure and we totally get it this is common for most people! But please relax as we will explain the basics of how it works, but remember to go in with minimal expectations.
How long are your sessions?
Our sessions are typically 60-minutes long, you will also have 5-10 minutes before and after your float to shower and get dressed.
We can usually accommodate longer float sessions -- just ask!
We also recommend that you carve out time post-float for reflection and continued relaxation. Coming out of a float session, you might feel euphoric or even a little disoriented; you’ve just had a solid hour of time to yourself, so jumping right back into daily life might be slightly jarring.
What do I wear?
Most people float in their birthday suits! You can choose to wear a bathing suit if you’re more comfortable in that.
Is it sanitary?
Yes! While each client is showering and changing, our high-powered magnetic drive filtration pump filters and cleans the entire float pod and filters the water four times. Rooms are also treated with UV light between sessions, so each guest can step into our float rooms assured that they’re sterile and clean. We also add chemicals daily and steam clean our float room on a daily basis. Plus, concentrated salt is naturally anti-microbial.
I can’t swim -- will I drown?
No; the 900 pounds of Epsom salt makes the water so buoyant that you stay afloat.
Why is magnesium so important?
Most Americans are grossly deficient in magnesium -- a vital mineral. Floating is a great way to absorb magnesium from the Epsom salts, which relieves pain and muscle aches, decreases restlessness and promotes calm, increases energy, helps you fall asleep, is good for your heart, is beneficial to skin, helps with bone density & more.
Should I eat beforehand?
Some people like to have a light meal or snack before they float -- nothing heavy. You don’t want your digestive system on overdrive during the float.
How often do you recommend floating?
Some avid floaters can’t get by without floating daily. Others prefer to float weekly. We recommend floating at least twice weekly -- that’s our happy place! The benefits of float therapy are cumulative and seen when you float on a frequent basis.
For first-timers: Since it’s such a new and different experience, your first float may not be the best determination of whether or not float therapy is for you. We recommend floating at least three times (that’s how long they say it takes to get hooked!) in the beginning.
What are some studies that prove floating is effective?
Floating has grown in popularity over the past several years, and a group of scientists are currently invested in research on the effects of float therapy on different types of distress, including PTSD. One of those researchers is Dr. Justin Feinstein, who believes so strongly in the potential of float therapy that he built his career and lab around trying to prove that.
Research from Feinstein’s lab shows that “meditating activates parts of the brain associated with attention and decreases activation in the amygdala, the part of the brain that kicks off the fight-or-flight response to a real or perceived threat.” Feinstein himself believes that floating could be a “shortcut” to reach that meditative state and realize the benefits of being in that state. And, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) agrees that research supports meditation for lowering blood pressure, easing symptoms of anxiety and depression and more, and the agency funds research on the topic. (Source: TIME Magazine)
Here are a few other studies and takeaways:
How big are your float rooms?
Our float pools are approximately 8’x5’ and realize the benefits of chromotherapy (color therapy). The float pod is enclosed in a 10’x10’ private room with everything you need for a comfortable float experience.
Can children use the float tanks?
Our child psychiatrist believes that sensory reduction offered in the float pool can greatly benefit many kids growing up in our sensory-overloaded world today. The constant input of sensory stimuli can worsen conditions like ADHD, anxiety, autism and sensory processing issues.
Children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian in the float room. Pediatric float lengths can be variable and benefits can likely be seen with even a few minutes.
We recommend children work their way up to 30 minutes or more. The LED ceiling light can be kept on, soft music or guided meditation can help children remain engaged, yet relaxed, and the lid to the float pod can remain open if needed. Goggles can be used to prevent salty eyes. No swimming experience is needed! Feel free to consult with our child psychiatrist for specific questions and protocols for this age group.
Can I float if I recently dyed my hair?
We’d advise waiting until the dye has had time to set in fully. If it hasn’t, there’s a chance the float water could bleach it. If it doesn’t come off when you towel-dry your hair, you should be okay to float.
What if I’m claustrophobic?
Individuals with even extreme claustrophobia have reported to have no issues with floating since many say it feels like floating in a vast space versus being enclosed in a small one. At any time you’re uncomfortable, you can choose to end your session. You’re always in complete control of your float experience.
Do I need to remove my contacts beforehand?
We recommend removing contact lenses for your float since the salt in the water can irritate and dry them.
Who benefits from floating?
Nearly everyone! Specifically:
It’s also highly effective for those wanting to improve visualization techniques (think of it as a mental rehearsal to achieve goals and desires), as well as those seeking deeper meditative states.
I’m pregnant - can I float?
Float therapy is a great way for pregnant women in their second and third trimesters (after medical clearance from their physicians) to relax and alleviate the strains and pains put on their bodies while growing life -- in fact, there may be no better people to experience immediate relief from floating than pregnant women!
The near-zero gravity experience takes pressure off of your back, legs and joints, and the magnesium in the Epsom salts helps with inflammation, promotes better sleep and reduces stress.
Plus, it’s recommended that women who are pregnant and breastfeeding have 20% more magnesium per day than the average person. Floating is a great way for the skin to efficiently absorb this vital mineral.
Anecdotally, many pregnant women experience what’s called a bonding “mirror effect” when floating: the experience of the mother floating in a sensory-reduced environment mimics the experience her baby has in her womb. Some soon-to-be moms also report feeling their baby move more during a float, perhaps because they aren’t expending as much physical or mental energy on other senses during the float.
Pregnant women should consult with their physicians before floating.
Are there restrictions on those who can float?
Floating is not recommended for epileptics whose epilepsy is not under medical control, for anyone under the influence of alcohol or drugs, for those with infectious diseases or open skin wounds, or those with difficulties with bladder and/or bowel control (incontinence).
Can I float if I’m menstruating?
Yes, please follow the same protocol as if you were swimming.
Do I need to bring anything?
We provide towels, earplugs, shampoo, body wash, conditioner (for post-float only) and a private shower area in our float room. After your float, you can freshen up in the room and is equipped with hair dryers, straighteners, and some basic toiletries. You may wish to bring a brush or comb, a contact lens holder and any other desired personal items.
Can Two people Float in the same pod?
Yes Absolutely we call this a couples float! and consider it sharing this sensational restorative float with a close friend or family member for a unique experience you both will never forget.
Our float pods are extra wide leaving plenty of room for two with guided meditation and gentle music for an enhanced experience.
Plus, the shared benefits are amazing:
Floating together allows you to relax and shrug the day off while building a closer bond. Use the time to reconnect spiritually, mentally and emotionally. Take the time to relax together and see how rejuvenated you feel.
The power of a shared experience create a great connection. You’ll both build memories together that you can share and reflect on. Plus, you can find confidence when your partner is by your side, further reducing anxiety.
Floating brings your consciousness to a new level. After floating for a while, your brain starts to produce theta waves which normally occur right before sleeping or waking. Without external distractions, you and your partner can think more freely, have creative breakthroughs or discover new solutions.
Hopefully this has helped answer any questions you might have and remember floating, as with other things, doesn’t suit everybody. It needs willingness on your part to let go and see what happens, and you may need to float a few times before you are able to relax completely, both physically and mentally. Depending on your own journey through life, a float might provide an hour of total physical relaxation – or a profound healing experience, emotionally and spiritually transforming. Floating can be a wonderful aid to opening doors into your inner world, gradually allowing access to those deeper levels at which real changes take place.
Private Float Suite at Cryofloat360
Float therapy is usually thought of as an amazing form of self care, which it is, but it might also be the best thing every for strengthening relationships. Here’s why:
If you are past the “newlywed” phase, and especially if you have kids or an otherwise overly-scheduled life, you can probably relate. It’s date night. You make a dinner reservation, you get a sitter. You take longer than usual to dress and do your hair. You think ahead to the upcoming evening and imagine soft candlelight, witty banter, maybe some flirting with your significant other. A chance to rekindle some of that spark that brought you together in the first place.
But then you go to the leave the house and your three-year-old (or dog, or cell phone) just doesn’t want you to leave. You arrive a few minutes late to the restaurant to find that everyone else in the city decided to have date night today too and it’s going to be a 20-minute wait even though you made this reservation two weeks ago.
You are finally seated. The waiter brings your glass of Pinot Noir and you take your spouse’s hand across the table and stare deep into his or her eyes. And can’t think of anything to say beyond, “Did you remember to take out the recycling?”. Instead, the part of your brain which is responsible for conversation is preoccupied with supporting the weight of the incessant mental load we all carry. Reminders about ordering school lunches and getting skates sharpened are taking up the room in your brain which should be devoted to reconnecting with that person you love more than anyone on this planet – your before-anything-else.
This is exactly why I love to start date night with a float. That hour of float therapy helps me to put down that mental load. Imagine a clear bottle filled with sand and water. If you shake it up, the sand and water mix and you get murky water. After an hour of floating, the sand and water separate. The water is clear. What matters has risen to the surface, and those urgent-but-not-important “to-do” items have settled to the bottom.
very best dinner conversations I have had with my spouse in the past two years have been after a float. I feel lighter, clearer in the head and more open. I am able to stay focused on the conversation without my mind drifting to my phone or to my eternal list of reminders. CryoFloat360 is the only float therapy centre in Calgary to offer true couples floating. The cost is $79 for two people during normal business hours and $89 for couples Date Nite Float (by appointment only)
We invite you to try a float with your significant other. Instead of chocolate or flowers, give one another the gift that every relationship truly needs
$10 OFF 1st TIME FLOAT
HALF OFF 2nd FLOAT
Receive $10 off a single float session
plus half off your second float session when paid in advance.
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Choose any 3 sessions of Whole Body Cryotherapy, Local Cryotherapy, Local Cryo Facial, Float Therapy or Normatec Compression Boots
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