What is Floating
Floating is the scientifically proven process of relaxing and re-setting the brain and body through REST (restricted environment stimulation technique) and sensory deprivation, originally discovered by Neurophysicist Dr John C Lilly.
We use modern, sophisticated pods where the water is saturated with over 700kg of Magnesium dissolved in around 25cm of water that is regulated to skin temperature (35.5 degrees).
The dense solution allows the body to defy gravity and float effortlessly, freeing it from tension and encouraging rest and relaxation. The floatation pod is both light and sound proof, allowing the floater to withdraw from external stimuli.
Floating instils calm and a heightened state of relaxation, prompting the production of theta waves within the brain (a state that experienced meditators can take years to achieve). Floating offers a multitude of proven benefits for both the mind and body.
- Speed healing and recovery from physical activity and injury
- Relieve pain from injury and illness (arthritis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, etc)
- Relieve pregnancy body aches and pains (not recommended during 1st trimester)
- Reduce stress and stress related pain and illness
- Reduce feelings of anxiety and depression
- Instil relaxation and meditation, improving overall wellbeing and mindfulness
- Aid PTSD recovery and healing of traumatic brain injury
- Help eliminate addictive behaviour, including cigarettes, substances and food (assisting with weight loss)
- Improve insomnia and sleep, as well as speed recovery from jet lag and exhaustion
- Relax muscles and joints, improving athletic performance
- Increase energy levels
- Induce clarity and creativity, enhancing memorisation, learning and expression
- Lower cortisol levels (stress hormones), lowering blood pressure
- Cleanse the body of toxins
- Increase endorphin levels, decreasing pain and improving mood
- Improve digestion and metabolism, aiding weight loss
- Strengthen the immune system
- Improve skin and hair health
- Restore sulphate levels, aiding autism, brain tissue formation and joint protein formation
- Increase magnesium levels, lessening migraines and headaches improving PMS, facilitating calcium absorption, preventing asthma, diabetes, heart attack and stroke
Before You Float
To ensure your Float is the best it can be, please:
- Avoid any coffee on the day
- Refrain from eating a heavy meal at least two hours prior
- Avoid shaving before you float
- Most importantly, arrive relaxed and enjoy
About Our Pods
For the benefit and comfort of our fellow floaters, we have chosen the Dreampod Max for both our Wangara and Joondalup Centres.
The Dreampod Max is one of the largest and most advanced pods available. It is sleek and modern, yet sturdy and built to last. The dream pod boasts maximum sound proofing and heat retention, and is fitted with:
- A high-power lighting system that provides soothing Chakra colour lights controlled via a button inside the pod
- Excellent underwater acoustics
- Slip proof flooring
- A soft easy close door
- Custom filters and pumps to maintain the cleanliness and hygiene of the water
Our pods are just over 1.3m high and 2.6m long – the biggest in Australia! Any concerns of claustrophobia are allayed.
What if I’m claustrophobic?
Being in the pod is more like floating in outer space rather than being shut in a box. You’re always in control of your environment, and even people with extreme claustrophobia have reported having no problems with their time in the pod.
Can I float if I’m pregnant?
Floatation is fantastic for pregnant women as there is a special position you can float in that completely relieves the extra weight and strains of the baby, which is most advantageous for the 8th and 9th month period of pregnancy. Floating is not recommended during your first trimester. If you are in your third trimester, or have any concerns, please consult with your physician before coming in.
Is there anything I should do to prepare?
Don’t drink coffee for several hours beforehand (it can make your system jittery). Also, don’t shave or wax that day since the salt water can irritate your skin. Eating a light meal about an hour to 90 minutes ahead of time stops your stomach from sounding like an angry monster while you float. Other than that, there’s no specific preparation needed.
Can I float if I just dyed my hair?
While there is no guarantee that the salt won’t strip some colour from your hair, we recommend that you check if the water running through your hair in the shower at home is fully clear. If there is still some colour coming out, you should wait a few more days/showers before coming to our float centre.
Do I need to bring anything?
If you have longer hair, you may want to bring a comb. Also, something to put your contact lenses into while you’re in the tank. Other than that, we provide everything you need (towels, earplugs, body wash/shampoo etc.)
Can more than one person float in a pod at a time?
Our Dreampods are only capable of housing one person at a time. We have four float pods so you can throw your own float party and invite up to 3 other people to float simultaneously in our centre. Double-wide tanks do exist, but we think they take away the whole ‘sensory deprivation’ experience, you will gain a fuller experience from floating solo.
Do I have to stay in the whole time?
There aren’t any latches on the pod doors, and you can get out anytime. However, the standard float time of 60 minutes goes by far quicker than you might expect.
Who invented these crazy devices?
John C. Lilly.
How long have float pods been around?
The first float tank as they are sometimes referred to be was developed in 1954. This 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 1970’s.
Is this just new-age mumbo jumbo?
Floating has been around for over 40 years and has oodles of published research to back it up. No mumbo or jumbo here.
How do you clean the pods?
The water is fully filtered 3 times between each float, passing through a micron filter and H2O2. This system guarantees a clean and sanitary float each and every time.
Do I get dehydrated from soaking for so long?
No-your skin doesn’t even prune up, but it does become silky soft afterwards.
Can I drown if I fall asleep in there?
Certainly not, some people fall asleep, but the water is so buoyant with the levels of Epsom salts that you continuously stay afloat without effort.
Is this like altered states?
Yes, but you’re not submerged in water, you don’t eat ritualistic mushrooms, and only a small percentage of floaters turn into proto-human monkeys.