What Is Float Therapy?

Floatation is a powerful tool to unplug from a hectic & overstimulated world in order to achieve true mental & physical wellbeing.

Float therapy involves the use of a float tank which can be thought of as being like a giant private spa bath, which contains a shallow Epsom-salt water solution (over 500kg Magnesium Sulphate).

The water is heated to match the temperature of your skin and due to the density of the water, upon lying down, your body is able to float effortlessly, freed from gravity and tension and allowing your entire body to relax. Within minutes you experience the sensation of floating on a cloud, and the ability to perceive your physical body dissipates into the surrounding water.

Floating will bring you to a state of complete relaxation. Stress from your everyday life begins to fade as you start to let go.

With a wide range of proven, highly documented mental and physical benefits, the experience of flotation aims to remove sources of discomfort and stress by freeing your mind and body from all external stimulation. Your mind and body truly rest, your senses are revived and your mind is refreshed. Profound relaxation, pain relief, better sleep and an improved feeling of well being follow.

Locations

Brisbane West End | Maroochydore

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The Float Space provides a unique and cutting edge experience to customers with a high-end spa ambiance. Each location features 3 private float suites boasting the world’s most luxurious, largest and most advanced float pods on the market, to give you the optimum float experience.

If you have questions or concerns before, during or after your session, our friendly and knowledgeable staff are there to help optimise your experience and answer any questions you may have. Afterwards, you can enjoy the post-float glow in our lounges with complimentary tea and other amenities. We hope that you feel safe, secure and welcome in our facilities!

Benefits For Mind & Body

Whether you’re using flotation as a tool for meditation, creativity or rest and recovery, there are a vast range of benefits that are difficult to achieve with any other therapy.

Physical Benefits


Relaxation Response

Sensory reduction suppresses the sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for our ‘fight or flight’ response while activating the parasympathetic nervous system, which enhances relaxation, healing, and recovery. The automatic relaxation response achieved while floating lowers muscle tension, blood pressure, stress hormones, inflammation and boosts endorphin production.

Enhanced Healing, Rejuvenation & Recovery

Floating improves blood circulation and distribution of oxygen and nutrients. The near-weightless environment of floating allows for the muscles and joints of the body to relax, increasing blood flow and helping to more quickly repair muscle tissues and heal the body. This is especially beneficial for those with injuries, chronic pain or inflammation. The flotation pod environment has also been shown to expedite the healing of broken bones and sprained joints, sometimes healing twice as fast as without flotation therapy. The automatic activation of the body’s relaxation response is further beneficial in healing adrenal fatigue and stress related conditions.

Pain Management

Floating improves blood circulation and distribution of oxygen and nutrients. The near-weightless environment of floating allows for the muscles and joints of the body to relax, increasing blood flow and helping to more quickly repair muscle tissues and heal the body. This is especially beneficial for those with injuries, chronic pain or inflammation. The flotation pod environment has also been shown to expedite the healing of broken bones and sprained joints, sometimes healing twice as fast as without flotation therapy. The automatic activation of the body’s relaxation response is further beneficial in healing adrenal fatigue and stress related conditions.

Increased Stress Resistance

Regular floating can alter the set-points in the endocrine homeostatic mechanism which can cause adjustments such as a lower adrenal activation threshold. This means that we become more resistant to the stimuli of chronic stressors bombarding us in modern urban settings.

Increased Immune System Function

Immune function is enhanced by suppressing stress hormones. Stress hormones not only weaken the immune system, but also suppress the digestion and reproductive systems, affect regeneration processes, and decrease insulin sensitivity. Floating gives your body time to rest and recuperate, and gives your immune system the opportunity to shift into a higher gear, strengthening your body’s immune response.

Magnesium Absorption

The extremely high concentration of Epsom salts (magnesium sulphate) are absorbed through the skin and will supplement your diet with a mineral that has been shown to be deficient in the average population. Magnesium can prevent cardiovascular disease, regulate high blood pressure, prevent osteoporosis, relieve menopause symptoms, provide PMS relief, create healthier bones and teeth, supports healthy sleep and is involved with detoxification.

Enhanced Athletic Performance

Float therapy accelerates recovery time post-exercise up to four times faster than any other method. The water in the float pod has the added benefit of being saturated with Epsom salts, which have well-established healing effects, helping to draw out toxins and lactic acid from work outs, speeding up recovery time and allowing athletes to train harder and reach their peak performance. Additionally, the pod can facilitate a fantastic environment for visualization where the athlete can focus all their attention and concentration on visualizing their performance and technique. The results of research relating to the power of visualization and its effect on performance are astounding, it is quite a powerful tool.

Mental Benefits


Stress Reduction

The lack of external stimuli is extremely rare in modern society. In the flotation environment, without the hustle and bustle of the world imposing itself, people experience a profound calmness of mind. This respite from the world allow for nervousness, anxiety, depression and fatigue to be alleviated, so that the brain can better handle the mental load caused by work and daily life. Stress hormones, blood pressure and heart rate are reduced, giving the body a chance to calm down and enhancing a feeling of inner peace.

Meditation & Mindfulness

Meditation has a plethora of researched benefits and floating is a unique and phenomenal tool to cultivate mental stillness. It often generates a sensation of being intensely awake yet extremely relaxed; presence. It can induce theta-state brainwaves and allows for one to remain conscious in this frequency instead of falling asleep.

Improved Sleeping Patterns

Many people report drastically improved sleeping abilities after they float. Sixty minutes in the float pod can have the effect of 4-8 hours of deep sleep because it is extremely refreshing and will reset your circadian rhythms, making it perfect for those who are sleep deprived, do shift work or have jetlag. Also, magnesium plays a key role in the bodily function that regulates sleep, making insomnia one of the symptoms of magnesium deficiency. Floating allows you to safely cultivate healthy sleep patterns without the use of synthetic and potentially addictive medication.

Boost Endorphins

Floating and the relaxation response flood the body with endorphins. These neurotransmitters are responsible for balancing our brain chemistry, relieving us from pain, enhancing our mood (decreasing feelings of depression to potentially generating feelings of euphoria), they can suppress our appetite, and decrease anxiety, leaving us in a calm and clear state of being.

Behaviour Modification

Floating is a great way to bring greater awareness to various patterns of behaviour. Floating has shown to have beneficial effects such as decreased anxiety and depression; increased calmness or sense of well-being; it has shown fantastic results towards anti-smoking assistance as well as positive effects on weight-loss programs.

Increased Creativity

Sensory deprivation allows the mind to enter into the theta state, a somewhat dreamlike state that most people only experience when on the cusp of sleep or right after waking in the morning. These lower frequency brain waves, primarily generated by the right hemisphere (the hemisphere associated with creative, non-linear thought), have been called “the state of inspiration” and there is evidence, both anecdotal and scientific, to support an increase in feelings of creativity and deeper realisations accompanying these type of brain waves.

Visualisation

The combination of being extremely relaxed while intensely alert allows techniques of visualisation to become very powerful. From athletes preparing for competition to public speakers rehearsing a presentation, floating can induce the calm needed to perform at one’s best. Research on mental rehearsal has shown it to be just as practical as physical rehearsal.

Super-Learning

With the brain being held in a theta wave-length and external distractions at a minimum, the mind becomes hyper-suggestible. Thus, with greater resources at its disposal, the mind is able to absorb new material very deeply with research showing enhanced memory and recall activities. Learning capacity is also enhanced through improved problem solving, speed of thought and increased creative spurts. Floating is helpful in developing mental clarity, focus, personal motivation and productivity, making it great to use in conjunction with exam preparation.

Heightened Senses

Research indicates increased visual acuity, improved reaction time and tactile perception, improved auditory sensitivity, and increased taste sensitivities post-float, even leading to increased sensory acuity for days following.

Optimising Your Float Experience

Pre Float Tips


Shaving

Don’t shave or wax on the day

Eating

Eat a light meal 1.5 to 2 hours prior

Hair

Do not colour your hair 1 week prior

Tanning

Do no apply fake tan 5 days prior

Bathroom

Be sure to use the bathroom prior to showering before you float

Caffeine & Other Stimulants

Avoid caffeine, cigarettes or other stimulants

Hair & Body Products

Remove any make up, cologne, perfume, deo and other hair and body products

Pre-Float Activities

Performing physical activity before you float can greatly enhance the floating experience. Your body has expended energy, muscles and tissues are loose and flowing with blood, your mind is clear and calm. Adding floating to this state can potentially create a deeper state of meditation and also accelerate your recovery time to help you feeling refreshed and ready to go again quicker. Having a small healthy snack pre-float is recommended.

Your First Float


Arrive

Arrive about 15 minutes prior to your float

Your Introduction

Our friendly staff will familiarize you with floating and the center. We’ll cover the basics and answer any questions.

Pre-Float Shower

Shower and remove all make-up, hair products etc. Insert ear plugs.

The Float

Step into the float pod. You can chose to float with the lid closed or opened. Music plays in the first 10 minutes and the last 5 minutes of your Float.

Post-Float Shower

Turn on the lights and step out when you are ready and rinse off the Epsom salts and get changed.

Glow

Relax in our lounge area with a cup of our organic herbal tea and chill, reflect, read, color in, or just bask in the post-float glow.

What We Provide

FOR YOUR FLOATING COMFORT

  • Fresh & fluffy towel and face washer
  • Comfortable silicon ear-plugs
  • Organic hair & body products
  • Organic barrier balm
  • Floatease floatation head support
  • Vanity area with blow dryers, hair straightener, lotions, cotton buds,tissues, pure essential oil & Reiki charged mood spritzers

POST-FLOAT LOUNGE

  • Pure filtered & crystal mineralised water
  • Complimentary organic herbal house tea blends
  • Comfortable seating
  • Books on floating, meditation & more
  • Yoga mats & bolsters for pre- or post-float stretching
  • Relaxing ambiance with calming music
  • Journal/float wall to share your floating experience

Become A Member

Join The Float Space Club, It’s Better To Be A Member!

There are so many benefits to floating that you can see after just one float, but most benefits are seen after routine practice.

Our float membership is the best way to get all the benefits floating has to offer for stress relief, pain management & more, while enjoying flexible terms, the best prices on floats, and many perks like:

  • SHAREABLE (bring up to 2 friends in to float with you for $50 per float)
  • DISCOUNTS on extra floats and all other services
  • BONUS! Get a FREE INFRARED SAUNA upon joining
  • COMPLIMENTARY Birthday FLOAT or INFRARED SAUNA
  • Floats ROLL OVER
  • And more!

 

*Direct debit. 3-month commitment to start with to see what regular floating can do for your life. To cancel a 30 day notice prior next billing date is required. Full T&Cs in store.

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Frequently Asked Questions

    Is there anything I should do to prepare?

    In the 24 hours before you float, don’t shave or wax as the Epsom salt water may sting your skin. Don’t drink caffeinated beverages for at least 4 hours before you float (it can make you a bit jittery). Eating a light meal about an hour to 90 minutes prior to your float should prevent your stomach from growling while you float. That’s it, no other preparation is needed. If it is your first time – come 10-15 minutes early for a brief induction.

    IMPORTANT: Please wait for 1 weeks after having coloured or dyed your hair (excludes bleaching/highlights), and 5 days after having a spray tan before your next float appointment.

    Do I need to bring anything?

    Come as you are – we provide everything that you need to float. Towels, earplugs, organic shower and body products, and blow dryers are all provided. You may wish to bring a contact lense case, a brush & your personal beautifying potions.

    What if I’m claustrophobic?

    Being in the pods is more like floating in outer space than being shut in a box. You are always in control of your environment, you have the ability to open the door to the float pod at any time and leave the internal pod light on. Many people with extreme claustrophobia have reported having no problems with their time in the pod and that they actually feel very safe and comfortable. When you first get in we recommend you sit down and close and open the door a few times to see how easy it is to help you feel more comfortable.

    How do you clean the pods?

    The entire water in the pods is fully filtered 3 times between each float, passing through a 10 micron filter and a brominator. The natural bacterial killing qualities of the Epson salt combined with hydrogen peroxide and UV light means that the water in the pods is cleaner than tap water. The cleanliness of the pods and that of our float centre is of the utmost importance to us. We are governed by and follow Qld’s Health regulations, get our water tested by an external lab, spend many hours every day cleaning and take pride in it.

    Is it private?

    Only one person per float pod and each pod is contained within an individual room. Each room has its own shower which you’ll use before and after your float. It is recommended not to wear bathers so that they don’t bother you by the feeling of anything touching your skin, which is detrimental to the concept of limiting your sensory distractions. Using bathers is also not recommended as they usually carry a lot of bacteria which would affect the hygiene in the pod, and also they will turn into cardboard due to the high salinity!

    Can I float if I’m menstruating?

    Yes, just follow the same protocol that you would when going to a swimming pool.

    Can I float if I’m pregnant?

    Absolutely, pregnant women love floating! It‘s a wonderful way to alleviate the weight of caring another human inside you. If you have any concerns, or you are in your first or third trimester, please consult with your physician before coming in.

    Can I drown if I fall asleep in the float pod?

    Some people fall asleep, but the water is so dense that you stay afloat. The worst that can happen is getting woken up by a bit of salt water in your eyes.

    Do I have to stay in for the whole time?

    You can get out at anytime. The 60-minutes usually goes by waaaay faster than you’d expect, most people report being quite surprised when their time is up.

    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, consistent and repeated usage amplifies the results. We find that after your second or third float, you’ll be able to relax both physically and mentally and you’ll really start to feel how awesome floating can be. For chronic conditions more sessions will likely be necessary as it can take time to resolve underlying issues effectively.

    Can two people float together?

    Only one person per pod. Once you have floated you will realise that the experience is quite personal and worrying about disturbing someone else lying next to you really defeats the purpose of the experience. We do however have three float pod rooms, so up to three people can come float simultaneously in our float centre.

    Can I eat or drink before I float?

    Normally food is not recommended unless you want to hear your stomach growling inside the pod. Similarly, you shouldn’t be starving or you could have the same issue, just have a light meal a couple of hours before the session. Definitely no caffeine, alcohol or energy drinks. Ideally some water is okay.

    Do I get dehydrated from soaking for so long?

    No, your skin doesn’t even prune up but instead becomes supple and smooth. You do absorb a lot of magnesium from the Epsom salt and that’s super good for your body.

    When not to float?

    If had any type of hair colouring treatment with in 1  week of the appointment

    If had any type of spray tan/skin colouring treatment with in 1  week of the appointment

    If have extreme low blood pressure

    If Have Diarrhoea or Gastroenteritis

    If have a history of regular ear infections

    If suffer from incontinence, nausea, epilepsy or psychotic attacks

    If have been medically advised not to float

    If you are injured, have open or bleeding wounds, recent tattoos and fresh piercings

    If have an acute and/or transmissible skin condition

    If ware a pacemaker or have a serious heart condition

    If have kidney disease

    If have a condition that is adversely affected by magnesium absorption via the skin.

    How often should I float?

    There are no rules as to how often you should float, however when you start floating, it is ideal if you are able to manage several floats within a fairly short time say one float per week or fortnight for 3-5 sessions.  We know that this isn’t always possible however and most people will find they feel real benefit from even just one float. 

    For long-term benefits, it is preferable to float regularly (monthly, fortnightly or weekly) to help maintain reduced stress levels,  muscle tension and improve overall well-being rather than using it as a reactionary treatment when stress & tension levels are already high.

    The common sense approach that prevention is better than cure also applies to floating. We at The Float Space float anywhere between daily to weekly and can wholeheartedly confirm that ‘the more you float, the better it gets’ is true!

    What if I can’t float or swim?

    There is no need to be able to swim as the water is only 25-30cm deep.  Anyone – even those people who say they are unable to float in pools or the ocean can float effortlessly in the tank due to the high concentration of Epsom salt and increased density of the water. We guarantee it.

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    Why Our Clients Love Us


    Many Of The Profound & Medically Backed Benefits Of Floatation Come From Floating Regularly

    We offer various float packages depending on your health needs. The benefits are cumulative, which explains why floatation devotees incorporate this therapy into their everyday lives.

    It is recommend booking 3 sessions initially, spaced out over a short period of time (e.g. weekly). This offers you the best chance to know if floating is something you feel will benefit you (we doubt it won’t). During your first float, your body is acclimatising to the salty float tank environment and it generally takes 3-5 floats to easily enter deeper states of relaxation for you to start really opening up to the mental, physical and emotional value that floating provides.

    The more often you float, the better and more effective it gets!

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