The ultimate relaxation
Floating in salt is an ancient art, dating back to 30BC when Cleopatra floated in the Dead Sea reaping the health benefits.
“Floating” is the experience of being weightless in the Float Pod®, also known as a sensory deprivation tank, literally floating for 60 or 90 minutes. Our Pods are filled with ten inches of water and approximately 900+ pounds of Epsom salts. The water and air are the same temperature as your skin, creating the sensation that your body and the water are one. Lying back, you float effortlessly on the surface with all parts of your body firmly supported by the salt, providing a luxurious escape from the world. Your ears are submerged and most wear earplugs, providing a quiet tranquil setting. You are in total control of your environment and can choose lights and/or music or neither. You float for a minimum of one hour.
Because you are literally floating on the surface, your muscles no longer have to fight against the constant downward push of gravity; the single greatest cause of wear and tear to bones, joints and body tissue. Your spine and joints are relieved from pressure allowing full relaxation. REST, (Restricted Environment Stimulus Therapy), aka Flotation Therapy, works directly with your brain, allowing your brain and body to relax and return to a state of balance and homeostasis.
Floating is not a new fad, it’s a research based modality with a multitude of healing benefits.
Benefits of Floating
Why use flotation regularly?
The more you float the better it gets! Each float session is unique and no two floats are ever the same.
While you’ll feel better after one float,the benefits of flotation therapy are cumulative; it takes three to four floats to begin to really feel the long term benefits.
Some of the well-researched benefits are:
- Release endorphins (the body’s natural pain killer…
… it makes you FEEL GOOD!)
- Relieve stress
- Ease chronic pain
- Enhance meditation
- Speed healing & recovery
- Ease arthritis and fibromyalgia
- Improve skin conditions
- Detoxify the system
- Decrease cortisol levels
- Enhance personal & spiritual growth
- Elevate your mood
- Increase creativity and imagination
- Increase circulation
- Balance the left and right brain
- Improve concentration & focus
- Help recover from addictions, phobias & depression
- Improve sleep
- Recover quickly from physical workouts
- Relief from the strains of pregnancy
Why is floating so good for you?
Floating is a wonderful way of attaining the deepest relaxation – it has been said that just one hour of floating can have the restorative effect of four hours of deep sleep.
The body balances and heals internally as all the senses are rested in a gravity-free environment. Research shows that floating measurably reduces blood pressure and heart rate while lowering the levels of stress-related chemicals in the body. Injuries and aches are relieved as floating helps blood circulation and increases magnesium intake from the Epsom salts. Not having to fight gravity lets your muscles, joints and bones take a well-deserved break. Your body suddenly has loads of extra resources (usually spent supporting your weight and regulating temperature), to focus on things like healing and resting.
Without gravity pushing you down all the time, your spine lengthens, chronic pain is relieved, and your muscles get to fully rest. Unlike lying on a mattress, lying in water allows blood to flow freely all throughout your body. There’s no need to readjust your position to get comfortable.
Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) has been used for thousands of years as a treatment for aches, pains and skin ailments. Magnesium is incredibly important to health and well-being; the majority of us are deficient in this mineral that is vital in over 300 enzymatic functions. Adequate levels of magnesium are correlated with lower incidences of coronary heart disease, lower blood pressure, better quality of sleep, cholesterol improvement and lower stress levels. It is also necessary for the proper functioning of the brain and nervous system. Supplementation through the skin while floating is the best way to absorb magnesium due to the large amount of magnesium sulfate dissolved in the water.
Floating for Athletes
Pro and amateur athletes use floating to enhance their performance and speed their recovery from injuries or intensive training. It helps keeps them on top of their game and gives them an edge over their competition. Because of the immense benefits of flotation therapy, athletes and teams around the world have starting integrating flotation therapy into their training regimen. Just to name a few: Chicago Cubs, Ohio State Warriors, Carl Lewis, Luke Willson, the New England Patriots, Peter Reid and the Philadelphia Phillies. “The AIS (Australian Institute of Sport) psychologists use float tanks for three main purposes: recuperation and rejuvenation, injury rehabilitation and neuro-muscular programming. The flotation tank represents a new dimension in sports training for the elite athlete”
Floating for the mind?
Pratyahara, the ‘withdrawal of the senses’ is the 5th of the 8 limbs of yoga defined in the Yoga Sutras. Getting rid of sensory input allows the ‘constantly-make-sure-you’re-not-dying’ part of your brain to chill out for a second, allowing the creative, relaxed part of your brain to come out and play. Without the constant pressure of analyzing the world around you, your body lowers its levels of cortisol, the main chemical component of stress. Your brain also releases elevated levels of dopamine and endorphins, the neurotransmitters of happiness. During a float, you produce slower brain wave patterns known as theta waves, which are normally experienced only during a deep meditation or just before falling asleep or awakening. This is usually accompanied by vivid imagery, very clear and creative thoughts, sudden insights and inspirations, or feelings of profound peace and joy, induced by the release of endorphins (the body’s natural opiates). Because of these effects, floating is effectively used in the treatment of depression and addictions. It is also used in schools and universities as a tool for super learning and athletes use it for pre-competition visualization and preparation.
Pricing and Appointments
90 Minute Float – $79 (2 hour appointment)
60 Minute Float – $70 (90 minute appointment)
3 Float Punch Card
$180 (60 minute floats)
$195 (90 minute floats)
6 Float Punch Card
$360 (60 minute floats)
$390 (90 minute floats)
*Appointment times include time to shower before and after your float. If you are new to floating, please arrive ten minutes before your scheduled appointment.
* Routt County residents, please inquire about locals discounts
Late night 3 hour floats available by request for additional cost
-One float a month (90 or 60 minutes! You choose)
-If you miss a float, we will roll it over to the next month (up to 3 floats)
-You may purchase a gift float at your rate of $59 instead of the listed rate.
-$49 Additional floats (for you only)
-If the Pod is available after your scheduled time you are welcome to float for extended time at no charge. (some restrictions apply)
-$10 Gong immersions
-Other promotions and discounts as advertised.