Do I need to prepare in any way?
Flotation therapy is perhaps the easiest pastime imaginable. The only precaution that you need to consider is to not shave, wax, or tan at all on the day of your float session. The high salt content of the water can be irritating to freshly shaved, tanned or waxed skin. We provide petroleum jelly in every room for people to cover any small cuts and grazes.
Please do not wear any hair or skin products prior to floating. If you have hair coloring that has not set you may not step into the Float Pod® until the color is set and nothing washes out in the shower. Try not to eat within about an hour before the float, and have an empty stomach and bladder. For the best float experience, avoid caffeine prior to your arrival, as this makes it difficult for the mind to settle down. You must not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Do I need to bring anything for the float session?
The most important thing to bring is a change of clothes for after your float. A swimsuit is optional if you feel more comfortable wearing one, but most clients prefer to float in the nude. Each Pod is located in a private room with a shower only a few steps away. All of our showers have shampoo, conditioner, and body wash provided. There are hair dryers available in the after float prep area located in the back of the spa by the restrooms. You will only need to bring your usual post-shower products such as a hair brush, deodorant, skin creams etc. If you wear contact lenses, please remember to bring something to store them during your float.
I’m claustrophobic. Can I still float?
This is a common concern, but you are in complete control. You can keep the Pod hatch open, lights on and get out when you see fit. The pods are very large, 7 feet long and 5 feet wide – large enough for most people to extend their arms and legs without touching the sides. It does not feel enclosed whatsoever once inside. Once we have explained to our customers that they are in charge of the whole process, their worries subside, and usually they go on to float with the door closed and the lights off. Both of these functions are fully controllable from within the Float Pod®.
How is water hygiene maintained?
Float Away Spa complies with stringent health and safety regulations. The water contains a high level of Epsom salt. So much so that the solution is inherently sterile. Our state of the art purification system automatically cleans the water between clients. The purification system will remove particles larger than 5 micron (1/20th a human hair). We also use the The Float Pod®, by Float Pod Technologies©, which uses ozone and UV light technology to purify and disinfect the water after each float. 35% hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is added to the water to work in conjunction with the UV light for optimum disinfection. This is the ideal setup since it works without using harmful chemicals, such as chlorine or bromine, that could cause respiratory issues. The water is constantly cycled through our filtration system when not in use. Every client will experience a pristine room and Pod upon each visit.
What if I can’t swim?
Floating doesn’t require any swimming skills whatsoever. You’ll float like a cork and it doesn’t matter what shape or size you are. You can even fall asleep and you are safely supported by the buoyant salt water solution.
Is there any risk of drowning?
The high buoyancy of the water makes it impossible for the individual to go beneath the surface. Turning over in the Float Pod® is also very difficult. In the event that you do turn over, the water is only about 10 inches deep and you can touch the bottom at any time.
Occasionally, we have clients that end up falling asleep during the float. If you were to get the Epsom salt in your eyes or mouth, it would immediately wake you up. A support for the head/neck is also available should you struggle to relax your head back or in case you feel uncertain that the water will support your head during the float.
Will my skin wrinkle?
No. Because the water contains high Epsom salt levels it doesn’t rob your skin of salt, (which is what causes wrinkling). Rather, it leaves your skin soft and silky.
Are there any negative side-effects?
Not in the true sense of the word. Some first-time clients may emerge from the Float Pod® feeling slightly nauseous. This doesn’t last long and is only due to the unfamiliar sensation of weightlessness. Clients rarely experience any cases of nausea in subsequent visits.
I’m pregnant. Can I float?
Absolutely! In fact, women in the later stages of pregnancy probably get more relief from floating than anyone else. Just lying on a bed can be extremely uncomfortable for women in the later stages of pregnancy due to the massive gravitational strain placed on the body. Floating is a wonderful haven to which pregnant women can escape. We do, however, recommend that like most activities, floating should be avoided in the first trimester. A written approval from your doctor will be required.
What is the mental experience of floating like?
Everyone is different. The ideal is to achieve a state in which you are completely relaxed, motionless, and thoughtless. It can take some time, or even multiple floats, before being able to achieve this. You should feel like you’re drifting out in space without a care in the world. With your ears submerged in the water you hear nothing but your own breath and heartbeat and your mind is in a meditative state.
Unfortunately, this also means you’ll feel every micro ripple in the water and any sounds or physical sensations become obvious and distracting. It can be jarring to drift into the side of the Pod or to just get a slight itch on your face. This is all the more reason to try to remain as motionless as possible to get the most out of floating.
Can I float if I’m on my period?
Yes, just follow the same protocol you would for a swimming pool or hot tub. Please wear an insertable type feminine hygiene product (tampon, cup, etc.). We also ask that you bring your own towel if you are currently menstruating.
What can I expect on my first visit?
On your first visit, you will be required you to fill out a health history form and general consent. Afterwards, your licensed massage therapist will review your forms, ask if there any specific conditions that need to be addressed, as well as determine if massage is appropriate for you. Your massage therapist may perform certain assessments and testing to evaluate your condition prior to your massage.
Where will my massage session take place?
Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a comfortable, quiet room located near the back of the spa. Soft music is usually played during your session to help you relax. You will lie on a massage table equipped with the bodyCushion, designed for maximum comfort.
What do I wear during the massage?
Depending on the primary technique your therapist uses, you may or may not need to undress. For a full body massage, most people undress completely. However, you may choose to wear underwear. Your massage therapist will give you privacy to undress, and you will be covered with a sheet at all times, except for the area being worked on.
What do I do during a massage therapy treatment?
Make yourself comfortable. If your therapist wants you to adjust your position, he will either move you or will ask you to move what is needed. Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable. Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session. Others prefer to talk. It’s totally up to you. It is your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax.
How will a massage feel?
It usually depends on the techniques used. Many massage therapists use a form of Swedish massage, which is often a baseline for practitioners. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes (effleurage) that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. Often, a light oil or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. Do not hesitate to ask questions or mention if you feel any discomfort so that the massage therapist can use another approach or technique.
Will the massage lotions or oils make me break out?
Most massage therapists use hypoallergenic massage oils or lotions. However, if you have sensitivity to certain types of oils or lotion please bring it to the massage therapist’s attention as most practitioners have an assortment of oils and lotions on hand.
Is a massage always appropriate?
No, there are several medical conditions that would make massage inappropriate. That’s why it is necessary that you fill out the health history forms and before you begin your session. The massage therapist will ask general health questions to rule out if you have any contraindications to massage. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor’s care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage prior to any session. Your massage therapist may require a recommendation or approval from your doctor.
How long will a massage treatment last?
The average full-body massage treatment lasts approximately one hour. A half-hour appointment only allows time for a partial massage session, such as neck and shoulders, back or legs and feet. Many people prefer a 60- to 90-minute session for optimal relaxation. Always allow relaxation time prior to and after the session.
How will I feel after a massage therapy treatment?
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days.
What is the difference between different types of massage offered at Float Away Spa?
Swedish massage uses long flowing strokes (effleurage), kneading (petrissage), friction, vibration and tapping (tapotement).
Deep tissue massage addresses deeper layers of muscle, and is often incorporated after your muscles have been warmed up with Swedish massage.
A Functional Mobility session is specific to the client. A movement assessment is done to figure out where the client is successful, as well as determine areas of excessive tightness. Afterwards, the movement professional will suggest a variety of techniques, such as partner assisted stretching, self myofascial release (foam roller or lacrosse ball), joint distractions, compression band, and/or movements designed to improve mobility and stability. A home workable program will be given to the client.
Functional Mobility follow up sessions are usually recommended every 2-4 weeks to give the client progressions on the original program until the goal has been achieved. The number of follow up sessions may differ from person to person depending on the goals, wants, and needs of the client.
Myoskeletal Alignment is a comprehensive approach to chronic pain management. Our licensed massage and myoskeletal alignment therapist will take you through a series of assessments and design a program specifically for you. A variety of massage and joint mobilization techniques are typically implemented during the session. You will also learn mobility exercises that you can do on your own at home to ensure your future success.