Float Therapy

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Float Therapy

We invite you to step into your own private float suite equipped with one of our two Wave Float Rooms or our Orbit Float Pod. There you will have the freedom and privacy to fully release all of your stress. Each suite has a shower, towels, earplugs, and anything else you may need for your float. After showering off and securely placing your earplugs you will step into your float to experience true R.E.S.T.

 

R.E.S.T. is Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy.  The water is super-saturated with 1000-1,200 pounds of Epsom salt to create a weightless environment. The water is so dense that someone can float on top of it; which effectively removes the constant physical stress of gravity on the bones and feeds the muscles a natural relaxant in the form of magnesium. The water and air temperature are the same to ensure that you will lose track of where the water stops and the air begins. This is a truly one of a kind therapy to give the brain and body a break from Light, Sound, Touch, and Gravity.

 

***Beneficial and safe for pregnant women and seniors. Children can benefit as well but may need a parent present in the room. Please call with any questions or concerns as these stipulations do not take into account every case and could be modified.

Where did sensory deprivation tanks originate?

Invented in the mid 1950’s by neuro-scientist Dr. John Lilly, floatation therapy tanks were originally named “sensory deprivation tanks,” and sometimes “isolation tanks.” Over several years the name was changed to float tanks or floatation therapy tanks. Though floating was originally invented in the United States, it has also grown quickly over the past two decades in Europe. You can now easily find a float tank around the world.

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Float Therapy | Longevity Effect

Float Therapy is commonly misunderstood. Most people wonder how float therapy really works.

About Float Therapy | Longevity Effect

Flotation therapy in Tulsa

Floating is the act of utilizing a “floatation tank, pod or open air pool.” Float Therapy has also been referred to as “sensory deprivation therapy” or “restricted environmental stimulus,” also known as R.E.S.T. It is utilized as a therapy to combat the stressors of everyday life. 

 

Everyday life bombards us with stressors that can cause us physical and psychological dysfunction. Floating minimizes these external sensory inputs allowing our mind and bodies to experience an environment it has not encountered before which is why many people report levels of intense relaxation.  This type of relaxation can bring about a plethora of benefits pertaining to stress. Most common are decreased blood pressure, decreased heart rate, and decreased anxiety as well as increasing one’s sense of overall well being.  

 

Many people with meditation practices report floatation therapy as a great place to meditate. The two combined can bring clarity, focus, calmness, creativity and give the brain time to turn inward an listen to the body instead of all the outside noise.

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What is flotation?

Quite simply, flotation is the most effective method for stress relief and relaxation. The flotation tank has 10″ of water saturated with 1000 pounds of Epsom salt, creating incredibly buoyant water for you to float on. The water is heated to skin temperature (95.5 F). Once you’re settled, it is virtually impossible to distinguish what parts of your body are in contact with the water and which aren’t.  Since your senses are void from input, the tank is sometimes also called a sensory deprivation tank.  However, we often notice our senses go into hyperdrive while floating right down to hearing yourself blink, which makes for a pretty amazing experience.

That tank looks scary… what if I’m claustrophobic / afraid to get in the tank?

Don’t worry! It’s not quite as bad as it looks. The Wave Float room is 58″(4.8ft) wide by 98″(8.1 ft) long. The Orbit pod is 66″(5.5 ft) wide by 94″(7.8 ft) long. You are in complete control and can open the door and go in/out as you’d like. You can even float with the door open.  If you’re feeling uneasy, feel free to come in and check the float tanks out before you float!  Most people feel so much better seeing them and realizing how much space and control they have.

How often is too often to float?

While you can float every day without harm, we find that the relaxing effects of a one-hour float typically last longer than just that one day. For most beneficial results, we recommend setting up regular sessions. Many clients find that floating once or twice a week provides great benefits. If you are using floating as a type of self-therapy, we suggest starting with at least 7 float sessions.

What if I'm a big guy / gal? Will I fit in the float tank?

Generally, yes! Unless you’re over 7 feet tall or over 500 pounds, you’re good to float in our tanks.

How long does one float session usually last?

We recommend 60 or 90 minutes for first time floaters. As you become more experienced and aware of the effects, you may find that 60 to 90 minutes are effective. Some clients want to float for 2, 3, or more hours.

What will it be like for me?

We have no way of knowing exactly what it will be like for each floater since it is such an individual experience. Nearly every customer reports having profound peace and relaxation, deep concentration and creativity. We try to avoid explaining too much before people use the tank, so that they aren’t influenced by what other floaters says. Not only will it be different for you than it is for anyone else, it’s possible that it will be different each time.

Will I be able to resume my daily activities when I get out?

Yes, you can. However, it may be a good idea to arrange your time so you don’t have to rush out after. Many people enjoy savoring the peace and quiet before jumping back into their hectic schedule.

Is there a cumulative effect of using the tank on a regular basis?

Yes. There seems to be a cumulative effect with consistent use of the float tank. This is not documented by official research, it is the tank users who know it is true.  Sadly, relaxation has become a learned art that needs practice.

Do you wear anything in the tank?

Since it is a private experience, most people choose not to wear any clothing. You’ll have the room to yourself and be required to shower both before and after.  Anything you wear will press against your body, becoming a possible distraction. Please feel free!

What do I need to do to prepare for this experience?

Relax! The tank will help but if you are able to arrive relaxed, the experience will be much more beneficial for you. Here are a few additional things to consider:

  • If you have caffeine (coffee, tea, or an energy drink) before you float, it may affect with your ability to relax.
  • Try not to shave right before arriving. It isn’t the end of the world if you do, but salt water on a freshly shaven area of the body can sting.
  • Ladies, if it’s that time of month, please give us a call to reschedule.
  • Remove your contacts prior to floating and bring something to store them in.

Would I drown in the flotation tank if I fell asleep?

It is nearly impossible to drown in the tank. Since you are floating you do not need to know how to swim. The water is only about 10″ deep and has a very very high density of salt. This water is buoyant and will support you regardless of your size or weight. Since the water is pushing you to the surface, rolling over requires conscious effort, unlike in your bed.  IF you were to manage to turn over, the salt in the water would sting your eyes and wake you.  Additionally, it’s not dangerous to fall asleep in the tank.  Certain people even use floating for this purpose! Some say that one hour of sleep in the tank feels roughly equivalent to 4 hours of regular sleep.

What happens if I get salt water in my eyes?

Getting salt water in your eyes will hurt. But not to worry! We provide a spray bottle with fresh water hanging in the tank. Simply reach up and spray your face or you can just open the door, grab a towel, dab the salt water off, then get back in the tank.

Can two people float in one tank?

No. While there are some float facilities that can accommodate couples floats, we are not one of them. Our Float rooms are for individual floating. We believe floating should be done individually to fully experience the float without any interruptions.

Are there situations in which I will not be permitted to use the flotation tank?

You may not float if:

  • You have an infectious skin or respiratory disorders/issue
  • You have an open wound(s) or recent tattoo(s)
  • You have incontinence
  • You have serious mental conditions or uncontrolled epilepsy
  • You are a high-risk pregnancy
  • You have permed or colored your hair within 7 days
  • You are under the influence of alcohol or any drug/illegal substance
  • You are currently menstruating

We ask that you please inform us of any conditions / issues for your own safety and the safety of all floaters! We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone at any time.

How are the tanks kept clean and disinfected?

There are 1000 pounds of medical grade Epsom salt dissolved in each of our tanks. Salinity is at 1.30 grams per cubic centimeter. The higher and higher the salt concentration, the lower and lower the ability for microorganisms to thrive in the water.  This automatically gives floatation tanks a leg up on cleanliness when compared to public pools and hot tubs.  After each session, the entire volume of the solution is  filtered through a three part filtration and sterilization system utilizing Ultra Violet light and H2O2.  UV is the safest most effective system available. It’s what water treatment facilities use to give us drinking water! It maintains the water’s soft, clean and crystal clear appearance. In addition, all clients are required to shower prior to entering the tank.

Will my skin get wrinkly from being in the float tank for so long?

No. The high Epsom salt content of the water means that the water will not draw the salt from your skin and cause wrinkles like a long bath does. Epsom salt has been used for centuries as a medicinal treatment for various skin conditions. It is non-toxic and is not harmful if swallowed (although it does not taste good!). Epsom salt is actually quite nourishing for the skin, which is why many people feel silky smooth after their float session.

I’m pregnant. Can I still float?

Yes, you can! Floating will not in any way hurt your baby or yourself. In fact, pregnant women probably get more relief from the float tank than anyone else. Just lying on a bed can be extremely uncomfortable for a woman in the later stages of pregnancy due to the massive amount of strain on the back and body. Our float tanks are a wonderful haven for women at any stage in their pregnancy. We do, however, recommend that pregnant women avoid floating during the first trimester. If you have any concerns about the effects of floating on your pregnancy, we ask you to consult and get permission from your personal physician before coming in to float.

What if my question wasn’t answered?

Send all further questions to contact@longevityeffect.com. Your questions will be answered within 24 hours.

More about Float Therapy at Longevity Effect

REDUCES

Blood Pressure, Heart rate, Muscle Tension, Back Pain, Anxiety, Stress, Jet Lag

IMPROVES

Energy levels, Oxygen and Blood Supply, Quality of Sleep, Focus, Creativity, Supply of Nutrients to the body, Memory, Strengthen Immune System, General Feeling of Well Being

ACCELERATES

Endorphin production and Recovery from Exercise, Sports, Illness and Injury

PREVENTS

Symptoms of Asthma, Gastro-Intestinal and Cardio-Vascular Disorders, Migraines, Chronic Back Pain, The Risk of Heart Attacks & Strokes.

Float Therapy Symptoms | Longevity Effect

If you suffer with any of these symptoms, float therapy may be for you.

Asthma

Asthma can be a frustrating issue to deal with in every day life. Floating is known to help relax the body to help counteract asthma.
Gastro-Intestinal Disorders

Gastro-intestinal disorders have to do with pressure and stress in the body. the stress-relieving affects of the float tank can have a calming result that can fight against some gastro-intestinal disorders
Cardio-Vascular Disorders

Cardio-vascular disorders can be made worse by the stress of hectic every day life. with a regular visit to the float tank, the stress that makes the disorders worse can begin to melt away
Migraines

Many migraines are brought on by the everyday pressures of life. Floating can have a stress-relieving affect that may help these migraines decrease in frequency or intensity
Chronic Back Pain

Although Floating is not proven to completely fix chronic back pain, it has been proven to help relieve pain in the back in many cases
The Risk of Heart Attacks

The calming affects of floating can relieve pressure in the body as a whole. affectively lowering your risk of a heart attack or other cardio-vascular issues
The Risk of Strokes

Though not proven to fully protect against the risk of having a stroke, floating has helped relieve stress which in many cases is a key factor in strokes.