What is Floatation Therapy?
Floatation Therapy is the use of high-density salt water to create a sensory-less environment to aid with reduction of stress, anxiety, pain, and fatigue. It is completed inside a very large float pod, where you will float on top of the water while losing sense of time and space.
What will happen during my float?
When you come to your appointment at ZIVEL, your Float Coach will show you to your private Float Room and give you a full explanation of how to float. You’ll shower, then get into the float pod. You will lay down on your back in shallow water, and choose to close the lid or keep it open. The pod has soft colored lights and music, and you can leave those on, or turn off either lights or music, or both. The water is skin temperature, so as you float there will be no temperature difference between your water and your skin. You will float effortlessly in the water with no pressure points anywhere on your body. Float pillows for neck/head support are available upon request, although most people prefer not to use a pillow.
How do I prepare?
Avoid caffeine, shaving and eating a heavy meal within 3 hours. Eat a light snack about an hour prior to your float. Drink lots of water the day you float. If you have hair with texture ranging from tight curls to tight kinks, we do suggest pre-washing at home to ensure that you are able to thoroughly remove any product without any time constraints.
When is it not ok to float?
Floating is not allowed if you have a fresh tattoo, an open wound, or have had your hair dyed or sunless tanner/spray tan applied in the last 2 weeks. We recommend that pregnant women consult their physician prior to floating. For a full list of medical contraindications, please see below.
What do I wear?
We recommend floating nude, but you are welcome to wear a swimsuit if you prefer.
What do I bring?
Bring an open mind to fully experience each float, a hairbrush, and deodorant (if desired). We will provide body wash, shampoo, and conditioner, towels, earplugs, and bottled water.
What if I can’t swim?
The water is so dense with salt that you actually float without even trying! And the water is only about 12” deep.
Can I float with contact lenses in?
If you wear contact lenses you may want to remove them as it might be a problem if salt water gets into your eyes. It's always a good idea to bring your lens case and solution.
What if I’m scared of tight spaces?
No worries! The units are roomy and you can even leave the lid up if you want!
What if I am afraid of the dark?
You are in control! You can choose to have soft lights on or off and whether to put the lid down or leave it up.
Can I float while menstruating?
Floating should not be a problem during menstruation as long as you use the proper hygienic products (tampons). If you generally experience extreme cramping, nausea, headache, a raised body temperature or any other upsetting menstruation symptoms it is recommended that you reschedule your float.
Do NOT Float if you have any of the following conditions:
Under the influence of alcohol or drugs
Communicable or infectious skin condition, disorder, or diseases; fresh tattoos; or open sores.
History of heart trouble, epilepsy, seizures or blackouts and have not received my doctor’s permission to float
Condition which may be adversely affected by cutaneous absorption of magnesium
Incontinence, or voluntarily/involuntarily release of bodily fluids of any kind
Unable to stand up from the floor unassisted
Under the age of 18 without written parental consent
You have been medically advised not to float
Check with your health practitioner before floating if you are pregnant or are concerned about the following conditions:
Sensitivity to sulfate or magnesium
Severe skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema
Clinically diagnosed claustrophobia