A float tank, or sensory deprivation tank, is an enclosed pool of water and measures 8 feet in length, 8 feet in height, and is 4.75 feet wide. The water in the tank is 10 inches deep and is kept at body temperature. The most important element of the tank is the addition of magnesium sulfate (Epsom salt) that is dissolved in the tank: approximately 900 pounds of Epsom salt to 180 gallons of water. This keeps the water at the same buoyancy as the Dead Sea making it impossible to sink. You will feel weightless when floating, which typically relieves any physical pain. Unique to the enclosed float room and float tanks is the sensory deprivation they provide. This restricted stimulation has been proven to change the way the brain works, showing an increase in theta waves in the brain-the waves that are activated by meditation and active during REM sleep.
Floatation therapy is often thought of as a stress-relieving solution for athletes, students, and creative individuals, but there are really no limits as to who can benefit from it. Business people are finding floatation therapy to be increasingly beneficial in the corporate environment, as it enhances productivity in a safe, healthy manner. There are dozens of reasons why companies have started encouraging their employees to float on a regular basis, and here are a few of the top ones. Floating is part therapy, part meditation, part transcendence, and all relaxation. Classically known as "sensory deprivation," floatation therapy is suitable for professionals, athletes, meditators and everyone in between, including children and the elderly. It has a myriad of documented benefits, including:
On a physiological level, floatation therapy has been known to:
...to name a few...
The body of scientific evidence supporting the health and wellness benefits of floatation therapy is growing all the time. One leading study by Karlsbad University found that: "Floating was perceived as pleasant. An altered state of consciousness was induced, varying from a milder state including profound relaxation and altered time perception, to more powerful with perceptual changes and profound sensations such as out-of-body experiences and "perinatal experiences." Neuropsychologists have found floatation effective for treatment of anxiety disorders, while clinical psychologists have found the "effects of floating to enhance creativity, physical performance, stress management, psycho and physiological effects, relief from chronic pain- fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, etc."
How do I prepare for my float?
Please arrive five minutes before your scheduled appointment time. Upon arrival, staff will instruct you on the logistics of floating and the process for the appointment. Avoid shaving or waxing 24 hours in advance as the salt in the tanks may irritate your skin. Although ear plugs are not mandatory for floating, they are provided. We recommend eating a light meal before your appointment to avoid your stomach growling during your float- this is loud under water!
Do I need to bring anything with me?
This is up to you. You will be allotted an additional 15 minutes in the float suite following your float session to shower and get ready as needed. You will be provided towels, a washcloth, and a robe to wear during this time. A shower is located within the float suite and is fully equipped with shower essentials including organic shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. For those needing additional time to get ready, a bathroom is located directly across the hallway from the float suite. The bathroom has a blow dryer, straightener, curling iron, cotton swabs, lotions, tampons, etc. You may want to bring a hair brush for after your shower!
What do I wear while floating?
You can either float naked or in a swimsuit. You'll be given total privacy during your float, so whatever you're comfortable with is fine! Nude is recommended to get the full sensory-deprivation experience.
How deep is the water in the tank?
Only about a foot deep!
I cannot swim, will I float?
No problem! The float tank is similar to the Dead Sea, so full of salt that you will float effortlessly. It is actually impossible to sink!
Is the water cold?
The water is kept at skin temperature so is comfortable to enter. After 10-15 minutes, you probably won't even notice the sensation of the water on your body!
What if I'm claustrophobic?
The room was designed specifically for you in mind. You will enter the tank by stepping into it, similarly to stepping into a bathtub. The ceiling of the float tank is 7 feet tall to alleviate the feeling of being enclosed or trapped. You can also open the tank door at any time and control the lighting from inside of the tank.
Are there lights in the tank?
Yes. There is underwater LED lighting and a starlight ceiling. Both of these can be controlled by the user.
How is the tank cleaned?
The filtration and sanitization systems are designed to turn the water over at least five times between floats. The tank complies with local regulatory requirements and utilizes UV sanitation and particulate filtration. The float room is clean & disinfected by receptionists in-between all appointments.
What if I fall asleep during my float?
No problem! This is common as it is such a relaxing experience. The amount of salt in the tank will ensure you float throughout the duration of your nap, and you will hear an exit message to know when it is time to get out.
Are there limitations on who can float?
You cannot float if you have open wounds, a communicable disease, incontinence, or are prone to seizures. Floating can provide great benefit to those who are pregnant, however; we advise you consult with your doctor prior to scheduling an appointment.
Can two people float together?
The tank is designed for single floats. Having more than one person in the tank takes away from the sensory deprivation experience. We do have two tanks, though! So, you can come with a friend. Schedule both float tanks for the same day and time under "Bring-A-Friend Float" and you will each get $5 off!
Can I float during menstruation?
Yes, as long as you use a tampon or cup, similarly to what you'd use to swim in a pool.
Is the tank handicap accessible?
Our float tank is ADA compliant and includes grab bars at the entrance of the tank. If you are in a wheelchair, entrance to the tank is largely dependent upon your upper body strength. You may bring an assistant to help you access the tank, however we recommend they wait in the lobby during your float.
Will the Epsom salt hurt my hair?
Your hair will get wet, but Epsom Salt is not harsh on it. You're welcome to wear a swim cap during your float in attempt to keep it dry. If you dye your hair, we kindly ask you wait 10 days following treatment to float. If you have red dye in your hair, we ask 30 days following treatment as we've found dye can continue to leave hair and damage the tank. If you have a keratin treatment on your hair, you may want to wear a tight-fitting swim cap to protect it from the water as it is typically recommended to avoid saltwater following smoothing treatments.
What is the minimum age for floating?
Guests must be 18 or older to use the floatation tank without the consent of an adult. Transcend allows individuals as young as age 8 to float. Those ages 8-12 must have a parent in the float room with them during their session. Those ages 13-15 must have a parent present at Transcend throughout the duration of the child's float, and those 16 and older can present on their own to float, given a parent-signed waiver is on file.
I have an open wound. Should I float?
There is a lot of salt in the water causing large wounds to sting, so we do not recommend floating with large open wounds. Smaller scratches can simply be covered with vaseline before entering the water.
I just got a spray tan. Can I float?
Unfortunately you cannot, as the salt will ruin your tan which will also ruin the water in our tanks.
"I would encourage anyone to try this. I feel super relaxed and at ease while floating and even afterward. Well worth the time!" -Andrea W.
"The most incredible experience! We’re so lucky to have float therapy available in our area! The room and tank are very spacious. I was nervous the first time as I tend to be a little claustrophobic but had no issues!! Also, this is a great gift and access to gift certificates is quick and easy!!" -Maggie G.
In a hurry? This short float is for you! Spend 30 minutes relaxing in one of our sensory deprivation tanks. Floating is great for stress relief, pain relief, meditation, & more!
Our most popular length of time to float! Spend 60 minutes relaxing in one of our sensory deprivation tanks. Floating is great for stress relief, pain relief, meditation, & more!
Did you enjoy the 60 minute float but wish it was longer? This longer float is for you! Spend 90 minutes relaxing in one of our sensory deprivation tanks. Floating is great for stress relief, pain relief, meditation, & more!
Save money by booking both float tanks for the same day and time! Be sure to book both Float Room 1 and Float Room 2! This special only works when both tanks are available on the same day and time. Floating is great for stress relief, pain relief, meditation, & more!
Do you love our float tanks? Save money by paying monthly! Simply schedule a floatation therapy appointment by calling us or clicking "Book Now" at the top of this page, and then mention this package at checkout. We will charge you $159 instead of $40, and then you can schedule as you wish for the month. This package is renewing, so you will be charged every month unless you specify that you only want the package for one month. There is no commitment, so you can cancel your package at any time.
Do you love our float tanks? Save money by paying monthly! Simply schedule a floatation therapy appointment by calling us or clicking "Book Now" at the top of this page, and then mention this package at checkout. We will charge you $199 instead of $50, and then you can schedule as you wish for the month. This package is renewing, so you will be charged every month unless you specify that you only want the package for one month. There is no commitment, so you can cancel your package at any time.
Transcend allows individuals as young as age 8 to float. Those ages 8-12 must have a parent in the float suite with them during their session. Those ages 13-15 must have a parent present at the clinic throughout the duration of the child's float, and those 16 and older can present on their own to float, given a parent-signed waiver is on file.