Gravity Floatation centre - Introduction Video
+ Do I need to bring anything?
No, you don't need to bring anything. We recommend floating in the nude, we will provide you with a private room fitted with a shower, towel, shower products, ear plugs, tissues and make-up wipes. We also have an area with hair dryers, a hair straightener and hair products. Feel free to bring your own items that may cater to your individual needs such as a comb, brush, make up.
+ Do I need to prepare before floating?
- Avoid having caffeine or stimulants 4 -5 hours hours prior
- Ensure your hair colour runs clear if you've coloured your hair after you have coloured
- Avoid applying skin tan in the same week
- Don't shave or wax beforehand as your skin may become irritated
- Have a light meal a couple of hours before floating
+ Are there any differences between the rooms?
All of the rooms are identical, fitted out with indivudal showers for your privacy.
+ Are there any funds that pay for floating?
Yes, we have clients who have claimed floating under NDIS, Workcover, Aged Care Services, Vetran Affairs, TAC. Speak to us about your particular situation. Health funds under extras do not cover floating at this time in Australia.
+ Which conditions is floating best for?
Any condition exacerbated by stress. Floating decreases: blood pressure, heart rate and cortisol levels. It also frees the body of 90% of its neuro muscular activity and releases tension from muscle fibres. Many Pain and stress conditions can be managed or treated as a result of these positive effects such as:
- Anxiety disorders
- Anorexia nervosa
- Chronic muscle tension pain in back & neck
- Chronic pain
- Chronic tension headaches
- Comorbid major depressive disorder
- Panic disorder
- Parkinson's Disease
- Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Stress-related pain with “burnout depression”
+ How often should I float?
If you are new to floating, we reccomend floating 3 times in a short time frame i.e 3 times in 2-3 weeks. This allows your body and mind to acclimate to floating and understand its benefits. Our staff will assist in matching your need with the frequency you should float. Many people who have a particular reason for floating, i.e stress,find weekly floats initially helpful and then move to fortnightly once symptoms dissipate. Typically the relaxing effects of a one-hour float last 1-7 days depending on the individual. For best results, regular and consistant sessions provide the most benefits.
+ Can I float if I am menstruating?
Yes, floating can greatly assist with any aches and pain associated with menstruation. The Magnesium and Sulphate assist with PMS and period pains. For hygiene reasons additional precautions need to be taken during menstruation, sanitary products such as tampons or menstrual cups must be used to ensure no leakage during the float as you would expect in a spa or swimming pool. We keep extra products if you are caught short.
+ Can pregnant women float?
Absoluately, the benefits are most notible in the second and third trimester. The water is 35 degrees, no fear of overheating. The Magnesium and Sulphate is absorbed by the skin providing countless benefits. The gravity free environment eliviates pressure from the joints carrying the baby creates on the mother's body. Some women have reported being able to hear their baby's heart beat while floating. Always check your specific pregancy circumstances with you health practitioner before you float.
+ I'm claustrophobic can I float?
Most individuals who are claustrophobic have no problems with floating. The pods are quite spacious, lids can be kept open and the pod light left on. After a couple of sessions most floaters with this condition find they are comfortable and float with the lid closed and light off. If there is a problem you can get out at anytime, or push the emergency button for assistance.
+ What happens if I fall asleep?
You will sleep, continue to float and upon waking feel amazed!
+ Do I need to know how to swim?
No there is only 40 cms of water and 500kg of Epsom Salts in each pod, this is more bouyant than the dead sea and 10 times the bouyancy of the ocean. It is impossible not to float once you lay back. Nature takes over and there is nothing for you to do but be present and relax.
+ How do I ask for assistance if required while floating?
Each pod is fitted with an emergency button on the left hand side. A staff member will attend promptly to assist you.
+ Is there anyone who shouldn't float?
Anyone suffering from the following is advised not to float for their own safety as well as the safety of all clients:
- Extreme low blood pressure
- Contagious disease
- Infectious skin conditions
- Open wounds
- Infectious Illness
- Diarrhoea or Gastroenteritis until 14 days after the final symptom
Anyone with the following conditions is advised to check with their health practitioner prior to floating:
- Heart condition
- Allergies to; Salts / Bromine / Magnesium
- Severe Skin Conditions; Psoriasis / Eczema
- Mental Illness Psychosis
+ If I am receivng cancer treatment can I float?
Floating is beneficial to any condition that is exacerbated by stress. The medical advise is floating is safe to undertaken after 7 days following your chemotherapy treatment.
+ What are the pod dimensions?
The internal dimensions of the pod are 2.27m long and 1.39m wide,the size of a small car! You will be surprised how big they are.
+ How is the water maintained?
After each session, the whole body of water cycles through a filtration system containing UV lamps and a micron filter 4-6 times. The water is also treated with a small amount of chlorine in line with health regulations and the 500kg of Epsom Salts dissolved in the water acts as a natural disinfectant. We regularly test and balance the water throughout the day.
+ Is there an age limit?
Generally floaters must be 16 years or over, individuals under this age will require parental consent and supervision.
+ Is there a weight limit?
No other than the size of the pod which is 2.27m long and 1.39m wide, alongside the individual's ability to enter the pod. We have had individuals up to 160kgs float comfortably.
+ Can gift vouchers be purchased on line?
Yes, online e-gift cards give you the option to personalise your gift card to suit the occassion. Gift cards are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase, unless otherwise specified. They will become void after this time.
+ What's the difference between Magnesium Sulphate (Epsom Salts) and magnesium Chloride?
Magnesium Sulphate (Epsom Salts used in our pods) & Magnesium Chloride (Dead Sea salts) are both Magnesium Salts. When either Magnesium Chloride or Epsom Salt are diluted into water the bonds separate, so if both products were diluted into the bath water at the same time we would have 3 separate minerals:
- Magnesium on its own
- Sulphates on their own
- Chlorides on their own
As the bonds separate, we uptake those 3 elements separately. Therefore, whether the Magnesium is initially bound to Chlorides or Sulphates becomes inconsequential as it is readily up-taken as Magnesium! Although both products have similar levels of Elemental Magnesium, the Chlorides & Sulphates it’s initially bound to are equally important as EACH one plays a different important role within the body, and provide different essential elements.
Transdermal therapy is by far the best method of absorption. Alternating between the two products can be very beneficial, epsom salts when floating and Magnesium Chloride in your bath at home, ensuring you are replenishing cells with all three minerals.