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12 Water St, Grafton, Auckland 1023

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09 281 46 48 info@floatculture.co.nz


What effects does floating have on the body?

A: In the gravity free environment the body balances and heals internally as all the senses are rested. Research shows that floating measurably reduces blood pressure and heart rate whilst lowering the levels of stress related chemicals in the body. Old injuries and aches, (especially backache) experience relief as floating helps blood circulation.

Floating is used widely in the treatment of stress, anxiety, jet lag and to improve concentration and creativity. Sports performance and ‘wind down’ is also enhanced during floating.

Will my skin wrinkle?

No. Because the water contains high salt levels it doesn’t rob your skin of salt, (which is what causes wrinkling). Rather, it leaves you skin soft and silky.

What effects does floating have on the mind?

A: During a float, you produce slower brain-waves patterns, know as theta waves, (normally experienced only during deep meditation or just before falling asleep). This is usually accompanied by vivid imagery, very clear, creative thoughts, sudden insights and inspirations or feelings of profound peace and joy, induced by the release of endorphins, the body’s natural opiates.

Because of these effects, floating is used effectively in the treatment of depression and addictions, including smoking and alcohol. It is also used in schools and universities as tools for Super Learning.

Do you change water after each client? / How do you keep the water clean?

A: The rooms and tank are cleaned between each client, likewise after every session the entire volume of water is pumped out and filtered through a sterilization system – During the filtering process: peroxide – which is a disinfectant – is added to the water, the water also goes through a UV light which sterilizes any germs, finally with the amount of epsom salts no bacteria can live for an extended period of time. The water is tested everyday to ensure it is in keeping with pool hygiene standards. The Epsom salts are a natural disinfectant and are at a super loaded amount. In addition, all clients are required to shower prior to entering the tank and a weekly deep clean ensures that the facilities are kept safe and hygienic.

Is it possible to drown in the tank?

A: The high buoyancy of the water makes it very difficult for the individual to go beneath the surface. Once a human is settled and facing upwards it is only possible to touch the bottom of the tank with a great deal of effort.

Is it safe during pregnancy?

A: We don’t recommend floating in the first trimester. You can float later on in your pregnancy. The water is only 34.8 – 35degrees this is relaxed skin temperature, in fact, it is a wonderful way to take the weight off your entire body during pregnancy, with the added bonus of boosting your magnesium and sulphate which is essential for a healthy human.

Will I get claustrophobic in the tank?

A: This is a common concern. Being in the tanks is more like floating in outer space than being shut in a box. You’re always in control of your environment, and even people with extreme claustrophobia have reported having no problems with their time in the tank. You can choose to float with the door of the tank open and with the interior light on. Once we have explained to our customers that they are in charge of the whole procedure, their worries subside, and usually, they go on to float with the door closed and the light off. Both of these functions are fully controllable from within the tank.

Do I need to bring anything?

A: Depends on the location. In Grafton, everything you need is provided by us. You won’t need a swimsuit as each tank is situated in its own private room. We also provide shower cosmetics, towels and creams for after the float. If you are trailing or joining Float Club Titirangi, you will need to bring your own towel and earplugs. We will provide shampoo, conditioner and body wash.

Are there any side effects?

A: Not in the true sense of the word. Some first-time floaters can emerge from the tank feeling slightly nauseous or sleepy. This is actually a good sign as it indicates that built-up stress is in fact leaving the body or your body going through an intense detoxification. It also could be a sign of a kidney disorder (please consult with your doctor). It is very rarely experienced in subsequent floats.

What if I want to get out of the tank?

A: You are free to leave the tank at any point. If you get bored or your mind gets overactive, stay calm and your body and mind will thank you later. We do recommend committing to the whole length of the experience and resisting the urge to leave.

Do I need to prepare in any way?

A: Don’t drink coffee or smoke for several hours beforehand, stay hydrated. Also, don’t shave or wax since the salt water can irritate your skin. Eating a light meal about an hour to 90 minutes ahead of time stops your stomach from sounding like an angry monster while you float. Other than that, there’s no specific preparation needed.

Five tips to keep your hair vibrant while floating:
  • Use Professional Color-Safe Shampoos and Conditioners at home.
  • Use a Color-Safe Clarifying Shampoo & a Protein Building Deep-Conditioner soon after each float. A clarifying shampoo is different from an everyday shampoo because it helps to break down product build-up, remove dirty & in this case, properly remove the salt.
  • Use a Heat Protectant. Before blow-drying or running any hot tool through the hair, it is important to use a heat protectant.
  • Use Warm to Cool Temperature Water. Slightly warm showers will help keep the cuticle of your hair open to get rid of the salt.
How do I know if I experienced the Theta brain state?

A: When in the pod you felt like the time passed by really quickly or you were not sure if you were awake or asleep (You were drifting in and out of it), congratulations you experienced the Theta brain state!:)

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