In 1954, physician, neuroscientist and psychoanalyst Dr. John C. Lilly devised the floatation tank as part of his research at the National Institute of Mental Health. He was testing the premise that mental activity would cease in the absence of external stimuli. Instead, he found floating to be profoundly relaxing, and that it facilitated the discovery of richly elaborate states of inner experience. Since then, many people have discovered the multiple benefits of floating.
With more study and use by both researchers and the public, the initial terminology for floatation, “sensory deprivation”, was changed to Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy. R.E.S.T. Therapy. With the research that followed came a greatly enhanced understanding of the many benefits for those who practice floatation. A great volume of published work continues to show improvements for users in managing stress, lowering blood pressure, reducing the presence of stress-related chemicals in the bloodstream, ceasing addictions, controlling chronic pain, enhancing creativity and mental acuity, among other known benefits.
Our Float cabin is pretty simple: the water is 11 inches deep, heated to 95°and filled with 1500 pounds of Epsom salt (filtered after every use).
The reason that a float tank is sometimes referred to as a sensory deprivation chamber is because it is entirely light-proof (completely dark) and sound-proof.
NOTE: the tank is not air-tight, ensuring there is plenty of oxygen.
Especially in today's day and age, we are exposed to countless stimuli, which can leave our bodies in a state of stress, causing numerous health problems. A float tank session is 60 minutes and can significantly minimize this stress, yielding numerous benefits.
It may feel a bit overwhelming to be in a completely dark and quiet environment. Sometimes it helps to keep your eyes closed during the duration of the float to avoid disorientation. When entering/exiting the tank, please be careful, to avoid slipping or splashing the salty water into your eyes. While some may find it a bit strange at first, you will likely get used to it and be able to relax after the first few minutes.
Don't want to try it alone? Sign up with a friend! Our tank is HUGE! 8 feet x 7 feet
Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled float time so we can introduce you to floating. •Refrain from drinking your morning cup of joe or any energy drink. This will increase your heart rate and potentially increase the opportunity for Restlessness instead of relaxation.
•If you have a lot of energy, engage in some light exercise, a salt cave session or massage prior to your float.
•Refrain from shaving/waxing 12 hours prior to your float. This will prevent discomfort from the Epsom salt coming in contact with your freshly shaved/waxed skin.
•Stick with a light meal an hour prior to floating you don’t want a stuffed tummy, nor a tummy grumbling for food; This could be highly distracting!
Feel free to bring swimwear, but it is not necessary for your float, and actually not recommended. You must shower before entering the cabin and after your float, to rinse off the salt. Everything you need will be provided; ear plugs, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, towels, robes and a blow dryer. Come ready to experience a relaxation like you have never experienced before!
Gravity in a floatation tank is essentially non-existent by the extreme buoyancy caused by the dissolved 1500 pounds of Epsom salt. During a float therapy session you are floating in 11 inches of Epsom salt filled water, inside a light-proof, sound-proof cabin. The zero gravity environment deprives all your senses and creates a therapeutic and meditative state of mind. You have the option to turn on sound & lights if you wish. Floating feels like nothing, which is (unsurprisingly) difficult to describe. Initially the water is pleasantly warm, but quickly becomes less noticeable as the air and water are set to match the temperature of your skin. This equilibrium, combined with the weightlessness from the buoyant solution, results in very little external stimuli and allows your mind and body room to relax, recover and recharge. The specific experience is unique to each individual and each float. However, most people report experiencing strong feelings of peace and relaxation. Come check out the Float tank in Fargo at Inspire!
When your session is complete the float tank will awake you and signal you to exit. Although the salt is beneficial for both your hair and skin, you shower after your session to remove the excess salt. After your session is complete you will be able to go about your day as normal, but we would recommend drinking a lot of water and relaxing to get the full benefit from your float.
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How is a float tank sanitary & kept clean?
The interior of a float tank is exceptionally sanitary. The tank has up to 1,500 pounds of Epsom salt dissolved in the water, which raises the salinity to levels that are inhospitable to bacteria, including microbes and other pathogens.
The Solution is sterilized between each session through a process of commercial-grade circulation, filtration and purified using a combination of UV (Ultraviolet Light) and Ozone. No harsh chemicals (Chlorine, Bromine etc) are used in the solution at our facility.
Can I drown in a float tank?
While it is possible to drown in any pool of liquid, float tanks are much safer than most other bodies of water because they contain a high concentration of salt. It is impossible to sink in a float tank, and you must exert a conscious effort to turn onto your side or attempt floating face-down. Many people safely sleep while they are floating.
Can pregnant women float?
Yes, pregnant women may use float tanks. Floating while pregnant allows you to escape the added weight of pregnancy by taking the strain off the body and spine (and feet!). It promotes excellent sleep, a lovely sense of well being, and can help with all the aches and pains normally associated with pregnancy. For many mothers, the environment creates a heightened sensitivity and connection with the baby, and some have reported a profound experience of “mirroring” from floating in a quiet, warm and secure environment while their baby does the same.
Because circumstances are unique with each pregnancy, use of float tanks should be discussed with a health care professional, and if you are in your first trimester we will requiere a doctors note before floating. The following information will be relevant:
Can children float?
Although float tanks are physically safe for children, some may experience episodes of fear or claustrophobia. In some reports, children mention that the darkness is calm and peaceful as opposed to the scary darkness of their bedrooms at night. Children 18 and under may use float tanks with parent’s written consent, if your child is floating it is required you stay at the spa. Depending on age of child we may require parent’s supervision in the tank as well.
Is there anyone who should not float?
Float tanks are not recommended for some people. Anyone the following conditions should not use float tanks: uncontrolled epilepsy, drug or alcohol intoxication, infectious disease, open wounds and serious psychological conditions.