A “Floatation Tank” is a specially designed tank, pod, or room (depending on the type of tank) with the purpose of limiting exterior sensations to the body.
The tank is filled with approximately 200 gallons of water and Epsom salt “solution”, and is so dense that one’s body easily floats on this solution. The solution is heated to the same temperature as your skin, approximately 93.5 degrees Fahrenheit.
The tank is light proof once the door is closed.
The tank is very quiet. One’s ears are slightly below the surface of the solution, and because of the difference in the way sound travels through air, stainless steel, (or plastic, in the case of the Aphelion) and water/Epsom salt solution, this diffuses nearly all noise, resulting in a very quiet floating experience.
“Floating” is the practice of using a floatation tank for many different reasons: stress relief, relaxation, meditation, contemplation, and recuperation, just to name a few.
Will I feel claustrophobic?
This is a very common question and likely the primary concern for folks who are just finding out about the tanks. We have found the best policy is to take a look at the tank in person. In real life, the tanks are quite big and people usually say: “This is big, I won’t feel claustrophobic in there…” Once people commit to floating and they get in the Escape Pod, they feel like they are in control. We find that when people feel in control and take their time to get comfortable with floating, they do not feel claustrophobic.
Will I be able to get in and out of the tank?
Getting in and out of the tank is easy, but one needs to have reasonably good leg strength. When getting in, one needs to crouch down on their legs. And getting out is just the reverse. Take your time and be careful!
I have a tiny room in my basement. Do you think it will fit?
Yes, as long as it is at least 12 feet long and 8 feet wide, the Escape Pod Explorer should fit fine. Before you purchase an Escape Pod, please measure out your room and plan how it is going to fit. With the Aphelion, you’ll need at least 36 inch door openings and quite a lot of room to maneuver the tank once inside. Remember, you’ll need a little room for the pump and filter system too. Also, you’ll need room to open the door of the tank. Take your time, diagram the room, and make sure it is going to fit. Remember, too, that you’ll need a little extra room to build the tank and slide it around during the assembly process. Please contact us and we will help you figure out what will work.
How hard is it to build?
Setting up your Escape Pod Aphelion is easy and should take 3-4 hours. Plan to have a helper. Take your time and make sure you do each step correctly, and it goes together easily.
The Escape Pod Explorer is a bit more time consuming to install, and will take between 8-12 hours because it comes in pieces that you assemble.
Will floating damage my hair?
No. It may not be a good idea to float right after getting your hair color treated or permed. Give your hair a week or so of washes prior to floating.
Are there any medical conditions that might make using a float tank or sensory deprivation tank dangerous?
It’s a good idea to talk with your doctor if you have concerns. People with epilepsy—even if it is under control and especially if it is not medically controlled—should not use the tank. You should consult a physician prior to floating. If you are pregnant, you should consult your physician prior to floating.
Is the salt solution bad for me or my skin?
No. The Epsom salt, which is magnesium sulfate, is actually really good for you. The National Academy of Sciences reports that most Americans are magnesium deficient. Magnesium regulates the activity of more than 325 enzymes and is vital for many bodily functions, from muscle control and electrical impulses to energy production and the elimination of harmful toxins. Furthermore, your body will also absorb the other component of the salt, sulfates. Sulfates are involved in a wide variety of functions in the body. They play a vital role in the formation of brain tissue, joint proteins and the proteins that line the walls of the digestive tract.
Do you ever sell used Escape Pods?
From time to time, we have used floatation tanks for sale. We will also post these on our Facebook page.
What if I have a used Escape Pod to sell?
If this is the case, please contact us and we’ll help spread the word for you.
For even more information on floating, check out the “Beginner’s Guide to Floating” from Float On.