Benefits of Floatation Therapy

Physical

  • Reduction and Alleviation of Pain
  • Lowers Blood Pressure and Heart Rate
  • Aids in Addiction Recovery
  • Improves Athletic Performance
  • Improves Circulation

Mental

  • Stress Reduction
  • Increased Creativity
  • Cures Insomnia
  • Increased Reactions and Alertness
  • Feelings of Euphoria

Spiritual

  • Deep Relaxation
  • Alleviation of Depression and Stress
  • Effortless Mediation
  • Expansion of Consciousness
  • Achievement of Theta State

Single float sessions

| $49 (30 min)

(30min sessions only available Monday & Tuesdays)

| $79 (60 mins)

| $95 (90 mins)

| $109 (120 mins)

 

3 x Float Sessions* | $199

(*60min session only, Valid 6 months, shareable between 2 people, all passes are non-refundable)

5 x Float Sessions* | $315

(*60min session only, Valid 12 months, shareable between 2 people, all passes are non-refundable)

float memberships

ULTRA ESSENCE FLOAT TANK MACKAY

Silver Frequent Floater

1 Float per month* | $59

|*60 minute session

| Additional floats only $55

| Sharable between 2 people. Must be same 2 people for entire contract

| Contract 6 or 12 month option.

 

 

Gold Frequent Floater

4 Floats per month* | $220

|*60 minute session

| Additional floats only $50

| Share between as many people as you like 

| Contract 3, 6 or 12 month option.

What is float therapy?

Floating is commonly referred to as Floatation Therapy or Sensory Deprivation.

It involves lying in a pod that contains 500kg of pure magnesium sulphate which creates the buoyancy for you to float effortlessly and escape the forces of gravity. The water is heated to skin temperature so after a while the sensation of your body dissolves and you feel weightless.

The pod is both sound and light proof which gives your brain the chance to disconnect from the constant bombardment of sensory input and enhance your ability to be cognitive, mindful and introspective. The magnesium sulphate solution leaves you feeling deeply relaxed and vibrant as the tension in your body melts away and your body releases amazing energy. There is simply no other technology or environment that can stimulate these evolutionary effects.

Float therapy is a powerful tool for wellness, relaxation, pain relief and better sleep. As with any therapy, with regular use its benefits are enhanced. Float therapy offers relief and benefits which are cumulative— they build on themselves with each subsequent session. Your body and mind actually learn how to relax into the float with each session.

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In other words the more you float, the better it gets. For these reasons, we encourage you to return to floating more than once, and to receive sessions on a regular basis to maintain the benefits you experience.

 

What if I’m claustrophobic / afraid?

You don’t have to close the lid if you are claustrophobic or worried for any reason. If you leave the lid open, you may feel cooler with the door open. Many people who are worried that they will feel claustrophobic find that once they are in the tank and see how much space there is and how easy the door is to open and close, they are not worried at all.  When you first get in we recommend you sit down and close and open the door a few times to see how easy it is to help you feel more comfortable.

How often should I float?

While you can float every day without harm, we find that the relaxing effects of a one-hour float typically last beyond that day. For best results, we recommend regular sessions, and many guests find that floating once or twice a week provides the most benefits.

How long do people usually stay in the tank?

We recommend 60 minutes for first time floaters. As you become more experienced and aware of the effects, you may find that 60 minutes are effective. Others may want to float for 90 or 120 minutes.

What will it be like for me?

We don’t know what it will be like for you since it is such an individual experience. Nearly every guest reports having profound peace and relaxation, deep concentration and creativity. We like to avoid saying too much before people use the tank, so that they aren’t influenced by what someone else says. Not only will it be different for you than it is for anyone else, it will be different each time.

Will I be able to resume my daily activities when I get out?

Yes. And it may be good to arrange your time so you don’t have to rush. We recommend you bask in your after float glow at our relaxation space here at Ultra Essence before heading out to our fast pace world.

What do I bring?

You only need to bring yourself and any of your personal toiletries/make-up/hairbrush that you may need for after. If you have come straight from work or physical exercise you might want to bring a fresh change of clothes for afterwards. We provide towel, body products, earplugs.

Do you wear anything in the tank?

Since it is a private experience, most people don’t wear any clothing. Anything you wear will press against your body, becoming a distraction. In this regard imagine it as similar to getting into your bathtub.

What do I need to do to prepare for this experience?

Most importantly…relax. The tank will help but if you arrive relaxed, the experience will be more beneficial for you. There are a few additional things to consider.

  • Try not to shave right before arriving. It isn’t the end of the world if you do…but salt water on freshly shaven legs isn’t the most pleasant thing on Earth.
  • Remove your contacts prior to floating (bring a container to store them in).
  • If you have caffeine before you float, it may interfere with your ability to relax.

Would I drown in the flotation tank if I fell asleep?

It is not possible to drown in the tank. The water has a very very high density of salt (over 500kg) making the water buoyant, so it will support you regardless of your size or weight. If you were to turn over the salt in the water would sting your eyes and wake you. Since you are floating you do not need to know how to swim. Additionally it’s not dangerous to fall asleep in the tank. We actually encourage it! One hour of sleep in the tank is roughly equivalent to 4 hours of regular sleep.

What happens if I get salt water in my eyes?

It’s going to sting like hell, but no problem you can just open the door, grab a towel, dab the salt water off, then get back in the tank.

Are there situations in which I will not be permitted to use the flotation tank?

We will not allow you to float if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Infectious skin or respiratory disorders
  • Open wounds
  • Incontinence
  • Epilepsy or serious mental conditions
  • A high-risk pregnancy
  • Have coloured or permed your hair within 7 days
  • Under the influence of any drug or alcohol
  • Currently menstruating
  • Under 18 without parental presence
  • We expect you to inform us of any conditions for your own safety and the safety of other floaters! We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone at any time.

 

How are the tanks kept clean and disinfected?

There is 500kg of medical grade Epsom salt dissolved in each of our tanks. Salinity is at 1.30 grams per cubic centimetre. The solution is so high in saline that no living microorganism can survive in there. After each session, the entire volume of the solution is pumped out and filtered through a three part filtration and sterilization system utilizing Ultra Violet light and H2O2. UV is the safest most effective system available. It maintains the water’s soft, clean and crystal clear appearance. In addition all clients are required to shower prior to entering the tank.

Will my skin get wrinkly?

No. The high Epsom salt content of the water means that the water will not draw the salt from your skin and cause wrinkles like a long bath does. Epsom salt has been used for centuries as a medicinal treatment for various skin conditions. It is non-toxic and is not harmful if swallowed (although it does not taste good!). Epsom salt is actually quite nourishing for the skin, which may feel silky smooth after your float session.

I’m pregnant. Can floating harm my baby?

Absolutely not. In fact, pregnant women probably get more relief from the float tank than anyone else. Just lying on a bed can be extremely uncomfortable for a woman in the later stages of pregnancy due to the massive gravitational strain placed on the body. The float tank is a wonderful haven for pregnant women. We do, however, recommend that pregnant women avoid floating during the first trimester. If you have any concerns about the effects of floating on your pregnancy, we ask you to consult and get permission from your physician before you float.

Is it beneficial to have a massage & float together? If so, which order should I do it in?

A massage/float or float/massage is an amazingly relaxing & rejuvenating experience. We find that guests who have experienced this combination once will book in again as many of them claim that it is the most relaxing experience they have ever had. Guests who experience a float/massage or vice versa leave feeling like they are walking on clouds & even look younger (due to the lack of tension being held in their facial muscles).

Whether to have a massage before or after your float is personal preference. For clients with extreme muscular tension, floating first can assist with breaking through the first few layers of tension, allowing the massage therapist to more quickly achieve results.

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Clinical Float Therapy Rsearch And Studies

The history of REST (Reduced Environmental Stimulation Therapy) dates back to the 1950’s when the National Institute of Mental Health became interested in understanding how the human brain would respond to an environment without any sensory input. Float Therapy (also known as sensory deprivation) reduces all external sensory input to the nervous system, including sight, sound, smell, taste, temperature, and touch.

There have been a number of publications that have explored the potential therapeutic benefits of floating. The most consistent observation to date has been significant reductions in pain and stress levels and increases in relaxation as measured before and after the float. Float Therapy has also been reported to decrease blood pressure, heart rate and cortisol levels. Current studies through 2020 are investigating the long-term impact of floating in patients with anxiety disorders, anorexia nervosa, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, and insomnia.

See below for studies dating back to the 1960s. As more research is published, we’ll continue to update this library of clinical float studies and research:

The Elicitation of Relaxation and Interoceptive Awareness Using Floatation Therapy in Individuals With High Anxiety Sensitivity

Justin S. Feinstein, Sahib S. Khalsa, Hung Yeh, Obada Al Zoubi, Armen C. Arevian, Colleen Wohlrab, Marie K. Pantino, Laci J. Cartmell, W. Kyle Simmons, Murray B. Stein, and Martin P. Paulus
Biological Psychiatry CNNI
2018

 

Flotation restricted environmental stimulation therapy and napping on mood state and muscle soreness in elite athletes: A novel recovery strategy?

Matthew W.Drillera and Christos K.Argus
Performance Enhancement & Health.
2016

 

Examining the short-term anxiolytic and antidepressant effect of Floatation-REST

Justin S. Feinstein, Sahib S. Khalsa, Hung-wen Yeh, Colleen Wohlrab, W. Kyle Simmons, Murray B. Stein, Martin P. Paulus
PLOS ONE
2018

 

Floating with Anxiety/PTSD/ Depression

Dr. Justin Feinstein, director of the Float Clinic & Research Center (FCRC) at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research (LIBR). The FCRC’s mission is to investigate the effects of Floatation-REST on both body and brain, as well as explore its potential as a therapeutic treatment for promoting mental health and healing.
Float Conference 2017 (released in 2018)

 

The Float Research Panel

The top researchers in floatation got together at the 2016 Float Conference for a research panel.
Float Conference 2016

 

Treating stress-related pain with the flotation restricted environmental stimulation technique: Are there differences between women and men?

Sven Å Bood PhD, Anette Kjellgren PhD, Torsten Norlander PhD Prof
Pain Research & Management 2009

 

Effects of flotation Rest (Restricted Environmental stimulation technique) on stress Related muscle Pain: are 33 flotation sessions more Effective than 12 sessions?

Sven Å. Bood, Ulf Sundequist, Anette Kjellgren, Gun NordStröm, and Torsten Norlander
Social Behavior and Personality
2007

 

Effects of flotation-REST on muscle tension pain

Anette Kjellgren MSc, Ulf Sundequist MA, Torsten Norlander PhD, Trevor Archer PhD
Pain Research & Management 2000