In our last blog post, we dispelled three common flotation therapy myths. We’ve learned that you don’t have to swim in order to float, that sensory deprivation can promote deep, meditative healing, and that you probably can’t recreate the conditions for a successful flotation therapy session in your own bath tub.

Today, our wellness experts at Radiance Day Spa are back to clear up three more common flotation therapy myths. Read on to learn more, and if you’d like to book a therapeutic session at our Sioux Falls float spa, feel free to contact us to schedule your appointment today!

First of all, what is flotation therapy?

Flotation therapy promotes deep relaxation in a meditative state by minimizing the sensory input to the brain and creating a sensation of weightlessness. To achieve this, a floater will lay on their back in a shallow pool of body-temperature mineral water that is dense enough to keep them comfortably buoyed on the surface, much like the dense salt waters of the Dead Sea.

Meanwhile, sensory distractions are minimized, often by placing the float tank in a sensory deprivation chamber. Alternatively, some wellness spas, like Radiance Day Spa, offer floating pools in open, dim, aromatherapeutic rooms. By reducing the flow of mental information from the eyes, ears, and nose, and by simulating total weightlessness, the floater’s brain can enter a low-wave state similar to the brain patterns experienced during deep meditation.

This state of profound relaxation has been linked to a long list of therapeutic benefits, so be sure not to write off flotation therapy too quickly after hearing something like:

Myth #1: You can’t float if you’re claustrophobic/afraid of the dark

Many flotation therapy sessions take place in sensory deprivation chambers, which are dark, enclosed spaces. If this sounds scary to you, you’re not alone. Just remember that flotation therapy is perfectly safe, and that you are in control the entire time. Most sessions last around an hour, but you are free to leave at any point if you feel frightened or uncomfortable.

At Radiance Day Spa, we are mindful of those with claustrophobia or fear of the dark, which is why we are proud to provide the area’s only “open” floating pools. Instead of taking place in a sensory deprivation chamber, your flotation therapy session will happen in a dim, open room, surrounded by candlelight and soothing aromatherapy. We also have “couples” floating pools available, so you can share the experience with your loved ones!

Myth #2: Floating pools are unsanitary

It’s easy to assume that since so many separate people may use a single floating pool for flotation therapy sessions throughout the day, the water may not be clean. Nothing could be further from the truth!

There are many types of float tanks on the market, and different wellness spas utilize different sanitation methods, but rest assured that reputable float spas are sanitary and safe. For example, at Radiance Day Spa’s Renew Float Lounge, your health, comfort, and safety are our top priorities, which is why we are diligent about sanitizing our water thoroughly throughout the day. We filter the float spa water after every float session, and every 45 minutes when not in use. Additionally, we sanitize our water with state-of-the-art peroxide and ultraviolet light technology before each session.

Finally, the salt and mineral solution saturating our floating pools is a natural antibiotic, antiseptic, and antimicrobial agent. The salt content is 10 times greater than that of the Dead Sea, which is so named because nothing can survive in its salty waters.

Myth #3: People hallucinate inside float tanks

You may have heard stories of people hallucinating during their flotation therapy session. Unless you take a hallucinogen prior to your session, you’re unlikely to experience anything this unusual.

During flotation therapy, your brain enters theta state. Theta brainwaves occur most often in sleep and deep meditation, and they are our gateway to learning, memory, and intuition. Scientists believe that theta waves are key to why humans need to sleep at all. Just before you drift into a deep sleep, in the twilight before unconsciousness, your mind is in theta.

This is why many people leave float centers feeling that they’ve had a profound experience — they entered a state of mind usually only experienced in sleep and concentrated meditation. You may feel that you’re in a vaguely dreamlike state, separate from your external senses, but you should not have vivid hallucinations, and the experience should not feel frightening. You are always in control.

Book Your Flotation Therapy Session at Radiance Day Spa!

If you are curious about flotation therapy and would like to try it today, we invite you to Radiance Day Spa’s Renew Float Lounge in Sioux Falls. We offer a variety of float spa experiences, including special spa packages that combine flotation therapy sessions with our other rejuvenating spa services. We’ll have you walking out feeling refreshed and revitalized, so contact us today!