What is a Floatation Tank?

Complete Orbit Float Tank System
 

A Floatation tank, the perfect environment for total relaxation; with a lightless, soundless bath filled with a highly concentrated solution of Epsom Salt water heated to the same temperature as your skin. By removing all light and sound it allows you to relax into a meditative state.

Floatation Tanks come under many different names

Over the years Floatation Tanks have been called various different names, possibly driven by the large number of styles of float tank, float pod and even float cabin for sale today. Floatation Tanks have also been called; to name a few; isolation tank, isolation pod, sensory deprivation tank, sensory deprivation pod,  float tank, Epsom salt tanks.

 

What is a Floatation Pod, Tank, Cabin?

​What makes you Float in a Float Tank?

Float tanks archive a state near to zero gravity by adding high concentrations of Epsom salt into the water; an Orbit Float Tank uses 550kg of Epsom Salt with 850 liters of water. This creates a dead sea-like environment with increased buoyancy of the water allowing a floatation tank user to float.

 

Why use Epsom Salt in a Float Pod?

Adding high concentrations of Epsom Salt not only increases the waters buoyancy and its ability to make users float, but it also has high concentrations of Magnesium, the second most abundant mineral in the human body and is linked to keeping blood pressure normal, bones strong, and the heart rhythm steady. As well as being effective for relieving aches and pains.

 

Science shows us that over the years a combination of dietary and lifestyle choices have meant many of us have lower levels of magnesium in our bodies. Magnesium traditionally enters the body through diet; however, it has been reported that over 50% of adults have deficient magnesium intake in their diet.

 

Magnesium plays a crucial role in the body; it supports muscle and nerve function and energy production. When using a float tank, the magnesium is absorbed through the skin and the body optimises the levels of magnesium so there is no chance of magnesium levels becoming too high which can be dangerous.

 

What is Sensory Deprivation?

A process by which someone is deprived of the normal external stimuli they are used to; such as sound and light. Taking this to another level in a float tank the solution and air is maintained at body temperature– the float tank creates an environment the body finds difficult to distinguish where it starts and where it ends, much like being in zero gravity.

How does sensory deprivation in a floatation tank work?

Floatation-REST otherwise known as Reduced Environmental Stimulation Therapy is the scientific term for what happens when you float. The float experience is calibrated so that sensory signals from sight, sound, smell, taste, thermal, tactile, vestibular, gravitational and proprioceptive channels are minimised.

The effect of reducing these areas can produce benefits that include reductions in anxiety, depression, stress, increased happiness, and feelings of total serenity.  For more information on the source and details of this information see: “The science behind floating”

 
 

What is the float experience like in an orbit float tank?

The Orbit float tank is very different to any other floatation tank for sale today; firstly, when you arrive in the room you are welcomed by a totally empty tank; which gradually fills while you shower; enhancing the experience knowing that the Orbit is getting ready while you do.

 

The environment in the Orbit floatation tank completely isolates the senses, blocking out all distractions and creates a sensation close to zero gravity. Being in an environment like this allows you to deeply relax likened to a meditative dream-like state. Often people fall asleep in float tanks.

 

The History of Floating

 

The history of Floatation-REST dates back to the 1950’s when Drs. Jay Shurley and John Lilly at the National Institute of Mental Health, their research first started with a vertical floatation tank; with a helmet and airlines for breathing. Later in the 1970’s, Glenn Perry in collaboration with John Lilly invented a horizontal version of the float tank that removed the need to wear a helmet. Much like floatation cabins and tanks today; however, they were much smaller and confined and not as aesthetically pleasing. 

 

Floating went through a long period of dormancy up until this past decade when the introduction of the new modern age of floating tanks was created. With a greater focus on mental health and wellbeing; floatation has become much more mainstream as a treatment to combat this; offering a great alternative to medications as floating is totally benign. For further information on the history of floating see our page on “the history of floating”.

 

The Health & Physical Benefits of Floating

General well-being

  • Promotes total calm and peaceful relaxation

  • Eliminates fatigue and can aid with jet lag

  • Improves sleep

  • Alleviates stress (mental and physical)

  • Energises, rejuvenates and revitalises

  • Increases motivation, diminishes depression, anxiety and fear

  • Facilitates freedom from habits, phobias and addictions

 

Mental benefits of floatation

  • Stimulates left/right brain synchronisation

  • Shifts brain waves from beta, to lower frequency alpha, theta and even delta waves

  • Creates mental clarity and alertness

  • Increases creativity and problem-solving

  • Heightens visualisation

  • Deepens meditation

  • Expands awareness and intensifies acuteness of all the senses

Physical benefits of floatation

  • Decreases the production of cortisol, ACTH, lactic acid and adrenaline

  • Increases production of endorphins

  • Speeds up rehabilitation and recovery

  • Relieves pain (arthritis, migraines, injuries and so on)

  • Boosts immune function

  • Improves circulation and distribution of oxygen and nutrients

  • Reduces blood pressure and heart rate

  • Helps prevent sports injuries and speeds healing process

 

The Orbit

The Orbit revolutionises Floatation once again; offering advanced technology taking the floatation tank beyond any other floatation tank on the market today.

Reinvented not copied; the process of floating is simple, but the way we insist on cleanliness has not; recent times have meant customers expect more. Floating in someone else’s dirty float water is no longer acceptable. Ensuring cleanliness for every customer every time is vital.

 

Greener – taking the solution out of the Orbit Pod itself when it is not in use means that it allows for even greater insulation in storage tanks; reducing the energy consumption when the Float session is not in use. Once in the Orbit the Skin is constructed of advanced composite skins and highly insulated; so heat loss is minimal as well as sound and light ingress.

Safer– the Orbit Pod runs on low voltage DC power; creating a totally safe internal float environment. 

Lighting – personalised; custom made lighting in the base of the Orbit provides up-lit lighting; external of the eyeline so there is a diffused light effect within the tank; this creates a much more relaxed lighting effect.

Colour – the Orbit can be personalised to any colour, with many different wraps and colour textures available.

Audio – Orbits audio is totally customisable ; audio can be uploaded to suit your request with high quality sound transducers which turn the skin of the Tank into the speaker; providing a great underwater sound experience with the highest fidelity stereo sound.

Comfort – the Orbit genuinely has the largest float pod interior on the market; comfortably allowing users of 7 ft 4” (223 cm) to float. With full standing entry any customer can use the Orbit and the use of a Hoist for those less able is always an option; better than any float cabin, or tank or pod on the market. Floating should be accessible to all.

Filtration – 100% ; total filtration, no repeated turn overs to “make sure” its all clean; empty it all ; clean it all. No uncertainty. Team that with the Absolute filters with 99.99999% efficiency to removing all particulate and contaminants over 1 micron in size. Be safe, float in an Orbit.

External apparatus – the pump, filters, heater, UVC, dosing system are external of the Orbit, making maintenance easier, increases safety and improves the user experience.