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Epsom salt is a magnesium-rich mineral used for centuries to improve sleep, and reduce pain, cramping, headaches, and muscle ache. And there’s half a ton of it in each of our pods!
Epsom salt also makes dry skin feel soft and supple; and can remove impurities, toxins, oil and dirt from the skin. The magnesium in the Epsom salt is naturally antimicrobial and antibacterial, and therefore helps to improve skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and athlete’s footEpsom salt is a magnesium-rich mineral used for centuries to improve sleep and reduce pain, cramping, headaches, and muscle ache. There’s half a ton of it in each of our pods!
Epsom salt also makes dry skin feel soft and can remove impurities, toxins, oil and dirt from the skin. In addition, the magnesium in the Epsom salt is naturally antimicrobial and antibacterial and therefore helps to improve skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and athlete’s foot.
Because floating is so relaxing, many people fall asleep in the pods. Some say one hour of floating (even when awake) is equivalent to two or three hours of deep sleep. It is also scientifically proven to improve sleep quality, so it’s great for people who have insomnia or have jet lag from travelling.
Salty water means nothing harmful can exist in the pods. The water is sanitized and filtered through a 1-micron pool filter (that’s 1/100th the diameter of a human hair!) between each session, and the ventilation systems on each pod are cleaned every evening.
Like exercise, meditation, and many other things, you’ll notice more of a difference if you float regularly. Once a week to once a month is ideal – and if you can do more, all the better. We suggest setting a regular floating schedule; the same day and time each week, every two weeks, or every month. Some regulars float three times per week, and some of those are 2.5 hour floats!
It’s a common worry, but the pods are much bigger than people expect – so big that you can stretch out without touching the sides! If you feel nervous, you can always leave the top open or have the inside light on for as long as you like – you’re in complete control. Once inside the pod, people are usually surprised at how safe and relaxed they feel.
While you can float every day without harm, we find that the relaxing effects of a one-hour float typically last beyond that day. Therefore, we recommend regular sessions for best results, and many clients find that floating once or twice a week provides the most benefits.
Preparing to float
You don’t need to prepare for your float. However, we recommend not shaving or drinking caffeine on the day.
Please arrive 15 minutes before your float session is due to begin so that we have time to check you in and explain everything thoroughly.
If you are just 5 minutes late, we can offer you five extra minutes at the end of your float if you can shower quickly. But if you are any later, you will have to have a shorter session time, because we need time to clean the rooms between each customer thoroughly.
If you arrive more than 15 minutes late, we will do our best to accommodate you, but you might be rescheduled.
We recommend a light meal two hours before your float. Ideally, you’ll not be hungry or too full in the pod.
We don’t recommend consuming caffeine before a float so that you can relax more deeply. However, if you constantly drink coffee, we don’t want you to have a caffeine-withdrawal headache! And if you intend to be mentally active during your float – may be using it to think creatively about a challenge, having a coffee beforehand is fine.
If you wear contact lenses, you don’t need to take them out, but you need to be careful not to get any water in your eyes as it will irritate them.
We ask everyone to shower at the beginning of their float to remove any excess oil or dirt from the body and hair, which means the filters in the pods don’t need to work overtime!
We recommend you remove loose jewellery in case anything falls off inside the pod and so that you can feel completely free. Additionally, we can’t take responsibility for any loss or damage to accessories you bring into the pod!
Yes, please remove all make-up before you get into the pod.
Health, Comfort & Safety
Yes, you must be over the age of 18 to float at Apollo Health & Wellness!
Yes, please let us know about any health conditions, and read our waiver carefully (online or in-centre, depending on how you sign up). But, most importantly, you should check with your doctor before floating.
Don’t worry; there’s no way you can drown – even if you are tired! The high buoyancy of the water makes it impossible for you to sink beneath the surface.
It is entirely safe for pregnant women to float. Many women have found unique relief from the physical strains of later pregnancy when they float, as pressure is taken off their backs. We also hear from pregnant women that floating is the perfect environment to connect with their babies, as they can more easily sense them in the stillness of the pod. So, if you’re pregnant, let us know, and we can give you some extra tips on how to get the most out of your float before you get here or when you arrive.
Yes, you can float when you’re menstruating – it can be the perfect way to nourish yourself and encourage your muscles to relax if you get cramps. Just follow the same process as when you go swimming.
We’ve had a few first-timers say that their neck hurt during their session. That’s because we are used to holding our necks up and sometimes too far forwards, especially when using phones and computers regularly. It can be challenging to fully relax our necks in the pod and allow the water to carry our heads’ weight fully. But after a couple of floats, it will become natural, and tension will disappear.
Epsom salt can sting any areas of broken skin, so we recommend not floating during a flare-up of eczema or psoriasis. However, many people with recurrent eczema and psoriasis find that floating helps these conditions. Epsom salt is magnesium sulphate – and magnesium is naturally antimicrobial and antibacterial, which helps keep minor skin irritations clean.
Floating also helps reduce cortisol levels (the stress hormone), and research has shown that eczema and psoriasis flare-ups are often correlated with stress levels. Therefore, regular floating could help prevent further outbreaks.
We recommend saving your shave for a non-float day, as the salty water can sting freshly-shaven areas. However, if you do shave on the day, you can cover up wherever you’ve shaved with the vaseline we provide to reduce irritation and stinging.
We have a no-drugs or alcohol policy. So if you seem to be under the influence of alcohol or any other drug, you won’t be allowed to float that day. Again, this is for your safety.
Floating is proven to reduce blood pressure. Check with your doctor about floating if you suffer from low blood pressure.
If you are deemed unfit to float, it will be for health and personal safety reasons. If this is the case, you will unfortunately not be able to float with us. However, we will reschedule your session or provide you with a refund.
The inside of the pod is 8.5ft x 5.5ft. We haven’t had anyone who doesn’t comfortably fit in one yet!
There are no weight limits – the salt can hold anyone afloat.
Floating and fresh tattoos don’t mix. The time you would need to wait depends on the tattoo (check with your tattoo artist), but we would recommend staying 4-6 weeks before floating after getting a tattoo.
We use UV light as the primary disinfectant, along with a filtration system that’s the finest of any pod in the world – 100 times finer than human hair! We also use a small amount of hydrogen peroxide to oxidise bacteria, but it can’t harm humans. Nevertheless, it’s the safest and healthiest way we can keep the pods clean. We also add one spray of diluted chlorine to the ventilation system each day after we close in the evenings – but this doesn’t go into the water.
As long as the wound is not too large or open, you can cover cuts and scrapes with the vaseline provided. The vaseline will add a protective, waterproof layer to prevent stinging. If you choose to brave it without the vaseline, the salt water will sting but is also thought to have healing properties.
For safety reasons, we do not allow people with epilepsy to float.
There’s probably nothing you need to bring with you. We provide lovely towels, earplugs, organic shampoo, conditioner and shower gel, Parlux hairdryers, GHD hair straighteners, organic body moisturiser, cotton buds, vaseline, and complimentary herbal teas for after your float.
You can bring any additional toiletries you like. You have your private room, so we suggest floating naked to be utterly free of sensation – but if you’d prefer to wear a swimsuit or shorts, remember to bring a bag to put them in afterwards, too.
Floating at any time of day is good. Some people like to float early in the morning to clear their minds or increase focus for the day ahead. Some people prefer midday/early afternoon to split the day up and rest – like an afternoon nap. Others prefer floating in the evening so they can relax afterwards or maximise the sleep-improving benefits. We recommend trying each time of day and seeing what works for you.
As long as you wash and condition your hair after each float, the magnesium in the Epsom Salt will improve the condition of your hair and scalp and not damage it.
A mechanism in the pod brings the water temperature to 35 degrees – the same as your skin so that you cannot tell where the water begins and ends.
There have been many scientific studies on floating and its benefits since the 1950s. Some proven impacts include: reduced pain, stress, and tension, increased relaxation and better sleep, lowered blood pressure & cortisol levels, improved muscle range and athletic performance, anti-depressant effects, increased creativity and cognitive function.
The majority of people emerged from their float feeling refreshed and relaxed, with a clearer head. The benefits are different for everyone, so it’s best to be open-minded about what you’ll experience. Sometimes it can take a few floats to learn how to switch off entirely – so stick with it if you felt like you could have relaxed more deeply.
It’s not the same for everyone, but people often find their third float is notably different to the first two. It may be that as a unique experience, it takes some getting used to floating – and when the experience becomes more familiar, we can surrender to it entirely and experience the benefits more deeply.
Information for women
It is perfectly fine to float while on your period. Although you can wear a tampon, you may want to change it before and after the session.
If you have sensitive skin, you should use vaseline on your sensitive areas to prevent irritation from the Epsom Salt and chemicals used to keep the tank sanitised. You may also want to wear a bathing suit.