The Dead Sea, Brought Home
Float & Massage
Spa in Colorado
Only Float Spa in the Vail Valley
It turns out that when you’re not fighting gravity or constantly taking in information, your body has a lot of extra resources at its disposal. Your mind is free to mull things over without distraction, your brain waves slow down, and your body gets to rest, de-stress, and heal.
Floating is about everything that you won’t be doing
YOU WON’T BE FIGHTING GRAVITY.
The 1000 pounds of Epsom salt in the water takes care of that, while you lie on your back.
YOU WON’T HEAR ANYTHING.
You float with earplugs and your ears stay just below the water. You can also choose to listen to relaxing meditation music while floating.
YOU WON’T SEE ANYTHING.
After you shut the door, you float in total darkness. If you prefer we can leave the light on inside the tank during the entire session.
- Floating increases immune system efficiency by lowering blood levels of cortisol and epinephrine.
- By improving sleep quality, floating keeps your immune system ready to work as designed.
- The magnesium absorbed during a float is critical to overall immune function and helps keep your body’s defenses strong.
More Benefits of Floating
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
People float to relieve stress, recover from injuries, fight addiction, eliminate chronic pain and reduce post-operative pain, lower blood pressure, treat arthritis, fibromyalgia, PTSD and much more. Studies indicate that floating increases your dopamine and endorphin levels, boosting your mood and leaving you with a pleasant afterglow that lasts for days afterwards. Without the need to fight gravity or take-in external information, you’ll likely experience the most complete relaxation you’ve ever felt.
Everything you experience while floating comes from within yourself. It’s the perfect time to reflect on your life, and reports of creative and personal insights abound. Float tanks can also be thought of as training wheels for meditation. After about 30 minutes of floating, your mind starts producing theta brainwaves, which are responsible for that ‘between waking & sleeping’ state. After years of practice, people can enter theta state through deep meditation. Float tanks get you there with hardly any effort at all.
Floating, buoyant and peacefully still in a body-like temperature, this is alchemy. Your mind is free-free to explore, to create, and to renew without distraction. People have cut strokes off their golf game, developed complex scientific theories, and drafted whole portions of books while floating. With nothing to distract you, your level of concentration and knowledge absorption is astonishing. There is no magic in floating, the magic is us!
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The Science of Floating
In 1954, Dr. John C. Lilly, a pioneer in brain and behavioral research studies, began experimenting with the concept of restricting the amount of external sensory stimuli to the brain. When he built his first isolation environment, he was determined to prove that the brain, without environmental input, would simply go to sleep. Using his own being for experiments, he learned the opposite is true.
By removing all visual, acoustical, tactile and temperature stimuli, Dr. Lilly found that the brain continues to function independently and at an even higher level than normal. According to Dr. Lilly, the greatest benefit of the floating experience is the profound state of relaxation found through a stimuli-free environment. Dr. Lilly found that gravitational force on the body coupled with noise, light, and temperature variance, etc., utilized approximately 90% of the neural activity in the brain.
How to Float?
Arrive 5 min early.
Having caffeine before might interfere with your ability to fully relax.
Eat a light meal 1 – 1 1/2 hour prior.
Don’t shave or wax beforehand.
If you have dyed your hair recently enough that it still washes out in the shower, or leaves any dye traces on towels, you can’t float.
You don’t need to bring anything.
Check in the Front Desk.
We’ll cover the basics together and walk you back to your room.
Remove your contacts. (We can provide a case upon request)
You’ll then shower and step into the float tank. (If you prefer to not wet your hair we can provide a swim cap)
Close the door behind you when you’re ready.
If you would feel more comfortable, we can leave the lights on inside the tank during the entire session.
Float away into your dreams.
After your time has come to an end music and light fade in, easing you out of your float.
Step out and rinse off the salt water in the shower.
Get dressed, and bask in your post-float glow.
Enjoy a cup of tea in the relaxation lounge and chat with us about your experience.
Set aside as much time as you can after your float to please your senses and do fun things.
Maybe go for a hike. Watch a glorious sunset. Get a massage. Eat a delicious meal. Listen to beautiful music. Or perhaps just go home, find a cozy area to curl up in, and read a good book.
If you have longer hair, you may want to bring a comb. Also, something to put your contact lenses into while you’re in the tank. We provide the essentials; a towel, earplugs, hairdryer, cotton buds, natural moisturizer, make-up remover, shampoo, conditioner, body wash. Feel free to bring anything else you may need.
There is 900 pounds of medical grade Epsom salt dissolved in each of our tanks. Salinity is at 1.30 grams per cubic centimeter. 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.
Absolutely. You will not be able to float together in the same room or tank, but you can book floats at the same time, as we have 2 private float rooms.
Yes, you have your own private room equipped with your own personal shower, which you’ll use before and after your float. For this reason, people do not wear a swimming costume as this presses against the body and takes away from the experience.
If you have caffeine before you float, it may interfere with your ability to relax. Also, try not shave or wax beforehand since the salt water can irritate your skin. Eating a light meal about an hour to 90 minutes ahead of time stops your stomach from sounding like an angry monster while you float. Other than that, there’s no specific preparation needed.
Not in the true sense of the word. Some first-time floaters can emerge from the tank feeling slightly nauseous. This is actually a good sign as it indicates that built-up stress is in fact leaving the body.
Absolutely not. Pregnant women love floating! There is even a special position you can float in that relieves all of the weight of the baby off of the mother’s body. The float tank is a wonderful haven to which pregnant women can escape. If you are in your third trimester, or have any concerns, please consult with your physician before coming in.
Yes, floating has shown demonstrable results in easing the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, including regulating mood and pain reduction. The general guidelines and protocols for floating while on your period are very similar to those for hot tubs and pools. We recommend to use a new tampon, both during the float and after.
The space inside the flotation tank is approximately 4 wide by 8.5 feet long. You are in complete control and can open the door and go in/out as you’d like. You can even float with the door open. Since there is an absence of space, time and sensation it is difficult to feel claustrophobic within the tank.
We don’t know what it will be like for you since it is such an individual experience. Nearly every customer 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.
It’s going to sting like hell. But no worries…you can just open the door, grab a towel, dab the salt water off, then get back in the tank.
Yes, but you’re not submerged in water, you don’t eat ritualistic mushrooms, and only a small percentage of floaters turn into proto-human monkeys.
We will not allow you to float if you have any of the following conditions:
Infectious skin or respiratory disorders
Epilepsy or serious mental conditions
A high-risk pregnancy
Have colored or permed your hair within 7 days
Under the influence of any drug or alcohol
Under 18 years old
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.
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.
It is not possible to drown in the tank. The water is only about 10″ deep and has a very very high density of salt. This water is buoyant and 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.
Yes. There seems to be a cumulative effect with consistent use of the tank. This is not documented by research, it is the tank users who know it is true. Relaxation is a learned art that needs practice.
Yes. And it may be good to arrange your time so you don’t have to rush. Many people enjoy savoring the peace and quiet before jumping into something hectic.
Unless you’re over 7 feet tall or over 500 pounds, you’re good to go.
While you can float every day without harm, we find that the relaxing effects of an hour and a half float typically last beyond that day. For best results, we recommend regular sessions, and many clients find that floating once or twice a week provides the most benefits.
Floating has been around for over 60 years, and has oodles of published research to back it up. No mumbo or jumbo here.