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Our summer float challenge is back!

It’s back… our summer float challenge Let’s Float is back and better than ever.

Why do a float intensive? Just like any exercise or self-care, the benefits from floating are cumulative and at their peak when part of a regular practice. Also, there is evidence that a period of frequent floats over a few weeks has long-lasting and possibly permanent effects. If you love the way you feel after a float, and want to be able to access that feeling better in your daily life, now is the time! Let’s Float is the perfect opportunity to jump start your float practice.

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Talking about floating with your doctor

Generally floating is very safe, although if you have concerns it’s always wise to run something new past your health care providers. I recently developed a list of general facts and medical-specific issues with an MD friend, with the intent of giving people the relevant info they need to discuss floating with their doctors. Please feel free to share!

General Facts about Floating and FLOAT Boston:

– A float tank is a small shallow pool or large bathtub about a foot deep. Users generally float on their backs (pregnant women sometimes float prone with their elbows resting on the bottom of the tank).

– The water is kept at skin temperature (93-95 degrees) for comfortable floats of 90 minutes and more. The environment is warm, humid, quiet, and dark.

– The float solution is filtered water and very large amounts of Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate). There are about 900 pounds of Epsom salt in each of our tanks, which makes floating easy.

– Broken skin is uncomfortable in the salty water. If you’re unsure about your skin integrity, apply some alcohol-based hand sanitizer to the area. If it burns or stings it’ll be uncomfortable in the tank. Minor scrapes will stop stinging in a few minutes, and we do provide A+D ointment to cover small areas.

– Between each user the float solution is run through a large physical filter and UV sanitizer. We also maintain a constant dose of hydrogen peroxide.

– The environment can be slippery. There are safety grab bars in the shower and around the float doors. We also have a safety step and some additional props if you’re worried about your balance.

– Getting into the tanks requires getting over a threshold of about 20″. Rooms 2 & 3 allow you to sit on the edge of the tank while lifting your feet in.

– Rooms 1 and 4 have tanks with an angled door, which upon exit will require you to kneel and raise your hands above your head to push the door open. If you have trouble with that motion, rooms 2 and 3 are more friendly: our Summer Sky tanks feature seven feet of vertical head room and a door set in the wall.

– All users are required to shower with soap before their floats.

– When floating, the solution covers the ears. We provide earplugs and strongly recommend their use.

– The building is on the ground floor and wheelchair accessible.

– The user is alone in their own tank, which is inside its own room for privacy. There is a shower in each individual room.

Some Specific Medical Considerations:

– Adhesives don’t stand up well to the tank solution. Tegaderm has come right off.
– Uncontrolled epilepsy is a contraindication.
– If you have asthma or COPD, humidity might be a comfort issue.
– If your kidney function is compromised, talk to your doctor about the magnesium soak before you come float.
– Low blood pressure requires caution at the end of your float. Move slowly and use the safety grab bars.
– Please do not float if you have an active infection and/or high fever.
– If you’ve had a recent infection with a parasite, Giardia or Cryptosporidium, please do not float.

– If you have issues with incontinence, please do not float.
– If you appear to be intoxicated, you must pass a coherence test before being allowed to float. Water is not safe if you aren’t alert.
– Ostomies, PICC lines, and PEG tubes require some discussion with your doctor, but they might be ok for floating depending on location and status. (See issues with broken skin and adhesives.) We have had people lay ostomy bags on their stomach and float with no problem.

We’re happy to answer any questions: please email us and let us know. We want to make your visit successful!

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Let’s Float 2018: fine print

We’re really excited about this year’s version of Let’s Float! You’re going to love it: float three times in one month and get your fourth float free – PLUS a pass for unlimited $49 floats through the rest of the summer. This challenge does work a little differently from our normal, so please read on, and ask about anything you don’t understand. Continue reading Let’s Float 2018: fine print