Infrared Sauna Faqs

Answers to the questions most often asked about Infrared Saunas

  

Do I need to prepare for my float?

Is floating private?

Are the float pods hygenic?

Can I sleep in a float pod?

Who should not float?

What if I'm claustrophobic?

Is this sensory deprivation?

Will I get bored or frightened?

Can't I soak in an Epsom salt at home?

 Can I be too heavy to float?
     

How long is a typical float?

Will my skin wrinkle or dry out?

Is there a right or a wrong way to float?

What if I can't swim?

Is it true that floating eliminates jet lag?

Is floating successful for everyone?

What effects does floating have on the mind?

What effects does floating have on the body?

How many times should I float?

Is the float pod ventilated?

 

 

 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Do I Need to Prepare for my Float?

 
NO. In fact, the less you do the better. There are a few guidelines that we recommend observing in order to maximize your float experience.
 
1. Eat a light meal 1.5 hours prior to floating. 
2. Don't drink any caffeine up to 6 hours prior to floating. 
3. If you wear contacts, be prepared to remove them.
4. Don't shave within 4 hours or wax within 24 hours prior to float.
 
You are not required to bring anything. We have everything that you need to float including robes, slippers, shampoo, conditioner, soap, body lotion, and towels. We also provide lockers to keep your possessions safe.
 
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Is floating private?

 
 
Yes. You float on your own and within individual float pods. There is no requirement to wear a swimsuit as it will generally be a distraction while floating.
 
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Are the float pods hygenic?

 
 
Yes. You float in a 30% Epsom salt (manesium sulfate) solution which is mostly sterile to begin with. Then, after each float session, the float pods are sanitized using compound filtration and ozone to both remove any particles and oxidize any waste products. We also add a small amount of 35% hydrogen peroxide(H2O2) to ensure sanitation. 
 
Chemist Reports have consistently shown float pods to be far more sanitary than pools, jacuzzis, or the beach.
 
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Can I sleep in a float pod?

 
 
Yes, it is safe to sleep in the float pods. Rolling over requires pushing off of what you are lying on in order get leverage to roll over. While floating you are suspended in salt solution so there is nothing to push off of.
 
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Who should not float?

 
 
Floating is safe a for just about anybody. There are, however, a few groups of people that we would recommend not float.
 
1. Those with suicidal tendencies.
2. Epileptics or those with seizures.
3. Children under 7 years of age.
4. Pregnant women in the middle to end of their 3rd trimester.
5. Post natal (about 3 months, check with physician first).
7. Anyone with skin rashes.
8. Anyone with an infectious or contagious disease.
 
If you have any pre-existing medical disease or have any concerns as to whether you should float, consult your physician first.
 
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What if I'm claustrophobic?

 
 
This is the most common concern. The float pods are equipped with ways to prop the door open, in case you think you might get claustrophobic. In over 30,000 floats, only 3 people have ever ended their session due to claustrophobia, more have come out and shared experiences of feeling in an overwhelmingly vast empty space. With no sight, sound, temperature, or gravity, one gets the sense that they are floating in space. At any time you wish to stick your head out, you can simply sit up. You are always in control and you can get in and out of the float pod anytime that you choose.
 
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Is this sensory deprivation?

 
 
Floatation has previously been called "Sensory Deprivation" or "Isolation Chambers". We no longer use those terms because one is not "Deprived" of their senses when they float. It is true that much of the stimulus is attenuated out, but we found that people actually go into a heigtened sensory state during and after their floats.
 
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Will I get bored or frightened?

 
 
People do sometimes get bored but rarely frightened. Usually boredom occurs when one is expecting something to happen. They are in there waiting for that expectation to occur. It isn't until after one recognizes that nothing is what is happening that they allow themselves to be at peace. This is the process of relaxation.
 
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Can't I soak in an Epsom salt at home?

 
 
Yes you can and we encourage it. This is very good for the body and can relax you. After you have done this, we recommend that you come and experience the difference of floatation where you are floating in 1,000 lbs of Epsom salt in a controlled environment. The feeling of floatation is unique and is not found in anything else on Earth.
 
You can get great distances by walking, but flying is generally quicker, easier, and available.
 
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Can I be too heavy to float?

 
 
No. In fact, heavier people float better. Plus the benefits of relieving the body of this weight, even for a short time, can be extremely beneficial and pleasing to experience.
 
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How long is a typical float?

 
 
We recommend that your first couple of floats be 1-hour long. If you have a regular meditation, yoga, are martial arts practice, than 1.5 hours would be fine.
 
Although your float is 1-hour, we recommend that you leave a 2-hour block of time for orientation  as well as shower before and after. Thereafter you can expect to be at Float Matrix approximately 1.5-hours depending on how long your showers are.
 
Your later floats can be longer than 1-hour. We have found that regulars prefer 1.5 to 2-hour floats.
 
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Will my skin wrinkle or dry out?

 
 
No. You can float for hours and never prune. The Epsom salt acts as a regulator for water and inhibits the water from saturating in the skin. Furthermore, as you relax, many of the fine wrinkles on the face relax and flatten.
 
Epsom salt is technically not salt. It is magnesium sulfate and not sodium chloride. It does not have the same drying effects on the skin. Although it does remove oils from the surface layer of the skin, it draws oils from the layers beneath which creates baby-soft skin. Most people say their skin is very soft after floating.
 
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Is there a right or a wrong way to float?

 
 
Whatever works for you is what we recommend. Everybody is different and everybody has a different ways of relaxing. 
 
Many think that they will get bored in the float pod and so they want to listen to music, practice a mantra, meditate, or some other activity. These are all fine, however, the deepest state of relaxation is when all things are removed. Even classical music triggers the mind to create a story. This requires parts of the mind to stay active so relaxation takes longer or is inhibited.
 
The position that your body is in can be important. Some people float with their hands at their sides, some with the hands folded across their chest or abdomen, or behind or above their heads. We even provide pillows for those who feel that they need the extra support. Explore what is best for you. Once you find a comfortable position, we recommend that you relax into this position and simply let it all drift away.
 
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What if I can't swim?

 
 
Floating doesn't require any swimming skills whatsoever. Because of the density of the solution, you'll actually float like a cork and it doesn't matter what shape or size you are. The water is only 10 inches deep so you can easily place your hands, feet, or knees on the floor.
 
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Is it true that floating eliminates jet lag?

 
 
Yes. Research shows that floating is much more effective than bed-rest. It is researched that each hour of change in a time-zone takes a full day to recover. This recovery time is usually a much less productive or enjoyable time. If you are on vacation or doing business, this recovery time can diminish the quality of your trip.
 
Each hour of floating has been shown to be equivalent to approximately 4 hours of deep sleep. A 2-hour float can recover your sleep from almost anywhere in the world
 
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Is floating successful for everyone?

 
 
Floating, like most things, doesn't suit everybody although everybody could benefit due to the release of the processing burden on the body.
 
There does need to be a willingness to let go, which is the letting go of the stress and although most experience deep relaxation on their first float, some may need to float a few times before they are able to relax completely, both physically and mentally.
 
Depending on what someone's life consists of, a float might provide an hour of total physical relaxation - or a profound healing experience. Some floats can be transforming, physically, emotionally, and/or spiritually.
 
Floating can be a wonderful aid to opening doors into your inner world, gradually allowing access to those deeper levels at which real changes take place.
 
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What effects does floating have on the mind?

 
 
During a float you produce slower brain-wave patterns, known as theta waves, (normally experienced only during deep meditation or just before falling asleep).
 
Depending on your coding orientation (read NLP) This can be accompanied by vivid imagery, creative thoughts, sudden insights and inspirations or feelings of profound peace and joy, induced by the release of endorphins, the body's natural opiates. 
 
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What effects does floating have on the body?

 
 
In the gravity free environment the body balances and heals internally as all the senses are rested. Research shows that floating measurably reduces blood pressure and heart rate while lowering the levels of stress related chemicals in the body.
 
While floating, your body experiences a state of weightlessness. This means your postural muscles don't have to work which is a huge release of your processing. The muscles send a chemical message to the brain saying in effect "You can relax too, the environment is friendly" The blood vessels near the skin relax allowing more blood flow. Within a few minutes you feel better, less stressed, your body and mind become more relaxed more quickly than in any other natural state. The increased blood flow and freedom from pressure promotes healing of muscle strains and relief from joint pain. The more you float the better it gets. Furthermore, the effects lasts not just all day but for a day or two afterwards and the effects are cummulative, meaning, the body begins to pattern itself in this state.
 
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How many times should I float?

 
 
This depends on what you are floating for. We recommend that you float at least 3 times within 6 weeks to get the full experience of total relaxation.
 
Many float once a week. Some twice a month, some once a month, and others whenever they feel that they need it.
 
People have different reasons for floating. Many are using it to relieve stress, some are using it to compliment treatments, and others are using it for self awareness. The frequency and duration of your floats will depend on what your reasons for floating are. 
 
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Is the float pod ventilated?

 
 
Yes the float pods at Float Matrix are ventilated. They use a type of ventilation called convective ventilation. This works using thermal dynamics. The heat from the float pod rises, pushing warm air out the upper distill (air way designed to keep out light) and draws in fresh air from a lower distill.
 
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