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“Can’t I just float in my bath at home?”
When some people hear that floating involves Epsom salt, they wonder whether they can’t just recreate the experience at home with a bag of Epsom salt.
So we would like to ask you the following questions:
Have you got 550kg of Epsom salt?
Yes there really is that much Epsom salt dissolved in a float pod! The solution is thick with salt, making it more dense than the Dead Sea. This is what allows you to float on the surface of the water and be completely supported. This is a pallet load of salt, which would be a huge quantity to try and transport to your bathroom, not to mention costly!
Could your floor take the extra weight if you did add that much salt?
Many floors are not designed to take this much extra weight, particularly when concentrated in one area of the floor. This has been a serious factor in choosing a venue for our float centre, and the floor has been assessed by a structural engineer for safety.
Can your bath maintain the temperature of the water for hours?
Firstly an interesting point about the process of preparing a float pod: when the Epsom salt is dissolved in the water it takes a lot of heat away, so you’d also need to be able to re-heat your bath water again afterwards!
Secondly, a float generally lasts an hour. Unless you have a special bath with an integrated heater, your water would lose the heat in this time, leaving you cold and uncomfortable. The float pod heats the solution and is well insulated, so that it is maintained at skin temperature. This is a really special aspect of the experience, as after a while you may find you can’t feel where your body ends and the water begins.
Is your bath 2.5 m long and 1.7 m wide?
I don’t know about yours, but our bath certainly doesn’t give you this amount of room! Much as I love a bath, my knees are normally at least a bit bent, my neck is at a bit of an angle, and my arms can’t spread out much away from my sides.
The float pod is so spacious that you can really spread out comfortably. This means that while supported by the Epsom salt, you can lie in whatever position is comfortable, allowing your muscles to relax and your joints to stretch out.
Can you ensure uninterrupted silence?
Most homes are full of noise and distractions. Whether it is traffic outside, music, tv or radio, dogs barking, or children wanting your attention, chances are you will struggle to achieve uninterrupted silence.
In the float centre while we can’t guarantee 100% silence, it is a priority for us to get as close as we can, and we use ingenious soundproofing techniques not generally seen in the home.
Respite from distractions and noise is another really special aspect of floating.
How dark is your bathroom?
OK, so we know this bit isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. If you prefer to leave the light on or the door open while you float, that’s fine.
However the pure floatation experience involves complete darkness as well as silence. This is part of the complete removal of distractions and stimuli, which allows your mind to really switch off and drift away. Many people describe floating as a ‘short cut to meditation‘ or as being like ‘floating in space’. With light coming in from windows or around the door, complete darkness is also very hard to achieve in the bath at home.
So in conclusion, while taking an Epsom salt bath at home can be lovely, it is a far cry from the floatation experience, and all the benefits it brings.
When we’re open you’ll be able to come and give it a go for yourself. In the mean time, sign up to our email list via the form below, to be kept updated on our progress to launch.
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