What is Float Therapy?

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What is Float Therapy?

Float therapy is a way of achieving deep relaxation by spending an hour or more lying quietly in darkness, suspended in a warm solution of Epsom salt. Float tanks are also known as isolation tanks or sensory deprivation tanks.

Float therapy creates an environment conducive for deep relaxation.

Our brains are constantly bombarded with external stimulation as well as the ever present  background ‘noises’ & distractions that are always present. 
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When you floating in a tank, your senses are released from all these distractions, your body is weightless & you become a mind floating in space. 

The water temperature is close to natural body temperature and its quite normal to lose the sensation of where your body ends and the water begins. 

This can enable your body & mind to reach deep levels of relaxation/meditation that would normally take years of practice to achieve. The tank creates an environment where you can achieve pure sensory relaxation with no external distraction.

While weightlessness is achieved through the careful combination of special salts with filtered sterile water, there are further  benefits from the epsom salts which also create an ideal environment for injury recovery as well as providing relief from muscular pain & tension.

Free from external stimulation, your body can achieve an even more beneficial state of deep relaxation than from natural sleep. Even when you sleep –your mind receives signals from those parts of your body that touch the bed & covers, skin temperature, sounds, and gravity. Instead of these distractions it can get back to focusing on repairing and rejuvenating your mind and body.

5 Easy Steps to Achieve Float Therapy

Follow these 5 easy steps and you will be a float therapy expert in no time at all.

Take a shower

Rinsing off first stops any contaminants from entering the float tank.

Time to Float

Insert your complimentary ear plugs and climb into your own personal float therapy unit.


Your time is your own. Meditate, work through your thoughts or sleep. The choice is yours.

Gentle Awakening

Music will play at the end of your session. Exit the float tank, shower and get dressed. Rejoin the world!
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What should I expect at my Float Therapy?

We have prepared a checklist to help you get the most from your flotation therapy session.

Before you arrive

  • Avoid caffeine and other natural stimulants for several hours before hand.
  • Avoid shaving or waxing before your appointment as the salt water can sting and irritate your skin.

Prepare for your float

  • Start relaxing.  Get in the mood before you arrive and try to relax.  
  • We will show you to your float therapy room where you will need to take a pre-float shower.
  • We recommend you float in the nude unless there is a chance that you may need assistance getting in or out of the flotation tank.  
  • You will have the complete privacy of the float tank and your room.

Begin your float

  • Lie back. Since you will float effortlessly, your muscles no longer have to fight against the constant pull of gravity.
  • Your mind and body are free from all sensations of weight, temperature, touch, sight and sound. The boundaries of your body seem to dissolve and vanish completely.

During your float

  • You can float in complete silence (recommended for a first timer) or
  • Ask us to push sound through the tank via external speakers that surround the tank. Sound will often help relax the mind and body.
  • If floating in silence, sound will slowly be introduced to let you know when it is time to get out of the tank.

After your float

  • You will want a post-float shower to remove all the Epsom salt from your body and hair.
  • Be sure to rinse the salt out of your ears by letting water run in them for a few seconds. Upon stepping out of the tank, your senses may seem extremely sensitive. Enjoy the "afterglow" effect and feel free to stay and chat or write about your floating experience.
  • You may feel the effects of floating for several days after.

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Hobart Float Therapy - Tranquility Float
Reduces stress, refreshes the body and clears the mind.  Come visit us at Tranquility Float where we specialise in float therapy and reflexology massage.
Tuesday - Friday
10:00am - 7:00pm
10:00am - 2:30pm
We are closed Sunday and Monday
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