“Amazing to find this place in Lubbock! This is my first time experiencing sensory deprivation tanks and I couldn't be more pleased. The place is extremely calm and clean, and I felt very relaxed from the second I stepped into the door. The tanks themselves are beautiful. Having done it just this evening for my first time, I can only describe the feeling as incomparably relaxed. I feel drastically less tension in my entire body and a sense of calm that's absolutely wonderful. Wish I had been doing this sooner!” ~ Conner B.
Float tanks have actually been around since the 1960’s and even though they have been essentially under the radar to the general public for most of that time their amazing physical and mental benefits gained a quiet popularity over the decades. Usually among those on the cutting edge in their fields such as Olympic athletes, artists, musicians, etc but now the secret is out and as more people begin to seek holistic alternatives Float Therapy is quickly becoming known as an incredible rejuvenative tool in our efforts to maintain a healthy balance in our fast paced world.
If you are new to floating we’ll provide a quick overview along with some tips and instructions when you arrive to make your first float as comfortable as possible but you are always welcome to give us a call with any questions you might have.
We provide everything you’ll need here at our facility. Each room is completely private and has a full shower, bathroom and vanity area. Again we’ll provide amenities such as towels, shampoo and earplugs but you are welcome to bring your own.
After a quick shower your session doesn’t begin until once you’ve entered the i-sopod tank. Once you’re inside you’ll begin to hear some soft music signalling the start of your session. At that point it’s time to say goodbye to the world and sink into the soft warm stillness of solitude.
At 4ft. high, 5ft wide and over 8ft. long the i-sopod float tank is considerably larger than most tanks on the market today and can accommodate even the largest football players.
Each tank is filled with approx twelve inches of water and has about 1200lbs of Epsom salt dissolved into it. Click here: http://www.epsomsaltcouncil.org for more information on the amazing healing aspects of Epsom Salt.
Not only does this leave the skin feeling silky smooth but the density of the water is such that the body is suspended and supported effortlessly much like a buoy floating in the ocean.
The water is heated to a comfortably warm 94 degrees which eventually leads to the loss of kinesthetic sensation. In other words one can no longer feel a difference between the air, water, and skin. Unless you’re an astronaut, the feeling of weightlessness you can achieve inside a float tank is probably the closest most of us will ever get to truly being completely free of gravity. However, floating along in the deep quiet sea of inner-space can be a truly euphoric experience.
An i-sopod is designed to be a fully controllable environment and user friendly from the inside of the tank. Although the best benefits are intended to be experienced from restricted sensory stimulation, which is what the tanks were originally constructed to provide; the lighting, sound, and lid all have the ability to be set according to your comfort level.
Stepping into the tank is almost like stepping into some kind of futuristic space pod. Whenever you’re ready to close your eyes and begin drifting away the soft serene glow of LED light inside the tank can be turned off with the touch of a button. Once inside the tank there is nothing left to do but to lay back and let go.
You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen. ~ Joseph Campbell
“Floating in the tank after a busy day’s work brings a great relief. Suddenly all of the stimulation of holding one upright against gravity disappears. One realizes that a good deal of the fatigue accumulated during the day is caused by keeping one’s body upright in a gravitational field. From a neurophysiological standpoint, one has immediately freed up very large masses of neurons from the necessity of constant computations (as to the direction of gravity, the programming by visual and acoustic inputs, by temperature changes, etcetera). For example, one’s cerebellum is now freed for uses other than balancing the body.”
- John C. Lilly, The Deep Self: Consciousness Exploration in the Isolation Tank
"Went in for my first float and absolutely loved it. Had done some research and was ready to try it out. This was an experience like no other." ~ P. Holt - Local float enthusiast.
Q:How do you keep the water clean?
A: Due to the concentration of salinity, and with the addition of hydrogen peroxide (we use a plant based solution called PeroxyZen check them out!) every evening, the water in the tank environment is extremely clean and hygienic. Like the Dead Sea in the middle-east the dense salt concentration is not conducive to microbial life. We also require our clients to shower before each float. In addition to these measures the water is also automatically filtered through a one micron filter between each session and continually throughout the day when not in use to ensure perfection.
Q:Do you wear anything while floating?
A: Since floating is a private experience most people don't wear anything. What you wear would probably be a distraction and the less sensory input on the body the better. So you don’t need to bring any kind of swim suit etc.
Q:What effect does salt water have on skin and hair?
A: Epsom salts are made up of a naturally occurring mineral that is found in water, more properly known as magnesium sulfate. Epsom salts are easily obtained at any drug store or supermarket. Inexpensive and versatile, the salts can be used for a number of different applications around the home. Many of the applications have to do with expediting healing, as well as improving the quality of the skin and help with basic grooming. In other words there are no detrimental effects on hair or skin. More information about the wonderful benefits of Epsom salt can be found here: http://www.epsomsaltcouncil.org (If you have recently dyed your hair you must wait at least a week before floating)
Q:I'm a bit claustrophobic...
A: Fairly common concern and we’ve found mostly due to lack of information and encountering an unknown experience. The tank experience can be completely controlled by the user. The lighting and lid height can be adjusted to any comfort level from inside the tank and there are no locks or latches to be concerned with. What’s unique about the tank is that even people who are extremely claustrophobic are eventually able to fully use the tank with the light off and lid closed usually after just one session. The tank is quite large and most people are actually surprised how big they actually are once they see them in person. Once over their initial hesitations most people report feelings of expansiveness and lightness.
Q:Do I need to prepare in any way?
A: Not really but there are a couple of things worth mentioning. We advise that you avoid shaving on the day of your float. The high salt content can be very irritating to freshly shaved skin. We also provide Vaseline for any small cuts or grazes. The other thing we advise is to not eat a heavy meal before floating. If it’s your first time you might consider scheduling an appointment on a day where you don’t have any other commitments. Everyone’s experience varies a little but you’ll have a much better idea about everything after your first session.
Q:Are there any restrictions on who can float?
A: Virtually anyone can float but we do need permission wavers signed for anyone under 18 and a parent must be present for those under 16. There is a weight limit of 350lbs. People with kidney problems are unfortunately unable to float due to the magnesium. Special considerations are always taken into account with a consultation.
*No one under the influence of any illegal substance will be allowed to float and any one suspected of being so will be asked to leave and may risk being asked not to return.*
Q:Is there any risk of drowning?
A: The high buoyancy of the water makes it basically impossible for the individual to go beneath the surface. Once settled it is only possible to touch the bottom of the tank with a great deal of effort. Many people actually fall asleep during their sessions without any danger of drowning. There is also an attendant call button inside the tank if there is any kind of assistance needed.
Q:Is there any literature on the benefits of floating?
A: Yes. There is a wealth of material available regarding flotation and its effectiveness in a wide range of applications, particularly in a sporting and medical context. The following is just a small selection of publications that reveal some highly interesting data (well, as interesting as research data gets!), and even if you're a regular float devotee, some of these results will startle you. All of the clinical trials have been conducted by eminent scholars in their respective fields, running control experiments in tandem to ensure the accuracy of the results. In every instance, no matter what the scenario, subjects who have used the floatation tank prior to these tests have shown vastly superior results to those who did not float.
One of the best places to find plethora of concise and organized material on flotation is the definitive book on flotation, "The Book of Floating: Exploring the Private Sea" by Michael Hutchison. Michael Hutchison's acclaimed book covers every aspect of flotation tank therapy, and is essential for float tank operators and regular customers alike. It makes for an invaluable tool for researchers and those of you who wish to be better informed before trying the tank for yourself.
Having been out of print for many years, this book has been republished, and is still considered to be the quintessential text on all aspects of flotation tank use. Included are step by step instruction to deep relaxation, improved athletic performance, control of habits & addictions, weight loss, reduction of anxiety & depression and accelerated learning techniques.
Hutchison has conducted extensive research, and he summarizes his findings for floating as an aid to health, wellness and deep relaxation.
A new chapter included in this latest edition tells of the author's own story of a miraculous recovery from complete paralysis, through his own application of the principles of floating, meditation and the concentration of willpower.
This is a thoroughly absorbing summary of the healing and therapeutic uses of the floatation tank.
R.E.S.T. (Restricted Environmental Stimulation) Research
In 1982, IRIS (International R.E.S.T. Investigators Society) was founded in order to give the increased number of R.E.S.T. researchers a platform to share their research findings. The goal of IRIS is to make a communication network available to R.E.S.T. researchers and those interested in R.E.S.T. and to organize an International R.E.S.T. conference every three years. The research papers which have been presented at these conferences have also been published in books. If you are interested in certain research topics concerning the effects of Floating (for example the effects of Floating on the enhancement of creativity, enhancement of sporting performance, stress management, biological effects, psycho physiological effects, hypnosis, skin disease, treatment of habit disorders or treatment of physical and psychological disorders such as anxiety, children with autism, pre-menstrual syndrome, chronic pain, rheumatoid arthritis) feel free to e mail us to request the relevant research documents.
The History & Development of the Flotation Tank:
The first flotation tank was developed in 1950 by the American neurophysiologist Professor Dr John C. Lilly while working at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in Bethesda, Maryland. Together with his associate Dr. Jay Shirley, Dr. Lilly became intrigued by the question of the origins of conscious activity within the brain. The question was whether the brain needed external stimuli to keep its conscious states active. Lilly and his associate set to work trying to devise a system that would restrict environmental stimulation as much as was practical and feasible. Lilly's first tank was one in which the floater was suspended upright, entirely underwater, head completely covered by an underwater breathing apparatus and mask (now you know where the producers of "Altered States" got their ideas!). Over the years Lilly continued his experiments with flotation, simplifying and improving the general design of the tank. Dr. Lilly found that he could float in a more relaxing supine position, rather than suspended feet downward in fresh water, if more buoyant salt water was used. Other refinements, such as water heaters with thermostats sensitive enough to keep the water at perfect temperature, an air pump to keep the air in the tank fresh, and a water filter for the re-use of the Epsom salts, were added over the years. By the early 1970's, Lilly had perfected the flotation tank in much the design used today.
Once you've looked over our price list you can browse our online schedule and book an appointment up to a month in advance or if you’re more comfortable speaking with someone you can call us and we'll be happy to assist you. Want to bring along a friend? No problem. We have two tanks available and can accommodate you.
~ 60 minute sessions - $65
~ 90 minute sessions - $85
~ 120 minute sessions - $100
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Our Membership Packages begin with a three month minimum commitment and continue month to month until cancelled. Membership features include sharing sessions with non-members*. Payment can be scheduled with auto-pay on the date of choice. Once a session has been paid for they are good for up to a year.
~ Maintenance Membership: One 60 Minute Float per Month - $59
~ Plus Membership: Two 60 Minute Floats per Month - $99
~ Preferred Membership: Three 60 Minute Floats per Month - $145
~ Premium Membership: Four 60 Minute Floats per Month - $180
* Note: Members will be allowed to purchase additional float time and extra appointments at their level of membership discount.
“Love love love I think everyone should experience this it's so relaxing I have awful back issues and floating is the only time that I have absolutely no pain in any part of my body. Seriously the only time !!!! If I lived in Lubbock instead of Amarillo I would totally be there once a week.” ~ Kristie W.
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