Safety Concerns and Precautions
Can a pregnant woman use a float tank?
Yes, pregnant women may use the Float Pod and it is encouraged by many healthcare professionals. Floating while pregnant allows you to reduce the stress of the added weight of pregnancy by taking the strain off the body (the spine and feet in particular). It can aid with improved sleep, help with all the aches and pains normally associated with pregnancy, and improve your general sense of well being. Many mothers have also experienced heightened sensitivity and connection with their babies, and some have reported a profound experience of “mirroring” from floating in a quiet, warm and secure environment while their baby does the same. Because circumstances are unique with each pregnancy, use of Float Pods should be discussed with a healthcare professional.
The following information will be relevant:
- A “Float” is a 60-minute session in a 95-degree environment suspended in 12 inches of purified water that is highly saturated with 1000 lbs. of pharmaceutical grade MgSO4 (Magnesium Sulfate, a.k.a. Epsom salts). Cutaneous (through the skin) absorption of MgSO4 has not been shown to produce negative side effects associated with ingestion or injection of the mineral.
- The Solution is sterilized between sessions through a process of commercial-grade circulation, filtration and purification using a combination of UV (Ultraviolet Light) and Ozone. No harsh chemicals (Chlorine, Bromine etc.) are used in the solution at our facilities.
- Hard surfaces are disinfected using a level IV EPA registered “Green” disinfectant that is safe for contact with children and animals.
- The only known physical limitations are the ability to get in and out of the pod unassisted.
Can a menstruating woman use the Float Pod?
Yes, it is safe for women to float while menstruating if proper feminine hygiene is used. As long as you are comfortable and can control your menstruation the way you would in a swimming pool, then you can do so in the Float Pod.
Can children use the Float Pod?
Although the Float Pod is physically safe for children, some may experience episodes of fear or claustrophobia. Each child will have his/her own reaction. Children may use the Float Pod with their parent’s written consent and may require parental supervision.
Is there anyone who should not use a Float Pod?
Anyone with one or more of the following conditions should not use the Float Pod: uncontrolled epilepsy, drug or alcohol intoxication, infectious disease, open wounds, or serious psychological conditions.
Is Floating safe and can you drown?
Floating is extremely safe. While it is possible to drown in any pool of liquid so theoretically, yes, it is possible to drown. However, the Float Pod is much safer than most other bodies of water because it contains a high concentration of salt. It is impossible to sink in the Float Pod and you must exert a conscious effort not to turn onto your side or attempt floating face-down. Most people are extremely comfortable in the water. Some people even safely sleep while they are floating. If you find yourself uncomfortable for any reason, there is an emergency button inside the pod that you can hit. There is also an intercom inside the pod so you can reach one of our associates if you have any questions or need anything at all during your float.
Can a Float Pod run out of air?
Although the Float Pod does have a closed hatch that makes it sound proof and light proof, it is not airtight. Ventilation is always more than sufficient and this should not be a concern.
Is the Float Pod sanitary?
The interior of the Float Pod is extremely sanitary. The Pod has up to 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt dissolved in the water, which raises the salinity to levels that are inhospitable to bacteria, including microbes and other pathogens. The Solution is sterilized between sessions through a process of commercial-grade circulation, filtration and purification using a combination of UV and Ozone. No harsh chemicals (Chlorine, Bromine etc.) are used in the solution at our facilities. Additionally, surfaces are disinfected using Puregreen24, a level IV EPA registered “Green” disinfectant containing silver and citrus nitrate, safe for contact with children and animals.