Float Therapy (FAQ)

A float tank eliminates outside influences and allows you to experience total physical and mental relaxation, which has been found to have some pretty amazing effects!  The buoyancy created by 1,500 pounds of Epsom salt lets you float effortlessly on top of the water.  The water is skin temperature which helps erase feeling and leaving you wondering where your body ends and the water begins.  Without sensory input your mind is finally allowed to wander into the deepest state of relaxation.  Your brain no longer needs to spend up to 85% of its energy sending out signals so it slows down.

This leaves you in a dream-like state.  Kind of like that space between awake and asleep.  In this state (theta state) you find mental clarity, increased creativity and problem solving, heightened visualization, deepened meditation and acuteness of all the senses.  Best of all, you get the blissful feeling that comes with the brain dumping endorphins into the body!

It may be the most relaxing thing you have ever done.


  • Don’t shave or wax the day of floating to avoid being sensitive to the salt

  • Be well hydrated prior to floating.

  • Refrain from eating 1 hour prior to your appointment.

  • Remove your contacts.

  • Don’t drink caffeine the day of your appointment.

  • For your first Float, arrive a few minutes early.

Actually floating has been around for over 50 years and has a lot of well designed research by super smart people to back it up.  He first float pod was developed in 1954 by neuroscientist, Dr John C. Lily who needed to eliminate incoming sensory information to create a control group for his experiments.  He ended up discovering that sensory deprivation has a lot of benefits that have been studied and explored ever since!

Since it is a private experience, most people don’t wear any clothing. Swimsuits or material against the body can distract and take away from the sensory experience.  In this case, it’s similar to  getting into your bathtub at home.


Come relaxed and ready to let go.  We provide everything else!  Your time in the tank will be much more beneficial if you arrive ready to relax.  Feel free to come early and enjoy some tea and enjoy the quiet!  There are a few other things to think about:

  • Try not to shave immediately before your float.  Salt water can sting and make your tank time unpleasant.

  • Remove your contacts prior to floating.  Bring your contact case, or wear glasses to make it easy.

  • Caffeine can make it difficult to relax into the experience.  We recommend no caffeine 4 hours or so until your float.

If you wear contacts, bring a case to take them out or simply wear glasses.  If you forget a case, let us know.  We keep contact cases at the front desk and contact solution in the bathroom. Other than that, you don’t need to bring a thing! We provide towels, a washcloth, shampoo, conditioner and shower gel so you can wash before and after your float.  Disposable silicone earplugs are also provided. Your float takes place in a private room so you do not need to bring a bathing suit as it is preferable to float minus clothing.

If you’re shorter than 7 feet you are good to go!  No problem.  Float on!  The salt makes the water incredibly dense and you’ll float like a cork on top without effort.

You are in complete control of your environment.  You have the ability to open the door to the float chamber at any time and leave a light on.  It may seem a bit strange at first, but, we find that if you give yourself a little time to relax and get used to it, you’ll feel very safe and comfortable.  We’ve had people with extreme claustrophobia and they have reported having no problems with their time in the tank.

The short answer is this – it’s not possible to drown in the tank.  The 10 inches of water in the tank is very very dense thanks to the 1500lbs of Epsom salt.  It is extremely buoyant and will support your body.  Turning over in the tank is very difficult, but if you should manage it, the salt in the water would sting your eyes and wake you immediately. This said, we think everyone should nap in a tank now and then!  One hour of sleep in the tank is roughly equivalent to 4 hours of sleep in your bed.  We encourage sleeping in the tank and do it ourselves on a regular basis.

No problem.  No swimming skills required.  All you need to do is know how to lay back and relax.  If you are able to do that in your bed at night, you are good to go.

There is 1500 pounds of medical grade Epsom salt dissolved in our tank. The solution is so high in saline that no living microorganism can survive in there.   After each session, the entire body of water is pumped and filtered through a 3 part filtration and sterilization system which includes Ultra Violet light and food grade hydrogen peroxide.  UV is considered the safest most effective system available. It maintains the water’s soft, clean and crystal clear appearance. In addition everyone is required to take a shower before entering the tank in order to wash off body oil, make up, hair products, etc.

The great thing is that the benefits happen with just one float.  But like any therapy, consistency yields even greater results.  Expect to go 2-3 times before you really notice the difference floating can make for you.  It takes a few times for your body to adjust to this unique environment.  It’s the perfect way to find out if flotation therapy is right for you!

We don’t either!  The salt in the tanks is Epsom salt which means the water will not draw the salt from your skin and cause wrinkles like a long bath does.  Epsom salt is actually quite nourishing for the skin and most people leave noticing how silky smooth their skin has become!  Epsom salt is also non-toxic and the worst thing that will happen if you accidentally swallow some is leave a bad taste in your mouth.

You will not be allowed to float if you have any of the following conditions or in any of the following situations:

  • Infectious skin or respiratory disorders

  • Open wounds

  • Incontinence

  • Epilepsy or serious mental conditions

  • A high-risk pregnancy

  • Have colored or permed your hair within 7 days

  • Under the influence of any drug or alcohol

  • Under 18 without parental presence

You are not required to wear earplugs, but earplugs are provided.

If you have a history of ear issues including infections, and are concerned about getting water in your ears, you may want to bring earplugs you trust to protect your ears or use a float halo in the tank to keep your ears above the water.

Yes.  Just use the appropriate sanitary products (tampons or menstrual cups).  Most pool rules apply to the Float room.

We require a credit card to hold your appointment: The card will not be charged, it is for booking purposes only using the Square platform.

Cancellations/No Show: Session time is valuable.  we honor your time by being present and reserving that space specifically for you.  A phone call in regard to a change of schedule is highly appreciated and is always able to be rescheduled. We’ll work with you!  Late Arrival:  Arriving late for a float or service may require us to shorten the length of the service, depending upon availability, with full charges applied, so as not to inconvenience other customers.  Refunds: There are no refunds for gift cards, gift certificates or Floating services.


Our Wellness Center offers a variety of options to meet your wellness needs.  We offer a variety of services including:  Float Therapy, Massage Therapy, Infrared Sauna Therapy, and we're excited to add Facials, Body Scrubs, and Wraps to serve your skin care needs.


Floating is part therapy, part meditation, part transcendence, and all relaxation. Classically known as “sensory deprivation“, flotation therapy is suitable for all ages.  It has a myriad of documented benefits, including improved health and well-being, deepened meditation, relief of physical pain, mental stress & anxiety, and improved sleep and immune function. 

Massage Therapy is an accepted part of physical rehabilitation programs. Massage increases circulation providing much needed oxygen and nutrients to deprived tissues. Massage therapy loosens fascial restrictions, resulting in increased range of motion. We tailor the massage to your specific needs—from relaxation to deep tissue work, or anything in between.

Infrared Saunas are an effective tool for natural healing and prevention. Infrared light has the ability to penetrate human tissue which in turn produces a host of anti-aging health benefits making infrared saunas one of the “hottest” home therapies for overall healthier living. If you want to get yourself back into balance, the benefits of an infrared sauna may be just what you need to achieve your wellness goals.

Facials, Scrubs and Wraps all help nourish, hydrate, and soften the skin. Please call for special packages and pricing.

Our Services Explained in Greater Detail


Massage Therapy

Float Edwardsville contracts independent and experienced Licensed Massage Therapists (LMT).  Each Therapist brings their own unique style, techniques, and energy to the massage session.  Do not be discouraged if it takes a week or more to schedule an appointment, as experienced and successful massage therapists have a consistent clientele that schedule on a regular basis (weekly, bi-weekly or monthly).


Massage Therapy is an accepted part of many physical rehabilitation programs, and has proven beneficial for a variety of ailments. Massage increases circulation providing much needed oxygen and nutrients to deprived tissues. Massage therapy loosens fascial restriction resulting in increased range of motion in affected joints and muscle tissues. Massage can bring the body and mind back into balance and facilitate holistic health and wellness through the mind-body connection.


Many chronic conditions have been improved through massage including but not limited to;

  •  low back pain

  •  arthritis

  •  bursitis

  •  fatigue

  •  high blood pressure

  •  diabetes

  •  immunity suppression

  •  depression/anxiety

  •  smoking cessation

  •  stress related diseases

  •  menstrual irregularities

  •  fibromyalgia

  •  asthma

20 Reasons to Get A Massage

1. Massage Can Alleviate Headaches
Whether you have a tension-type headache or suffer from migraines, medical research has proven that massage can help reduce or even eliminate this painful problem.


2. Massage Soothes and Relaxes the Body
A Swedish or hot stone massage offers the right amount of pressure, sometimes combined with heat, to soothe your achy muscles. If your body is tight from a tense week at the office, either of these massage styles is a good way to relax.

 3. Massage Reduces Joint Pain
Joint pain is a common issue that is experienced by everyone from pregnant women to fibromyalgia sufferers. Receiving a regular massage will relieve this pain. In fact, many medical professionals refer patients with joint pain to a licensed massage therapist.


4. Massages Can Dramatically Reduce Anxiety
Approximately 40 million Americans have some form of anxiety, and this can be borderline emotionally crippling at times. Anxiety is even responsible for almost one-third of the nation’s total mental health expenses. The good news is that massage can cut your body’s level of stress hormones in half, which will alleviate the symptoms of anxiety.


5. Minimize Back Pain with a Massage
Back pain is one of the most common medical complaints, but you do not need to live in pain. Studies have shown that massage reduces the need for painkillers by 36 percent and it is more effective than chiropractic care or acupuncture.


6. Neuromuscular Massage Addresses Repetitive Movement Injuries
A staggering 86 percent of U.S. adults have a desk job, and the vast majority of them perform repetitive tasks that can injure their hands, wrists, arms, neck and back. Although a typical massage will help reduce this pain, neuromuscular techniques can actually address the root cause of the muscular problem to provide you with optimal results.


7. Massage Promotes Flexibility
Most people are not nearly as flexible as they would like to be, and this often causes uncomfortable stiffness. Fortunately, a sports massage is tailored toward making it easier to increase your flexibility.


8. Research Shows Massage Helps Cancer Patients
Four out of every 10 adults will battle with cancer at some point during their life. Massage is now being widely used as a complementary treatment because it offers a reduction in many of the symptoms associated with cancer, including nausea, pain, insomnia and fatigue.


 9. Re-energize with a Massage
Do you often feel drained by the end of your workday? Swedish massage will relax you, but they are also known for making the receiver feel more energetic throughout the rest of the day.


10. Massage Relieves Insomnia
At any given time, one-third of adults are experiencing a bout of insomnia, so it is no surprise that people are constantly looking for ways to improve their quality of sleep. Sleep studies have shown a very strong link between weekly massage appointments and reduced insomnia. This is extremely important when you consider the many health issues that are caused by a lack of sleep, including a weakened immune system and a greater risk of depression.

11. Increase Your Quality of Life with Massage
Medical patients receiving palliative care experience a boost in their quality of life with regular massage sessions, and the same is true for everyone. This is one of the primary reasons that more than half of the 32.6 million Americans who get a massage at least once a year do so for health reasons.


 12. Massage Helps Digestive Issues
Everyone experiences the occasional digestive issue, and an abdominal massage can help. Regardless of whether you have been constipated for three days or have a chronic digestive issue, a massage is a good way to get your system working more properly.


13. Massage Combats Stress
Chronic stress increases your risk of contracting cancer, heart disease, cirrhosis of the liver and lung ailments. Additionally, it is responsible for many accidents and suicides. In other words, stress is quite literally killing some people, but you do not have to remain so stressed out. Instead, you can take advantage of the stress-busting benefits of massage therapy.


14. Boost Your Immune System with Massage
Everyone can benefit from a boosted immune system, especially people who typically deal with several minor illnesses every year. A research group at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center discovered that a single 45-minute massage alters the human body’s immune responseTherefore, getting a massage weekly or biweekly is a great way to strengthen your immune system.


 15. Massage Can Beat PMS
The pain that some women experience before and during their menstrual cycle can be effectively combated by a massage. Even better is the fact that studies have shown a direct connection between massage and a reduction in water retention, depression and other symptoms of menstrual distress.


16. Become More Alert with a Chair Massage
Many businesses now offer chair massages to their employees, and this is a scientifically backed way to make people feel more alert. The mental boost you receive from a simple 15 minute chair massage will make daily tasks much easier and can reduce your odds of being in an accident.


17. Massage Improves Face, Scalp and Hair Health
A simple face and scalp massage is very relaxing, and it will also boost the health of your scalp, hair and facial skin. Some studies have even found that face massage can stop skin from sagging and ward off wrinkles!


18. Massage Reduces Postural Stress
Another major problem associated with sitting all day is the development of serious neck and shoulder pain. This is caused by postural stress, and it can also impact your glutes and lower back. Massage addresses this physical stress and will relieve your painful symptoms.


19. Massage will Lower Your Blood Pressure
If you have issues with high blood pressure, then scheduling regular massages is definitely a good idea. Individuals with a hectic lifestyle and high blood pressure can benefit from as little as a 10 minute chair massage once a week.


20. Increase Your Blood Circulation with Massage
Massage helps your blood circulation, and this offers a long list of benefits. For example, if you have any health conditions that slow down your blood circulation, massage will provide healthier skin, better organ functionality and improved cell growth.

Facials, Scrubs, and Wraps


Our Three Layer Facial is perfect for all skin types and includes the following applications:

  • Layer 1: Is concentrated fresh seaweed filtrate. It softens lines, adds moisture and helps rebalance and tone skin tissues.

  • Layer 2: A facial massage is given with a creamy hydrating formula. Lasting benefits include improved circulation and skin elasticity.

  • Layer 3: The fresh seaweed mask is the cooling and soothing treatment that hydrates while improving skin tone and clarity.

The Four Layer Facial is the ultimate treatment. Experience layer upon layer of pure, fresh European seaweed to rejuvenate, tone and help firm the skin dramatically. In addition to the steps described above in the Three Layer Facial, a heating mineral mask is applied as the grand finale. It creates its own gentle warmth to activate the properties of the seaweed mask beneath it.


Think of a Body Scrub Treatment as a facial for the body: It exfoliates and hydrates your skin, leaving it smooth and soft. A body scrub is done with an abrasive material—usually sea salt or sugar—mixed with massage lotion or oil and aromatic essential oils.


A Mud Wrap is a nourishing cocoon designed to slim and tone your body, hydrate, cleanse or heal your skin, or relax and soothe your muscles. Body wraps combine therapeutic masks — herbal pastes, mineral-rich muds or soothing creams — with thermal coverings. The body mask will contain a mixture of ingredients designed to have a remedial effect on your skin, while the coverings will swathe and warm your body, promoting muscle relaxation, and sweating to cleanse your pores.


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Edwardsville, IL 62025

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