Float Therapy?

A float tank is a large bathtub that is designed to reduce distractions: lights, sounds, gravity and tactile sensations. The water is heated to skin temperature and is filled with 1000 pounds of Epsom salt, making it denser than even the Dead Sea. You will find yourself floating effortlessly and losing track of where your body ends and the water begins.

As you lie in the float tank, about 80-90% of neuromuscular activity is decreased.  Cortisol levels drop significantly, blood pressure lowers and a deep sense of relaxation starts to take over your body.

 

BENEFITS

Physical

Reduction & Alleviation of Pain
Lowers Blood Pressure & Heart Rate
Aids in Addiction Recovery
Improves Athletic performance
Improves Circulation

Mental

Stress Reduction
Increased Creativity
Helps Cure Insomnia
Increased Reactions & Alertness
Feelings of Euphoria

Spiritual

Deep Relaxation
Alleviation of Depression & Stress
Effortless Meditation
Expansion of Consciousness
Achievement of Theta State


OUR FLOAT TANKS

Both float tanks offer a light button and a music button with high, medium and low volume levels.  The water is at skin temperature of 95 degrees Fahrenheit. 

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 The Float 'ROOM' Tank

The Room is more spacious than the Pod.  The Room style tank has a full height ceiling and is about a foot longer than the Pod.  People that tend to be claustrophobic have picked this tank over the Pod in the past.  If you like lots of stretching involved in your float session this may be the tank for you.

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The Float 'POD' Tank

The Pod has that mother's womb feeling to it.  It is bigger than you may think from just looking at it through the picture.  You have the option to close the tank hood or leave it open while you float.


Community Float Hours

We want to provide the opportunity for as many people as possible to float, and we want to give back to the community by supporting:

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  • People with chronic conditions or illnesses (including anxiety, depression, addiction and PTSD)
  • Military active service, veterans and National Guard
  • Nurses
  • First Responders
  • Artists and musicians
  • Students
  • RVA Residents
  • Teachers, community and social service workers
  • Anyone who finds our regular prices to be a hardship.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30am - 3:00pm (last appointment time is at 2pm) you can float during Community Hours, when all 60 minute floats are $45 instead of the regular $65.

 

Community are hours are for the community, not with the community - you will have a private room like usual.


CREATIVE PROGRAMS

Research studies have shown how floating can enhance creativity and help floaters view things in a new way. Float tanks can be an amazing tool for breaking through creative blocks and finding new inspiration. As our brains recognize that they are being starved of stimulation, they begin to create their own. Many people begin to see colors or hear music, some feel themselves spinning around even though they aren’t actually moving. At Vitality, we want to help you explore this state and see what your mind can create when it’s free of stimuli and distractions from the outside world. Artists, chefs, writers, musicians and all other creatives - what will you find in the tank?


FAQ

 

How early should I show up for an appointment?

Please arrive 5-10 minutes before your scheduled float session to fill out our online intake form for your first visit.  We have an infrared sauna and tea waiting room for you to relax in if you arrive early. 

How long should I float my first time?

For your first float, we recommend floating for 60-90 minutes. Your first 15-30 minutes in the tank will be a learning experience  it will take time for your mind to unwind and for you to find a position that you feel most comfortable floating in. By floating for at least 60 minutes, you give yourself time to settle into the new experience and start to see the benefits.

How long of floats do you offer?

We offer float times of 45, 60, 75, 90, 120 and 180 minutes long.  We also offer overnight floats once a month from 11pm to 7am - these can only be booked by calling or emailing the spa, they can not be booked online. 

How many floats does it take to make me grasp the floating experience?

Your first visit is considered a learning experience.  A second float session helps you really see the potential benefits of regular floating. After the third float, you will have uncluttered your mind, reset your nervous system and stimulated your lymphatic system.  We recommend doing the Mind-Body Balance Float Package (3 X 60 Min Floats in 2 weeks) to really grasp the full potential of floating. 

Is the water clean?

Extremely.  Our water is completely recirculated at least 3 times between each float through a 1 or 10 micron particulate filter, and then treated with a combination of a germicidal UV lamp, ozone, and hydrogen peroxide.  The water is tested daily to ensure that your float will be safe and comfortable. 

What if I am Claustrophobic?

The tanks are a lot bigger in person than they seem in pictures.  During your float session, you are able to keep the door open to our two types of float chambers:  The float POD has a pivoting lid that makes it possible to keep open or close, adjustments to the lid can be made from inside the pod.  The float ROOM has 7 foot high ceilings with a door to the entrance.  The ROOM tends to be the choice of people with claustrophobic tendencies.

Do I need to bring anything?

We provide neck pillows, ear plugs, vaseline, towels, robes, tampons, combs, a hairdryer, lotion, shampoo and conditioner.  If you wear contact lenses, bring solution and a case or just wear your prescription glasses - it's possible to splash yourself with a bit of the salty water, which can be extremely unpleasant with contacts in.  You will be in your own private room, so you do not need to wear a swim suit, unless it is for comfort reasons.  You may want to bring a brush or anything else you want to use to get ready after your float. You are welcome to try our Celavive skincare products at the vanity area in the bathroom as well.

What NOT to do before a float?

Shave or wax (salt stings open cuts), however we do provide vaseline just in case.  Have caffeine or energy enhancing vitamins (makes it hard to relax).  Dye your hair 48 hrs before (we do provide a swim cap just in case you need it).   

When NOT to float?

Do not float today if you have a cold or the flu, incontinence, flatulence or hemorrhoids, any infectious disease, deep cuts or open sores.

Will I sink?

No, the high density of the salt water content makes you float. You can even sleep in the tank if you want to.

What if I cannot get my mind to stop thinking while I am floating?

It is very normal to have a lot of mental chatter while you first start floating.  Do not be discouraged.  Here is some advice from the experts on how to train your monkey mind while meditating/floating. 


Rates

FLOAT SESSIONS

45 minutes - $60

60 minutes - $65

75 minutes - $70

90 minutes - $75

120 minutes - $80

Evening Hours Extended (3h) -$120 ( 9pm-midnight, By appointment only)

Community Float Hours (60 min, Tues – Th, 9am-3pm*last appointment time is 2pm*) - $45 

New Moon Overnight Float (8hr) - $250

Intro to Float Package (3 X 60 Min Floats - can not be shared) - $135

Mind-Body Balance Float Package (3 X 60 Min Floats in 2 weeks - can not be shared) - $135

Seasonal Float Challenge (8 X 60 Min Floats in 3 months - can not be shared) - $320

** Please arrive 5 - 10 minutes before your scheduled session. 


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