Let’s start with the basics: a float tank is essentially the perfect bathtub. They vary in size, but the typical tank is 8′ long and 4′ wide. Air is allowed to freely flow in and out, and the door never locks or latches. It holds about 10″ of water, which is saturated with 850- 1000 pounds of Epsom salt. This creates a solution more buoyant than the Dead Sea, and you float on your back about half in and half out of the water. The water itself is kept at the average skin temperature (93.5°F), which allows you to lose track of your body. The tank is sound proof and, when you turn off the light, completely dark.
No gravity, no touch, no sound, and no sight.
The buoyancy puts your body into what is essentially a zero gravity environment: your muscles and bones get to relax, your joints and spine decompress, and the strain on your circulatory system is greatly reduced. It’s basically like your entire body breathing a sigh of relief. With no external stimuli coming in, your system stops worrying about all the background tasks that usually keep it occupied— mostly related to not dying. Your fight-or flight response gets a chance to kick back and stop bossing your brain around, lowering your production of adrenaline and cortisol. Instead, studies show signs that your dopamine and endorphin levels rise, giving you a natural mood high which often lasts for days. Sensory deprivation affects us in another notable way; as our brains become stimuli starved, their reaction is to start creating their own stimuli. Swirling nebulae, gorillas on surfboards, and frolicking Labradors are only a sampling of the visualizations that people have reported from their time in the tank.
Here at Float the Idea we chose to offer our guests the best float tank in Jacksonville. To that end, we selected the Explorer from Escape Pod. This is a solid tank for a solid Float session.
Our tanks are built, like… well, TANKS.
The walls of our Escape Pods are made from powder coated 304 Stainless Steel. Not only does this help filter out sounds and light; I like to think of our tanks of “suits of armor” that protect our sanity for the trials and toils of the daily grind.
Come take a ride in one of our Escape Pods and see where it takes you.