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Flotation Therapy

Floating Lotus Flotation is a sensory deprivation healing treatment for your physical body, mental and emotional health and spiritual growth. Each of our unique float rooms contains a tub filled with warm water, hundreds of pounds of epsom salt, and total silence. There is nothing holding you down. The sensation is liken to floating in outer space. There is no gravity. You are no where and there is no where to be. Just to be with yourself here and now.


Benefits of Flotation Therapy

Floating Lotus Flotation is a sensory deprivation healing treatment for your physical body, mental and emotional health and spiritual growth. Studies performed in the United States and Sweden indicate that flotation therapy delivers wide-ranging benefits including significant reductions in not only stress, but also chronic pain, swelling, headaches, depression and insomnia, all while lowering blood pressure and improving skin.

Doctors, athletes, and float enthusiasts are using Flotation Therapy for neurological, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, muscular, skeletal, and hormonal balance. Flotation brings the body back into homeostasis.


  • Conditions Treated by Flotation Therapy
    • Stress relief
    • Muscular pain
    • Rheumatism
    • Chronic pain
    • Fatigue
    • Fertility
    • High blood pressure
    • Migraine headache
    • Jet lag
    • Anxiety
    • Insomnia
    • Back pain
    • Depression
    • Pre-menstrual tension
    • Post-natal depression
  • General Well-Being
    • Promotes total calm and peaceful relaxation
    • Eliminates fatigue and jet lag
    • Improves sleep
    • Alleviates stress (mental and physical)
    • Energizes, rejuvenates and revitalizes
    • Increases motivation, diminishes depression, anxiety and fear
    • Facilitates freedom from habits, phobias and addictions
  • Mental Benefits
    • Stimulates left/right brain synchronization
    • Shifts brain waves from beta to lower frequency alpha, theta and delta
    • Creates mental clarity, alertness
    • Increases creativity, problem solving
    • Heightens visualization
    • Deepens meditation
    • Expands awareness, intensifies acuteness of all the senses, accelerates learning
    • Enhances hypnotherapy and self-hypnosis
  • Physical Benefits
    • Decreases the production of cortisol, ACTH, lactic acid and adrenaline
    • Increases production of endorphins
    • Speeds up rehabilitation and recovery
    • Relieves pain (arthritis, migraines, injuries and so on)
    • Boosts immune function
    • Improves circulation and distribution of oxygen and nutrients
    • Reduces blood pressure, pulse, heart rate and oxygen consumption
    • Improves athletic performance
    • Helps prevent sports injuries, speeds healing process

Flotation for Athletic Performance

Athletes around the world use flotation to prepare for and recover from sports activities. While you may think that lying on your bed or sofa would give your muscles a rest, gravity is still applying vast amounts of stress on various parts of the body. Your body must maintain tone while holding itself against that gravity. While floating, however, you are able to experience the lowest state of gravity – without leaving Earth. This total relaxation gives every muscle a break from fighting gravity, and the benefits can be startling.

Sports Recovery

Floating improves the rate of recovery after physical exercise. What normally takes a long period of time, often days for recovery from strenuous activities, can be compressed into a few float sessions.By relieving the stresses of gravity, floating takes the weight off strained bones, joints and muscles, and increases the efficiency of the blood circulating through the body. Recovery time after injuries can be dramatically improved.

Flotation Aids Visualization to Enhance Sports Performance

Athletes who use flotation in conjunction with visualization techniques have experienced rapid improvement in their sporting performances.

As the brain enters the theta wave state, commonly experienced in deep meditation, it becomes more open to suggestion. The central nervous system can essentially be trained to produce the ‘perfect performance’.

Take a look at our Flotation Research Center where we have collected a number of scientific studies from experts in sporting and medical institutions who have carried out lots of research in controlled experiments. The quantifiable results have even led some to claim that an hour in the float tank using visualization and imagery is better than 10 hours of repetitive field practice.

What to Expect/Preparation

The beauty of the Floating Lotus Float session is its simplicity. You do not need to prepare in any way before coming for your float. Just show up, let go and float away.

We provide everything you’ll need for the float session in your private float room, including: Fresh towels, ear plugs, shampoo and soap, hair dryer.

Before Your Float Session

Try to avoid shaving on the day of your float session. Because the water has a high salt content, some people find it irritating to freshly shaved skin. We do provide Vaseline in every room for you to cover any small cuts and grazes. If necessary, this can help to cover shaved skin too.

Please try and refrain from drinking caffeine a couple of hours before your float.

Using The Float Room

After a quick shower, you enter the tank and gently lay down. The filter jets might be on for a couple of minutes before they turn off and the water remains still. This is followed by 50 – 80 minutes of total silence. As the session comes to an end, the lights turn on so that you know that you should leave the tank. The door to the tank is fully controllable from within. You can choose whether to float with the door open or closed. There is also an interior light for beginners or for those who don’t enjoy being in the dark. Almost all users, however, float with the light off.

After Your Float Session

Take a shower to wash away the salt from your skin. Take a few minutes to get changed and come out to relax in our sitting area. This is a great time to integrate some of the powerful experiences that you have just had in the float room. Make a commitment to float on a regular basis – each session builds on the last ones.

How To Float

Welcome to Floating Lotus! There are a few things we’d like to share with you prior to floating just so you’re aware of them. We advise to follow as many of them as possible to get the best experience out of your float.

  • State of Mind
    The more relaxed and calm you allow yourself to be, the better your float experience. Let go of everything going on in your life and prepare to float away. While you may not know what to expect, trust that you are safe and protected in the float room.
  • Breathing
    Breathing is your tool to a relaxed and calm mind. When in the float tank, allow your breathing to pass through your nose. Start with deep breaths and allow your body to settle. Eventually you will be able to let go and observe – your body will always remember to breathe, there is no need to control your breath.
  • Positions
    • Comfort in the float room can be accomplished with two different positions: With your arms at your side, palms down. With your arms over-head, palms up.
    • Play around with the two positions to see which feels better for your body. Also, try to position your body in the middle of the tank to avoid “ping-ponging” from side to side. To do this, brace your arms and legs against the sides of the room to position your torso in the middle, and once you feel the water to be calm, slowly and evenly retract your limbs back to the mid-line of your body.
    • Try not to generate any momentum from either side so that you remain in the middle and avoid the distraction of bumping into the side. Once you like your position and feel comfortable try to remain still and consciously relax all of your muscles.
  • Let Go

    Don’t “try” to do anything in the float room. You don’t need to force something to happen and you shouldn’t expect something to happen. You may fall asleep or you may find yourself in a deep dreamlike state. Just be present with whatever arises.Repetition of a focus word such as “peace”, “relax”, or “let go” spoken in your mind in unison with your exhalation can help at first. Most importantly, just let go of conscious control.

  • Completion

    At the end of the float, the main float room light will go back on. Carefully step back into the shower and turn on the lights again, using the dimmer on the wall. Rinse your body and shampoo/condition your hair. Be sure to rinse out your ears thoroughly.After exiting the room, you can expect to feel lighter and relaxed, with a mind that seems noticeable less cluttered. You will exit with a heightened sense of awareness and what is described as “laser focus”.

Floating During Pregnancy

Pregnancy and Birth magazine rated Flotation Therapy a 10 out of 10 as a useful pregnancy therapy.

Flotation Therapy for pregnant women within the 2nd and 3rd trimesters (after a medical clearance from your doctor) can bring you to a much needed state of relaxation and pain relief not found outside of the float room. Floating is most valuable during the third trimester of pregnancy, when the weight is putting uncomfortable pressure on your lungs and organs, making it difficult to breathe and sleep.

Flotation temporarily removes the strain of pregnancy weight. By floating in our zero gravity float rooms, you can escape the added weight that you have been carrying around and take the strain off of your body and spine. Floating also promotes excellent sleep, a lovely sense of well being, and can help with all the aches and pains normally associated with pregnancy.

Floating in a flotation tank can help the pregnant mom to be, literally float through the pregnancy with a level of calm and comfort, and our Epsom salt solution will decrease inflammation. Floating has been proven to help other common conditions of late-stage pregnancy- insomnia, depression and anxiety- by decreasing cortisol levels and encouraging the production of endorphins.

Some say that there is an amazing ‘mirror effect’ in which the unborn baby is floating in the womb of the mother, and the mother is floating in the buoyant float room. This bond of floating together can be spiritually uplifting and deepening the connection between mother and baby.

Check with your doctor or midwife to see if floating is right for you. We do not recommend floating for women in the first trimester of pregnancy.

AcuFloat Treatments

For centuries, millions of people around the world have used acupuncture to soothe the mind and heal the body. This ancient art carefully stimulates different points that awaken your body’s innate healing energy.

Flotation and acupuncture are the perfect combination when done together. That is why we created the AcuFloat Treatment at Floating Lotus. A gentle acupuncture treatment after your float session allows your mind and body to fully integrate the benefits of your float. While floating itself provides a variety of positive benefits, our experience has been that acupuncture after a float session significantly magnifies its effects.

First you will enter your private Flotation room for a 60 minute float session. Following your float, your acupuncture treatment will start with a brief discussion about the various issues you are dealing with, followed by a 30 minute treatment tailored to those needs. As your mind drifts off into a calm meditative state, your body will integrate the acupuncture to its deepest levels.

To learn more about this unique and powerful treatment or to book your Flotation Therapy session, call us at 212-600-0220.

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