10 Sep Choosing the Right Float Tank for Your Float Centre
Opening a float centre comes with a lot of options. Before you stock up on epsom salts, you need to know what float tank is right for you.
If you’re new to the game, we’ll forgive you for thinking there’s only one kind of float tank out there. That said, we also want you to be in the best position possible when opening a float centre of your own — so we’re here to educate as well.
Understanding the different float tanks on the market will give you a better idea of what you need. Even if you’ve already got your mind set on a particular type, it’s never a bad idea to see how they stack up. It’s also important to keep in mind that while different, there is no “perfect float tank” as each comes with its strengths and weaknesses.
If they looked any more futuristic, they might be in a J.J. Abrams movie. Float pods were a rising star in the world of floating starting around 2010 — and for good reason.
The modern aesthetic of float pods are quite appealing to a lot of people. But outside of looking pretty cool, they also have great functionality for the end user in mind.
With a wide and curvy look, they feature a lift-up lid at one end that allows for a simple design. Once inside, there are some neat features most float pods have in common. Things like built-in speakers and LED lighting allow floaters to essentially create their own floating experience. This is especially good for people who don’t do too well with dark spaces void of light or sound.
That said, there are a couple caveats with float pods as well. While they have that nice wide body, it is not possible to stand once you’re in the pod. It’s not always claustrophobic per say, but there is an initial adjustment to be made. Also, while all those features we mentioned are nice, they can also affect the sensory deprivation experience by not allowing the floater to just float as they spend the majority of the time touching everything available inside the pod. While some businesses plan ahead and have no problem with float room design, most float pods do not provide a proper light seal and require room light sensors to ensure a pure sensory deprivation experience. Lack of grab bars and ability to stand up inside the float pod will limit the accessibility requirements for certain demographics, which could matter as the baby boomer population begins to adopt floatation therapy. Float pods will also be very similar to a traditional float tank (samadhi, oasis, or escape) for the air exchange and ventilation, which can become a potential distraction when floaters begin to complain about “feeling stuffy”.
If you’re claustrophobic, this might be the best way to float.
Completely open with no doors or hatches, float rooms feel more like a regular soak in the bathtub then a full-on sensory deprivation tank experience. While they certainly strive to build float rooms in quiet settings, it’s difficult for them to emulate the serenity of a float pod simply based on their size and how open they are. If you are willing to undertake the additional construction costs and expertise to properly build out a float room, then this is a great option for a brand new float center.
One of the great things about float rooms, however, is that they’re very accessible for people with disabilities. There is not as much of a restriction on size either so bigger and taller people might feel more comfortable in a float room as well.
Float cabins are like The Godfather of float tanks — you just can’t mess with a classic.
Okay, in theory, you probably can (thanks The Godfather Part III). As we said earlier, choosing a float tank is all about preference. That said, float cabins generally tend to fuse the best of both worlds with features from pods and rooms. It’s the best of BOTH worlds! You can keep your construction costs as low as possible and have a Float Cabin installed into an existing room, without having to punch a whole in the wall to get it in (worst case scenario!).
Float cabins are free standing products like a float pod, yet they offer plenty of space to stand up comfortably and provide a full sensory deprivation environment. It’s because of this that most people don’t get that claustrophobic feeling while still being behind a door in them, while they still have the core float experience they eagerly seek. That said, if you need some music or light to keep you comfortable, a lot of cabins also offer those aesthetically appealing features as well.
There are a number of great float cabins out there, but we pride ourselves in having some of the very best. Give us a shout for more information about opening a float centre and our incredible float tanks. We’re here to help!