26 Feb Which Float Solution is Right For You?
Just like shoes, there’s no one-size fits all solution to floating. There are a variety of different floating vessels on the market and choosing the best one for your needs and the needs of your clients is an important and daunting decision if you’re opening a float centre. Choosing a float style will depend on a few factors: how much space you have to spare, what your space is built/ can be built to accommodate, what your main clientele demographic is, your budget and, of course, your own personal experience with floating.
Start by learning your main float solution options:
Rectangular Float Tanks
These tanks were the first on the market when floating became a public practice. The brands most associated with these types of tanks are Oasis and Samadhi, both crafted in the U.S. Floaters, unable to stand in a rectangular tank, enter it through a hatch that can be propped open if clients feel claustrophobic in this small space. However, if the room containing a rectangular tank is not completely soundproofed and lightless, keeping the hatch open will definitely affect the overall floating experience of your client.
These curvier versions of their rectangular counterparts boast a roomier and less enclosed experience for entry into the water. As opposed to slipping in, the “hatch” is a lot bigger on pods, leaving the floater able to stand as they enter and to close the lid behind them. The pod names most widely recognized are U.K. brand i-sopod and TrueREST, developed in the U.S. From a design standpoint, pods look more modern than rectangular tanks but offer a similar experience for floaters overall. Pods often include built-in speakers and LED lights which can be controlled by floaters, leaving them able to create a more personalized experience.
As one of the roomiest options on the market, cabins were developed with float space in mind. Generally, cabins will be built in to a wall and have a small entry door as opposed to hatch, giving most of your clients (depending on their height) full ability to walk into their space, stand up straight and get accustomed to the water at their convenience. Some options, like our Canadian-made Pro Float Cabin, include LED lights and sound transducers to add ambience to your clients’ float experience.
As the name suggests, float rooms kind of resemble a mini public pool or washroom, meaning you can enter the water almost like stepping into a bathtub. There is hatch or lid enclosure giving the most spacious experience out of all the available float solutions. If the majority of your clientele is likely to be more senior in age, the float room is your best option, as it’s the most accessible.
Though there are many reasons you may opt for a specific float solution for your centre, at Pro Float Inc. we truly believe in the magic of float cabins. They offer the most space while still giving customers the full experience of a sensory deprivation tank. Floaters will be enclosed in a soundproof and light proof vessel but still have enough space not to feel claustrophobic.
Every option will vary in cost from supplier to supplier so it’s well worth it to research pricing from each supplier individually. Our mantra is “promote the float” meaning we’re always more than happy to answer any questions you have regarding which solution is right for you. If you think the Pro Float Cabin sounds like a great fit for your float centre (or even home) needs, contact us for a free quote!