Newcomer to the UK Pool and Spa Expo Floatworks saw an amazingly buoyant reaction to its state-of-the-art ‘i-sopod’ floatation tank offering at the NEC event last week.
The high-tech i-sopod contains 1,000 litres of water and 500 kg of Epsom salts, creating a 30cm silky solution so buoyant that everyone floats effortlessly on the surface, no matter what their size or weight.
The water and air are heated to skin temperature, 35.5C, so that once settled in the environment you cannot tell which parts of your body are in contact with the water, and with gravity pushing down and the buoyancy pushing up in an equal force, you find yourself in a simulated zero gravity environment.
As external stimuli is kept to an absolute minimum (you choose whether to go the whole hog and shut the door and turn the interior light off) and gravity has been eliminated, the usually dominant logical side of the brain is left with virtually nothing to do, and slowly synchronises with the creative side. This leaves the client in a meditative state, almost identical to the brief feelings you get just before you slip into deep sleep each night.