Our Floatation Equipment

The stylish and spacious state-of-the-art I-sense solo floatation tank , which is fitted with colour changing lights and in-pod speakers, is located in a private room equipped with a shower and toilet for your individual use. Music can be streamed remotely via any Bluetooth connected device and you can choose your own soundtrack or float in complete silence. The tank door can be left open or closed depending on your preference.

what is floatation tank pod
Washbourne house floatation pod

The tank is fitted with the most advanced and effective sanitization system in the world known as Quantum Disinfection. Any microorganism (bacteria, virus, yeast, algae, cyst) that comes into contact with the disinfection catalyst chamber is immediately and completely destroyed. UV light within the chamber triggers a reaction as water passes through, oxidizing all material so that only pure water and CO2 are emitted back into the tank.

The tank is filled with 1000 litres of water that is saturated with magnesium and sulphate-rich Epsom salts and warmed to body temperature. Liken the tank to the Dead Sea where the salts raise the buoyancy and density levels therefore making you float. The benefits of Epsom salt go back to Ancient times when they were known as an effective cure-all for stress and aches and pains. They are rich in magnesium, which is the second most abundant element in the human body and vital for good health. Studies have shown that over half of the UK population are deficient in magnesium due to poor diet and modern-day agriculture practices. Floating in the Epsom salt solution helps with lymphatic drainage and also promotes the absorption of magnesium into the human body.

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What is a Floatation and what are the benefits?

Benefits of floatation tank pod
Washbourne house floatation pod

The tank contains Epsom salt saturated water which is approximately 25 cm deep and heated to body temperature. This allows the body to float like a cork on top of the water inducing a feeling of weightlessness. Once in this state your muscles can relax, your mind can unwind and the zero gravity experience can help with many health conditions including chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, back pain and sciatica. Many people have benefited from floating and have found that it helps with the following:

  • Help to alleviate stress and anxiety.
  • Can reduce levels of cortisol and adrenaline.
  • Has been shown to reduce blood pressure and improve circulation can alleviate muscle tension and joint pain.
  • Has been shown to help with fatigue, reset jet lag and improve sleep patterns.
  • Assists with the burden and weight of pregnancy.
  • Can help to break the habitual response of addiction through regular floating.
  • Has been shown to bring mental clarity allowing you to make better decisions, assist with problem-solving.
  • Can help clear the mind and improve learning.
  • Employers have found that it is hugely beneficial and assists in making employees happy and more productive.
  • Can help clear any mental block.
  • Has been shown to ease migraines and headaches.
  • Can help with PTSD symptoms.
  • Has been shown to help boost immunity.
  • Helps athletes visualise their performance for success.
  • Has been shown to assist with reducing the risk of injury and over training.
  • Can help the body speed up the healing process.
  • Can assist in resetting the body's chemical and metabolic balance.
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What happens when you arrive?

your floatation tank pod experience
Washbourne house floatation pod

An introduction to floating video

When you arrive at Washbourne House Therapy Centre, ring the doorbell for the Swindon Floatation Tank. The door will be unlocked for you and upon entering you will be required to use the hand sanitizer to disinfect your hands.

Please take care to act in a way which will minimise the risk of transmission of coronavirus, including:

  • Maintain social distancing from others.
  • Make sure that you cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue if you cough or sneeze.
  • Avoiding touching surfaces unnecessarily.
  • Washing your hands.

Our staff will run through the process of floating and answer any questions that you might have about the therapy. If this is your first float you will also be asked to sign our terms and conditions and waiver forms.

Before entering the tank you must remove your jewellery, contact lenses and any makeup. Please feel free to use one of the washable makeup remover cloths that we provide. Prior to getting in the shower we suggest that you insert the complimentary earplugs to prevent getting any water in your ears. You must wash your hair and body before getting into the tank. This is to remove any dirt and oils from your skin and hair. We also strongly recommend that you use the toilet prior to entering the pod to prevent any possibility of water contamination. Take care when you enter the tank, sit on the side and swing your legs over into the water.

A float will last for 1 hour, with 5 minutes of ambient music at the beginning to help you relax – or longer if you request it. You have full control of opening and closing the tank lid, and of the light inside it. Music starts again to signal 5 minutes before the end of your float. Please allow a total of 90 minutes for your session.

Prior to getting out of the tank we recommend that you sit in an upright position for a while as you may find that your blood pressure has lowered and that you might feel a little light-headed. Stand up and brush off the excess salt water from your body before stepping out of the tank and take care that you do not slip on the floor.

After your float, shower again to rinse off the Epsom salt solution, and wash/shampoo and condition your hair. Once dressed exit the room and proceed to our relaxation room. Here you can apply your makeup and dry your hair (hair dryer is provided). It is recommended that you sit and relax for 10 minutes in your post float high and partake of a complimentary refreshment (herbal tea, infused water).

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Opening times

Wednesday - 16:00 to 20:00 (Last appointment 18:00)

Thursday - 16:00 to 20:00 (Last appointment 18:00)

Saturday - 11:00 to 21:00 (Last appointment 19:00)

Sunday - 11:00 to 21:00 (Last appointment 19:00)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to bring anything with me?

No we provide complimentary earplugs, washable makeup remover cloths, "Faith in Nature " shampoo, body wash and conditioner and a large towel. A hairdryer is also provided should you require it.

I cannot swim - so how can I float?

Floating in our tank does not involve any swimming skills. The dense Epsom salt solution fully supports your body and you will float without any effort on your part. A halo is provided to support your head during your float.

What do I wear whilst in the tank?

It is recommended that you wear nothing at all. The decision is totally yours. A swimming costume can be restricting and uncomfortable and could prevent you from fully switching off.

What are your basic rules for floating?

  • Do not float if you have any of the following medical conditions: A contagious disease; incontinence; epilepsy; heart condition; ear infection; kidney disease; psychosis; schizophrenia; allergies to magnesium sulphate and hydrogen peroxide. IF UNSURE PLEASE CONSULT A DOCTOR.
  • Do not float if you have an upset stomach and wait at least 48 hours after you have recovered.
  • Do not drink alcohol or take drugs prior to floating.
  • If you have any open wounds or sores please do not float for hygienic reasons.
  • Do not float if you have had chemotherapy within the last 4 weeks.
  • Do not drink any beverages containing caffeine.
  • Do not shave or wax within 12 hours of your float.
  • Do not float if you have recently had a piercing or tattoo - we suggest waiting at least 3 weeks.
  • Do not have a heavy meal but opt for a light meal an hour before your float time.
  • Do not float if you have had your hair dyed within the last 10 days (up to 30 days for red dye) as it can stain the water.
  • Do not float if you are in the first trimester of pregnancy.
  • Take care if you are wearing any nail varnish on your fingers or toes that you do not scrape the surface of the tank.
  • If you have a small cut apply some of the complimentary vaseline to protect the area from the salt water.

Is there anyone who should avoid floating?

It is a requirement for safety reasons that you are fully mobile and able to get in and out of the tank independently. Please see our "basic rules for floating " for a list of medical conditions that will prevent you from being able to float.

I suffer from Claustrophobia - can I still float?

Even though the tank comes with a closeable lid you do not need to have it shut. You are in complete control of your environment and you can elect to leave the float tank lights on or off. The strange thing is that once you are in the tank, have closed the lid and turned the lights off you will have no awareness of your environment. The tank is actually much bigger than it appears.

Can I float if I’m menstruating?

It is okay to float if you are menstruating, however you must use either a tampon or menstrual cup to contain the flow.

Can I float if I’m pregnant?

It is not recommended that you float during your first trimester of pregnancy (first 12 weeks). Please also liaise with your doctor or midwife to seek their advice. In the later stages of pregnancy it has been shown that floating can really help ease all the various aches and pains that come with carrying the extra weight. A calm mother also have a calm baby.

Is it dangerous to fall asleep?

Many people find the experience of floating similar to that of having a massage, so it is not unusual to fall asleep and that is not a problem. If you do fall asleep it is perfectly safe as the water is so buoyant.

How is the tank cleaned?

Within the tank room a filtration system carries out the filtering process that consists of a micron filter (1/100th the diameter of a human hair). The water and tank is sanitized with a small amount of hydrogen peroxide, UV light and ozone. The water is checked daily for proper pH balance, total alkalinity, perfect temperature as well as specific gravity and hydrogen peroxide levels. Skimmers are also used to keep the surface clean, and we regularly deep clean the entire space to ensure our float facilities are pristine. The water in our float room is filtered after every single client and on the hour when not in use. The high concentration of Epsom Salt creates an environment which inhibits growth of bacteria or other micro-organisms. Rooms are inspected and thoroughly cleaned after each client.

How will I feel after my float?

Everyone is different but one thing is for certain - you will be feeling the post float high. We recommend that you take 10 minutes to enjoy a herbal tea in our relaxation room before leaving our centre.

Will I feel the benefit of floating after one session?

Nearly everyone experiences positive results after just one float session. It is recommended that you float at least three times to allow your body to feel the positive effects. Clinical research has shown that a session every month is the longest period of time that should be left between visits.

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