Therapy FAQs

Is floating successful for everyone?

Floating, as with other treatments, doesn’t suit everybody. It needs willingness on your part to let go and see what happens, and you may need to float a few times before you are able to relax completely, both physically and mentally. Depending on your own journey through life, a float might provide an hour of total physical relaxation – or a profound healing experience, emotionally and spiritually transforming. Floating can be a wonderful aid to opening doors into your inner world, gradually allowing access to those deeper levels at which real changes take place.

Might I be bored or frightened?

Anyone who floats regularly will tell you how blissfully comfortable and deeply relaxed they feel whilst floating. You’re as close as you are ever likely to be to an experience of weightlessness; and, surprisingly, there is no feeling of being confined in a tight space. Our floats are ‘rooms’, not the traditional styled ‘tanks’ – so there is plenty of space. We also have lights in the floats, including some mesmerising ones on the ceiling which you are able to turn on and off at your own leisure.

But I’m claustrophobic…

It’s OK… many people are, but we don’t use float ‘tanks’, rather, we have float ‘rooms’. Float rooms are very spacious – you are able to stand up inside them. Also, the lights are controlled from inside, giving you total control of your environment. You are also able to leave the doors open or ajar, whatever suits your needs. We have had endless claustrophobic people visit, and they have loved it! Our float rooms look even bigger once you are laying down and floating. We assure you – they are big, and very ambient and pleasant spaces!

What effects does floating have on the body?

In the gravity-free environment the body balances and heals internally as all the senses are rested. Research shows that floating measurably reduces blood pressure and heart rate whilst lowering the levels of stress related chemicals in the body. Old injuries and aches, (especially backache) experience relief as floating helps blood circulation. Floating is used widely in the treatment of stress, anxiety, jet lag and to improve concentration and creativity. Sports performance and ‘wind down’ is also enhanced during floating. Also, one hour of floating has the restorative effects of 4 hours of sleep!

Floating is also suitable for all stages of pregnancy – we’ve had women at all stages of pregnancy float and love it!

What effects does floating have on the mind?

During a float, you produce slower brain-waves patterns, know as theta waves, (normally experienced only during deep meditation or just before falling asleep). This is usually accompanied by vivid imagery, very clear, creative thoughts, sudden insights and inspirations or feelings of profound peace and joy, induced by the release of endorphins, the body’s natural opiates. Because of these effects, floating is used effectively in the treatment of depression and addictions, including smoking and alcohol. It is also used in schools and universities as tools for Super Learning.

Floating is a wonderful tool to use alongside study. Got exams or your HSC coming up? Floating can help you to integrate all your information, as well as de-stress before, during and after your exams.

What if I can’t swim?

Floating doesn’t require any swimming skills what so ever. You’ll actually float like a cork, and, it doesn’t matter what shape or size you are.

Is it private?

Yes, it is completely private. Your own private float room contains a change area, a shower and of course, your float room. This is for your exclusive use only. We provide shampoo, conditioner, ear plugs, towels etc, so there is no need to bring any of that with you. Most people float nude, which is recommended. If you wish to wear your swimmers, feel free to, but naked is the best way to float.

Will my skin wrinkle?

No. Wrinkling occurs when laying in water robs your body / skin of salt and minerals. This usually occurs, as generally there is less salt in the water you are bathing in, than within your body. In a float room, the opposite is true. The float water is so heavily saturated with salt, that a process of reverse osmosis happens, and instead of salt and minerals being pulled out of your body / skin, they are instead, pushed in, leaving your skin silky smooth no matter how long you float for!

Am I locked in?

No, you’ve been watching too many horror movies! 🙂

The door simply pushes open. You are also able to leave the door open or slightly ajar as you float if this suits you better.

There are also a light switches located inside the float room, which you can turn on and off as you please.

How is water cleaned and hygiene maintained?

We have the most advanced filtration system available to ensure your health and safety at all times. The water contains mostly salt making the solution sterile. We add a limited amount of (swimming pool) chemicals to ensure it’s totally clean. The water is filtered multiple times between each float session. We test the water daily to ensure all levels are correct.

What do I bring?

Just yourself! We provide everything else – towels, robes, organic toiletries, ear plugs, etc. We even give you complimentary organic tea and a snack from our health food shop afterwards in your own dedicated ‘post float area’ where we encourage you to take time to relax afterwards to make the most of the experience. We have a hairdryer available for those who wish to use one.

How long should I allow?

The float appointment lasts about 1.15hrs, including showering and dressing time. Allowing additional extra time afterwards is advised to make the most of the experience. It is important for you to relax after your float. We have a quiet and comfortable, dedicated ‘post float’ area for you to use afterwards, with complimentary tea and a snack from our health food shop. We encourage you to sit here quietly for 5 – 15 minutes after your float to make the most of the experience.

Can I share my Intro Pack with my friends?

Our Introductory Packs are available for purchase once for every new customer and can only be used by a single person. Sorry folks – no sharing!

Can I give a float session as a gift?

Absolutely! What better to give to the person who has everything! We do all sorts of packages, including a ‘float and massage’ duo and many others. People love using multiple services in one visit. We have comfortable, plush robes for you to wear as you make your way between your days therapies. We also offer you organic tea and pure water in between all therapies. Why not book yourself in as well and make a date of it!

We offer beautifully packaged gift vouchers which we are able to express post out to you. We can also email vouchers to you, and these can be purchased over the phone, in store or online. Please see our ‘Prices’ tab for more.

Do I need to book?

Sometimes you can get a same-day float, but usually you’ll need to book. We do have 2 float rooms, but they do get busy, especially on our late nights and Saturdays. The more notice you can give us, the better – especially if you are after a particular date or are looking to use multiple services in one day or are coming with a friend. Call us or book via our online booking system.

Please note, we do have a strict 24 hour cancellation policy. If you are unable to make your float, you will need to let us know 24 hours or more in advance to avoid cancellation charges. We do send reminders to help you remember though! 🙂

Salt is bad for us right? Why are salt rooms good then?

Humans cannot live without salt, but eating too much can upset the body in a myriad of ways. Like everything in life, it’s all about balance.

Eating salt is very different to breathing it in, or having your skin exposed to it.

Breathing in salt through your respiratory system, allows your body to decrease inflammation and rid itself of additional mucus. Essentially, salt therapy helps to calm and cleanse your airways. It also allows a gentle detoxification to take place via the breath.

Exposing the skin to it, allows the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of salt to really get to work, helping those with inflammatory skin conditions – eg: eczema, psoriasis, acne etc.

IT is important to note, when speaking of salt, that there is a VAST difference in the types of salt you are using. If eating salt, always ensure you are using the best quality you can get – e.g. Himalayan salt, Celtic sea salt, etc. Standard table salt is not good for you and it contains many chemicals including anti caking agents, bleach, etc. If you are interested in learning more about Himalayan salt, simply click on the following link:

Will it hurt?

Generally not, though in certain cases, you may wish to ponder the old saying ‘to rub salt into the wound’. If you have cuts or abrasions on your skin, the salt will sting it to varying degrees. If you have a minor cut on a finger for instance, this generally won’t hurt at all. If you have a more chronic condition such as psoriasis, the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of salt are something that will aid your condition, but do know that depending on its severity, it may sting a little, but ultimately it will be beneficial. We have never had a client who was not able to sit through the session, even when their skin condition was severe.

Can I share my Intro Pack with my friends?

Our Introductory Packs are designed as a ‘cheap and cheerful’ way for you to become familiar with salt therapy. They are available for purchase once for every new customer and can only be used by a single person. Sorry folks – no sharing!

In kids sessions, a carer comes into the session to supervise for free. Only the child is charged. In this case, an Intro Pack will allow the carer and the child into each session for the cost of ‘1’ person.

Is it safe?

Salt therapy is a clinically proven, non invasive and safe treatment. We have never experienced a negative reaction, and we have had endless success stories for a manner of ailments.

Are there any side effects?

You may experience a clearing of excess mucus from your body during, immediately after, or in the days following your session. This is a positive sign that your body’s detoxification channels are working. It is a positive side effect.

The only side effects include positive ones, such as relaxation, stress relief, less irritated skin, etc.

Can you overdose?

No. A lot of people stay for multiple sessions in the one day – this is perfectly fine.

Will it increase my blood pressure?

No. It will not affect your blood pressure as you are not eating it. Digesting salt through eating it is very different to inhaling it or absorbing it through the skin. The body uses completely different pathways for processing both of these.

Won’t I catch other people’s colds or illnesses?

Salt by its very nature is antibacterial. For this reason, salt rooms are highly sterile environments where you should not ‘catch’ anything. Salt has been used as a preservative for hundreds of years as it does not allow bacteria or other pathogens to flourish in its presence.

We also have state of the art air conditioners, dehumidifiers and other antibacterial systems in place to guard against any possibility of catching anything.

There is next to no chance of catching anything from the salt room. ‘Bugs’ such as colds, flus etc require an airborne water molecule to travel around on in order to make their way into your nasal passages or lungs. The salt room has strong dehumidifiers installed to ensure very little moisture in the room, preventing this. If you have a lot of sick people around you, it is a beneficial time to visit – there is no need to wait until you are sick. Our chairs are also situated well apart from each other, again, helping guard against this. We do understand in the kids sessions that kids will get close up to other kids, so we limit the number of children in each session to help here too.

Is it safe for children and babies?

Salt therapy is suitable for all age groups.

We run kids sessions during the week only, there are none on Saturdays.

Kids sessions run at 11am and at 4pm, Monday to Friday only.

One carer is allowed into the room per family to supervise the children. A maximum of 3 children are allowed into each session, depending on needs and ages. You will need to call su to discuss and book in kids sessions. All children are charged per session.

Have clinical studies been done?

Absolutely. We have a folder of clinical studies or click here to view some of these studies.

What should I wear?

Something comfortable! There are no special requirements here. Wearing less clothing (e.g. shorts and singlet) will allow more of your skin to be exposed to the healing benefits of the salt therapy. If you are treating skin conditions, it is advisable to bring clothes such as shorts and singlets to change into to bare as much of your affected areas as possible. The room is always heated to a comfortable temperature so you shouldn’t feel cold. For those that are cold, there are blankets in the room. We advise anyone with skin problems to try and wear as little ‘product’ (e.g. make up, moisturiser, etc.) as possible to allow more exposure and absorption to enhance the healing benefit. We provide shoe covers which must be worn throughout sessions.

How long are sessions?

Sessions are all 45 minutes long (both kids and adults).

What should I expect during my session?

During your session you should expect to feel relaxed! The more relaxed you are, the deeper your breaths will generally be resulting in more benefit to you. The abundance of negative ions in the room’s air aid relaxation naturally. If you are blocked up and congested, you may notice a clearing of this, allowing for easier breathing.

We do have a large range of books and magazines in the room for your benefit too. We also have blankets for your comfort.

Most people end up having a good snooze!

What should I expect after my session?

Different people will experience different things. The most common experiences include easier & deeper breathing, a clearing of the airways and an expulsion of additional mucus. This additional mucus may be immediately expelled, or in the days following your session. This is a positive effect allowing your body to detoxify naturally.

People with skin conditions, tend to notice a benefit only after a few sessions. Anyone treating skin conditions is highly advised to discuss other, complimentary internal treatments to enhance your salt therapy treatments. Things such as probiotics can be of wonderful benefit here – make sure you discuss your exact needs with us.

How many sessions will I need?

Different conditions and people will require a different number of sessions. The more chronic a condition has become, generally means more sessions may be required. An individual’s constitution will play a role as well. By constitution, we refer to a person’s ‘make up’ – whether they seem made of steel, or if they catch every bug going around, or somewhere in between etc. Your age and overall state of health will also affect the number of visits required as well. Most people seem to require a minimum of 3 – 5 sessions. Our Introductory Pack of 4 sessions is a great way to start. We suggest having all 4 sessions in the space of 2 weeks to get a good benefit. From here, most people are able to gauge how it has benefited them and how they need to use it in the future.

For chronic sufferers, especially those with inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, acne etc, our 1 month pass is a great idea. This allows you to come to one booked session per day, and stay for a second one if there is space. On this pass, you should ideally aim to visit a minimum of 3 – 4 times per week.

I feel good, will salt rooms still help me?

You do not need to be sick to visit our salt rooms. Athletes use our salt rooms to enhance their performance pre-race or event as it helps to increase their lung capacity. The negative ions in the room’s air will also help to stimulate your serotonin levels, enhancing your feelings of wellbeing. Serotonin is your body’s natural feel good chemical.

There is next to no chance of catching anything from the salt room. ‘Bugs’ such as colds, flus etc require an airborne water molecule to travel around on in order to make their way into your nasal passages or lungs. The salt room has strong dehumidifiers installed to ensure very little moisture in the room, preventing this. If you have a lot of sick people around you, it is a beneficial time to visit – there is no need to wait until you are sick. Our chairs are also situated well apart from each other, again, helping guard against this. We do understand in the kids sessions that kids will get close up to other kids, so we limit the number of children in each session to help here too.

If you know you are prone to getting sick at certain times of the year – e.g. hay fever in spring, or bronchitis in winter, come before that hits! Boost your respiratory system to help prevent you suffering from such things.

I’ve heard of salt pipes, why not just use that?

Salt pipes may provide relief to certain conditions to a more minor degree than the complete exposure within our salt rooms. We stock two different types of salt pipes / inhalers. One is only for mouth breathing and is refillable. The other contains a sinus attachment, but is not refillable. Most people aim to be using these for at least 20 minutes / day, which can be divided up into multiple sessions (e.g.: 2 x 10 mins).

Here is a video of Dr Oz talking about the benefits of Himalayan salt and salt inhalers:

Is it good for stress?

Absolutely! The negative ions in the air help to stimulate your body’s natural serotonin levels (your body’s ‘feel good’ hormone). The blissful and quiet environment also allows you to step away from your everyday grind leaving you with little else to do apart from breathing deeper and slower and generally slowing you down (especially your stress levels).

What is a halogenerator?

A halogenerator is the machine that crushes & pumps the salt into the rooms air. The salt is known as a ‘dry salt aerosol’. It effectively works like an aerosol, filled with dry salt, being sprayed into the room.

Anything else I need to know before my sauna session?

It’s highly recommended to wear loose fitting clothes to your session. These are much easier to put on afterwards!

Do I need to bring my own water?

No, we supply you with two bottles of alkaline, mineralised water. You are very welcome to ask for a 3rd bottle if you wish! You are very welcome to sit in our reception area and enjoy a cup of herbal tea afterwards also.

Is it ok to eat before my sauna?

Small snacks are fine, but we recommend not eating any large meals an hour before your session.

Is there anything I need to do before my sauna?

No. We do recommend that you don’t eat large meals in the hour prior to your session though. Small snacks are fine.
Many people come straight after work, or a workout at the gym to aid with recovery.

Do you have showers in the sauna room?

No. We do supply you with cool, refrigerated towels to cool down with though!
If you book a follow on float session, you can have a shower before the float.

How long are your sauna sessions?

Our sessions are 40 minutes long. We set the timer to 45 mins to allow you time to get changed etc.

How hot do the saunas get?

We set our full spectrum infrared saunas to approximately 55degrees. Infrared works better at a slightly lower temp to traditional saunas. Somewhere between 42 – 55degrees is ideal for our saunas. You can change the temperature yourself to go up or down from here from within the sauna if you wish.

What do I need to bring along for a sauna session?

Just yourself! We supply towels (including some refrigerated ones to cool down with) and water. There are magazines for you to enjoy also.

What do I wear in the sauna?

We suggest saucing nude. If you are saucing with a friend, or feel more comfortable doing so, a loose sarong or swimmers are a good idea. The room is completely private, so whatever you feel most comfortable doing.

Is the sauna private?

Yes! Our saunas are spacious 3 person saunas, but most people use them by themselves! You are very welcome to bring along a friend if you wish to, and they would simply pay for an additional person to join you.

Anything else I should know about acupuncture?

Acupuncturists often prescribe herbal medicines to compliment treatments. Herbal medicines are designed for each individual and their specific needs.

Are there age restrictions for acupuncture?

No! Acupuncture can be used for all ages, from babies to the elderly.

How many acupuncture sessions are needed?

How longs a piece of string! This is dependent on what you are looking to treat. There are many factors to this. Your own physical make up / constitution, how long you have had a particular condition + its severity. If you are on medications, what your diet is like, what your stress levels are like etc. Our Acupuncturist would be able to offer guidance on this after your initial consultation.

How long are acupuncture sessions?

Your initial consultation is up to an hour. Follow up sessions are generally around 30- 45mins, depending on what is being treated.

What can acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture aims to bring the body back to a state of balance internally. This means there are no limits as to what acupuncture may be beneficial for.

Does Acupuncture hurt?

It will feel like being bumped with a pen! Once the needles are in, you should not feel it. There are many ways to practice acupuncture, and most therapists have unique ‘personalities’ when it comes to this! Paul, our current Acupuncturist, tends to pop the needles in only briefly, removing them after a few seconds, and again, you shouldn’t feel this aside from an initial and mild sensation.