Who Should Not Use a Float Tank and Why
Float therapy, also called sensory deprivation or floating, has gained significant popularity due to its many benefits for physical and mental well-being. However, it’s crucial to recognize that side effects of float therapy may arise for some individuals. While we strongly support and encourage the practice, we must consider certain lifestyle choices or medical conditions that could lead to adverse experiences. This blog post will explore the conditions requiring caution or medical guidance before engaging in float therapy.
People with Claustrophobia
Float tanks offer a unique sensory experience, but the enclosed space can trigger feelings of claustrophobia for some individuals. The thought of being in an enclosed tank with limited visibility may induce anxiety and discomfort. If you have claustrophobia, it is crucial to consider whether you can handle the confined space before attempting float therapy. Communicating your concerns with a professional and exploring alternative relaxation methods may be a more suitable approach.
People with Epilepsy
Individuals with epilepsy should exercise caution when considering float therapy. The potential for sensory deprivation and altered states of consciousness during a float session may have unpredictable effects on seizure activity. Consultation with a healthcare professional, specifically a neurologist, is advised to determine the appropriateness of float therapy for your condition.
People Under the Influence of Alcohol and Drugs
The use of alcohol and drugs can impair judgment, coordination, and reaction times. Combining float therapy with substances can be dangerous and increase the risk of accidents or adverse effects. Float tanks induce deep relaxation and introspection, which can be compromised if substances alter the mind. Avoiding float therapy while under the influence is best to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.
People with Serious Psychological Conditions
Float therapy can be a valuable tool for stress reduction and relaxation. However, individuals with severe mental health conditions such as psychosis, schizophrenia, or severe anxiety disorders should approach float therapy cautiously. The reflective nature of floating may intensify underlying psychological symptoms, hallucinations or lead to disorientation. Consulting with a mental health professional is essential before considering float therapy for these conditions.
People with Open Wounds, Skin Conditions, and Infectious Diseases
Float tanks require individuals to immerse themselves in a highly sterile environment. Open wounds, skin conditions, or infectious diseases pose a risk of contamination to both the individual and other float tank users. It is crucial to prioritize your health and the well-being of others by refraining from float therapy until your condition has resolved or improved.
People Prone to Ear Infections
Individuals who are prone to ear infections should exercise caution, as float therapy may increase the risk of developing an ear infection if you are likely to develop an ear infection due to getting water in your ears. Preventive measures, such as wearing earplugs or consulting a healthcare professional, can help mitigate the risk.
People with Spinal Instability or Spinal Condition
Individuals with spinal instability or damaged bones should approach float therapy with caution. The weightlessness experienced in the float tank can alleviate pressure on the spine. Still, consulting with a healthcare professional, such as a chiropractor or physical therapist, is essential before engaging in float therapy. They can guide whether the treatment may aggravate or benefit your spinal condition.
People currently undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
Float therapy has shown promise in providing relaxation and stress relief, but it is important to exercise caution when considering it alongside ongoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy. The effects of float therapy on individuals undergoing cancer treatments have not been extensively studied, and the potential interactions between float therapy and these treatments are not well understood.
Chemotherapy and radiation therapy can cause various side effects, including fatigue, nausea, and compromised immune function. Engaging in float therapy during this period may exacerbate these symptoms or interfere with the effectiveness of the treatments.
People with Newly Dyed Hair and New Hair Extensions
Float therapy is generally good for hair and skin; however, If you have recently dyed your hair or gotten new hair extensions, it is advisable to exercise caution before engaging in float therapy. The high epsom salt content in the float tank water and the potential for prolonged exposure to water can have adverse effects on freshly dyed hair or newly attached hair extensions.
Hair dye and extensions require time to set and adhere to the hair strands fully. Exposing them to saltwater or prolonged immersion may cause the color to fade prematurely or lead to damage or discoloration of the extensions. To protect your investment and ensure the longevity of your hair treatments, it is generally recommended to wait at least two weeks after the hair treatment before participating in float therapy.
Additionally, fresh color can cause damage to our float equipment and become a costly expense to you. Please ensure that you wait to float until the water runs clear when you wash your hair. If you are unsure, use a white cloth dampened with hot water and press your hair between the cloth. If color does not transfer it should be safe to float!
We must emphasize that only our medical professionals can provide diagnoses or medical advice. The information shared in this blog post is based on reports from float centers worldwide along with our clinic’s experience and is not a substitute for professional medical guidance. Sensory deprivation tanks are generally safe. We recommend when it comes to your health and specific medical concerns, to always consult with your trusted healthcare provider. They can assess your circumstances and provide accurate information regarding any potential risks or interactions related to float therapy.
It is crucial to approach all information, including what is presented here, with a critical mindset and conduct research to make informed decisions. Your health and well-being should always be the top priority, and seeking professional medical advice is the best action.