FLOATATION

Floatation is an opportunity for full body and mind relaxation.

It is a therapy in a hi-tech capsule providing the perfect conditions for deep rest, meditation, body & muscle recovery, and exploration of the possibilities of your mind and consciousness.

 

A feeling of weightlessness in the capsule achieved by the high saturation of MgSO4 (magnesium sulphate) in purified water allows your body to forget about gravitation for a while and float effortlessly on the surface. The Epsom salts absorbed through the skin provide your cells with important minerals, leave the skin and hair soft and ease tension accumulated in the muscles.

 

Flotation therapy also relieves stress, relaxes the mind and allows for cognitive function recovery through sensory deprivation. Floating takes place in complete silence, darkness, and isolation from the information flow of the outside world.

 

 

AEON

Into the Deep – Why Floatation Blows My Mind

Forbes:

8 Things to Know About Tom Brady’s Favorite Self-Care Ritual: Floatation Therapy

New York Times:

Sensory Deprivation Tanks Find New Converts

Telegraph:

Flotation therapy: a very expensive bath that blew my mind

Business Insider:

I tried floatation therapy, a crazy womb-like sensory deprivation technique that can be hallucinatory

Wall Street Journal:

Float Centers Gaining Steam

VICE:

Documentary

The Guardian:

Suffer from anxiety? Try a sensory deprivation tank.

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NB! Wait before you book an appointment or move your floatation for another day in case you have just dyed your hair (water has to run clear when showering) or if you have used spray tan in the last 48 hours. Please plan your float in accordance with your monthly period.

 

If you have any questions, write us at hello@mettaspace.bg or call us at 0884 008 796.

60 MINUTES

100 BGN

90 MINUTES

140 BGN

120 MINUTES

180 BGN

180 MINUTES

240 BGN

*All prices include the necessary toiletries, towels, water, tea, etc.

WHY FLOAT?

The floatation tank is one of the most effective, non-invasive stress management therapies available today. The capsule itself has undergone many changes in its design and technology for the past 57 years. Modern-day capsules are real hi-tech devices that provide a feeling of comfort, spaciousness, and gradual detachment from all outside stimuli in a safe and controlled environment.

 

The reasons for floating are many, some of them being strictly individual.

Here are some of the benefits that floating can bring into your life:

  • Reduces stress, tension, and anxiety.
  • Increases the levels of endorphin and dopamine in the body.
  • Helps to reduce symptoms of burn out syndrome, depression, ADD, ADHD.
  • Improve the cognitive functions of the brain and enhance the learning capability i.e. concentration, memory, and focus.
  • Helps to relieve chronic migraines, insomnia, and fibromyalgia.
  • Helps restore muscles and reduce the risk of sports injuries; improve spinal issues.
  • Lowers your blood pressure and heart rate.
  • You can use flotation as a way to look deeper into yourself. Explore your thoughts. Hear your own heart and breath. Connect with your body and its needs.
  • Turn off everyday life. Experience a feeling similar to hitting a restart button.
  • Strengthens immunity and boost creativity.
  • Eases jet-lag symptoms.
  • Relieves tension in pregnant women (if you are in the third trimester, consult your doctor before attempting floatation. Floating is not recommended during the first trimester).
  • Reduces the overall pressure / tension in the body as it limits the impact of gravity.
  • Flotation can also be a form of meditation. After 30-45 minutes, your brain starts generating theta waves, which usually happens during sleep or deep rest.
  • Or just allow your body to sleep (1 hour of floatation equals 4-5 hours of sleep).

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLOATING

WHAT TO BRING FOR YOUR FLOAT?
  • We’d like to reduce waste as much as possible, so we kindly ask you to bring flip-flops (or you can just walk barefoot on our heated floors) and your favorite earplugs (if you have a pair you prefer to use. If not, we will provide you with earplugs of our choice).
  • If you have long hair, we suggest you bring a hairbrush or a comb.
    If you wear contact lenses, bring their case and solution – we recommend you to remove them before the float.
  • We have towels, bathrobes, a hair dryer, and bathroom accessories (shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, etc.), so no need to worry about those.
  • You don’t need a swimsuit. Our floatation space is entirely private, so free your body and enjoy.
  • Bring mostly yourself. Leave expectations behind.
PREPARATION BEFORE YOUR FLOAT
  • Don’t consume any caffeine or nicotine at least 3 hours before floating.
  • If you dye your hair, make sure it’s been at least three washes since your last dye (especially if you color your hair red). If the water runs clear when you shower, then you are ready for floating.
  • It is important that the ladies are not menstruating on the day of their float.
  • Make sure it’s been at least 90 minutes since your last meal.
  • Hydrate well during the day but don’t drink too many fluids right before the float.
  • It’s better if you haven’t had a massage with oils the same day – oil prevents magnesium from being absorbed through your skin.
  • For your own comfort, try not to shave/wax/epilate the same day. Otherwise, it is likely you will feel a burning sensation at the beginning of your float.
  • If you have freshly inked tattoos, please pick another day to float.
  • For a 60-minute floatation, make sure you free up at least 90 minutes to spend here at metta.
AT METTA

For your first floatation come at least 10-15 minutes earlier so that we can have enough time for explaining all the details. You will also need to sign a Waiver.

 

After that we will show you the floatation apartment, guide you through the steps which will follow and answer all your questions.

DURING YOUR FLOAT

Take a shower before entering the float pod in order to wash off all traces of the day and the city.

 

Go in naked. No texture, no synthetics, no touch. Take off everything (besides the earplugs – they’ll protect your ears from water and salt and will help you to listen on the inside).

 

Relax. Breathe. Don’t think about time. Give your mind a chance to calm down.

AFTER YOUR FLOAT

Take a shower to wash away the salt.

 

In the changing room you will find a hairdryer.
That’s also where you left your clothes – it’s a good idea to get dressed.
You can stay and chill here for a bit – try our ionized water and the little surprise we have left for your taste buds.

 

When you are back with us at metta, you can stay for a tea, some water or continue exploring the depths of relaxation in one of our salt rooms.
А когато излезете навън в града – огледайте се наоколо.When you step outside into the city – take a look around.

WHEN IS IT NECESSARY TO CANCEL MY FLOAT?

 

  • In case you are menstruating.
  • If you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • If you have recently dyed your hair and the water doesn’t run clear when showering.
  • If you have large open skin wounds, infectious/contagious diseases, serious psychological disorders, or any other serious medical condition. If you are unsure, it is always best to get it cleared in writing by a doctor before booking a floatation.

We want floating to be safe and beneficial to everyone who comes.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the duration of one floatation?

The minimum floating time is 1 hour, but you can also choose to float for 90 minutes, 2 or 3 hours. Make sure you have 30 min on top of your floatation time so you can get ready before and after the float.

How clean / sanitary is the water?
  • The floatation tank is equipped with a complex system that uses four main methods to filter the water – a UV sterilization lamp (UVC-75); a glass-sand filter; a very fine acrylic filter (5 microns); and injection of active oxygen (Dewan 18, H2O2, or the Nanosept Aqua Super disinfectant, which uses nano-silver particles). All four methods activate both when filling and when emptying the tank, as well as throughout the entire process of water circulation.
  • The floatation tank is equipped with a mechanical filter from stainless steel and a filter with active charcoal.
  • Besides this, the inside of the tank, which can get in contact with your body, is produced from vacuum-formed, antibacterial sanitary acrylic. The tank also gets manually cleaned with a disinfectant (Klinikosun) after every float.
  • It is important to know that the floatation tank is already a sterile environment due to the high concentration of Epsom salts. Just as no microorganisms can live in the Dead Sea, the same goes for the tank because of the levels of salinity.
How warm is the water?

The water temperature is close to that of your skin – about 36.0° C / 96° F. The idea is to minimize the boundary between your body and the water surrounding it.

What's in the water?

Magnesium sulfate (MgSO4). The solution in the tank consists of filtered tap water, enriched with MgSO4, also called Epsom salt – MgSO4+7H2O (1.3 grams per cubic centimeter).

 

Epsom salts give the water enough density so that you can float effortlessly on top with your eyes, nose, and mouth remaining above the surface. Epsom salts have a plethora of health benefits. They help replenish a common malnourishment in today’s diet – lack of magnesium. It is absorbed through the skin during floatation, without any risk of overdosing.

 

In a little more detail:
This salt solution decreases the effects of gravity on the body and allows the floater to attain the deepest state of rest possible. Another benefit of floating in Epsom salts-rich water is the absorption of important minerals. Magnesium is the second most abundant element in human cells. A lack of this key mineral attributes to high risk of heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, joint pain, digestive ailments, chronic fatigue, and stress-related disorders. And due to our modern changes in agriculture, as well as processed diets, magnesium depletion is further compounded.

 

It may seem that magnesium supplements are a more convenient way to create sufficiency. However, studies show that magnesium is not well absorbed through the digestive tract. Epsom salt, which is rich in both magnesium and sulfates, is easily absorbed through the skin. What’s more, the sulfate molecules play an integral role in the formation of brain tissue, joint proteins, synovial fluid, and aid in the cellular detoxification process. Aside from the positive effects of sensory deprivation, floating in Epsom salts has been shown to provide the following benefits:

  • Improves heart and overall circulatory health.
  • Reduces frequency of migraines.
  • Reduces inflammation and relieves muscle cramps.
  • Gives the skin and hair a renewed glow.
  • Helps maintain proper calcium balance and regulates electrolytes.
  • Helps regulate insulin levels.
  • Relieves stress and creates feelings of well being.
  • Flushes toxins and heavy metals from the cells.
Should I bring a swimsuit?

No need. You get inside the floatation tank fully naked. Why? Lack of touch from fabrics and synthetics. Sense of freedom, lightness, and joy.

If I fall asleep, will I drown?

Nope. No way you can drown. You might get some salt water in your ears or eyes but that’s about it.

What if I'm claustrophobic?

In our float apartment, you are in total control of your environment – you can choose whether to close the tank’s lid and up to where; how much light there is in the tank and in the room itself; plus, you can always simply step out.

Can I bring a friend?

Of course. But you can’t float together. Your friend can enjoy a cup of tea, relax in one of our salt rooms or get a massage while you float.

Is this new-agey mumbo jumbo?

Floating has been around for over 60 years and has oodles of published research to back it up. No mumbo or jumbo here.

 

For more detailed information into the history and effects of floating, we recommend the documentary “Float Nation”:

 

And more:

How does sensory deprivation affect the brain? (by CBS)

Why float during pregnancy?

Is floating hard to do?

No. In fact, the less you do, the better. The only obstacle ahead of you is learning to let go and allow the body to fully relax. The buoyancy of the salt water keeps your body afloat like a cork. Know that the water only reaches the temples leaving the eyes, nose, and mouth fully exposed.

 

It may take a couple of float sessions to get the hang of it. However, some people have the ability to get into a meditative state rather quickly. When the body fully relaxes and the mind clears along with it, consciousness is free to be in its original state.

Is there a best way or time for floating?

No to both, it’s all personal preference.

Is it necessary to float more than once?

Yes, if you want to make use of floating’s full potential. Most floaters need 3 or 4 floats to fully dive into the experience and feel all of its benefits.

Will I be able to resume my daily activities after my float?

Yes, many people enjoy savouring peace and relaxation before having to do something hectic.

 

However, some first-time floaters may experience a “detox effect” as a result of the detoxification power of the Epsom salts. Take note that the detox effect can leave you feeling fatigued so, first time floaters, plan your day accordingly.

Could children use the float pod? What are the effects?

Yes, although there is little research done on their responses. Children have found it easier to dismiss their fears of being in a dark, enclosed space after only a few sessions of float therapy.
Further research is being conducted on autistic children and the effects of Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy (REST). It seems that sensory deprivation provokes positive changes in learning, social behavior, and cognitive function in autistic children.

 

However, a parent’s consent and presence during floatation is obligatory for all floaters under 18 years of age.