There are lots of us who may want to start floating again, but may also reasonably ask if this is the right time to do so. After all, going anywhere right now carries a certain amount of risk along with it. States are facing the difficult situation of how to keep people safe, and how to make sure we can continue to support ourselves long term. Needless to say, the situation has been more than a little stressful!
Normally, in a situation like this, we would leap at the opportunity to get into a float pod. The environment seems tailor-made for crises like this. We can isolate, de-stress, and there’s evidence to suggest that floating and improved mindfulness can strengthen the immune system.
Many people are prioritizing activities and only going out when necessary. Trips to the grocery store are essential and also carry a certain amount of risk. But as we go on with our lives and create a new normal, we need to discuss how to also prioritize the things that help bring balance and wellness to our lives like floating.
What makes floating safe?
The good news is that float tanks have a few things about them that generally make them safer than other wellness modalities. Here’s a few things to remember about how much safer floating is than most activities in a COVID world:
- They’re unmanned: At no point do you need to directly interact with practitioners in order to feel the full benefits of floating.
- Cleanliness: Upon entering the center, clients trade their outside shoes for clean sandals and hand sanitize. Then they shower before and after the float. This makes a world of difference in mitigating risk and exposure.
- Uncongested space: With just a few clients in the center for each round of floats, it’s easy to maintain safe social distance. The Luminary does its best to stagger appointments so there are never more than just you and the staff in the entry or lobby area. There is rarely more than 3 people inside The Luminary at one time.
- Heat and Humidity: Heat and humidity seem to be hostile to the coronavirus, which naturally inhibits growth in float environments. While this result is still being studied, it does seem like good news.
- Saltwater solution sanitation: After each float the water is turned-over four times to ensure a complete water exchange. Each cycle the water goes through a UV lights with Ozone and a micron filter sterilization system. Ensuring a safe and hygienic float solution for every person. The Luminary also has the saltwater solution tested by an independent lab every month.
- Air purification and surface sanitizer: The Luminary has a NASA created negative ion surface sanitizer and air purifier large enough to treat the entire space. Additionally, there are smaller purifiers in each service room where the air is turned over 4x/hr so you are always breathing fresh clean air!
Extra steps you can take
So already, we’re way ahead of grocery stores in some regards. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t additional precautions to take before going for a float.
- Mask up: Just like going to the grocery store, be sure to wear a mask when going to your float center. If you don’t have one, don’t worry The Luminary has one for you as well as hand sanitizer. Masks are only required upon entry and in the lobby area. Once inside the float room, please remove your mask and DO NOT float while wearing a mask.
- Call ahead: You are welcomed to call and get everything taken care of ahead of time. Pay online or over the phone so you don’t have to interact directly with anyone, unless you want to! If it’s your first time floating, check to see if our float introduction video of what to expect is available.
- Stay home if you need to: If you have a fever or other symptoms and think you might be contagious, it might be better to wait until you feel better before going to float. Even if it is the day of your appointment just give us a call and we’ll reschedule for you!
Is floating only a “luxury?”
Right now, many of us are wondering what the right thing to do is. It can feel selfish to focus on a “luxury” like floating when we’re battling a global pandemic and many people are faced with economic uncertainty. Many people may also be concerned with contributing to unsafe conditions for workers or the general public.
Don’t forget that float centers are small businesses and a part of your community! The Luminary is open by appointment because we think it’s important for people to float, now more than ever, and want to make sure it’s safe for everyone.
Floating is extremely helpful for de-stressing and can help you think and act more clearly in the rest of your day-to-day life. It can help you return to a sense of normalcy by finding time to refocus your attention and prioritize what’s important right now. It makes you healthier by reducing your stress, which can strengthen your immune system.
While many of us are eager to rush to the beach or the waterpark during the hot summer months, it seems like that may not be a good idea right now. Floating may seem like a luxury in some regards, but it has been life changing for so many people and it’s so much safer than many other practices in light of current circumstances. Do what you think is best for you, but we should consider supporting the practices that are working hard to bring serenity back to a world that needs it. Let The Luminary light your path to wellness!