Float Pod Spa Treatment
Experience Complete Relaxation with Our New Float Pod
We are thrilled to announce the addition of a Float Pod to Riverspointe Spa in downtown Estes Park! Immediately below are rates and booking options for this spa treatment; please read further for additional information about float pods, floating and its benefits, and more.
Floats can be booked now! Make your appointment below.
*For floats greater than 90 minutes, please call us!
Please allow an additional 30 minutes to prepare for entry to and from the float pod.
What is a float pod?
Our float pod is also known as a sensory deprivation tank. It is a large vessel, filled with 900 pounds of Epsom salts and ten inches of filtered, circulating water. “Floating” is the experience of being weightless in the pod, supported by the salt water which is the same temperature as your skin.
What are the benefits of floating?
There are many! Here are just a few:
- Releases endorphins
- Relieves stress
- Eases chronic pain
- Speeds healing & recovery
- Improves skin conditions
- Detoxifies the system
- Increases circulation
- Increases creativity
- Improves concentration
- Improves sleep
- Decreases cortisol levels
- Enhances meditation
- Elevates your mood
- Attains the deepest relaxation
Is floating for everyone?
As with other therapies, floating may not be for everyone. We encourage willingness on your part to let go and see what happens. Sometimes, it takes a few floats before you can relax completely. This spa treatment can provide complete physical relaxation, a profound healing experience, and it can be a wonderful aid to opening doors into your inner world. The benefits of floating occur after your float when you feel revived, awake, anew, and relaxed.
Float Pod FAQs
In a weightless environment, without the distraction of the body or external stimuli, a state of deeper relaxation can be achieved. A deeply relaxed body and mind can result in numerous health and wellness benefits including stress relief, muscular tension relief, and the increase of dopamine and endorphin hormone levels.
How is the float pod cleaned?
After each floater, the pod gets a good old-fashioned, hands-on scrub down and goes through a 30-minute self-cleaning cycle, which includes three passes through the same filter used by pools and hot tubs and the dispersion of Ozone (the second most powerful, natural, sterilizing agent) and the use of UV rays. A nightly cleaning routine is performed as well.
What if I am claustrophobic?
The pod has a spacious design so there are almost no reports of people feeling claustrophobic while in the pod. If you do, you can always keep the lid raised while floating or end your float early.
How often is floating recommended?
The more you float the easier it will become to enter a deeply relaxed state faster, and the more benefits you will enjoy. Listen to your body and float as often you need it!
Before the Float
Do I need to bring anything?
Everything you need to float will be provided, but you will want personal-care products like deodorant to put on after your post-float shower.
Why are the shower rules so strict?
Our float pod is cleaner than a public pool and our strict showering rules contribute to that. Any oils, lotions, makeup, or conditioner left on the body or hair will soak off during your float, leaving a film on the water’s surface, affecting the cleanliness of the water.
Should I shave?
It is not recommended to shave in the hours before this spa treatment. Freshly shaven skin will sting for the first 10 minutes or so of your float, making it difficult to relax.
Can I keep my contacts in?
Wearing your contacts while floating is not recommended. Wear glasses instead and keep them in your robe pocket while floating.
If I’ve had my hair dyed or highlighted in the past two weeks, can I float?
Unfortunately, floating can alter the color in your hair (and leave color in the pod afterward). We kindly request that you schedule float pod spa treatments greater than two weeks after your hair coloring appointments.
During the Float
I have never floated while swimming. Will I float?
There are 900 pounds of salt in 10 inches of water in the float pod, which is equitable to the salinity of the Dead Sea – 10 times the salinity of the average ocean! The saltwater solution in the pod is so dense that every floater will experience complete buoyancy without any effort.
Can I wear a bathing suit and/or swim cap?
To get the full experience, wearing swim attire is not recommended. The gravity-free environment created by the warm saltwater solution tends to allow floaters to forget where their body ends and the water begins. To achieve this, it is best to remove all external stimuli, including swim attire. To ensure your comfort, the float pod lid will be closed and the door to the room can be locked.
What if I fall asleep – is there a chance I will drown?
Although most floaters will remain awake while enjoying a deep state of relaxation, some do fall asleep. The 900 pounds of salt in the water fully support any body weight, keeping floaters buoyant and safe.
What if I need help or have a question?
There is an intercom inside the float pod you can use to contact us, if the need arises, during your float.
Will I get cold?
The water is heated to 94 degrees, which is the temperature of the skin. At this temperature, the body’s proprioception is muted; you will not be able to tell where your body ends and the water begins while staying nice and warm.
Will my head sink? Will I get water in my eyes?
Your ears will stay just below the surface of the water, but the density of it will fully support your head. The only risk of getting water in your eyes is forgetting where you are and rubbing them. A freshwater spray bottle and facial towel are provided in case this occurs, and a floating head pillow is available if you want the extra support.
I’m not sure I want to experience full sensory deprivation – do I have to?
The lights and music inside the pod are completely under your control. Use the buttons inside the pod to turn them on or off, according to your desires.
After the Float
How will I know the float is over?
The float pod will go from “float mode” to “circulation mode,” meaning the water will start cycling and no longer be still. If the lights and music were off they will come on as well. This will be your cue to get out of the tank and go take a shower.
What do I do after my float is over?
A nice warm shower is recommended. You will have a lot of salt on your body to rinse off, which will leave your skin feeling silky smooth. We recommend thoroughly shampooing and conditioning your hair, and using a washcloth to wipe the salt from your body. After that, feel free to enjoy some tea or water in the Relaxation Room and revel in the wonderful feeling of rejuvenation!
Immerse yourself in this whole body spa treatment and let your mind relax. If you have any additional questions, get in touch with our spa today.