The Difference Between Floatation Tanks and Spas

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Floatation tanks can be difficult for regulatory boards to license appropriately. In some countries, a floatation tank is subject to the same safety and regulatory requirements as a spa. However, this doesn’t take into account the specialized conditions floatation tanks require to function as designed.

How Floatation Tanks Are Kept Clean

One of the benefits floatation tanks have over spas and pools is they’re designed to reduce contaminant levels in the system. Individuals must shower before and after using a licensed float tank, and users don’t make any vigorous movements. The combination of user cleanliness and stillness lowers the chance of sweating. Perspiration is also reduced because floatation tanks are kept at body temperature, which means no sweat will be produced by heat. Additional factors affecting the sanitation of a float tank include:

  • Users can use a float tank without a swimsuit. This may represent the largest possible reduction of contaminants in the system. Most impurities enter a pool from swimsuits rather than the human body. Eliminating the swimsuit effectively reduces the amount of contaminants introduced into the tank from the moment people enter.
  • The buoyancy of the salt water. On average, only about 50% of the body enters a float tank. The fact that so little of the body is actually in the tank further reduces the potential of contamination.
  • The float tank’s design limits the ability of organisms to survive. Additionally, the high level of salt ensures most pathological organisms cannot survive in this environment. The tank is kept dark, making it difficult for any type of biological organism to grow. Often combined with the cleansing element bromine, this provides a safe alternative to the chlorine frequently used at public pools and spas.
  • The water is vigorously filtered after each use. Although the filtration is not continuous like it would be in a spa, this ensures a relaxing experience while allowing for the best water filtration. Ironically, constant filtration would be less effective in keeping a float tank clean because it’s designed for much higher volumes of water.

All these safeguards and standards ensure a high level of cleanliness in float tanks that most public pools and spas cannot achieve. People can relax in a floatation tank and know every measure has been taken to ensure safety from inadvertent contamination. Schedule a float with Northwest Float Center today, and see for yourself.

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