Float in our airy pool of warm water and Epsom salts for an hour, to completely relax and relieve any stresses, aches and pains.
Booking a floatation experience
NOTE Our floatation suite is currently open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays only. We hope to extend this in the coming weeks.
All floats are in our lovely, open (no cover) and spacious double-width float pool. Our 75 minute sessions give you plenty of time to relax and rejuvenate.
You can book a float session for one (with the pool and room to yourself) or for two together (perhaps an individual with a carer, a couple, two friends or a parent and child)*, with plenty of room for both.
Float session for one – £45
Float session for two – £65
Each float session provides a full 60 minutes for your floatation plus 15 minutes for showering, changing and unwinding in our beautiful, bespoke floatation therapy room.
As a Covid security measure, please bring your own towels (or we can provide a Unity towel for a charge of £5 to cover the necessary cleaning costs).
* Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Please contact us if you would like to bring a child under 7 years, as we would like to ensure that the session is tailored to their needs. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01273 778400.
Spa experience packages
Fancy a massage, facial or sauna after your float? Booking them together as a package can provide a wonderfully deep and lasting experience, and save a little money. Our wide range of massages and facials last an hour and infrared sauna sessions last 30 minutes (which is ample with infrared). Find more details here.
If you’re a regular float user (or you’d like to give someone a multi-float gift), you can save a whopping 20% with our 5-float cards, to use whenever you like within the next six months (subject to appointment availability). It reduces the price of each 75 minute float session to as little as £36.
5 float card – £180
5 float card for two (to float together) – £260
Registered Concessionary Members can receive a variety of benefits at The Unity Centre, including concessionary floatation prices.
Float session for one – £40.50
Float session for two – £58.50
What is floating?
After undressing and showering, you step into a fibreglass pool containing 26cm of skin temperature water (heated constantly) and 300 kgs of Epsom salts which nourish and soften your skin without wrinkling it like sea salt does. The high concentration of salt allows your body to float effortlessly. You simply sit down and slowly lie back until your head is either touching the pillow (if you choose to use one) or touching the water. As you lie back your body slowly lifts to the surface of the water and about 1/3 of your body is above the water line. It is the closest thing to attaining zero gravity on earth.
How do I float ?
You don’t actually ‘do’ anything in the pool, you just let your mind wander and let your body enjoy the experience. There is no risk of turning over in the pool if you do fall asleep.
Access to our flotation pool
We have a double float pool for you to enjoy on your own, with a loved one or carer if you need a little extra support. We also have a hoist, adult changing bed and disabled parking immediately next to a step-free entrance, if you require these. Please just call us and let us know how we can tailor your visit to your specific needs.
Benefits of floating
Floating in a pool of warm water into which the Epsom salts have been dissolved, allows your body to totally relax. As every muscle in your body is 100% relieved from all tension, you can quickly go into a state of deep relaxation.
Floating has many benefits: it relieves stress, nervousness, anxiety, jet lag, insomnia and muscular aches and pains.
There are many medical conditions which have been shown to benefit from floatation therapy such as anxiety, depression, complete physical & mental de-stressing, relieves aches & pains, deep muscular relaxation and arthritis, back pain, pre-menstrual tension, post natal depression, asthma, migraine headaches, multiple sclerosis, cardiovascular conditions, osteoporosis and synovitis to name a few.
You will feel the benefits for a few days after your float session. However, most people can only fully appreciate all the benefits of floating after having experienced 3 float sessions and so encourage all first time floaters to try floating at least 3 times.
A float session is a deeply meditative experience particularly before a massage or after a yoga class.
The science behind floatation
We recently conducted a thorough study (science researchers call it a literature review) of the scientific evidence for the health benefits of floatation, centred on mainstream, published, peer-reviewed research studies. The work conclusively demonstrates the significant benefits offered by floatation therapy in managing or alleviating conditions including anxiety and depression, stress, pain (particularly stress-related muscular pain), hypertension and chronic tension headaches. It reduces blood pressure and levels of stress-related hormones and offers improved sleep (and improved ease in falling asleep) and heightened feelings of optimism, serenity, relaxation and wellbeing, with increased energy and performance.
Floatation can also play a significant part in the care, symptom management and rehabilitation of Long Covid patients.
If you’d like to read it, our study is here, as a PDF.
Epsom Salts what are they?Epsom Salt is also known as Magnesium Sulfate. It's a chemical compound made up of magnesium, sulfur and oxygen. When Epsom salt is dissolved in water, it releases magnesium and sulfate ions. Health benefits include soothing muscle aches, and reducing inflammation. The water softens and replenishes your skin, (without wrinkling it like sea salt does!) and helps to counteract the magnesium deficiency that many have due to depleted magnesium levels. We use 300kgs of Epsom salts with 26cm of warm water.
How Hygienic is it?Nothing harmful can survive within the float pool due to the very high saline content of the water, in addition to this the water in the float pool is automatically filtered.
Do I need to wear anything?We recommend wearing swimwear.
Is there a risk of drowning?The high buoyancy of the water makes it impossible for you to go beneath the surface of the water.
Is it OK to go to sleep?Yes ! Many find that it is so relaxing that they fall asleep (1 hours sleep in the float pool is like 2-3 hours sleep in a bed as there is no pressure on any part of your body).
Will I feel claustrophobic?No, this is an OPEN floatation pool.
What can I expect from the experience?It's a totally personal experience, it's the closest thing you can get to zero gravity, and as such people use the float pool for total relaxation. Not one of your muscles is being used whilst you are effortlessly floating, you lay on your back with your head partially submerged (ear plugs are worn), your face does not become submerged. If this is your first time you may take a few minutes to find your most comfortable position, some find that having arms by their sides, or out in a T shape or hands behind the neck, take a few moments to find yours! The water is heated to body temperature and the room is kept an an ambient temperature so you wont get cold. The total float time is one hour. Many people find longer term benefits by regularly floating.
Can I float with a partner or carer?Yes! Our float tank is big enough for two people to float comfortably at the same time. This is ideal to share with a partner, friend or, for those of us who need an extra hand, you are welcome to come with a carer.
Can I wear contact lenses?We recommend that you remove your contact lenses (be sure to bring a fresh pair for afterwards!) If you do get any of the salty water in your eyes we have a fresh water spray to use to spray onto your eyes.
How will I know when my float is ending?You will hear a chime which signals the end of your floatation session, so you don't have to worry about how long or short a time you have been floating. Please be mindful as you move from laying down to sitting up and slowly standing, you have just had an hour of total relaxation and zero gravity so be kind to your body as you become more 'aware'.
Do's and Don'ts
- Be sure to use the bathroom before getting into the pool (you don't want to be distracted by a toilet break!)
- Do not Shave just before floating as cuts and scrapes can sting in the pool
- If you do have any small cuts you can cover them with a small waterproof bandage or with some Vaseline to help prevent stinging
- Please use the shower before entering the Float Pool
Is there a minimum age?Yes, you must be over the age of 16 (children under the age of 16 are not permitted to float due to health and safety requirements).
What is included in the float? What do I need to bring with me?
We currently are unable to supply towels due to the pandemic. Please bring your own towel, swimwear, swimming cap (if you wish to use one) and any personal toiletries.
We have shampoo and body wash in non-touch infrared soap dispensers, and disposable ear plugs for you to use. We also have reusable ear plugs for sale in the centre.
I'm disabled, can I use the Float Pool?In many cases, yes. We ask that you please bring your carer with you if you are in need of one to assist you. Please consult with your doctor before booking a float to make sure you get the OK, and please call the Unity Spa Manager to make sure we understand any physical challenges that you are managing so that we can make sure we have all the correct safety measures taken care of for you.
I'm pregnant, can I use the Float Pool?Yes you can. If you are heavily pregnant you will most likely benefit more than any one else! It can be very uncomfortable during the latter part of pregnancy to lay on a bed due to the gravitational strain placed on the body, you can escape that strain by floating effortlessly.
I'm menstruating, can I use the Float Pool?Yes, please follow the same process you would for swimming.
When should I arrive?Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment so that we can explain everything thoroughly.