First Time Floats

What You Need To Know As A First Time Floater

Floating is a practice where you enter into a float tank (also called an isolation tank or sensory deprivation tank) which is a well-engineered enclosed tub filled with 10″ of water that has 800 lbs. of dissolved Epsom salts in it. The individual lies down in the water and floats effortlessly in the nude. The water is heated to the same temperature as the surface of your skin so that when the water settles and you remain relaxed and still, you do not really feel the water anymore. The tank is light-proof, sound-proof and has a neutral smell. All forces of gravity on the musculoskeletal system and nervous system are eliminated from the extreme positive buoyancy; so imagine a space where you don’t feel, see or hear anything. The tank’s extremely unique environment is designed to allow for a minimal amount of sensory input to enter into your nervous system. This environment then has a plethora of benefits and applications for health, personal development, spirituality, and well-being.

Choosing a Float Center in Tucson

Experience and peace is what sets Cloud Nine Flotation apart from the rest. With over 30 years experience in the field of floating and sensory deprivation, Cloud Nine prides itself on offering the only truly sensory deprivation experience in Tucson. The rooms that house our tanks are completely blacked out once the lights are off, our building is adobe brick, we are on a slab foundation, and on a quiet street. Our traditional tanks are well insulated. We have designed our hallways to be dimly lit so when you exit your room you are not hit with a bright light. Even the bathroom has a skylight, and handheld, filtered water showerhead in the shower. When you leave Cloud Nine you exit onto a quiet street in a neighborhood with no cross traffic. All of this is designed with you in mind. The last thing you want to experience after leaving your float environment is loud noises, bright lights and the need to navigate heavy traffic. We are located in a quiet neighborhood that you can meander in before needing to head into the world of traffic and sensory overload. We are also the only float center in Tucson that regularly attends all the float conferences, and we are the only members of the Floatation Tank Association, which sets float center standards.


Whether you’re using floatation therapy as a tool for meditation, creativity or rest & recovery, there are a wide-range of benefits that are difficult to get anywhere else. Ohana members of our Cloud Nine community are using the float tank and the benefits to experience:

✅ Relaxation Response

✅ Heightened senses

✅ Pain Management

✅ Increased immune function

✅ Enhanced healing / rejuvenation / recovery

✅ Musculoskeletal Awareness

✅ Increased Stress Resistance

✅ Meditation

✅ Chronic Stressor Relief

✅ Behavior Modification

✅ Brain Synchronization

✅ Introspection

✅ Visualization

✅ Super-Learning

✅ Endorphins

✅ Poor sleep/insomnia

✅ Peace
First time floaters The best thing you can do for yourself, if floating interests you is to try it. Each and every experience in the float tank is different, especially taking into consideration the vast array of people, personalities and perspectives in the world. Leave your expectations at the door and enter the float tank with an open mind. Your thoughts, anxiety, projects and other daily chores will slowly drift from your mind and relaxation will sweep your body. Remember, you are in total control as you eliminate all external input and discover the true meaning of peace and quiet. Click here to see Joe Rogan’s explanation of his experience in Flotation Tanks

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