Even Sheldon Floats – So What is it?

Posted on December 30, 2019 Tagged: , ,

For a more in depth look at our four float tanks at Isolate, see article Benefits of Floating.


Maybe you’ve heard of floating but are unsure what it is. Maybe your co-worker has a membership and they float twice a month and you’re intrigued. Maybe you saw Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory experience “infinite iterations of Nautilus sections of the Mandelbrot set.” Maybe you frequent the Table Mesa Shopping Center and always meant to stop in for a tour but haven’t. This article will shed some light on sensory deprivation, otherwise called flotation therapy.

At Isolate Flotation Center, we know that our always rushed, always busy culture leaves little time for peace and quiet. We are chronically over-stimulated. It is already difficult to devote time and space for self-care. The float tank is a wonderful tool to carve out an hour or more for yourself.

Floating allows the mind a chance to organize itself and the body a chance to heal itself.

The flotation tank is a large, enclosed, salt water bath that minimizes sensory input to the brain. Also referred to as an “isolation” or “sensory deprivation” tank. It allows the client to have a unique and intimate experience of themselves. There is 11″ of water and over 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) inside each of our four float tanks. This is denser than the Dead Sea! It is wonderfully dark and quiet. There is a light inside if you need it.

Floating allows the mind a chance to organize itself and the body a chance to heal itself. Flotation therapy has been shown to facilitate powerful healing, deep relaxation, pain relief, self improvement and countless other benefits.

Floating in an environment free of stress and distractions triggers endorphin release in the brain. This has been shown to have a dramatic reduction in stress levels. The float tank allows the body to maintain it’s internal homeostasis. When given an environment to operate freely the body is very effective at healing itself.

Flotation therapy allows for deep relaxation and focused attention, which are the two most important elements for motivating oneself to accomplish specific goals and be free of disempowering beliefs. 

The float tank is a wonderful tool to carve out an hour or more for yourself.

We provide our clients with a clean, safe, comfortable, and neutral environment for our clients to float at – Day in and day out. We take pride in the fact that we even have regulars who come all the way down from Cheyenne, WY to float with us!

Most clients opt for 90 Minute Floats. This gives you time to settle into the position that feels most comfortable to you, quiet the monkey-brain, and then there’s nothing left to do but let go.

At Isolate Flotation Center, we are grateful to have hosted thousands of floats over the past eight years! Being able to witness our community’s profound healing and relaxation has been an honor and privilege.

Free your mind, heal your body

About Our Tanks

One of the Samadhi Tank Rooms

Samadhi tanks are the classic, traditional float tank. We have outfitted our Samadhi tanks with an additional heat button that the client controls. The base temperature is 94 degrees, which is skin temperature. Floating in our Samadhi tanks is still a neutral sensory deprivation experience, but some people simply run cold in their everyday life due to circulation concerns. If this sounds like you, a Samadhi tank may be the best temperature fit.

One of the Pro Float Cabin Float Rooms

We also have Massage Therapists on Location
Our Massage Therapists on site, including Optimal Function and Wellness and Todd Ackerman, CNMT, specialize in Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release, Therapeutic Thai Massage, Sports Massage, Integrated Positional Therapy, Deep Tissue, and Cupping. Let us know if you are also receiving body work on site and we will provide you with a robe for between services.

Our Massage Therapists do their own scheduling and are not available for walk-in appointments.

About the Author

Colleen Caron has facilitated thousands of float sessions as the Operations Manager at Isolate Flotation Center in Boulder, Colorado. She believes that in our over-stimulated culture, floating is the most accessible way to connect with the deepest parts of ourselves and tap into our potential, whatever that may individually look like. Her mission is to help as many people as possible discover the “float tank as a tool” for their own personal development. Colleen has personally used the tank to manage lifelong anxiety and depression, practice compassion, meditate and expand consciousness, boost creativity, problem solve, recover from a bike accident, and to simply rest.