FAQ

About Us

  Who are the Floatworks?

The Floatworks www.floatworks.com is London’s premiere float centre.

We’re considered a leading authority on the benefits of floating and have become the preferred supplier for many float centre owners around the world.

  Why did you build your own float tank?

After years of working as an agent for different tank manufacturers, we started research and development on our own float system in 2006, making the first i-sopod in 2009.

i-sopod is the revolutionary market-leading tank we supply to float centres in the UK, Europe, USA and Australia. We believe it’s the ideal float tank system.

  How long have your been in the industry?

We’ve been in the industry for over 23 years. Our tanks are used by over 1200 customers each month.

  Do you make tanks for anyone else?

There are now a number of float tanks on the market that look similar to i-sopod but we don’t make them for anyone else.

  Can you help me with opening my own float centre?

We can help with everything to do with designing and running a successful float centre: from the business plan to proven marketing strategies.


i-sopod

  What is it?

i-sopod is the result of years of planning, testing and development. First launched in 2009 it was the first float tank to be called a pod, to have an all white interior, a wide easy access entrance, colour therapy LED lighting, 1 micron filtration and a flow through heater.

These pioneering innovations set new standards in float tank design.

  Where are the pods made?

The pods are all hand made in England with the very best components sourced from Europe and the US. The company that makes the fibre glass components builds items for the aircraft industry, with the electronics being put together by a company that works to military standards.

  What makes i-sopod better than other tanks?

i-sopod represents the best of float tank manufacturing and design. Since its debut as the first float pod in 2009 to the inclusion of state of the art sanitation measures in 2016, i-sopod maintains a reputation of being at the cutting edge of float tank development and design.

Our focus is on quality and reliability: i-sopod features a ¾ horse power industrial strength magnetic drive pump. A super efficient 2 kW titanium heater, highly finished fibreglass and bespoke custom made fittings.

We’re selective about the components we use to: make i-sopod durable, require less maintenance and lower the risk of equipment failure. To date, we have had no reports of our titanium heater failing in either a residential or commercial setting. The magnetic drive pump performs much more effectively than pumps found on entry to mid level float tanks on the market, and our custom fittings were specially designed when off the shelf fittings were considered substandard.

  i-sopod is fully automated, what does this mean?

i-sopod features a digital control unit enabling various automatic processes to be adjusted to suit individual requirements. Session length, music timing, disinfection and cleaning are all operated through an intuitive LCD interface.

Full operation of the tank can be monitored and controlled by the sophisticated remote control system which, ideally, should be located in the reception area.

  What about maintenance?

Once i-sopod is working, general water maintenance is straightforward and simple, and is only slightly different to the general maintenance of a Whirlpool bath, Spa or Swimming pool.

  • The solution level is checked daily and the pod is topped up via a hose or bucket.
  • Disinfectant levels are checked on a daily basis.
  • Weekly buoyancy check, with salt being added every couple of weeks, dependent on use.
  • The exterior and interior of the pod is wiped down regularly with a mild disinfectant.
  • The filter is changed on average once or twice a week, dependant on usage.
  What are the dimensions?

Length: UK 2597mm / US 8 feet 6 1/4 inches
Width: UK 1700mm / US 5 feet 7 inches
Height: UK 1300mm / US 4 feet 3 3/16 inches

  What about sanitation?

i-sopod can be configured to include any disinfection method recommended by your local health department.

These include Hydrogen Peroxide, UV, Chlorine, Bromine and also the very latest in various electronic UV hybrid disinfectant systems that work exclusively in float tanks.

  What about electricity supply?

i-sopod has been designed to work in any country.

In the US it uses 220 Volts 60 Hz single phase electrical supply at 15amps.
In the UK it uses 240 Volts 50 Hz single phase electrical supply at 13amps.

i-sopod used an average of 0.177 kWh when monitored over the period of 7 days and 37 × 1 hour float sessions, which works out around US $0.02 per hour / UK £0.15 per hour. Some other tanks use between two and four times as much electricity.

  What does it cost to run?

We conservatively estimate the running cost of one pod for salt, chemicals and electricity is USD 50 per month / GBP 45 per month.


Epsom Salt

  What is Epsom salt and why do you use it?

Please download our /admin/resources/why-floatation-tanks-use-epsom-salts.pdf information guide

  How much Epsom salt will I need?

525kg / 1200lbs per float tank.

  Can I order the Epsom salt from you?

Yes, you can order the salt from us to insure that you receive high quality salts at the same time your i-sopod is delivered. Epsom salt is available in most countries and we can provide you with the names and contact details of suppliers in your area.

The recommended grades of Epsom salt are USP/FCC and we have suppliers around the globe.

  How much does Epsom salt cost?

Buying in bulk you should pay around £1.25 a kilo (45 to 60 cents a pound).


Pricing and Payments

  How much does i-sopod cost?

The current retail price is GBP 18,600 / USD 23,000 The price includes installation and training.

  Do you offer a discount?

We offer a discount on multiple orders.

  How can I pay for my order?

We accept bank transfers in Great British Pounds and US Dollars

  Do you charge for installation?

The installation is free of charge providing that you cover the cost of the engineer’s travel and basic accommodation.

  Can you ship to my location?

i-sopod has been installed in over 30 countries around the globe, making us world experts in shipping float tanks by land, air and sea.

  How long do I have to wait before you can ship my order?

We aim to have stock ready for immediate shipping. There are occasions when lots of orders come in at the same time and in these situations it shouldn’t take longer than 6 weeks.

  What is required to unload at my location?

Please read our /admin/resources/unloading-instructions.pdf unloading instructions

  How long does it take to install a pod?

Each i-sopod floatation tank takes one day to install and we like to spend an additional day with our customers to conduct training on how to use and maintain the pod.

  Can I install myself?

i-sopod has been designed to be easily set up by anyone with general handyman skills. We prefer if one of our engineers does the installation, set-up and training so we can confidently stand by our warranties. Travel and accommodation costs aren’t included in the price.

  How long does it take to get spare parts?

We have spare parts stored at various locations around the globe and try to get these sent by courier within 24 hours of something going wrong. Our engineers are available on email and the phone, 24/7 to offer world class technical support.

  How spacious is the i-sopod?

The i-sopod has one of the largest interiors on the market.


Other Questions

  Where can I float?

We have i-sopods in 35 countries

  Do you ever sell used or refurbished float tanks?

It is very rare that our tanks come back on the market.

  What are the minimum and recommended room sizes for an i-sopod?

A room approximately 4 m x 3.5 m (13ft x 15ft) will comfortably house a float tank, shower and changing area. If you have a drawings of your room we’re happy to look at them and offer advice.

In the US: 10ft x 13ft
In the UK: 3m x 4m

  Can you install above ground floor?

We’ve installed i-sopod in a number of above ground location once a structural engineer has verified the floor will support the weight.

  Is any direct plumbing needed?

No, i-sopod is a free standing unit with a closed loop filtration system. All that’s needed to fill or drain it is a standard garden hose and a hot water tap.

  What are the effects of floating?

Some of the effects reported by researchers and users:

  • Promotes total calm, peaceful relaxation, eliminates fatigue and jet lag; improves sleep; alleviates stress (mental and physical); energises, rejuvenates and revitalises.
  • Stimulates left/right brain synchronisation; shifts brain waves from Beta to lower frequency Alpha, Theta and even Delta; creates mental clarity, alertness; increases creativity, problem solving; heightens visualisation; deepens meditation; expands awareness, intensifies acuteness of all the senses, accelerates learning.
  • Enhances hypnotherapy and self-hypnosis; increases motivation, diminishes depression, anxiety and fear; facilitates freedom from habits, phobias and addictions.
  • Improves athletic performance and helps prevent sports injuries and speeds the healing process.
  • Decreases the production of Cortisol, ACTH, Lactic Acid and Adrenaline; Increases production of endorphins; quickens rehabilitation and recovery; relieves pain, arthritis, migraines, injuries; boosts immune function.
  • Improves circulation and distribution of oxygen and nutrients; reduces blood pressure, pulse, heart rate and oxygen consumption.

Refreshed and revitalised
The “pure” physical relaxation of floating is now known to trigger the body’s natural powers of healing and regeneration, which can be suppressed by the day-to-day stress of competitive urban life. Customers leave the tank feeling refreshed, recharged and revitalised. During a float session subliminal audio programmes for weight loss or the conquest of addictions such as smoking can be used to great effect. Floatation is the perfect complement for massage, aromatherapy and other natural health and beauty services.

Happy customers
Most important of all, floating creates an exciting new dimension in customer satisfaction, relaxed equals happy, happy equals satisfied, and satisfied equals repeat business. The benefits, which have been proven to be cumulative, are outlined in our “introduction to floating”.

  What does the latest research say?

New research at the Human Performance Laboratory at Karlstad University by Swedish PhD, Sven-Ake Bood says that regular float tank sessions provide significant relief from chronic stress related ailments. Studies involving 140 people with long-term conditions such as anxiety, stress, de-pression and fibromyalgia found that more than three quarters saw noticeable improvements.

Mr. Bood commented: “Through relaxing in floating tanks, people with long-term fibromyalgia, for instance, or depression and anxiety felt substantially better after only 12 treatments”. Research tar-geted the effectiveness of float treatment with regard to stress related pain and anxiety over the period of seven weeks. 22 percent of the participants became entirely free of pain and 56 percent experienced clear improvement.

Broken down to various symptoms, the results were as follows: 23 percent slept better, 31 percent experienced reduced stress, 27 percent felt less agony and 24 percent became less depressed or got rid of their depression altogether. The research also confirms the findings of an earlier thesis that floating, after only twelve sessions, substantially improves sleep patterns leaving users more optimistic and with reduced nervousness, tension and pain. Relaxing in a weightless state in the si-lent warmth of a float tank activates the body’s own system for healing, said Sven-Ake Bood. Re-searchers found that the positive effects were still felt 4 months after floating treatment ended.

  Who uses float tanks?

We manage to convert around 90% of all enquiries into confirmed bookings.

Customer profiles

There’s no stereotype for a float-tank user. Our clients are between 16 to 80 years old, and come from a wide spectrum of social and professional backgrounds. Most of our clients use a float tank for relaxation and stress relief.

Floating’s also popular with heavily pregnant women, business people who fly regularly, and sufferers of chronic back pain and migraine.

Professional athletes use float tanks to maximise training and accelerate injury recovery. The Australian Institute of Sport uses our float tank as an integral part of training.

Organic sales

Our customers are split 50 / 50 male to female and we manage to convert something in the region of 90% of all enquiries into confirmed bookings. Some customers travel a considerable distance to float, and it’s not unusual to have a 2-week waiting list for weekend bookings. The majority of our customers come to us word of mouth (62%), as new customers tell their friends this novel and beneficial experience. It sells itself naturally.

  The press on stress

Time Magazine: Stress is the major epidemic of the modern day

As a result of the get-rich-quick lifestyles of the last few decades, stress-related illness has become a major factor affecting an ever-increasing number of businesses and their employees. Today the problem costs British industry £3.7 billion every year. An incredible 10-13 billion working days are lost each year, and the courts have a backlog of 6400 individuals trying to get compensation from former employers for stress-related illness.

Many major companies are trying to head off such actions by seeking out remedies in order to maintain a healthy, happy productive workforce. We’re finding that these companies are turning to floatation therapy more and more.

There are many alternatives for stress relief, such as Yoga and Tai Chi. These tend to demand a high level of commitment and dedication from the customer to achieve result. It may be weeks or even months before any effect is noticed. Float therapy offers instant relief, and needs nothing other than the ability to lie still for an hour.

A float tank session is guaranteed to eliminate stress and increases creativity, the ability to solve problems, concentration span, personal motivation and energy levels.