Contraindications of floating / special health conditions
There are not too many contraindications for floating; however, clients are floating on their own risk. We encourage clients to check with their doctor when beginning any new health regimen, such as flotation. People of almost all ages (9-99) can float, though the younger should float with adult supervising. There are very few contraindications. Please ask your doctor or the receptionist of the float center if you have any question or make your own research on the internet, etc.
It is not allowed to float under the influence of alcohol or drugs, if you have infectious skin or respiratory disorders, open wounds, incontinence, epilepsy or serious mental conditions (schizophrenia), high-risk pregnancy.
It is not advisable to float right after shaving because it can cause discomfort in the sensitive skin, impairing your floating experience. If there is only a small, not deep shaving cut/bruise, it can be covered with vaseline. People with serious and recent skin injuries should not float. People with schizophrenia or serious mental illnesses cannot float being that only under supervision can epileptic patients float. People with serious skin problems should not float. It is also unadvisable the utilization by people with serious hypertension.
Open injuries of the skin (cuts, but also open places with skin diseases). Infectious diseases. Menstruation. Diarrhea. People should not be under the influence of drugs. Also, not when they suffer from an acute psychosis (extreme perceptual distortions, delusions or even acute suicide). A consultation with a doctor (possibly accompanied by a practitioner) is necessary for mentally unstable persons.
If your hair dye is fresh, though (less than a week), there is a chance the float water could bleach it. The guideline is that you should wait until the dye is set enough that it does not come off when you dry with a towel. If you are seriously coughing, sneezing, or your nose is running, floating is not a great idea – it will be almost impossible for you to avoid getting the saltwater in your face and that will sting a lot. We want you to enjoy your float, and you will not if your nose is burning.
Diabetic: There is some indication that magnesium (from Epsom salt) can affect your blood glucose, but this is not well studied. It is also possible that soaking in Epsom salt can dry your skin, increasing your risk of cracking. If you are diabetic, please consult your doctor before floating.
Pregnancy: As always, it is important that you check with your health care provider first, for any conditions that might be specific to you. We are not qualified to give medical advice. Many women have no problem with floating through their pregnancy, and report that they find powerful relief in a tank, and a wonderfully enhanced connection with their baby. In some places, they say pregnant women are allowed to float only after the first trimester (first 3 months of pregnancy) is over. It is not because floating could be any bed effect on pregnancy, but in the first 3 months of pregnancy there is a bigger chance of spontaneous abortion anyway.
Children: In some places, clients aged fourteen years and up are allowed to float on their own recognizance and children aged nine years and up are allowed to float if a guardian is present in the center and prepared to attend to the child if they come out of their session early.
Claustrophobia: many people have worries of one kind or another, but it is very rarely a problem. For one, the tank is actually much bigger on the inside than you might think, and you can sit up and move around easily. If you want, you can also leave the door cracked or wide open with a light on — some people find that helpful. The key to remember is you are in total control of the experience.
Generally, contraindications include powerful sedatives, being prone to seizures (e.g. epilepsy), or schizophrenia. Magnesium from the Epsom salt can interact with certain antibiotics and muscle relaxants, and may be an issue if you have kidney problems (as the kidneys are responsible for processing Magnesium). People with low blood pressure should take extra care, especially when standing up after floating.
Epilepsy: if you are epileptic and do not have it under control, this would be a contraindication to floatation therapy.
Contact lenses: if you wear contact lenses, make sure you do not get salt in your eyes, or remove them before your float.
Parkinson’s disease: In terms of managing Parkinson’s disease floatation therapy is a quick way of attaining a very deep relaxation, and helps to briefly heal the anxieties caused by having a progressive condition. Blood pressure and heart rate drop and oxygen intake improves. The therapy also helps to alleviate stress and pain.
Rarely, clients may experience nausea. This is typically indicative of a detox reaction responding to stress—which is often held in the stomach. Ultimately, releasing this stress is beneficial—though it may be uncomfortable at that moment. While this level of nausea is fairly uncommon, we do ask that guests exit the pod if they believe they may get sick. Flotation is powerful; please remember to drink plenty of water after your session!
Source: internet and float centers
Please make your own search and study and feel free to consult with your doctor before you float.