Frequently Asked Questions
What is cupping?
Cupping refers to a non-invasive ancient Eastern practice of applying heated cups that form a suction to one’s skin. The cup is left on for a short period of time, anywhere from 10-20 minutes, during which the skin and a layer of muscle are drawn into and held in the cup.
What are the main benefits of cupping?
Some benefits of cupping include: improvements in lymphatic flow, blood circulation, muscle recovery, relaxation and stress; relief from back, neck, and shoulder pain; and opening up of blocked pathways that often trigger inflammatory responses within the body.
Is there anything I should avoid before floating?
We recommend against:
- Floating on the first day of your menstrual cycle
- Drinking caffeine less than three hours before your float
- Shaving on the day of your float session (because the water has a high salt content, some people find it irritating to freshly shaved skin)
Is acupuncture proven to work?
While many studies recently have proven scientifically that acupuncture is effective for literally dozens of conditions, the medicine was actually created over 2000 years and is constantly being evolved by new generations of practitioners. The needles are placed in points that are on lines (channels) that crisscross around your body, each affecting different aspects of your body and mind. These effects have been verified, time and time again by literally millions of doctors over centuries and around the globe.
Is acupuncture proven to work?
Your acupuncture and cupping sessions may be covered by your health plan. In this case you won’t have to pay anything out of pocket for your treatment!
Floating Lotus accepts all major medical and no-fault insurance. If you are covered, we will bill your insurance directly at the time of service.
To find out if your plan covers our services, please take a moment to fill out our insurance verification form. We will research your plan and let you know what your benefits are.
What is the difference between the wet and dry float treatments?
Our wet float is a full sensory deprivation experience, in which you are immersed in a tub of warm water infused with a 1000 pounds of epsom salt, allowing you to naturally float. Our custom dry float table is deeply relaxing and therapeutic for pain, stress and more, It is not technically a sensory deprivation experience and does not require you to remove clothing or to take a shower.
How do I prepare for the wet float?
Just bring yourself! The entire experience is 90 minutes, including 30 minutes for pre- and post-floatation preparation and 60 minutes immersed in the float tank. We provide everything you’ll need for the float session in your private float room, including fresh towels, ear plugs, shampoo and soap, and a hair dryer. Bathing suit is not necessary.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Generally no! Acupuncture is a very gentle form of healing, using needles that are as thin as strands of hair. Most of the time, you may not feel anything. There are some unique sensations that you may experience during a treatment. We call these “Qi sensations” – they are the feeling of the Qi energy moving through your body, a feeling we do not get to experience during everyday life. After the treatment, you may continue to feel these sensations for a couple of hours.
What is fire cupping?
Starting as a folk therapy in many different cultures around the world more than 1000 years ago, Cupping has developed into a powerful and scientifically proven holistic medical treatment. Small glass cups are placed around the body, vacuum sealed to your skin by quickly snuffing the air out with a flame. There is no pain and resting for some time with cups attached to you feels like getting a gentle massage.
After the cups are removed you will notice some red circles on the skin that can last 3-4 days. These marks show areas where stagnant fluids were pulled up to the surface of your body. As the toxins in these fluids are flushed out of your system, the marks fade.