Floatation Baths


Experience and Session Information

The Floatation-Bath is an egg-shaped sensory isolation tank, which includes more than 2,000 cups of Epsom salt, an important source of magnesium sulphate known for its healing and soothing properties. The door to the floatation-bath is counter-weighed, thus permitting the customer to adjust the door to his or her personal preference.

Due to the natural buoyancy created by the high salt concentration, you will float effortlessly in silky water that is maintained at natural skin temperature (35 °C), allowing both mind and body to let go entirely, and drift into a state of deep relaxation. The Floatation-Bath experience is a gateway to the benefits of meditation, and similarly leads to losing track of space and time. This unique treatment can also help individu­als access various levels of consciousness that are difficult to achieve on their own in everyday life.

A Floatation-Bath session allows you to experience three phases of discovery. First, you will access a state of physical awareness, followed by a state of surrender that allows slowly coming to terms with the weightlessness; and lastly, you will reach a phase of very deep relaxation that only a Floatation- Bath can offer.

 The Benefits

Floating frees up to 90% of your central nervous system potential, allowing the body to rebalance itself as well as generating many other benefits for the mind and body:

  • Overall balancing of the mind and body
  • Instigates muscular relaxation
  • Re-balances bodily functions
  • Offers an ideal environment for visualization
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Releases and decreases negative stress
  • Permits harmonization of the two cerebral hemispheres
  • Stimulates concentration and creativity

The saline solution of the Floatation Bath contains an important amount of magnesium ions, an essential mineral for the proper operation of our bodies which provides many benefits thanks to its absorption through the skin:

  • Preserves nerve and muscular balance
  • Purifies the body
  • Sleep regulation: one hour of floating is equal to three hours of sleep
  • Relieves pain and inflammation
  • Helps in efficiently managing stress
  • Contributes to improving cardiac and respiratory functions
  • Prevents headaches
  • Allows better control over emotions and dependencies.


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Water Quality

The Ovarium Spa Floating Baths contain 2,000 cups of Epsom salt per 2,000 cups of reverse osmosis purified water.  We welcome a daily maximum of nine users for each of our six floating baths.  Between each session, a water treatment is started offering the equivalent of three hours of filtration in a large pool.  In addition to the performance of the filtering system and the pump, we proceed between each user to a spontaneous shock treatment, which instantly releases a chemical element named bromine. This intense dose eliminates all possible bacteria within the Float tank, to allow each user to float in an healthy environnement, clean and free of bacteria.  Then, thanks to electronic laboratory instruments, a team evaluates the potential of oxidation-reduction every night, which allows to measure the ideal oxygen level so that no bacteria can develop.


Finally, based on its expertise of more than 35 years in the field of wellness, the water treatment process established by the Spa Ovarium has been evaluated by two independent laboratories, certifying that the method used is efficient and optimal.  The Ovarium Spa, a pioneer of the Bains-Flottants centers in Montreal, has more than 35 years of experience in maintaining the water quality of its Floating Baths.   Our certification of excellence Spa Relais santé®  As a guarantee of ultimate quality, the Relais santé® certification of excellence is granted only to establishments that meet the highest standards of professionalism, quality of care, water quality and hygiene. In addition to being regularly subjected to mystery inspections, each certified spa is governed by rigorous quality standards, defined according to the highest standards of the industry. Thus, all Spa Relais santé® members adhere to a strict code of ethics, in addition to offering a range of care provided by professionals with proven and recognized skills.

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The Virtues of Epsom Salt

Floating in Epsom salt is floating in a natural relaxant; a health therapy that provides Magnesium and Sulphate to your body.


The benefits of magnesium sulphate on health:

The benefits of Sulphate:

  • Eliminates toxins
  • Improves nutrient absorption
  • Helps in the formation of proteins and cervical tissues
  • Helps prevent or relieve migraines

The benefits of Magnesium:

  • Lowers stress and improves sleep and concentration
  • Helps muscles and nerves work properly
  • Prevents hardening of the arteries and the creation of blood clots
  • Improves oxygen absorption

Mothers To Be

Our services for the future mother: custom relaxation!

You will float in total freedom and with no effort in a solution saturated with Epsom salt (an important contributor of magnesium), maintained at the skin’s natural temperature. Throughout her pregnancy, a woman can take advantage of the many benefits that the Floatation Bath offers in total security. In fact, contrary to Thermal Spas, which are not recommended because of their wide temperature variations, the Floatation Baths have no contraindications for the future mom. Just the opposite in fact: it is highly recommended for its many adapted benefits for pregnant women.

 Some Benefits of Magnesium

For the future mother:

o   An improvement of her quality of life during the pregnancy (reduction of cramps, constipation, and oedemas)

o   Favours bringing pregnancies to term by reducing the risks of a premature birth.

o   A reduction of negative stress

o   Preserves nerve and muscle balance

o   Magnesium is one of the principle components of mother’s milk.


For the newborn:

o   For the foetus, magnesium is essential to the formation of the skeleton and certain organs amongst which is the respiratory system.

o   Beneficial effects on weight, size and cranial circumference.

o   A reduction in restlessness and excitability (the newborn is calmer and sleeps longer periods at night.)


Benefits of the Floatation Bath for the Mother to be

 During Pregnancy:

o   Ideal access to the benefits of magnesium through skin absorption

o   Weightlessness allowing one to feel free of their body’s weight.

o   A preparation to childbirth through visualization and autohypnosis.

o   Strengthening of the immune system

o   Relief of tensions and muscular pains

o   Improvement of cardiovascular and lymphatic circulation to prevent oedemas

o   Improvement of sleep quality

o   A lasting state of wellness and calm

o   Prevention of the effects of the “Baby Blues” (anxiety, light sleep, fatigue) and of post-partum depression.

After Pregnancy:

o   Ideal access to the benefits of magnesium through skin absorption

o   A complete recovery: floating for 1 hour is equal to 3 hours of sleep!

o   A reduction of the effects of the “Baby-blues” (anxiety, light sleep, fatigue) and as a deterrent for post-partum depression

o   Relief of muscular tension and stiffness caused by childbirth and breastfeeding.


Scientific Information

John C. Lilly, an American doctor, neuroscientist, neurosurgeon, psychotherapist and author, invented the Floatation Bath in the 1950’s. A pioneer in the study of consciousness, he develops his own tools during his long career amongst which is the sensory isolation tank. In Montreal, we owe the introduction of this unique treatment to Bernard Meloche, President and Founder of Spa Ovarium, who made the discovery of the Floatation Bath in 1982. His passion for it pushed him to help as many people as he could to discover its many benefits. That same year he opens the first Spa in Montreal and at the same time the first center for Floatation Baths. Today, Spa Ovarium is known as the largest center for Floatation Baths in America and on four of the five continents. Throughout the world, several relaxation centers offer the Floatation Bath treatment. In Sweden, an association is working towards getting it recognized by their health-care system.

The Sensory Isolation Experience (a.k.a. Sensory Deprivation Tanks) 

The Floatation Bath is a bath whose goal is to isolate the senses from external stimulation: total darkness, silence, neutral temperature and a feeling of weightlessness. Sensory Isolation brings a deep uncommon relaxation as well as several benefits for the mind and body. The specific environment of the Floatation Bath (a.k.a float tank) allows the freeing of 90% of the central nervous system, which instigates a rebalancing of the body also called homeostasis. In fact, on top of reinforcing the immune system and contributing in the reduction of negative stress, the Float Bath provokes the harmonisation of the two brain hemispheres, a balancing of the body and a deep muscular relaxation.

Most float tanks are equipped with a door in order to experiment with sensory isolation and its benefits. However, and this is good news to the claustrophobes, those at Spa Ovarium are equipped with a door suspended by a counter weight allowing the door to be kept fully open or closed, or any degree in between. Also, to adapt to everyone’s needs, control is given to the user to freely control the lighting within the shell, and/or listen to relaxing music.

Recommendations and Contraindications


  • We ask that you arrive at least 10 minutes before your appointment time to avoid feeling rushed.
  • We suggest you avoid shaving or depilating for at least 12 hours before your Floatation Bath session.
  • Avoid eating a heavy meal, drinking diuretic beverages or stimulants like coffee.
  • Ovarium will provide everything you need: bath robes, towels, soap, shampoo, revitalizer, earplugs and hair dryers.
  • Note that wearing a bathing suit is not required in the Floatation Bath. Wearing a bathing cap isn’t recommended because the saline solution will still permeate it regardless and washing your hair will be necessary with or without.


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