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Sensory Deprivation & Float Tank Insurance: Costs, Coverage, and Considerations

9 min read
January 21, 2024
Sensory Deprivation & Float Tank Insurance: Costs, Coverage, and Considerations

A Float Lab typically refers to a facility or space equipped with sensory deprivation tanks, also known as float tanks or isolation tanks. These tanks are designed to provide individuals with a unique sensory experience by isolating them from external stimuli.

Inside a float tank, individuals float in a buoyant solution of water and Epsom salt, which is heated to body temperature. The tanks are soundproof and lightproof, creating an environment where users can experience deep relaxation and a sense of weightlessness.

The sensory deprivation aspect aims to reduce sensory input, allowing users to disconnect from the external world, promoting relaxation, stress reduction, and sometimes even enhanced mental clarity. Float labs are used for therapeutic purposes, meditation, and wellness practices.

Sensory deprivation therapy, also known as isolation therapy or flotation therapy, involves immersing an individual in a tank or chamber that is designed to minimize sensory input from the external environment. The key components of sensory deprivation therapy include:

  1. Isolation Tank or Chamber: Individuals typically lie in a specially designed tank or chamber filled with water. The water is saturated with a high concentration of Epsom salt, allowing the person to float effortlessly.
  2. Reduced Sensory Stimulation: The tanks or chambers are designed to be soundproof and lightproof, providing a quiet and dark environment. This reduces external stimuli such as sound, light, and temperature changes.
  3. Buoyancy: The high salt concentration in the water increases buoyancy, allowing individuals to float on the surface effortlessly. This creates a sensation of weightlessness.

The goal of sensory deprivation therapy is to create an environment where the individual experiences a profound reduction in sensory input. This can lead to a state of deep relaxation and altered states of consciousness. People often report a range of potential benefits, including stress reduction, improved mental clarity, enhanced creativity, and relief from certain physical conditions.

It's important to note that while some people find sensory deprivation therapy beneficial, individual experiences may vary. Before trying sensory deprivation therapy, individuals should consider their own comfort level and any existing health conditions. Additionally, it's advisable to seek guidance from qualified professionals or facilities that offer this therapy.

What risks do sensory deprivation businesses have? 

While sensory deprivation businesses can offer unique and potentially beneficial experiences for individuals seeking relaxation and stress relief, there are certain risks associated with this type of service. Some of the risks include:

Physical Health Risks:

Infections: If proper hygiene and sanitation practices are not maintained, there is a risk of bacterial or fungal infections in the water or tank.

Allergic Reactions: Individuals may have allergies or sensitivities to the materials used in the tank or the water treatment chemicals.

Safety Concerns:

Slip and Fall Hazards: Wet surfaces around the tanks may pose slip and fall hazards, especially if not adequately managed.

Emergency Situations: In the event of an emergency, such as a power outage or medical issue, there should be proper protocols in place to ensure the safety and well-being of individuals in the tanks.

Health Concerns: Businesses should have a thorough client screening process to identify any pre-existing health conditions that may contraindicate the use of sensory deprivation tanks.

Legal and Compliance Risks:

Regulatory Compliance: Sensory deprivation businesses need to comply with health and safety regulations, including water quality standards and facility hygiene.

Informed Consent: Proper procedures for obtaining informed consent from clients should be in place, outlining the potential risks and benefits of the therapy.

Property Risks:

Equipment Damage: Sensory tanks typically have a high replacement value and are subject to damage, fire, and other physical perils.

Building Fires: The space the business operates from may be likely to mother nature such as wind, hail, fire, rain, and more.

Worker Risks:

Injuries: Employees of the business may get injured inside or outside the business and may be injured during work.

Employment Related Lawsuits: Employees may sue for wrongful termination, discrimination, sexual harassment, and wage & hour claims.

It's crucial for businesses offering sensory deprivation services to prioritize the safety and well-being of their clients and purchase insurance to protect the unforeseeable. This includes adhering to industry best practices, maintaining proper hygiene, conducting regular equipment maintenance, and having emergency protocols in place. Additionally, businesses should provide clear and accurate information to clients about what to expect and obtain informed consent before the session. Regular training for staff on safety procedures is also essential.

What insurance do sensory deprivation businesses need? 

Sensory deprivation businesses, like any other business, typically require a combination of insurance coverage to protect against various risks. The specific insurance needs may vary depending on factors such as the size of the business, location, services offered, and other considerations. Here are some common types of insurance coverage that sensory deprivation businesses may need:

General Liability Insurance:

Provides coverage for bodily injury, property damage, and personal injury claims. General Liability insurance can protect the business if a client is injured on the premises or if there is damage to property.

Professional Liability Insurance (Errors and Omissions Insurance):

Offers protection against claims related to professional negligence or failure to perform services as expected. Errors & Omissions Insurance is important for businesses that provide therapeutic or wellness services.

Property Insurance:

Covers damage or loss of the business's physical assets, including the sensory deprivation tanks, furniture, and other equipment. Commercial Property Insurance may also cover business interruption in case of a covered event.

Commercial Auto Insurance:

If the business owns and uses vehicles for transportation purposes, commercial auto insurance can provide coverage for accidents, injuries, and property damage related to business vehicles.

Workers' Compensation Insurance:

Workers Compensation Insurance in many jurisdictions, workers' compensation insurance provides coverage for medical expenses and lost wages if an employee is injured or becomes ill while performing job duties.

Cyber Liability Insurance:

Cyber Liability Insurance protects against the costs associated with a data breach, including notification expenses, legal fees, and potential liability if client information is compromised.

Product Liability Insurance:

If the business sells or provides products (such as relaxation products) to clients, product liability insurance can offer protection in case of injuries or damages caused by the products.

Business Interruption Insurance:

Provides coverage for lost income and certain operating expenses if the business is temporarily unable to operate due to a covered event, such as property damage.

Employee Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI):

Employment Practices Liability Insurance protects against claims related to employment practices, including wrongful termination, discrimination, or harassment.

It's important for sensory deprivation businesses to work with an insurance professional to assess their specific needs and customize an insurance package that provides adequate coverage. The insurance requirements may also be influenced by local regulations and industry standards.

How much does sensory deprivation business insurance cost?

The insurance for a sensory deprivation business really depends on key factors to accurately determine the price - see list below, however, we provides a premium range below to help you understand starting costs for insurance.

Factors that create the annual premium:

  • Location: each state has different rates, especially for property insurance (coastal are more expensive).
  • Number of Locations: the more locations, the more premium.
  • Total Annual Sales: the more money a business makes means more customers
  • Total Replacement Value of Property: more property, more premium
  • Total Annual Payroll: the more people getting paid the more WC premium
  • Prior Losses: losses increase insurance rates

Estimated annual insurance costs:

General & Product Liability:

Annual Premium Range: $1,500 to $5,000

Professional Liability:

Annual Premium Range: $1,000 to $3,000

Commercial Property:

Annual Premium Range: $1,500+

Workers Compensation:

Annual Premium Range: $1,000 to $10,000

The best way to understand the costs of insurance and budget is to speak with a Fullsteam Insurance agent. Our experts can meet with you, learn more about your business and needs, and provide a insurance budgeting analysis.

Get in touch with a Fullsteam Insurance agent today.

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