Because floating is still relatively unfamiliar to many people, we get asked a lot of questions. If you have a question that isn’t answered below, please contact us and we will do our best to answer it.
You Should Not Float If...
You are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
You are epileptic and your epilepsy is not under medical control.
You have an infectious skin condition.
You have kidney disease.
You are incontinent. (If in doubt about any condition, please check with your healthcare provider).
You have open wounds. That won’t feel good.
You recently dyed your hair. Please wait 2-3 weeks, or until your hair washes out COMPLETELY clear in the shower.
You recently got a spray tan.
You recently got a tattoo. Floating before the tattoo has fully healed can cause fading, and that’s no good. Please wait 3-4 weeks before floating or talk to your artist about recommended care.
Can I float if I am pregnant?
Absolutely! Pregnant women can really benefit from the near zero gravity environment. We highly recommend it for women in their second or third trimester. However, we always suggest you get the approval of your OB, midwife or other provider before you float.
What if I am claustrophobic?
For many people, the concern of claustrophobia seems to stem from the idea that float tanks are small, tight spaces similar to tanning beds, which is actually far from the truth. Our tanks are spacious enough to stand up inside. In the case of our open float pool, imagine an oversized bathtub. No doors, no lids. Generally, the concern of claustrophobia is heavily mitigated, if not eliminated, once people see the tanks in person. If you would like to view our tanks before you decide whether or not to float, we will gladly show you around. Keep in mind that during your float, you are in complete control. If at any point you want to get out of the tank, feel free to do so.
Why 90 minutes?
There is no right or wrong length of time to float, however from our experience, 90 minutes is the preferred length. You may find it can take a while to fully relax. Ninety minutes gives us time to reach that state and stay there for a sufficient amount of time. If you cannot commit to a full 90 minutes, let us know and we can end your float whenever you choose.
What if I fall asleep?
Please, go ahead! Don’t worry about rolling over; the Epsom salt solution keeps you afloat and makes it difficult to roll over. The deep state of relaxation you will be in limits the body’s urges to shift.
Is the water warm?
The water and the air are both kept at the same temperature as the surface of your skin, roughly 34 degrees Celsius. This prevents the body from having to expend energy thermo-regulating. It's not hot, it's not cold, it's just right!
How is the water kept clean?
Water quality and cleanliness are top priorities. The Epsom salt solution is highly sterile and the water in the tanks is run multiple times through a rigorous filtration system between each float session. The system includes a micron filter, UV light, Ozone and hydrogen peroxide application. Unlike pools and hot tubs, only one person floats at a time and showers thoroughly before entering the tank
How do I prepare?
Try to avoid caffeine, nicotine and other stimulants several hours prior to your float. We suggest not eating large meals a few hours beforehand; a small snack leading up to is fine. Try to avoid shaving or waxing for about 12 hours before, otherwise it might sting. For small cuts and rashes we provide ointment to apply before getting into the tank.
Is there music in the tank?
We generally begin and end your float with some music. If you would like to listen to music for longer throughout your float, just let us know. You can also plug in your device and listen to your own music or guided meditations if you would like, but we recommend you float once or twice before doing this.
Do I float naked?
Yes! No bathing suits please. This is not only for sanitation and cleanliness purposes, but also because any form of clothing will ultimately become a distraction in the tank.
Will it dry out my skin and hair?
No, actually the Epsom salt solution is good for our hair and our skin and can help leave it feeling soft and smooth, even after multiple hours in the tank.
Can I float if I am menstruating?
We believe it is up to you to know your body, but generally, yes. All we ask is that you prepare the same as you would for a public pool.
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