Questions about floating?
Frequently Asks Questions
How is the water cleaned?
Cleanliness is our top priority. Our spacious float tanks filter and sterilize the water 24 hours a day, using both ultraviolet light and hydrogen peroxide. The water in our tanks is far cleaner than the water in a swimming pool or hot tub because the high concentration of salt creates a sterile environment in which microorganisms cannot survive. Epsom Salt is also anti-microbial.
What do I need to bring?
Only bring the post-float toiletries and hair grooming products you may want. We provide everything else you need, including soap and shampoo for showering before and after, earplugs to keep water out of your ears, towels, and hairdryers. Each float room is private so there is no need for a bathing suit. Wearing a suit detracts from the effects of reducing sensory stimulation. If you wear contact lenses, we suggest you bring a case or just wear glasses.
Will I be bored or frightened?
Anyone who floats regularly will tell you how comfortable and deeply relaxed they feel while floating. You’re as close as you are ever likely to be to the experience of weightlessness, and there is no feeling of being confined in a tight space.
What if I’m claustrophobic?
You have complete control over your environment during your session. The door simply pushes open and you can step out any time you like. The tanks are big enough that you can lift your arms high over your head and extend them to your sides. Fresh air is constantly circulating into the tank. Some people leave the door ajar or open for their first float.
What if I can’t swim?
Floating doesn’t require any swimming skills whatsoever. You’ll actually float like a cork, and it doesn’t matter what shape or size you are.
Is it private?
Yes, you float within your own individual room, so there is no need to wear a swimsuit. Each of our rooms has its own shower and is yours exclusively use for the duration of your session.
Will my skin wrinkle?
Your skin will not wrinkle. Because the water contains high Epsom salt levels it doesn’t rob your skin of salt; rather, it leaves your skin soft and silky.
How will it affect my hair treatment?
We recommend people do not float if they had their hair colored within 48 hours. Also, people who have had hair straightening treatment (e.g., with keratin) or extensions should not float because salt disrupts the treatment.
Can I float with other people?
The float tank is designed for individual use. We have three private tank rooms at our current facility so we can accommodate three people
Can I float if I’m pregnant?
Like a pickle covered in maple syrup, pregnant women love floating! There is even a special position you can float in that relieves all of the weight of the baby off of the mother’s body. If you are in your third trimester, or have any concerns, please consult with your physician before coming in.
Is there anything I should do to prepare?
Don’t drink coffee for several hours beforehand (it can make your system jittery). Also, don’t shave or wax since the salt water can irritate your skin. Eating a light meal about an hour to 90 minutes ahead of time stops your stomach from sounding like an angry monster while you float. Other than that, there’s no specific preparation needed.
Can I float if I’m menstruating?
Yes. Just follow the same protocol you would for a swimming pool.
I just got a tattoo, should I float?
Floating and fresh tattoos do not mix! Not only could floating with a fresh tattoo be painful (salt + open wounds = ouch) but the water solution could cause fading or discoloration of your tattoo and permanently ruin its aesthetic appeal. How long you should wait before floating depends on the tattoo and how quickly it heals, but tattoo artists/floaters we have talked to have suggested waiting 4-6 weeks.
Do I have to stay in the whole time?
There aren’t any latches on the tank doors, and you can get out anytime. That said, the 90-minutes usually goes by waaaay faster than you’d expect (our average customer usually says it felt like 30-45 minutes long).
Who invented these crazy devices?
John C. Lilly.
How long have float tanks been around?
The first float tank was developed in 1954. These involved full submersion in water and a breathing device that completely covered your face. The first lay down, commercial tanks were invented in the early 70’s.
Is this new-agey mumbo jumbo?
Floating has been around for over 50 years and has oodles of published research to back it up. No mumbo or jumbo here.
Do I get dehydrated from soaking for so long?
No- your skin doesn’t even prune up, but it does become silky soft afterwards.
Is this like altered states?
Yes, but you’re not submerged in water, you don’t eat ritualistic mushrooms, and only a small percentage of floaters turn into proto-human monkeys.
DON’T FLOAT IF…
You have epilepsy that is not under medical control.
You’ve received a tattoo in the last 4-6 weeks.
You have a large open skin wound (there’s a lot of salt. It’ll hurt!)
You recently dyed your hair and it still washes out in the shower (or leaves traces of dye on towels).
You’ve received a spray-on tan within the last 48 hrs.
You’re unable to enter andexit the float tank without assistance (unless you bring your own assistant).