Here’s some answers to our most frequently asked questions about floating. If you have any additional questions or concerns, contact us!
Is the water clean?
VERY. The 1200 pounds of Epsom salt in the water makes it a highly sterile environment. We completely filter the water 7 times between each float with a multi-stage filtration system that includes a physical filter, a UV filter, and a hydrogen peroxide sterilization system.
How many times should I float?
The general consensus is that it takes most people between 3-5 floats to really “get the hang of it” and start to see the most benefits. After that, how often to float depends on you. Some people choose to float once a week or more to maintain an overall level of optimized well-being, others float every few weeks when they start to feel burnt out as a “reset.”
How long is a typical float?
We recommend 60 minutes for your first few floats to get used to the environment and sensations. If you’re already deeply experienced with meditation, yoga, martial arts, etc. you might want to jump straight to 90 minutes for your first time.
Do I need to bring anything for my float?
All you need to float is yourself! We’ll provide everything you need including towels, earplugs (optional), petroleum jelly (for any cuts or scrapes), and body wash/shampoo/conditioner. You are welcome to bring any personal items you’d normally use during or after a shower. Each room is fully private, so your belongings will be safe with you inside.
How should I prepare for my float?
We recommend abstaining from caffeine or other stimulants for several hours before your float. Also, try not to wax or shave the day of your float, because the salt water can sting irritated skin. Same goes for tattoos or serious cuts/scrapes. We recommend eating a light meal an hour or two beforehand to keep your stomach happy.
What if I’m claustrophobic?
People with claustrophobia consistently report they feel fine in our luxury float rooms, which are much larger than the normal “pod” type float tanks, and are large enough to stand up in. Floating in one of our rooms feels more like drifting in a vast open space than being trapped. You are also in complete control of the environment at all times, and can get out of the tank or open the door for additional light any time you like.
Is there a right or wrong way to float?
The great thing about floating is that you have the freedom to experience the space in a number of ways. Some floaters like to focus on their breath, visualize, meditate, recite a mantra, or even listen to their choice of music. While many people choose to jump right into the full sensory restriction experience, if that seems daunting you can always choose to keep the lights on or the door open, or let us know to keep the music playing – it’s YOUR experience.
As far as body position, people commonly find comfort with their hands above their heads, resting at their sides, or resting on their stomach. We’ll provide a neck pillow and a pool noodle for additional support if necessary. Try out a few position, and once you think you’ve found the most comfortable one for you, just relax!
Do I wear anything inside the tank?
We recommend floating in the nude to minimize irritation or distraction. Your float room is completely private, so most people don’t wear anything. But, if you’d feel more comfortable, you’re welcome to wear a swimsuit or other bathing attire.
Do I have to stay in the whole time?
You’re in control, and can leave the tank at any time if you feel uncomfortable. For most people, even a 90 minute float flies by much faster than you’d expect.
Can I drown in the tank?
Nope. The water is so buoyant that everyone, whatever shape or size, will float effortlessly. Some people even fall asleep in the tank. There’s less than a foot of water, no swimming required!
Can more than one person float in a single tank?
Yes! We now offer couples floats, where you can book a single tank for two people. Both our luxury float rooms are large enough to comfortably accommodate two people.
What if I can’t get my hair wet?
If you can’t wash or get your head wet, you should bring a waterproof (e.g. silicone) swim cap, although be aware that no swim cap is perfect, and some leakage is normal around the ears and jaw.
Can I float if I just dyed my hair?
Depending on the dye used, it’s possible that the Epsom salt could strip some color from your hair. We ask that you’ve given time for the dye to set, and that no color comes out of your hair when you shower at home. If your hair dye doesn’t leech out onto your towels after drying, then you should be alright in the tank.
Can I float if I’m menstruating?
Yes, just use the same precautions you’d use for a swimming pool or hot tub.
Can I float if I’m pregnant?
Yes! Floating can provide great relief for the aches and pains of pregnancy, in addition to creating an even deeper connection between mother and unborn child. That being said, floating is not advised if you’re in your first or nearing the end of your third trimester. We recommend consulting with your physician or midwife before coming in.
Can anyone not float?
If you are currently suffering from any severe medical condition, epilepsy, severe skin rash, or incontinence, we ask you to refrain from floating until those conditions have improved. Please consult with your physician before booking a float.
Will the water dehydrate my skin?
No, you won’t even get pruned! The magnesium salts actually do wonders for your skin and leave you feeling silky smooth.
What if I need to use the bathroom?
Gently sit up with closed eyes and reach toward the door for the small towel to wipe your hands and face. Open the door, gently dry off to make sure you’re not dripping, then head down the hall to the bathroom. Try not to stress over getting out of the tank – as soon as you climb back in, it will only take a few minutes to enter that state of deep relaxation again. It also goes without saying, but please no bodily fluids of any kind in the tank!
What if I get thirsty?
Bring a water bottle or cup from our water station into the room with you, and leave it just outside the tank door. If you get thirsty, simply pop out and grab a drink.
Can I drive home afterward?
Driving immediately after a float isn’t an issue, but it’s possible you’ll feel so relaxed that you might need some time to adjust or process your experience. Take your time – our chairs are comfy and the tea is delicious!
What’s your cancellation policy?
We have a 24 hour cancellation policy for all services.