What should I do to prepare myself for floating?
Avoid eating in the hour before floating. If you’re worried you’ll be hungry, and distracted by a grumbling stomach, have a snack or light meal an hour or two before floating.
If you shave 2 or 3 hours before using the tank, the shaved skin will sting for a few minutes. If you can postpone shaving, you will be more comfortable. Also try to avoid shaving immediately after floating.
If you wear contact lenses, please bring a container and solution to put your contact lenses in while you float.
If you have caffeine before you float, it may interfere with your ability to relax.
Towels, shampoo, conditioner, body wash and ear plugs are provided.
How do you keep the water in the tank clean?
The water in the tank is extremely sanitary. Between floaters the tank water is passed through a filtration system at least three times, where the water is filtered through one micron filters (on average a human hair is 100 times larger), and is also treated with bromine and chlorine. In addition, water in the float tank is about 40% Epsom salts, no pathogenic organism can survive salt concentrations above 10%. Floaters shower before entering the tank. The pH and specific gravity of the solution is tested twice daily.
What if I’m claustrophobic?
Being in the float tank is more like floating in space than being in an enclosed space. However, you can use the tank with the door open if you wish. You are in control of the situation and can get in and out whenever you want. You should use it in the way it’s comfortable for you, however people with extreme cases of claustrophobia have consistently reported no problems.
Is there enough air in the tank?
Yes. The tank is designed not to be airtight, and an air circulation system brings in fresh air, so there is a plentiful supply.
Is the float room private?
Yes, you will have your own shower and toilet and room with a float tank.
Do I wear anything in the tank?
As the float room and tank are completely private, most people don’t wear anything. Anything you wear will press against your body, becoming a distraction.
Can I go to sleep?
Yes, many people go to sleep, you can’t drown due to the buoyancy provided by the high salt concentration.
Will my skin wrinkle?
No. The Epsom salt in the water is a natural skin emollient. Your skin will feel silky smooth.
What if I have a small cut?
As long as it’s a small cut and not an open wound, you can cover the scratch/cut with a skin barrier film, which we supply. This means nothing is going to go into or out of your cut.
Can I float if I’m pregnant?
Yes. Floating is a safe and rewarding experience for pregnant women. Most pregnant women enjoy the relief of weightlessness while floating, particularly as they get heavier. We recommend that you consult with your physician before floating, particularly in your first trimester.
Do I need to float more than once?
Most people need 3-5 floats to completely relax and get the full benefits of floating, however even one float will be highly beneficial. The number of times you float depends on what you want to get out of floating, and how quickly you want to get results. Generally, the more regularly you float the better. Just like any activity, the more you practice the better you become, and the more cumulative effects you will see.
How long do people usually stay in the tank?
If you have never used a floatation tank before, we recommend one hour. Some people find two or three-hour sessions highly valuable – longer sessions may help you achieve deeper relaxation. Overnight floats are relatively common, and at least one person is known to have floated for 24 hours. How long you choose to float depends on what you want to get out of your session.
Can I float if I’m menstruating?
Yes, just take the same measures you would normally use at a swimming pool.
When not to float
You should not float if:
- You are severely sun burnt
- You have dyed your hair with a water based dye
- You are intoxicated by alcohol or drugs
- You are suffering from an unstable mental health condition, such as psychosis or have suicidal tendencies
- You are an epileptic where seizures could endanger your safety in the float tank
- You have extremely low blood pressure
- You have a severe skin condition or open wounds
- You just got a tattoo. Not only could floating with a fresh tattoo be painful (the salt will sting) but the water solution could cause fading or discoloration of your tattoo. How long you should wait before floating depends on the tattoo and how quickly it heals, but we suggest waiting 4-6 weeks.
- It has been less than two weeks since you experienced gastroenteritis/diarrhoea
- You have had chemotherapy (you will need to wait 2 months)
If you are pregnant, have asthma, a heart condition or diabetes you should seek advice from your health care provider before floating.