Here we will answer the most frequently asked questions. We will be turning the answers into short YouTube videos in the next few months which will help illustrate the answers to each question more sufficiently. If there's a question you have that was not answered on this page, please give us a call!
When describing float therapy most people are intrigued and want to learn more. And some people are intrigued but shake their heads while saying, "I can't do that, I'm claustrophobic!" Let us address and explain this issue. Claustrophobia is a form of an anxiety disorder in which an irrational fear of having no escape, or being closed-in which can lead to a panic attack. While this phenomenon is very real to people who suffer from it's affects, it can be overcome in the float room. We have several ways of helping the claustrophobic tear down their walls and reap the benefits floating has to offer. When you come for your session, we will show you the float room, and the door in which you enter. The door is a massive 2'8" wide x 4'7" tall and has no locking mechanism. Each client can open and close the door in order to show them there's no chance of being locked inside. While it's not recommended, you can float with the door open. As for being dark, and quiet, there are buttons on the inside of the tank, as well as controlled by the staff which can turn on music of your choosing and/or a colored LED light. there are mainly two types of float "tanks." There are pods, and there are cabins. Pods are the smaller, egg-shaped, tanks. Cabins or "rooms" are huge rooms in which a client can stand up and literally walk in. Cabins are the best way for someone who is claustrophobic to start float therapy. Many who were claustrophobic actually now prefer a to float in a pod. Another reason claustrophobia can be eased or overcome in the float room is due to the peaceful, and relaxing environment it produces. So, take a deep breath, and let us show you how to overcome your fear!
HOW CLEAN IS THE WATER?
Usually in a close tie with the claustrophobia concern is the question of cleanliness. Well rest (or float) assured that the water and salt, referred to as a solution, is EXTREMELY clean and sanitary. This is done with a variety of methods. As if 1100lbs of Epsom Salt, which is a natural antiseptic, wasn't enough, the tanks are also equipped with a 1 micron bag filter, 35% H202 (Hydrogen Peroxide), Ozone, and a UV light, all contained within the filtration system which is cycled after every float. How special is a 1 micron filter? For reference, a red blood cell is 5 Microns. The filter doesn't allow anything over 1 Micron to pass through. The Hydrogen Peroxide used is 35% which is much stronger compared to the common household variety of 3%. This acts as an excellent oxidizer. Ozone, which is the elite of disinfectants, kills bacteria and viruses 3200 times faster than chlorine. On top of all that, enzymes are added to the solution which reduces un-wanted non-living organic contaminants such as: body oils, cosmetics, suntan lotions, hair products, and much more! Each client shall thoroughly shower before and after each session.
HOW DO I PREPARE?
Avoid shaving or waxing for at least 24 hours prior to your float. Don't use stimulants such as caffeine for several hours beforehand. Eat a meal about 60-90 minutes prior to your appointment. You want to be as close to your normal baseline as possible. You don't want to be hungry, or too full, or pumped up from coffee, caffeine, energy drinks, stimulants, or pre-workout supplements. The more relaxed you are prior to your float, the more relaxed you'll be during your float.
WHAT DO I BRING?
Everything you need for your session will be provided upon arrival. However, if you prefer your own personal items such as towels, earplugs, or cosmetic items for after your float, you're more than welcome to bring them. We provide eco-friendly shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. Clean towels and wash cloths, along with A&D ointment (for covering minor cuts before your float), Q-tips, Tampons, and facial tissue will be provided. We even have spare contact cases and solutions in case you forget to bring yours from home.
WHAT WILL I EXPERIENCE?
This is completely dependent on your mindset, and what you're looking to achieve with your float session. As stated on the Home page of this website, floating has many different benefits for different people. Some people choose to have a light, or music on. Some prefer it dark and quiet. These factors combined with your ability to completely let go and relax will determine your experience. Some people become emotional from the overwhelming feeling of relaxation or pain relief. Many who practice meditation are very good at producing natural hallucinations or visions during their session. While the float session is always relaxing, the specific experience someone has is entirely unique to them.
WHAT IF THE WATER GETS IN MY EYES?
To prevent getting the solution in your eyes, it is recommended to completely dry your face after your pre-float shower. A wash clean wash cloth will also be provided inside the float cabin in case you happen to get some on your face. While it is very uncomfortable, your tears will naturally and safely wash out the water within a couple minutes. You will be shown how to get in and out of then tank without allowing the water to run into your eyes.
DOES THE SALT DEHYDRATE ME?
No! Epsom salt isn't even salt. It's named after a bitter saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England. It is one of many naturally occurring mineral salts, a compound of magnesium and sulfate, and oxygen. So unlike when you're in water for too long and begin to prune, the solution in our tanks actually leaves your skin soft, and rejuvenated.
IS IT SAFE TO FALL ASLEEP?
Not only is it safe, but it's the best sleep you'll ever experience. There's no sense of time, or even reality during a session, and therefore clients tend to drift between being awake, and being asleep without realizing it. And no, you will not drown if you fall asleep. It's extremely difficult to even roll over on to your stomach and if you did the extremely high salt content would immediately wake you up as it stung your eyes. Because you're floating on top of the water there's literally no pressure on any part of your body. Therefore, there's no sensation to toss and turn like you might when sleeping on a mattress.
CAN I FLOAT IF I'M PREGNANT?
Floating is extremely beneficial for women during pregnancy as it takes the added weight off the joints and muscles. Now you can be just as comfortable as your baby in the womb-like environment of the float cabin.
CAN I FLOAT WITH SOMEONE?
We know you really want to share your float experience, but our float tanks are not large enough to accommodate 2 people. If you want to float with a friend, just book 2 floats at the same time and float in separate suites.
ARE THERE AGE/WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS?
Nope. The physical and mental benefits are as useful to children as they are to adults, but some may lack some of the mental discipline for more meditative floating. You'll experience all the same benefits no matter your age, and enjoy some respite from those nagging aches and pains that may seem a bit more persistent as things slow down as we age. We do need permission waivers signed for anyone under 18, and a parent must be present for those under 16. If you have mobility issues and might need help getting in and out of the float tank, you will need to bring a helper as we cannot help you in and out for liability reasons. As long as you can safely get in and out of the tank, you should be safe to float regardless of your age or weight. But similar to other water-based services such as a pool or spa, you need to use caution since floors can become very slippery.
ARE THE FLOAT TANKS HANDICAP
If you are in a wheelchair, getting in and out of the shower and float pod is largely dependent on the extent of your upper body function and strength. If you can lift yourself out of your wheel chair and into bed, for example, you will likely be able to lift yourself into the shower bench and over the float pod lip, which is about two feet off the floor. Please bring a friend with you if you do not have good upper body mobility/strength because our staff is not allowed to touch clients for liability reasons. Your assistant can hang out in either our lounge or in your float suite while you float.
WHAT ABOUT HAIR, AND HAIR DYE?
Yes, your hair will get wet, though the water is neutral and the Epsom Salt is not at all harsh. If you dye your hair, you will need to wait at least 10 days after you dye it to give your new color time to set in completely. With red dye, we require waiting 30 days to float and you must bring a tight-fitted swim cap. We've found that red dye can leach out of hair for weeks, which may damage our float tanks. You cannot float if you have Henna coloring in your hair (or a Henna tattoo).
Special Note: If you use a Keratin hair smoothing treatment, it's recommend that you stay out of salt water, and this includes Epsom Salt, to avoid any negative effects and damage to your Keratin-treated hair.
CAN I FLOAT DURING MENSTRUATION?
Yes, provided you use appropriate sanitary products, such as a tampon or cup, like you would do in a pool or spa. It's best to bring your preferred personal items but just in case you forget we will have tampons on hand.