Frequently Asked Questions
Can I float if I’m pregnant?
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. Once baby is born make sure you allow yourself some time to enjoy the silence and relaxation of floating as part of your post-partum routine.
Is there anything I should do to prepare?
Don’t drink coffee for several hours beforehand. 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 is recommended. 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.
Can I float if I just dyed my hair?
While there is no guarantee that the salt won’t strip some color from your hair, we recommend that you check if the water running through your hair in the shower at home is fully clear. If there is still some color coming out you should wait a couple of more days/showers.
Do I need to bring anything?
If you have longer hair, you may want to bring a comb. Also, something to put your contact lenses into while you’re in the tank. Other than that, we provide everything you need (towels, earplugs, body wash/shampoo, etc). Each room is fully private, and you go into the tanks nude, so there’s no need to bring a bathing suit unless you prefer to wear one.
Do I have to stay in the whole time?
There aren’t any latches on the cabin doors, and you can get out anytime. That said, the 60-minutes usually goes by waaaay faster than you’d expect (our average customer usually says it felt like 30 minutes long).
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. The first lay down commercial tanks were invented in the early 1970’s.
What if I’m claustrophobic?
Being in the cabin is more like floating in outer space than being shut in a box. You’re always in control of your environment, and even people with extreme claustrophobia have reported having no problems with their time in the tank.
How do you clean the tanks?
The water is fully filtered 3-5 times between each float, passing through an intense filtration system for particulate matter and then a UV filter which targets the DNA and RNA of bacteria, viruses, algae and other biological matter. Furthermore, the Epsom salt solution is naturally sanitary; the combination of the high concentrations of Epsom salt and a small amount of disinfectant make it cleaner than a pool and nearly impossible for microorganisms to survive.
Do I get dehydrated from soaking for so long?
No - your skin doesn’t even prune up, but it does become silky soft afterwards.
Can I drown if I fall asleep in there?
No. Some people fall asleep, but the water is so buoyant that you stay afloat. The worst that can happen is getting woken up by a bit of salt water in your eyes.