FAQs

I am claustrophobic, will I be comfortable inside the tank?

Getting inside of a floatation tank can be intimidating to someone with claustrophobia. No need to worry! Our tanks have LED lighting that you can control while you are inside. The tank feels expansive with the lights off, there is not a closed in feeling.

What if I fall asleep during my float? Is it possible to drown?

Falling asleep during a float is common but no need to worry. It is unlikely that you would turn over in the water while sleeping but if you did, the salt would sting your eyes and immediately wake you up.

How are the tanks cleaned? Are the tanks sanitary?

The high concentration of salt in the water creates an inhospitable environment for most  pathogenic microorganisms . In addition, the water in our tanks is filtered 3-4 times in between every float. A combination of UV light and hydrogen peroxide is also used to maintain a pristine environment.

What do I wear to float?

Nothing! You are in a private room with a private shower. After you shower, step right into the tank. Wearing a bathing suit or any other clothing interferes with the sensory reduction aspect of floating.

What do I need to bring with me?

Just you and a positive attitude! We provide towels, shampoo, a hair dryer and most things needed to get you back into the world after your post-float shower. If you have long hair, we suggest that you bring a brush or a comb.

How long is a typical float?

Floats usually last from 60 to 90 minutes.

Is it difficult to stay afloat?

Nope. Anyone will float effortlessly. You do not need to know how to swim.

Will I get water in my ears?

We provide earplugs so that you can keep as much water out of your ears as possible. Earplugs are not required but they are recommended, especially if you have a history of swimmer's ear or any issues with your ear canal. We also provide an alcohol solution to help dry up any water in the ear.

Will salt get into my ears?

There will be a certain amount of salt in your outer ear. We provide a vinegar and water rinse, to be used during your post-float shower, that helps dissolve the salt crystals. In addition, you may use an alcohol solution that will help dry up any water left in the ear.

Will my skin get wrinkly/pruney?

Your hands and feet may get a little pruney in your pre-float and post-float showers but the tank solution will not cause your skin to wrinkle. The reason you "prune-up" in a regular bath has to do with a combination of water absorption and vasoconstriction. Without getting too technical the high salt content in the tank solution prevents this from happening. If you'd like to know more about this process and how wrinkly fingers may be an evolutionary adaptation to improve grip in wet environments, read this: Why Your Skin Goes Wrinkly in the Bath

Will I be able to resume my daily activities after I float?

Yes. However, we recommend giving yourself time after a float to enjoy the relaxed state and to ease back into your day.  As with massage and meditation there is a chance that you may feel a little out of it for a short time. Every session and every floater is different. Some people exit a float feeling more energized and ready to tackle the day.

Should I eat before floating?

We suggest that you have a small meal or a snack one to two hours before floating. Avoid caffeine. If you are hungry, your stomach may growl during your float. Likewise, if you eat right before you float, your stomach will make digestive noises throughout. Balance is the key.

Can I float if I’m pregnant?

Yes, please! Floating is great for both mother and baby.  Laying in the tank relieves pressure from tired joints. If you have any concerns be sure to check with your doctor.

Can I float if I’m menstruating?

Yes. Please follow your normal spa and swimming pool procedure.

I just dyed my hair, can I float?

There is a possibility that the salt might strip some of the dye from your hair. We ask that you DO NOT float unless your hair rinses clear when you wash it.

Can more than one person float at a time?

Our tanks are designed to hold one person at a time.

When were floatation tanks invented?

Floatation tanks were first developed in 1954 by neuroscientist John C. Lilly. The first commercial tanks hit the market in the early 70’s.

 

If you still have questions, please don't hesitate to contact us!!