FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why do people float?
Getting rid of all sensory input allows the ‘constantly-make-sure-you’re-not-dying’ part of your brain to chill out for a second, allowing the creative, relaxed part of your brain to come out and play. Without the constant pressure of analyzing the world around you, your body lowers its levels of cortisol, the main chemical component of stress. Your brain also releases elevated levels of dopamine and endorphins, the neurotransmitters of happiness.
Some of the benefits include: (1) Easing stress (2) Easing pain (3) Reducing over-stimulation (4) Pain management (5) increased immune function (6) Meditation (7) Increased Stress Resistance (8) Poor sleep / insomnia - one hour of float therapy is the equivalent to 4-8 hours of sleep (9) Sensory deprivation in floatation tanks is the epitome of relaxation and provides other health benefits than those listed above.
Further, the Epsom Salts are rich in magnesium, acting as a natural muscle relaxant and anti-inflammatory, which further reduces stress for an even more encompassing relaxation experience.
Mind and body are cleared of tension and stress, allowing you to let go and feel nothing but relief as you truly relax.
Is there anything I should do to prepare?
Don’t drink coffee for several hours beforehand (it can make your system jittery). Also, don’t shave or wax since the saltwater can irritate your skin. Eating a light meal about an hour to 90 minutes ahead of time keeps hunger at bay. Other than that, there’s no specific preparation needed.
Are the Tanks and water clean?
Cleanliness, comfort, and privacy are our highest priorities and something that won’t get in the way of you having a great float.
Our floatation equipment is cleaned after each and every float through a rigourous process:
Each tank/pod/cabin has its own individual pool filtration and sanitation equipment
After every float session the filtration runs continuous for 15 minutes ensuring that all water passes through a filter (100 times smaller than a human hair) before your float
The highly saline solution of a float tank is antibacterial due to the high concentration of salt - the water is 40% Epsom salt (no pathogenic organisms can survive salt concentrations higher than 10%)
Tanks also have UV light and non-toxic disinfectants to kill any bacteria in the tanks
All suites are surface wiped multiple times a day and between each session
Every guest is asked to shower BEFORE and AFTER their float
This means our float tanks are extremely sanitary and probably one of the cleanest environments you’ll ever be in.
Can I float if I’m claustrophobic?
Being in the tanks 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. You can float with the door open until you feel comfortable enough to close the door so the fun can begin.
Is it dangerous if I fall asleep?
It's possible you may fall asleep. However, the buoyancy of the water makes sinking and unwillingly flipping over onto your stomach an impossibility. People often think they have fallen asleep when they actually didn't.
In the unlikely event you do fall asleep, do not fear as it is impossible to drown. The worst that can happen is maybe getting a bit of salt water in your eyes.
Can I float if I am pregnant?
Yes, 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 doctor before coming in.
Can more than one person float at a time?
Solo float sessions only. However, we do recommend scheduling your floats simultaneously with your companion so that you leave the studio on the ‘same level’ so to speak.
What should I bring?
We provide everything you need to have a great float, including towels, earplugs, body wash, and shampoo. Most people prefer to float naked but if you’d really prefer to wear swimwear, you may. If you wear contact lenses you may want to bring a case and solution to put them in. It's much easier to wash saltwater out of your eyes if your contacts aren't in.
Do I have my own private room?
Yes, you have your own private room equipped with your own personal walk-in shower, which you’ll use before and after your float. You also have your own changing area.
Is there sufficient air supply?
Yes. The tank is designed not to be airtight, so there is plentiful air supply. In addition, fresh air is brought in by an air circulation system.
Can I float if I’ve just dyed my hair?
We recommend that you delay your float until the water running through your hair in the shower at home is fully clear.
I just got a tattoo, should I float?
Floating and fresh tattoos do not mix! Not only could floating with a fresh tattoo be painful (salt + open wounds = ouch) but the water solution could cause fading or discoloration of your tattoo and permanently ruin its aesthetic appeal. How long you should wait before floating depends on the tattoo and how quickly it heals, but tattoo artists/floaters we have talked to have suggested waiting 4-6 weeks.