Frequently Asked Questions

 

Are you SURE I will float?

Yes, absolutely without a doubt YOU will float - like a cork! The 10" deep solution is SO DENSE (150 gallons of water + 700lbs of Epsom salt) you are guaranteed to float regardless of your height, weight or fitness level.

 

What if I’m claustrophobic?

Once you're floating effortlessly within the lightproof pod, you lose any real sense of the size of the pod. The interior of the pod is larger than the interior of most vehicles. You can't feel the walls or floor unless you drift into them, or purposefully reach for them. It is quite literally like being suspended in deep space. Claustrophobia by and large is a condition that hinges on feelings of helplessness as well as the ability to see your surroundings. Within the pod, you maintain complete control of the situation at all times. You can leave the interior light on, or use the pod with the door left open if you wish. The door weighs almost nothing and there are no latches. It's basically just a flap that keeps light out. The tank is not air-tight. In fact there are several large air holes directly above where your head will be. You have complete freedom to exit the pod whenever you like.

Most claustrophobic people find it is quite easy to relax once within the tank. It is in our very nature to relax when exposed to such a calm, quiet, almost womb-like environment. Many phobia sufferers actually find the tank to be an excellent catalyst for working through their fears.

 

Is there anything I should do to prepare?

Don’t ingest any stimulants (including coffee) for several hours beforehand. Don’t shave or wax since the salt water can sting your skin. Eating a light meal about an hour to 90 minutes ahead of time stops your stomach from making distracting noises while you float. You may want to limit liquids beforehand so you don't have to leave the pod for a bathroom break.

 

Can I float if I’m menstruating?

Yes. Please just follow the same protocol you would for a swimming pool.

 

Who shouldn't float?

People with cuts, open sores or rashes. People with incontinence issues. People with a contagious illness. People with any type of uncontrolled siezure disorder. People who lack the physical ability to enter and exit the pod unassisted.

 

What if I just permed/colored my hair?

We recommend you wait at least 1-2 weeks after treatment to float. Floating is not known to damage hair color/perms however bleeding color ruins our white towels. If there is any chance you think your hair color might bleed please bring your own towel.

 

Can I float if I’m pregnant?

Many centers have reported that pregnant woman are some of the most satisfied float customers. By flipping onto the stomach, all the weight of the baby can be effectively removed from the mother’s body, a welcome relief in the 8th or 9th month. There have also been reports of women having deep levels of connection with their unborn children while floating in the pod. If you are in your third trimester, or have any concerns, please consult with your physician before coming in.

 

Do I need to bring anything?

If you have longer hair, you may want to bring a hair tie and a brush. Also, something to put your contact lenses into while you’re in the pod as you do not want to get salt water on them. Other than that, we provide everything you need (towels, earplugs, body wash/shampoo and conditioner). Our shampoo and body wash is scented. If that is not to your liking please feel free to bring your own.

 

Do I wear anything in the pod?

Since it is a private experience, you do not wear anything. Clothing presses against your body, becoming a distraction. Floating in the nude also helps us keep detergents and such from getting into the pod solution. The pod room has a locking door.

 

Do I have to stay in the whole time?

There aren’t any latches on the pod doors and you can get out any time.

 

How do you clean the pod?

Clients shower before entering the pod and again after the session. Between each session we thoroughly examine the tank with a mag light and UV light to ensure it is still as good as new. The water is then filtered three times and sterilized with ozone. We also add a minute amount of food grade peroxide to the tanks on a regular basis. These are all extra precautions, seeing as how it is impossible for any organism to live in an environment as salty as float tank solution. We pride ourselves on safety and cleanliness and maintain a strict water testing regime.

 

Do I get dehydrated from soaking for so long?

No- your skin doesn’t even prune up thanks to the Epsom salt. Epsom salt is actually quite beneficial for skin.

 

Can I drown if I fall asleep in there?

No, It is safe to sleep in the pod. The reason people think it may be dangerous is probably the fear of rolling over. Even those people who say they never sleep on their backs in bed, sleep on their backs in the tank. It is very difficult to roll over in the tank because of the density of the solution and if any of the salt solution gets in your eyes, mouth or nose, it is an immediate signal that something must be done. You would wake up immediately.

 

How long do people usually stay in the pod?

We HIGHLY recommend the 90 minute session for all clients. Typically time flies inside the tank. The only reason we offer one-hour sessions is to accomodate those clients that might have a significant time constraint. For the first few sessions you might find the first 45 minutes is spent just letting go of your own body tension and mind chatter. This process shortens drastically over time with multiple floats. Relaxing takes practice! Of course the "perfect" way to float is to stay in until you want to get out.

We try our best to give you a full 60 or 90 minutes inside the pod. If you book a 90 minute session please allow for a 2 hour appointment time total, if you book a 60 minute session please allow for a 90 minute appointment time total. The additional time is needed for showering and such.

 

What will it be like for me?

We don't know what it will be like for you since it is such an individual experience. The most common reports are profound peace and relaxation, deep concentration and creativity. We like to avoid saying too much before people use the pod, so that they aren't influenced by what someone else says. Not only will it be different for you than it is for anyone else, it will be different each time.

 

Do I need to float more than once?

Yes, if you want to make use of the potential. For us floating is not a finite experience. It touches the infinite. Most people, but not all, get a sense of how floating can profoundly benefit them after 3 to 5 sessions. Those who glimpse the potential the first time, want to return again and again. Scientific studies have also shown that floating has a cumulative effect.

 

Will I be able to resume my daily activities when I get out?

Yes. It may be good to arrange your time so you don't have to rush. Many people enjoy savoring the peace and quiet before jumping into something hectic.

 

Is there a cumulative effect of using the pod on a regular basis?

Yes. There seems to be a cumulative effect with consistent use of the pod. This is not only documented by research, it becomes very obvious to any consistent user of the pod. Relaxation is a learned art that needs practice.

 

Is this sensory deprivation?

The term "sensory deprivation" describes areas of scientific research that consider the effects of reduced environmental stimulation. The words are an unfortunate choice for those of us who are presenting the floating experience as something pleasant, attractive and relaxing. We notice that people run away from us when they hear the possibility of any form of deprivation. As a result we are careful to point out that the senses are fully operational and in fact, the senses are very pleased to be relieved from the prevalent atmosphere of sensory overload. Stimulus reduction is a more accurate description of the pod environment.