Floating FAQs

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What if I don't know how to float?

No need to worry. The Epsom salt solution will do all the work for you. You couldn't not float if you tried!

Is Epsom salt good for my skin?

Epsom salt has actually been used for treating skin ailments and will leave your skin feeling smooth and silky. You will want to be sure and rinse all salt from your hair and skin after floating.

What should I do to prepare?

Nothing specific. Ideally avoid caffeine 90 minutes before you float. It's best not to shave or wax right beforehand because the Epsom salt might sting a bit. Also, you may want to eat a light meal or snack about an hour ahead of time.

What do I need to bring?

Just yourself. Towels, showers, soap and shampoo, ear-plugs, etc. for your float will be provided at check-in. If you have long hair, you may want to bring a hair tie and comb for after your float.

What if I wear contacts?

You most likely will prefer to float without them, so be sure to bring your case and solution.

What should I wear?

We encourage clients to float nude for the greatest experience – imagine it as similar to getting into your bathtub. Each room is private and features its own shower and changing area. Of course, free to bring a swimsuit if you prefer. 

What if I’m claustrophobic?

People with claustrophobia consistently report no problems with floating. You’re always in control of your environment, and can choose to float with the pod open.

Do I have to stay in the whole time?

There aren’t any latches on the tank doors, and you can get out anytime. That said, the 90-minutes usually goes by faster than you’d expect.

Is it clean?

Extremely. Our water is completely recirculated at least 3 times between each float through a 1 or 10 micron particulate filter, and then treated with a combination of a germicidal UV lamp, ozone and hydrogen peroxide. We test our water daily to ensure that your float will be safe and comfortable.

Can I float if I am pregnant?

Yes. With the okay from your physician or midwife, you may float in your second or third trimester. Many pregnant women find floating helps relieve the joint pain and inflammation associated with carrying additional baby weight. 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.

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.

Are there any age limits for floating?

We welcome floaters of all ages! We require in-person parental consent for children under the age of 18 on the first visit.

Can I float if I have a health condition?

While floating can be helpful for a broad range of health conditions, please consult your physician first. Written clearance from a physician is required in cases of epilepsy or narcolepsy.

Can I float if I’m menstruating?

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

Is this good for Athletes?

This is a very widely-accepted therapy and is used by a number of world-renowned athletes to treat various sports-related conditions and aid in their recovery. It is also beneficial for those who don’t play any sports but want to better manage the stresses in their system.

  • Increases energy (ATP)
  • Ideal space for visualization
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Reduces Lactic acid levels in the body
  • Aids in facilitated rest, improving athletes exposure to fatigue.

What if I fall asleep?

People safely fall asleep while floating all the time. The body’s capacity for buoyancy coupled with the high salt concentration makes drowning virtually impossible.

Prior to Floating Tips

  • We recommend comfortable garments that are easy to change in and out of. 
  • We encourage clients to float nude for the greatest experience, each room is private and features its own shower and changing area. Of course, feel free to bring a swimsuit if you prefer. 
  • We recommend eating a light meal or snack about an hour ahead of time. A large meal may cause discomfort.
  • We encourage clients to avoid caffeine for at least 90 minutes before floating for the most relaxing experience.
  • Any physical activity prior to your appointment will enhance your overall experience! Your body and mind will be more ready to relax.
  • To get the most benefit do not schedule strenuous activities after your float, so you can linger in your relaxed state.
  • Avoid shaving, tanning, waxing, or anything else that would increase the sensitivity of your skin.

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