Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any restrictions on who can float?
In order to utilize the float room, you must be physically able to lie down on a floor and return to standing from this position. You must be able to step over a threshold to enter and exit the float room. The threshold is about one and three quarters of a foot high (21 inches). If you require physical assistance, you must have a caretaker supervise and assist you for the entire duration of your visit, and they are required to stay with you in your float suite just outside of your float room. Our float rooms feature a safety grab bar on the inside and outside of the entrance, we have an ADA accessible float suite, and a shower chair available for use if needed.
You cannot float if your hair is freshly dyed a semi-permanent color. If you are able to see color bleeding in the shower or on your towels, you will not be allowed to enter the tank. You may use a swim cap, although it is not recommended, since you will be hyper aware of it's presence due to the lack of other external sensory input. Most visitors who attempt to float with a swim cap find that it is less than ideal and choose to wait until their dye is washed out to book their float sessions.
You cannot float if you are in the first trimester of your pregnancy, or on/very close to your due date .
You cannot float if you have any large wounds or communicable skin diseases. If you feel confident that a wound you have is small enough to be easily covered with petroleum jelly, it should not be an issue. The salt does sting if you have cuts or scrapes, and we provide petroleum jelly with which to cover them.
You cannot float if you experience uncontrolled seizures/epilepsy.
You cannot float if you have uncontrolled low blood pressure.
Is floating safe?
The solution in each float room is only about a foot deep. As with any body of water, you must be aware of the risks associated with being in and around water, and approach accordingly. This includes being careful when entering and exiting the float room, as well. All people are extremely buoyant in this solution, as it is a 25% solution (41-43% salt by volume) of dissolved magnesium sulfate (epsom salt)- you will definitely float! It would take a concentrated effort to turn yourself over from lying on your back to being face down. You can fall asleep in a float room, it is not uncommon, as deep relaxation is one of the main goal of floatation. If you were to unknowingly turn your head to face the solution, you would quickly become alert due to the high concentration of salts- the solution tastes awful, and stings the eyes and nose quite a bit! If you feel that you are limited in any capacity in a way that would put you at risk for injury, please trust your judgment and do not float. If you are unsure, please visit us so that we can show you around and analyze your particular situation together. We want you to feel relaxed and confident approaching and during this experience. If you have any concerns whatsoever regarding safety, do not hesitate to reach out to us.
What do I need to bring with me?
Nothing! In order to experience true sensory deprivation, people float in the nude. Our float suites are private and we provide lockers to keep your belongings safe and secure during your visit. We provide a robe and sandals for you to wear while you're here. We provide towels, and all of the basic toiletries that you might need, including shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, contact solution, makeup wipes, cotton swabs, combs, brushes, spray deodorant, and a hair dryer. If you'd like to bring any of your own toiletries that you'd like to use, feel free to do so.
Can I float if I'm pregnant?
Floating during pregnancy is highly beneficial. You will be able to take all of the pressure off of your joints, reduce cortisol levels (stress), and reduce swelling. We have many expectant mothers who have made floating a part of their routine during and after pregnancy. You must receive permission from your physician before floating, and you cannot float during your first trimester, or if you are very close to your due date.
Can I bring a friend?
Yes! We have four private float suites and three separate treatment rooms for massage and reiki. We regularly book couples and groups for float, massage, and reiki sessions. We suggest booking as far in advance as possible for a group, so that we can accommodate you at your preferred time slot. Keep in mind that we have 2 massage chairs, so if there are more than two of you, your start times will be staggered so that everyone can spend 15 minutes in the massage chair before they float. Feel free to contact us for more details regarding group reservations.
How long should I expect to be there?
Give yourself at least 30 minutes in addition to your scheduled session length. This gives you time to shower and change before and after your float, as well as a complimentary 15 minute session in our Zero Gravity massage chairs before your float. If this is your first float session, you will also receive a brief orientation. You are welcome to take your time and relax in our lounge after you float, as well.
What if I'm claustrophobic?
Our float rooms are the largest in the world - 6' x 7' x 8' . Once your session begins, the space within the float room feels infinite. You can also leave the door to your float room open for as long as you'd like until you are comfortable with closing it. Keep in mind that you have full control over your experience- you may turn the light on, open the door, or get out at any point during your session. Most people who come in with this concern are pleasantly surprised by how easy and comfortable their experience in the tank was, and leave feeling accomplished! If you find that this environment is not right for you, ending your session early is no problem, and you're welcome to try again another time if you'd like.