FAQS ABOUT FLOATING​

WHAT IS FLOATING?

Floating is the ultimate peaceful and relaxing experience. You spend an hour in a private, specialized pod filled with 10 inches of water (200 gallons) and 1000 pounds of pharmaceutical grade Epsom salt, in which you float effortlessly atop the water at near zero-gravity.


WHAT IS EPSOM SALT?

Epsom salt (Magnesium Sulfate) is a mineral which has been shown to help detoxify the body, strengthen the immune system, trigger the release of endorphins, and provide relief for physical, mental, and emotional stress and fatigue.


CAN ANYONE FLOAT?

Yes, Floating can be done by nearly anyone from stressed out managers, overworked moms, athletes, and those individuals just wanting to escape from everyday life to experience a state of complete physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. We do, however, always recommend that if you suffer from any medical conditions, have any conditions that are being monitored (for example: blood pressure, blood sugar, heart, pregnancy or any history with epilepsy, etc.) or are on any medications that the magnesium could interact with, that you consult with your primary care physician prior to floating.


WHAT IF I AM CLAUSTROPHOBIC?

Many are concerned with whether or not they will feel enclosed or trapped like in a coffin or tanning bed. However, the float pod is spacious (8ft long by 5ft wide), allowing one to put his/her arms over their head, out to the sides, and to sit up in the pod if necessary. Although many choose to float in complete darkness, inside lighting is available and at the control of the floater. And although the doors to the private float room are locked, the lid  on the float pod can be opened at any time by the floater.


WHAT IF I CANNOT SWIM?

The flotation pod is only filled with about 10 inches of water and has such a high-density of Epsom salt that any individual, big or small, will float like a cork on top of the water. In fact, many people restfully sleep while in the float pod.


WILL I GET HOT OR COLD IN THE WATER?

No, you will not feel either hot or cold. The self-monitoring homeostatic tank continuously regulates the temperature of the water to 94.5 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the average temperature of the surface of the skin, creating a feeling of truly floating in air. It is not like a hot tub…the idea behind average skin temperature is basically so you cannot tell where you stop and the water starts. Unless your core body temperature runs low normally, you should not get too warm or too cool.


WHAT EFFECTS DOES FLOATING HAVE ON THE MIND?

The deep mental relaxation initiated by floating allows the brain to produce a greater amount of Theta waves, which are accompanied by an increase in mental clarity, creativity, imagery, and memory. In addition, the release of the endorphins induces the feeling of elevated mood states which are effective in helping alleviate anxiety, depression, and negative mental habits.


IS THE WATER SANITARY?

Yes. The water in the float pod is completely filtered through a high-tech filtration system utilizing an ultra violet light process, an oxygenation process and regular filter nine times in between each float session, filtering the water to what the FDA requires drinking water be filtered to. Every individual is required to wash their hair and shower immediately prior to entering the float pod, as well as after floating. Also, the high salinity of Epsom salt kills 99.9% of bacteria (there are 1000 pounds of pharmaceutical grade Epsom salt in the 200 gallons of water in our tank). The water in our float pod is hundreds of times more sanitary than a swimming pool or hot tub.


WHAT IF I AM PREGNANT, IS FLOATING SAFE?

Absolutely! Though we do not recommend floating during the first trimester. Pregnant women get significant relief from pain and muscle tension from the state of deep relaxation achieved from floating. It allows some freedom from the added weight of pregnancy by providing a gravity free environment which takes the strain off the spine and the body and can also help with circulation and/or swelling. We do recommend that you consult with your physician prior to floating.


CAN I FLOAT IF I’M MENSTRUATING?

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


IS THIS A BUNCH OF “NEW AGEY” NONSENSE?

The art and science of floating has been around for over 50 years and is backed by hundreds of published research studies. It is not “New Agey” or Woo-Woo at all! It is just a great, non-invasive therapy that is good for your mind, body and spirit!


DO I NEED TO BRING ANYTHING WITH ME?

Your swimsuit if you'd like. If you wear contact lenses, bring your case to store them in as you will have to remove them before you enter the float tank. Also, a comb or brush and any personal toiletry items. We supply everything you need for your float experience, including earplugs, makeup remover towelettes, A & D for any nicks or scratches, towels, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion and hairdryers.


WILL I BE TOO RELAXED TO CONTINUE MY DAY AFTER I FLOAT?

No, you'll be fine. We do suggest that you have some water or a cup of tea in our meditation/reflection area before re-entering the real world again…it might take a few minutes to readjust after being weightless for an hour! And you will want to continue to drink plenty of water after you leave.


HOW OFTEN CAN I FLOAT?

As often as you like…as a matter of fact, the more the better. While the first time is amazing, reports have shown that repeat floaters amass greater benefits. The float industry says that on average, it takes three floats to notice the most difference, although almost everybody notices some benefit after their very first float.


IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER…

DO NOT float if under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

DO NOT float if you are injured or have open or bleeding wounds.

DO NOT float if you suffer from incontinence, nausea or epilepsy and are not on medication and have been medically advised not to float.

DO NOT float if you have colored/dyed your hair within the last week. Longer for the bright fun more temporary colors. And check with your stylist about weaves as well.

DO NOT float if you are under the age of 18 without prior written parental consent.

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What you should know...

BEFORE YOUR FLOAT...

DO eat only a small meal about 90 minutes prior to arriving

DO make sure you are well hydrated

DO try to avoid caffeine and nicotine prior to arriving as it is too stimulating

DO be sure to check with your Physician prior to floating if you are Pregnant, post natal, have asthma, a heart condition, epilepsy, extremely high or low blood pressure, diabetes, are a chemotherapy patient or if you are uncertain for ANY reason, ALWAYS consult your physician first.

DO be sure to have prior written parental consent if under the age of 18

DO arrive 10-15 minutes before your appointment to discuss any questions and have a shower

DO remove your contact lenses and jewelry

DO use the restroom prior to floating to avoid that distraction

DO use the provided A & D on any small scratches or cuts

DO put the provided ear plugs in (they are less annoying if you do this before your shower)

DO remove all makeup

DO take a shower AND wash your hair using body wash and shampoo to eliminate any lotions, oils, hair products, etc. BEFORE entering the pod

DO remember to turn the shower off before entering the pod

DO NOT shave or wax within 12 hours of floating as the salt could irritate your skin

DO NOT float if you have just colored or dyed your hair, you must wait 1 week, longer for temporary brightly colored hair

DO NOT float for 4-6 weeks if you have just gotten a new tattoo.

DO NOT float for 2 weeks after being ill or experiencing diarrhea

DO NOT float if intoxicated by drugs or alcohol

DO NOT float if you have a severe or infectious skin condition, contagious disease, or infected/open/bleeding wounds

DO NOT float if you are currently under-going chemotherapy treatments

DO NOT float if you are suffering from an unstable mental condition such as psychosis or have suicidal tendencies

DO NOT float if you have applied a sunless tanning product within the last 72 hours

DO NOT add bubbles to the pod


DURING YOUR FLOAT…

Turn the room light off prior to entering the pod

You can have the light inside the pod on or off

You can leave the music on or off

You can leave the lid open or closed, or anywhere in between, all according to your comfort level

A neck support, spray bottle and hand towel are provided to help prevent salt water from getting in your eyes and to wash/dab it away if it gets close

You can leave your arms at your sides or put them over your head, take a minute to determine what is most comfortable for you

Then just let go…Relax…Restore…and Rejuvenate!


AFTER YOUR FLOAT…

Music will signal the end of your session, slowly bring yourself back

Slowly exit the pod

Take a quick shower to rinse the salt off & condition your hair BEFORE exiting the float room

Use the provided robe or get dressed and exit the float room to do your hair, makeup, etc. so that the room can be prepared for the next client

You are welcome to relax in our meditation/reflection room, or in the swings and have some water or hot tea, and gently return to the world from your float.

What You Should Bring...

If you wear contacts, bring your contact lens case with you.

You can bring a comb, brush and any personal toiletries you might need.

We have body wash, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, ear plugs, makeup remover, qtips, cottonballs, A & D, robes, hair dryers
and most of what you need to make your visit enjoyable!


The biggest question we get is “what do I wear?” You can wear a swimsuit or nothing at all…Our tank has a 3 fold filtration system that runs 9 times between each client and filters the water to what the FDA requires drinking water be filtered to…then you have 1000 pounds of pharmaceutical grade epsom salt in there that kills 99.9% of all bacteria and we clean the tank with food grade 35% Hydrogen Peroxide and an all natural spa cleaner…(we use no harsh or dangerous chemicals) so you are perfectly safe to float however you are the most comfortable.


What you should know about the Far-Infrared Sauna...

You should bring/wear a bathing suit or shorts and tank top

You need to be well hydrated

You should consult with your physician if you are in poor health or currently under medical care and undergoing any kinds of treatments


Prohibited Use:

If you are pregnant

The elderly, infants and those who are extremely weak physically 

DO NOT use the sauna if you are under the influence of alcohol, drugs or medication, breathing the heated air could result in unconsciousness

DO NOT use the sauna if you have any open wounds

DO NOT use the sauna if you are dealing with any eye diseases

DO NOT use the sauna if you are severely sunburned

DO NOT use the sauna if you are dealing with any serious illness

DO NOT use if you have suffered a joint or muscle injury within the last 48 hours