What is floating?
Floating is an experience of ultimate peace and relaxation in which you spend one hour in a private, specialized pod filled with ten inches of highly-saturated Epsom salt water causing one to float completely effortlessly atop the water at near zero-gravity.
Can Anyone Float?
Yes, everyone can float….the density of the Epsom Salt allows for it to occur naturally without any effort. Floating can be done by nearly anyone from stressed-out managers, overworked moms, athletes, and those individuals just wanting to escape from everyday life and experience a state of complete physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. We do however highly recommend that if you suffer from any medical conditions (clinically-diagnosed depression, etc) that you consult with your primary care physician prior to floating.
What if I am claustrophobic?
Many people are concerned with whether they will feel enclosed or trapped like in a coffin or tanning bed. However, our float pods are spacious, allowing one to put his/her arms over their head, out to the sides, and 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. Lastly, although the doors to the private float room are locked, the door to the float pod can easily be opened at any time by the floater.
What if I cannot swim?
The floatation pod is only filled with 10-12 inches of water and has such a high-density of Epsom salt that any individual, big or small, will float like a cork atop the water. In fact, many people restfully sleep while in the floatation pod.
Can I float if I’m pregnant?
Absolutely!! In fact, pregnant women probably get more relief from the float tank than anyone else. Just lying on a bed can be extremely uncomfortable for a woman in the later stages of pregnancy due to the massive gravitational strain placed on the body. The float tank is a wonderful haven for pregnant women. If you have any concerns about the effects of floating on your pregnancy, we ask you to consult and get permission from your physician before you float.
Will I get hot or cold in the water?
You will not feel hot or cold. The water is kept at 93.5 degrees. This is skinreceptor neutral, which means you lose track of where your body ends and the water begins.
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.
Will my skin get wrinkly?
No. The high Epsom salt content of the water means that the water will not draw the salt from your skin and cause wrinkles like a long bath does. Epsom salt has been used for centuries as a medicinal treatment for various skin conditions. It is non-toxic and is not harmful if swallowed (although it does not taste good!). Epsom salt is actually quite nourishing for the skin, which may feel silky smooth after your float session.
Do I float naked?
Yes! You float naked because you don’t want anything touching you. A swimsuit touching your skin is sensory input that can take away from the experience. You are more aware of everything in the tank, so any straps or elastics will be distracting.
Can two of us float at the same time?
No. Floating is a solitary act. Our float pod is meant for one person at a time
What happens if I get salt water in my eyes?
It will certainly not feel good! Try to not touch your eyes while in the tank. Just in case, we provide a clean washcloth just outside the tank you can use
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. We anticipate you will feel profound peace and relaxation, deep concentration and creativity. We don’t want to say too much before people use the tank, 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.
Are there times I can’t float?
We will not allow you to float if you have any of the following conditions:
- Infectious skin or respiratory disorders
- Open wounds
- Epilepsy or serious mental conditions
- A high-risk pregnancy
- Have colored or permed your hair within 7 days (not good for your hair or our filters!)
- Under the influence of any drug or alcohol
- We expect you to inform us of any conditions for your own safety and the safety of other floaters!
We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone at any time.