Frequently Asked Questions

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Have questions about floatation therapy, etiquette, safety, etc?
Please read through our FAQs. Feel free to call us if your question has not been answered here!

No. We’ll have everything you need (towels, robes, earplugs, shampoo, body wash, hair dryer). If you need anything beyond that, please bring it with you (i.e. contact case, comb, etc.).

We recommend that you don’t shave or wax beforehand because the salt in the water may irritate your skin. Eat a light meal 90 minutes prior to your float so your tummy doesn’t grumble during your session. Avoid caffeine several hours before your float, as it could prevent you from fully relaxing. Remove your contacts prior to floating (bring a container to store them in). You’ll shower before your float, put in your ear plugs, and then enjoy!

No. Everyone has their own unique experience when floating. You’ll even experience something different each time you float. Sometimes you may be more alert, others more relaxed. We want your experience to be yours, so we do our best to avoid telling you what you should feel so you can truly enjoy your float.

Sensory deprivation is the scientific study of the effects of reduced stimuli on an organism, in an environment. The pod is pitch black which eliminates the sight stimulus. Ear plugs are provided to the floater which eliminates the sound stimulus. The buoyant, warm Epsom salt water helps eliminate the sense of touch and force of gravity on the body.

There is 1100 to 1200 pounds of medical grade Epsom salt dissolved in each of the float cabins. The solution is so high in saline that no living microorganism can survive. After each session, the solution in the float pod is pumped out 3 times and filtered through a 3 part filtration and sterilization system utilizing Ultra Violet light, hydrogen peroxide (H₂O₂) and a micron particle filter. UV is the safest most effective system available. It maintains the water’s soft, clean and crystal clear appearance.

The float cabins use a surface skimmer, filter, UV/ H₂O₂ system, to keep the float cabin microbe and sediment free. Health codes vary around the world, some float centers need to use small amounts of swimming pool chemicals, like chlorine and bromine, to be health code compliant. The filters are turned off during the session to keep the space as quiet as possible.

Float cabins are quite spacious, and let you be in complete control of your experience. You may open the door as far as you want, even leave it open during your session. There are no locks or latches, which makes it easy to go in and out as much as you need. The complete lack of light and restriction on the body makes the space feel boundless rather than small.

No. Air enters through a circulation vent.

In order to enjoy floating’s full potential, yes. Relaxation is a learned art that needs practice. There is a cumulative effect of using the float cabin on a regular basis. Most floaters start feeling the benefits after the 3rd or 4th float. However, you may start to fully benefit from your very first session.

You can float every day without harm, but we find that the relaxing effects of a 90 minute float typically last beyond that day. For best results, we recommend regular sessions. Many clients find that floating once or twice a week provides the most benefits.

That is completely up to you. Some people prefer a morning float while others prefer later in the afternoon or evening. The best way to find out is to experiment by using the float cabin at different times of the day. To get the best results from your float, try not to schedule too busy a day or night after the float, rather make time to appreciate the peace and quiet before jumping into something hectic.

Our float sessions are 90 minutes long. You may prefer less time, or more. You can leave the float cabin at any time, so experiment with what is comfortable for you. It does take the brain 45 minutes to get into a theta state of relaxation, so the 90 minute float gives you 45 minutes of deep relaxation.

No. Experiment until you find a position that is comfortable for you. Some people float with their hands at their sides, some with their hands folded across their chest or abdomen, or behind their heads. We recommend starting with your arms to the side and slightly bent as this opens up the chest and supports the shoulders. There is also a pillow available to float with if you find that having your head all the way back in the water is uncomfortable.

No. You have complete privacy when you float. The salt in the water will make anything you wear feel heavy, which distracts from the experience. Also lint from clothing can put a stress on the filtration system.

The interior cabin light will be turned on 5 minutes before your float is over.

Yes, many people safely fall asleep in the float cabin as a result of being so relaxed. People may think it is unsafe due to the fear of rolling over. But because of the solutions density, it is very difficult to turn over. If you were to turn over, the salt in the water would sting your eyes and wake you. One hour of sleep in the tank is roughly equivalent to 4 – 6 hours of regular sleep.

Because there is no guarantee the salt won’t strip some colour, we recommend waiting a full week after colouring your hair.

It is impossible not to float in the float cabin. The amount of salt dissolved in the water makes the solution so much denser than your body and you will float no matter what.

We do provide Vaseline to cover a small cut or scratch, but do not recommend floating if you have an open wound in the process of healing.

Definitely! Our float cabins accommodate anyone up to 350 lbs and 7 feet tall.

Yes. Just use the same etiquette you would when swimming.

No. The whole point of floating is to spend time alone without external distractions. We want you to enjoy this experience to the fullest.

Yes, when the parents are present.

If you do get the salt water in your ears, the salt dries in your ear canal, and may leave you feeling uncomfortable for some days after the float. It will not damage the ears. It is important to rinse your ears with the vinegar/water solution when you shower after the float. This solution is provided in each float room.

If this happens, you may feel a little sting. Rinse your eyes with the water bottle hanging inside the cabin, or open the door, grab a towel, dab the salt water off, then get back in the float cabin.

No. The high Epsom salt content of the water prevents the water from drawing salt from your skin, which is what causes wrinkles. Epsom salt has been used for centuries as a medicinal treatment for various skin conditions. It is non-toxic and is not harmful even if swallowed (although it does not taste good!). Epsom salt is actually quite nourishing for the skin and makes it feel silky smooth.

Absolutely! In fact this is a very popular option amongst our clients. You float first and follow the float with a massage

Yes. Besides preventing injuries, floating also helps in recovery from muscle tissue and joint strain. There are several sports communities that use floatation therapy in their practice. Athletic performances are also improved not only by the physical effects of relaxation, but also by the increase of concentration capacity.

Absolutely! The float cabin is a wonderful sanctuary for pregnant women. Pregnant women probably get more relief from the float cabin than anyone else. Floating eliminates the negative effects of gravity which can cause joint pain, inflammation, and stress on the organs as well as the unborn baby. We do, however, recommend that pregnant women avoid floating during the first trimester. 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.

We will not allow you to float if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Infectious skin disorders
  • Open wounds
  • Incontinence
  • Epilepsy that is medically uncontrolled
  • Serious mental conditions
  • A high-risk pregnancy, discuss this with your doctor first
  • First trimester of pregnancy, discuss this with your doctor first
  • Have coloured/permed your hair within 7 days
  • Have had a recent tattoo within 4 to 6 weeks
  • Under the influence of any drug or alcohol
  • Under 18 without parental presence

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.