Frequently Asked Questions
Can I float if I’m pregnant?
Lots of pregnant women love floating! 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. If you are in your third trimester, or have any concerns, please consult with your physician before coming in.
Is there anything I should do to prepare?
Don’t drink coffee for several hours beforehand (it can make your system jittery). Also, don’t shave or wax since the salt water can irritate your skin. Eating a light meal about an hour to 90 minutes ahead of time stops your stomach from sounding like an angry monster while you float.
Can I float if I’m menstruating?
Yes. Just follow the same protocol you would for a swimming pool.
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.
I just got a tattoo, should I float?
Floating and fresh tattoos do not mix! Not only could floating with a fresh tattoo be painful (salt + open wounds = ouch) but the water solution could cause fading or discoloration of your tattoo and permanently ruin its aesthetic appeal. How long you should wait before floating depends on the tattoo and how quickly it heals, but tattoo artists/floaters we have talked to have suggested waiting 4-6 weeks.
Do I need to bring anything?
If you have longer hair, you may want to bring a comb. For contact lens wearers something to put your contact lenses into while you’re in the tank. Other than that, we provide everything you need (towels, robes, earplugs, body wash/shampoo…) Each room is fully private, and you go into the tanks nude, so there’s no need to bring a bathing suit. For those of you that might be heading back to work or out on the town we do provide a hair and makeup room equipped with hair dryers.
Can more than one person float in a tank at a time?
Only one person per tank. We have four float tanks, so you can throw your own float party and invite up to 3 other people to float simultaneously in our shop.
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 way faster than you’d expect.
What’s the longest someone has been in a tank?
People have floated for 24 hours continuously, and it’s possible to float even longer.
How long have float tanks been around?
The first float tank was developed in 1954. These involved full submersion in water and a breathing device that completely covered your face. The first lay down, commercial tanks were invented in the early 70’s.
What if I’m claustrophobic?
Unlike float pods our King Size Ocean Float Rooms are more like being in an open huge bath tub not a coffin. Being in the float room is more like floating in outer space than being shut in a box. You’re always in control of your environment, and even people with extreme claustrophobia have reported having no problems with their time in our huge tanks.
How do you clean the tanks?
Between each float, the water is filtered multiple times through a 1-10 micron filter, treated with UV light, and dosed with Hydrogen Peroxide.
Do I get dehydrated from soaking for so long?
No- your skin doesn’t even prune up, but it does become silky soft afterwards.
Can I drown if I fall asleep in there?
Not at all, some people fall asleep, but the water is so buoyant that you stay afloat. The worst that can happen is getting woken up by a bit of salt water in your eyes.