Frequently Asked Questions

Can I float while pregnant?

There is a lot of great research on floating while pregnant, and all suggests it is great for both you and the baby, especially during the later stages of pregnancy when even simple things like sleeping can cause muscle strain. 

Of course you should seek your own medical advice. Most commonly it is recommended you stay away from hot baths. This is skin temp and therefore should be safe. Floating relieves pressure by creating a buoyant environment where you can finally escape many of the discomforts of pregnancy. A float session makes a great baby shower gift! However, in the first trimester, as with most activities, we do recommend checking with your doctor first.

How do I know the water is clean?

We invested in top of the line float tanks specifically for their incredible purification systems. 

The water is treated with UV light through a 2" diameter tube, blasted with activated oxygen (ozone) that treats the water (and air in the tank) as well as being run through a 1 micron filter (the average diameter of a human hair is 15 microns!)

The tank runs through this system 3-5 times after every session, so that means, up to 30 times every day. On top of that, the alkalinity of the water itself (7.3-7.8 pH) is very clean and pure with over 1200 pounds of USP grade Epsom salts in our 200 gallon tanks and over 2100 pounds in our 400 gallon tanks. 

The inside of the tanks are also wiped down regularly with tea tree oil and the water is also treated with 1-2 ounces of H2O2 for additional clarity and purification. 

Water purity and overall cleanliness in our tanks and facility are at the top of our priority list!

What if I fall asleep?

No problem. At the end the session the music and light will come on and wake you peacefully. And if you are a really deep sleep the water will start circulating 2 mins after the end of the session. So you can focus of letting go. It may be what your body needs! Don’t just think of your session as the time here. It is how you feel after. How you sleep. How you feel the morning after.

Should I do anything special to prepare?

We recommend avoiding caffeinated beverages for several hours beforehand to reduce the chances of having the jitters. Avoid shaving or waxing at least 8-12 hours if you have sensitive skin (possible, but short-lived irritation to your skin can happen). Eating a light meal about 90 minutes ahead of time stops your stomach sounds that could be distracting. Other than that there is no specific preparation needed.

Everyone appears cranky but me after a float?

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Can I drown?

No. Even if you fall completely asleep (which is common) you will continue to float on top of the water. It is actually difficult to roll over due to the high density of healing Salts which makes the water so buoyant that is it is impossible for you to sink or accidentally turn over. The sensation of effortlessly floating is difficult to describe until you experience it! Think about a cork bobbing in the ocean.

Can I float with someone else?

Not in the same tank, but during the same time period if you have booked in advance.

Can I float if I’m menstruating?

Yes. Follow the same protocol you would for a swimming pool. Some women do experience some discomfort in their feminine areas before or during this time.

What if I am claustrophobic?

If it’s serious — floatation might not be for you. However the pod is the size of a small car. So if you OK getting in and out of a car, you will be ok. Everything is under your control. You can get in and out as you wish. If you are brave enough to turn off the light – it becomes an infinite space.

Many people who initially express a fear of small spaces feel much better once they know they control the entire process. Their fears subside and the vast majority will go on to close the door and turn off the light!  The tank is such an excellent place to go ‘through’ claustrophobia that is if you want to get rid of yours, it is probably the best place to do it.  Use the tank in the way most comfortable for you. And the first comment people say after exiting the tank is “Wow, it’s was easier than I expected!”

a) if you want to stop you can do so at anytime!
b) you control the lighting and music
c) you open and close the door easy as you wish
d) you CAN float with the door open
e) you are always in control of the environment

I like to meditate, is floating going to help with that?

People who are used to meditating are going to love floating. You will find you adapt to it within one to two floats. Those unaccustomed to spending time with their own thoughts and inner reflection will normally take three to five floats to feel completely relaxed and at ease.

I have salt on my clothes. Is that bad?

Don’t worry, it washes right out with normal wash.

My hair feels salty. Is that bad?

Wash it using hot water first, then shampoo and condition. If you are one of the rare cases where this doesn’t do the job, a quick rinse with White Vinegar will break the salt down before a standard shampoo and condition.

What are the differences in your tanks?

Once you’re inside the tanks, the experience is practically identical each tank.  The main difference is the area in the tank (square feet). The float rooms have lights that turn on and off on the inside of the tanks themselves.

Do I have to stay in the whole time?

There aren’t any latches on the tank doors and you can get out anytime.

While you are not required to stay in the full time, 60-minutes usually goes by faster than you would expect. 

What’s the longest someone has been in the tank?

Rumor is a guy in Portland goes for a 12 hour float each month. The inventor of the float went for longer even. 

Will my hands get "prune-y" after being in the water so long?

Nope, that is one of the interesting things about the epsom salt in the water. When you get out, you will find your hands are just like normal, and, most likely a lot softer.

Who invented this concept of floating?

A brilliant man named John C. Lily, who was an American physician, neuroscientist, psychoanalyst, psychonaut, philosopher, writer and inventor.

How long have float tanks been around?

The first float tank was developed in 1954, which actually involved full submersion in water and a breathing device that completely covered your face.  

The first commercial tanks that were lay down style were invented in the early 70’s.

What about the water chemistry?

We measure and maintain the pH, alkalinity, specific gravity, and temperature of the tanks.

The water in the float tank is about 30% epsom salt, which is a difficult environment for a lot of bacteria to live in (hence the name "Dead Sea").