FLOAT TANK SENSORY DEPRIVATION
WHAT IS FLOATING?
Floating is a relaxation practice that is unlike anything else. Imagine your body is weightless with zero-gravity. You are completely buoyant, floating without trying in approximately 10-11 inches of perfectly warmed water. The silky salty solution is 1,000+ pounds of magnesium sulfate, otherwise known as Epsom Salts. Float 60 or 90 minutes - some like it even longer! The temperature of the water is set to about 93-94 degrees, the body's external skin temperature. You are in a pristine, highly controlled environment with as much sound and light reduction as possible.
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY FIRST FLOAT?
Avoid caffeinated beverages for several hours beforehand to reduce the chances of having the jitters. Don’t shave or wax at least 8-12 hours 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. Other than that there is no specific preparation needed.
CAN I FLOAT IF I'M PREGNANT?
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 prior to booking your appointment.
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.
DO I NEED TO BRING ANYTHING?
If you have longer hair, you may want to bring a comb. Also, something to put your contact lenses into while you’re in the tank. Other than that, we provide everything you need (one towel, earplugs, body wash/shampoo…) Each room is fully private and you are welcome to go into the tanks nude so there’s no need to bring a bathing suit unless you would like to. Robes, flip flops and an extra towel are available only upon request.
HOW DO YOU CLEAN THE TANKS?
We follow the strict guidelines of the worldwide float tank association (FTA). Our floatation equipment is cleaned after each and every float through a four step process:
1.) Each tank/pod/cabin has its own individual pool filtration and sanitation equipment
2.) Filters run 24 hours a day for most types of float tanks and only stop when someone is actually floating.
3.) After each 60 min float session the filtration runs a minimum of four cycles
4.) The highly saline solution of a float tank is antibacterial due to the high concentration of salt.
5.) Tanks also have UV light and ozone for additional sanitation
6.) Tanks are dosed with a very specific amount of 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide every day
7.) All suites are surface wiped multiple times a day and between each session with white vinegar, simply green or other EPA approved cleaning agents.
8.) Every guest is asked to shower BEFORE and after their float and discouraged from wearing a bathing suit as a clean, showered body is best for our pristine float environment.
WHAT IF I'M CLAUSTROPHOBIC?
Being in the tanks 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 the tank.
WILL I GET DEHYDRATED FROM SOAKING FOR SO LONG?
No! Just the opposite. Your skin becomes super hydrated and won't even prune up! You'll be silky soft afterwards.
HOW ARE FLOAT TANKS SANITIZED?
The entirety of the water is filtered through a 1-10 micron filter a minimum of three times after each float.
Skimmers are used to keep the surface completely clear.
UV / Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is used as a disinfectant in the tanks – a non-toxic alternative to chlorine and bromine.
High powered UV light units are attached to the pump system for added sanitation.
We rigorously 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 (the Dead Sea is named that for a reason).
Our tanks are likely to have some of the cleanest water you’ve ever been in.