The First Float – What to Expect

There’s nothing like stepping into a tank for the first time. As soon as toes touch the water, a warm tingly feeling envelopes the body. Finally, a safe place for thoughts, emotions, aches and pains to leave you.

Upon arrival, you will be guided through the rest of the process by one of our Float Guides!

What to do?

  • Arrive 30 minutes before first float – this will give you time to fill out paperwork and take a tour!
  • Wear comfortable clothing – or be sure to bring some to change into afterward.
  • Feel free to bring your own towl, flip flops, water, and anything you may need to get ready post float! But also know, that we’ve got ya covered.
  • You can bring your bathing suit if you would like – though that is optional.

What NOT to do?

  • Do not shave the day of! Or the day before if you can help it.
  • We suggest rescheduling if you have any large cuts/scrapes/open wounds – it will not feel good! (We do have Vaseline as a water proof bandaid for small cuts)
  • If you have recently dyed your hair, you must wait till it’s no longer “bleeding” to float.
  • No floating while on your menstral cycle
  • Try not to drink coffee right before a float.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Floating?

Floating takes place in a salt water tank with 1000 pounds of Epsom salt in just 200 gallons of water. Meaning that the water is so dense with salt, that anyone can trust the water to hold them up in perfect alignment under zero gravity conditions. The water is heated to 93.5 degrees – average skin temperature. The ideal environment is for one to turn off the lights, though the lights can stay on as well. The idea is to be relieved of as much external stimuli and stress as possible.

Is the Water Clean?

Absolutely! The water is filtered between every float for a minimum of 30 minutes (allowing the water to be turned over completely 5 times). We use UV Light and Ozone to filter between each client, as well as daily doses of hydrogen dioxide to keep the water in pristine conditions. The pods are cleaned multiple times a day and are typically cleaner than most contained bodies of water such as pools and Jacuzzis. The high concentration of salt also prohibits the growth of anything pathogenic – so no worries there!

Do I wear a bathing suit?

The option is yours! We suggest that you try floating nude to experience full sensory deprivation (without the feeling of the bathing suit on the body), but whatever you are comfortable with is the way to go!

Is it pitch black in there?

Ideally, yes. The idea is to rest the eyes. Though we do have lights that you can control in the pod! Keep them on the whole time if you’d like. You can even choose your color! 😀

Can I fall asleep in the pod?

Sure can! The best nap of your life! Many people are worried about turning over in their sleep while in the pod, but if this were to happen, the salinity of the water would irritate the nose and the eyes and instantly wake the floater.

Do big people fit in the tank?

The tanks are 7.5 feet long on the inside, so unless you’re the tallest person on earth, you should be able to fit just fine. People who have exceeded 400 pounds have floated without a problem, so no matter what size you are, the tanks will support you with ease.

Can I float with someone?

No – floatation ion therapy is meant to be a private experience for each individual.

How old do you have to be?

You must be 18 years or older. If you are younger than 18, then the parent/guardian must sign to consent.

Can children float?

You know your child better than anyone – do they enjoy quiet, peaceful environments? Will they be able to sit still for that long? Feel free to be present in the room with your child during the float. It’s always worth a try!

Is the water hot?

The water is warm but not too hot. We keep the temperature at 93.5 degrees farenheit, which is the average skin temperature. With that maintained, the sensation of skin to water eventually disappears – not too hot, not too cold… just right for the body to sink into the deepest relaxation.

To make the transition into the tank more comfortable, we suggest taking a shower that’s not too hot, maybe even a little cooler, before you enter the water.

Is there assistance to get into the pod if needed?

Yes! We have a trained team of float guides that will be able to serve a person in any way they need to make sure their float is easy and enjoyable. If one has extra help to come along, such as a family member, they are more than welcome to assist as well.

Should I Eat beforehand?

We suggest that you don’t come feeling too hungry or too full. Try not to eat a big meal right before – perhaps just a small snack.

What if I dyed my hair?

You can still float! Just be sure that the color has fully set and doesn’t come off when its running in water or dried with a towel. We’d be happy to reschedule if necessary!

How long can I float?

Standard float time is 60 minutes, but feel free to float for as long as you like! Whether that’s 2 hours, or up to 5 hours! Each hour is considered a full float, so be sure to look into our memberships to make this experience even more affordable for you. The more ya float, the cheaper it gets 🙂

Whats the best time of day to float?

Floating has a unique effect on every person! Some people get very energized from it and love to float in the morning. Others become deeply relaxed and love to do it late at night. It just depends on you and how it makes ya feel. Both day and night floats have their benefits.

Can I drive home?

Driving is typically not a problem, though deep relaxation is a significant byproduct of the float experience. Feel free to take your time to get your bearings in our post float area where there will be warm tea, soothing music, comfy chairs, and good company.

How often should I float?

This largely has to do with your personal goals. Though let’s just say, you can never float too much. Be sure to check out our memberships! We want to make the float life accessible to as many people as we can!

  • powerful sedatives
  • prone to seizures
  • schizophrenia
  • Excess amounts of Epsom salts from the tanks can interact with specific antibiotics and muscle relaxants, and could be an issue if one has kidney problems.
  • If you are prone to low blood pressure, be sure to take your time standing up.

Please consult a doctor if any of these pre-existing conditions apply to you.