Frequently Asked Questions
Be without expectations! The beauty of pause is that it allows your mind to go wherever it wants to go with no constraints. Forcing expectations upon the experience will inhibit the natural journey that your mind wants to take.
Fear not, you are in complete control of the environment. You can float with light on, music or you can simply open the pod/door should you feel the need. Typically, floating is such a freeing experience, your anxiety of small spaces goes away quickly.
Yes. It’s probably the craziest, most stressful period of your life. Pregnant women have used floating to relieve the stress on their bodies for decades. If you’re in your first trimester or have any concerns, please consult with your doctor before booking a float.
Not much. Just a couple things to keep in mind. Don’t shave or wax before floating. We provide vitamin a&d for small cuts. Please do not wear any hair or skin products prior to floating and don’t drink coffee for several hours beforehand.
It’s Magic. Magnesium Sulfate is a mineral, which has been shown to help detoxify the body, strengthen the immune system, trigger the release of endorphins (happy chemicals), and provide relief for physical, mental, and emotional stress and fatigue.
The amount of epsom salt within the tank allows you to float effortlessly. The salt level within your floatation pod is greater than the amount of salt within the Dead Sea. The salt does the work for you…
The water is meant to be at a neutral temperature. The water will not be hot or warm like entering a hot tub, it’s meant to be comfortable and kept at a level to match your natural body temperature.
Each 60 minute float session comes with an additional 15 minutes to allow you to shower both before and after your float session. We also offer a larger vanity for our clients to finish prepping, blow dry their hair, etc. Afterwards we encourage our clients to spend time in our Quiet room, enjoy a cup of tea and make the most of their time at Float Free.
Absolutely, you can reserve two appointments back to back to float for longer than 60 minutes.
Life is crazy. Arrive 10 minutes early and take a few minutes to wind down
in the pause lounge before your session begins. You can read, do some deep breathing, recite a mantra, or simply close your eyes. Entering your float room in a relaxed state will maximize your float experience.
And, after your 60 minutes of bliss, it can be jolting to jump right back into the chaos of your day. Take time to soak in the experience that you just had. Journal, sip our organic tea, ponder any thoughts that may have come up during your session, or simply bask in the amazing post-float afterglow.
Unfortunately, no You can book a float with someone at the same time but not in the same room. We want everyone to have a unique and one of a kind experience. We wouldn’t want to stray away from what we are trying to promote.
Since it is a private experience, most people don’t wear any clothing. Anything you wear will press against your body, becoming a distraction. In this regard imagine it as similar to getting into your bathtub.
For your health and safety, you should not float if you have any of the following conditions:
- Have colored or permed your hair within the past week, or use wax products on dreadlocks at anytime. This precaution is for both you and our water quality and filtration system.
- Infectious skin or respiratory disorders
- Large open wounds (We provide petroleum jelly for smaller cuts and abrasions as a barrier between the salt and your skin.)
- If you have shaved within 24 hours (We provide petroleum jelly for smaller cuts and abrasions as a barrier between the salt and your skin.)
- Health conditions such as vertigo, epilepsy, uncontrolled kidney disease, uncontrolled low blood pressure, seizures or schizophrenia (Please talk with your doctor first.)
- Recent chemotherapy or radiation
- High-risk pregnancy
- Under the influence of any drug or alcohol
If you are not enjoying your experience in the tank, then you can get out at any time. If you are at all concerned, then please let us know and we can discuss this with you and suggest alternatives (such as not closing the lid if you are claustrophobic).
There are no rules as to how often you should float, however when you start floating, it is ideal if you are able to manage several floats within a fairly short time say one float per week or fortnight for 3-5 sessions. We know that this isn’t always possible however & most people will find they feel real benefit from even just one float.
For long-term benefits, it is preferable to float regularly (monthly, fortnightly or weekly) to help maintain reduced stress levels, muscle tension & improve overall well-being rather than using it as a reactionary treatment when stress & tension levels are already high. The common sense approach that prevention is better than cure also applies to floating.
People’s experiences vary. Sometimes you may experience the feeling of being extremely relaxed similar to after a good massage, but often people feel the opposite and have a heightened sense of alertness and energy. Be aware of how you feel after the float and give yourself some transition time as part of your scheduled float.
Is it safe for children to float?
Yes, it is safe for children. However, we require children under the age of sixteen to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Just getting the tattoo proves you’re not afraid of a little pain, however not only is floating with a fresh tattoo painful, but the salty water solution could cause fading or discoloration of your new tattoo and that could permanently ruin its aesthetic appeal. How long someone should wait before floating depends on the specific tattoo and how quickly they heal, but based on tattoo artists & floaters we’ve heard from most suggested waiting 4-5 weeks.
No. You can float for hours and never prune. The Epsom salt acts as a regulator for water and inhibits the water from saturating in the skin. Furthermore, as you relax, many of the fine wrinkles on the face relax and flatten. Epsom salt is technically not salt. It is magnesium sulfate and not sodium chloride. It does not have the same drying effects on the skin. Although it does remove oils from the surface layer of the skin, it draws oils from the layers beneath which creates baby-soft skin.
In a world of smart phones and technology we are constantly bombarded by sensory input and mental activity. Often during your first float as you’re adjusting to the lack of stimulation you may find it challenging to just be. It’s common to feel unsure of the experience because it’s so foreign, but we encourage our guests to breathe deeply, open their eyes and let go of any expectations of what they feel like they ‘should’ be doing instead. The deep relaxation and sense of calm that follows is far from boring and often timeless.
Yes. And it may be good to arrange your time so you don’t have to rush. Many people enjoy savoring the peace and quiet before jumping into something hectic.
It is not possible to drown in the tank. The water is only about 10″ deep and has a very very high density of salt. This water is buoyant and will support you regardless of your size or weight. If you were to turn over the salt in the water would sting your eyes and wake you. Since you are floating you do not need to know how to swim. Additionally it’s not dangerous to fall asleep in the tank. We actually encourage it! One hour of sleep in the tank is roughly equivalent to 4 hours of regular sleep.
Rarely, clients may experience nausea. This is typically indicative of a detox reaction responding to stress—which is often held in the stomach. Ultimately, releasing this stress is beneficial—thought it may be uncomfortable in the moment. A
While this level of nausea is fairly uncommon, we do ask that guests exit the pod if they believe they may be sick. Flotation is powerful; please remember to drink plenty of water after your session!