Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is floating?
A: Floating is an experience of ultimate peace and relaxation in which you spend 1 to 1 1/2 hours in a private, specialized pod filled with ten inches of highly-saturated Epsom salt water causing one to float completely effortlessly atop the water at near zero-gravity.
Q: Can Anyone Float?
A: Yes, Floating can be done by nearly anyone from stressed-out managers, overworked moms, athletes, and those individuals just wanting to escape from everyday life and experience a state of complete physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. We do however highly recommend that if you suffer from any medical conditions (clinically-diagnosed depression, etc) that you consult with your primary care physician prior to floating.
Q: What if I am claustrophobic?
A: Many people are concerned with whether they will feel enclosed or trapped like in a coffin or tanning bed. However, our float pods are spacious (8ft long and 5 ft wide), allowing one to put his/her arms over their head, out to the sides, and sit up in the pod if necessary. Although many choose to float in complete darkness, inside lighting is available and at the control of the floater. Lastly, although the doors to the private float room are locked, the door to the float pod can be opened at any time by the floater.
Q: What if I cannot swim?
A: The flotation pod is only filled with 10-12 inches of water and has such a high-density of Epsom salt that any individual, big or small, will float like a cork atop the water. In fact, many people restfully sleep while in the flotation pod.
Q: What is Epsom Salt?
A: Similar to in the Dead Sea, Epsom salt (Magnesium Sulfate) is a mineral which has been shown to help detoxify the body, strengthen the immune system , trigger the release of endorphins, and provide relief for physical, mental, and emotional stress and fatigue.
Q: Will I get hot or cold in the water?
A: No, you will not feel either hot or cold. The self-monitoring homeostatic tank continuously regulates the temperature of the water to 93.5 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the temperature of the surface of the skin, creating a feeling of truly floating in the air.
Q: What effects does floating have on the mind?
A: The deep mental relaxation initiated by floating allows the brain to produce a greater amount of theta waves, which are accompanied by an increase in mental clarity, creativity, imagery, and memory. In addition, the release of the endorphins induces the feeling of elevated mood states which are effective in helping alleviate anxiety, depression, and negative mental habits.
Q: Is the water sanitary?
A: Yes. The water in the float pod is completely filtered through our high-tech filtration in between each float session. Every individual is required to rinse off in the attached shower immediately prior to entering the float pod as well as after floating. Although the high salinity of Epsom salt kills 99.9% of bacteria in the water, our sophisticated engine system filters all the water in the tank three times between floaters. The water in our float pod is hundreds of times more sanitary than the normal swimming pool or hot tub.
Q: What Do I Wear?
A: Although you may wear a bathing suit, most people prefer to not wear anything at all for your float experience is done in complete privacy.
Q: What if I am pregnant, is floating safe?
A: Definitely! Pregnant women get significant relief in pain and muscle tension from the state of deep relaxation achieved from floating. We do recommend that a pregnant woman consult her physician prior to floating, especially during the first trimester. (A doctors note is required)
Q: Things to remember.
A: - Do not float if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Do not float if you are injured or have open or bleeding wounds.
- Do not float if you suffer from incontinence, nausea or epilepsy and are not on medication and have been medically advised not to float.
- Do not float if you under the age of 18 without prior written parental consent.