Can I float if I’m pregnant?
Like a pickle covered in maple syrup, 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 before coming in.
Is there anything I should do to prepare?
Don't drink coffee for several hours beforehand (it can make your system jittery). Also, don't shave or wax 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's no specific preparation needed.
Can I drown if I fall asleep in there?
Nope. Some people fall asleep, but the water is so buoyant that you stay afloat. The worst that can happen is getting woken up by a bit of salt water in your eyes.
Do I need to bring anything?
Can more than one person float in a tank at a time?
Only one person per tank. We have two float rooms, so up to two people can come float simultaneously in our shop. Double-wide tanks do exist, but we think that they take away from the whole 'sensory deprivation' experience.
Do I have to stay in the whole time?
There aren't any latches on the tank doors, and you can get out anytime. That said, the 90-minutes usually goes by waaaay faster than you'd expect (our average customer usually says it felt like 35 - 45 minutes long).
Who invented these crazy devices?
The scientist John C. Lily invented float tanks in 1954 while doing research for the National Institute of Mental Health in the United States.
How long have float tanks been around?
The first float tank was developed in 1954. These involved full submersion in water and a breathing device that completely covered your face. The first lay down, commercial tanks were invented in the early 70's
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.
Is this new-agey mumbo jumbo?
Floating has been around for over 60 years and has a wealth of published research to back it up. No mumbo or jumbo here.
How do you clean the tanks?
The water is fully filtered 3 times between each float, passing through a 10 micron filter and a brominator. The primary purpose of this is to remove any fibers or hair that may have entered the tank during a float session. In terms of micro-organism and bacteria, the each tank is sterile simply by virtue of the super-high concentration of magnesium sulfate (epsom salt) in the water. However, as an added pre-caution, our filtration system adds bromine to the water as an additional sanitizing agent.
Do I get dehydrated from soaking for so long?
No- your skin doesn't even prune up. You do absorb magnesium from the epsom salt, though your body will naturally regulate how much is absorbed. After a certain level of absorption, your body will simply stop absorbing. It's actually very good for you if you have a magnesium deficiency, and has no effect on you if you don't.
Can I float if I’m menstruating?
Yes. Just follow the same protocol you would for a swimming pool.
Is this like altered states?
Yes, but you're not submerged in water, you don't eat ritualistic mushrooms, and only a small percentage of floaters turn into proto-human monkeys.