What is floating?
A float tank is a pool of water that is 8 feet by 4 feet by 3 feet with 900 to 1000 pounds of Epsom Salt mixed in to create a solution that makes anything float like a cork. The solution is also heated to skin temperature so that as you float in the tank, you feel like you are floating in nothing. The lack of sound, feeling, and sight make your mind relax and the salt supports you so your muscles can relax as well.
Most people experience a racing mind at first, but after 20-30 minutes that stops and then suddenly it has been 90 minutes. Inside the tank, people may think of nothing, write plot of a book, visualize how to improve their golf game, meditate, or fall asleep.
Is the water clean?
The water in the float tank has 900 pounds of Epsom salt in it which keeps most microorganisms from growing, similarly to the Dead Sea. In between every float, the water is completely pumped four full times through an ultraviolet purification filter, similar to those used in municipal drinking water systems. In addition to this, the water is tested daily to maintain state required levels. Everyone who enters the float tank is required to shower throughly before their float. The tanks, shower area, and benches are also cleaned between each float.
What makes me float?
The 900-1000 pounds of Epsom Salt makes everything more buoyant. Think of the Dead Sea or the Great Salt Lake!
What if I'm claustrophobic?
Typically people with claustrophobia report no problems. Once the lights are our, you lose track of the walls and feels as though you are in space. Doors can always be propped open if desired. The tank is just short of a queen-sized bed in width and a little longer, so it is a large space.
Do I need to bring anything?
If you need to remove contacts (which we recommend if you have them), bring a case for those and glasses. We have towels, ear plugs, face wipes, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and a neck pillow. You are welcome to bring anything else with you prefer to wash with or get ready with.
Do I need a swimsuit?
The float rooms have showers and are private so you don't need a swimsuit. If you would really like one, you are free to bring one, but wearing anything in the tank typically leads to minor discomforts.
When is it not OK to float?
If you have any condition preventing you from swimming then you should not float. If your hair has been recently dyed, permed, or has any treatment that prevents it from being washed thoroughly, then we ask you wait to float. Hair dye is no longer a concern when it has stopped bleeding when it is being rinsed or there is no longer dye on towels. If you have recently had a tattoo, wait the allotted time before exposing it to water, typically around two weeks.
Can I drown if I fall asleep?
No, you will float like a cork.
Is this new-agey mumbo jumbo?
Floating has been around for over 50 years and has completely changed from then. There are many studies that have been and are being conducted. Check out Laureate Institute for Brain Research, specifically for PTSD and anxiety.
If you have seen floatation in Altered States, Fringe, or Stranger Things, you may end up with some misconceptions about floating. No hallucinogenics or inter-dimensional travel allowed.
Isn't 90 minutes a long time?
Typically it takes about 30 minutes for your brain to completely relax. We give you 90 minutes so you can get the full benefit of relaxation. There are no latches on the lids and you can get out any time you wish.
What if I can't relax?
If you are floating for anxiety relief or you start to feel anxious in the tank, it is suggested to take some long deep breaths and focus on your breathing for a few minutes. Another idea is to picture a place you really want to go to that is quiet and relaxing (a tropical beach, a wildflower meadow, ect.). Picture yourself there and focus on breathing deeply. Sometimes your brain just needs a focal point. We also have the option for you to listen to your own music in the tanks or relaxation tracks. If you are more interested in breathing for relaxation or meditation, ask at the front desk for some tips. If you have recently had any caffeine, this can add to a racing mind.
Can I bring music?
Yes, you can. We have speakers in the tanks, so you can bring music to listen to. If you are going for the sensory deprivation experience, you should avoid music.
When should I float?
If you must have your early morning cup of coffee first, then do not plan to float right after. Caffeine adds to a racing heart and should be avoided for 4-6 hours before you float. There is no real best time though. Your best time to float should be a time you typically find yourself more able to relax. For pain management, sports recovery and focus, migraines, and more physical reasons, any time of the day would work fine. For anxiety, a good nights sleep, and relaxation, evenings and later afternoons work best. We are open from 9am until 11pm for you to find a time that will work well for you.
Can kids float?
Yes! This one is near and dear to my heart! Kids from 6-16 years are invited to float from 3pm-5pm and we have options for 30 and 60 minute floats. For kids 12 and under, we ask parents/guardians stay in the float center and for kids 12-16 that parents/guardians are nearby in case they are needed. Floating has been shown to help with ADHD/ADD, Autism, and sports recovery.
What if I want to float for a few hours or overnight?
Call in or ask at the front desk. We are willing to accommodate occasionally for this.
Women's most Frequently Asked Questions!
If you have a question and are a lady, this article answers most questions you will have. My best answer for most questions relating to our lady parts is this: If you would not feel comfortable swimming, wait to float.
Is floating covered by insurance?
No, not yet. We do have hope it will be in the future. Some HSA cards will work for alternative therapies, but it really depends on the company. It is best to call and check with your HSA provider.
We have a monthly float membership that is directly withdrawn from your checking account monthly. This is $55 and includes one float that is shareable. Additional floats can be purchased for $45 as well with this membership.
Is the facility wheel chair accessible?
Our building is wheelchair accessible. The float rooms, however, are not, strictly speaking, wheelchair accessible from an ADA perspective. We do have the ability to assist some in wheelchairs with a little assistance. The float tanks require stepping or being lifted 2 feet off the ground and then setting down 2 feet into the tank. We are not able to assist anyone in and out of the tank, but a family member or friend could go in the float room and assist. In the next six months we will have a a float cabin, which will me much easier to move around in for someone in a wheelchair. It will still, however, require stepping or lifting up over a foot off the ground.
Floating can be a large help in assisting those who have muscle pain and soreness as well as relaxing the central nervous system. We want to be able to assist as many people who need this therapy as possible, so we are working on as many ways as we can to accommodate as many people as possible.
In order to use our float tanks, we do require full use of your bodily functions. Sadly, those with unpredictable urinary and intestinal function should not float. This is a safety concern for everyone and we strive to have a clean healthy facility. Any known incident regarding known loss of bodily functions will result in a large bill of up to $1000 to replace the water and salt in the tank.