What if I am claustrophobic?
People with claustrophobia consistently report no problems floating. You have complete control of your environment, and you can get in and out of the tank as you please. You are also more than welcome to float with the door open, and we even have a small floating light to bring inside (by request).
How is the tank water cleaned?
It may come as a surprise to our clients but float tank water goes through a treatment process similar to drinking water. Once the floater has exited the tank, the filtration system is turned on. The entire body of water is then filtered a minimum of 3 times before the next float session.
Stage 1 Pumping: When the filtration system is turned on, the water is pumped out of the float tank cavity.
Stage 2 Large Material Filtration: First, the water passes through a fine screen to remove large particulate matter e.g. hair or small earplug pieces.
Stage 3 Micro-filtration: After larger particulate matter is removed, the water is then pushed through a 1-10 micron filter to remove any additional suspended material or large bacteria.
Stage 4 Disinfection: Immediately following the filtration stages, the almost-clean-water passes through a UV light. As the UV light passes through the water, the energy (wavelength) is absorbed by the microorganisms and breaks down pathogens’ DNA. DNA is the code that tells the organism how to reproduce. Without being able to reproduce, it cannot cause infection or illness.
In addition to UV light treatment, hydrogen peroxide is added daily to the water to assist with disinfection. Hydrogen peroxide breaks down microorganism cell walls, removing any potential threat from undesirable pathogens. Hydrogen peroxide is a non-toxic chemical alternative to chlorine or bromine, is completely water soluble, and does not produce harmful residues or gasses.
Stage 5 Water Quality Testing: To ensure that the filtration and disinfectants are functioning, water quality tests are conducted by the float specialist on duty. The tests include: hydrogen peroxide levels, pH, alkalinity, and temperature. We also regularly measure the specific gravity and tank water depth to ensure you will float with ease!
We are also inspected on a random basis by public health to ensure our tanks are meeting their standards.
Will I float?
How should I prepare for my first float?
Avoid caffeine for 3-4 hours before your float.
Avoid shaving or waxing for at least 6 hours before floating.
Try to eat a light meal 60-90 minutes before your float.
Make sure to use the washroom before your session so you are not distracted.
If you wear contacts, bring a case, or take them out before you come.
Arrive 10-15 minutes beforehand to relax and get settled.
How do I float?
After you climb inside the tank, you will find a comfortable position lying on your back. You can place your hands beside your body, above your head, or on top of your chest/belly. And then you float!
Should I float face down?
No. Last time we checked, humans cannot breathe under water.
Do I need to bring anything: towel, swimsuit, shower slippers?
Nope! You float ‘au naturel’. The only thing you may want to bring is a case for your contacts. Other than that, we provide all the necessary items (shower slippers, towels, earplugs, shampoo/conditioner, moisturizers, hair brushes, hair dryer etc).
Do I have to wear the earplugs?
We strongly recommend that first-time floaters wear the earplugs to prevent the salt water from sitting in your ear canal during your float. If the salt water is not rinsed out correctly, there is a possibility that the salt will crystallize in the ear, and could result in ear infections. However, we do have some experienced floaters who choose to float without earplugs. In the event you choose to float without the ear plugs, we offer a 50/50 vinegar/water ear rinse that flushes the salt water out of the ear canal during your post-float shower.
How long are float sessions?
The float itself is either 60 or 90 minutes long, but you'll need time to shower before and after. So expect to be here for at least 90 minutes to 2 hours. We also have a post-float lounge with complimentary tea, an aromatherapy oxygen bar, and some books. So no need to rush back into reality, stay as long as you like.
If you are interested in even longer float sessions, contact us directly and we can help you out!
How do I know when my float is over?
Soft music will fade in to let you know when your session is over.
What if I fall asleep in the tank?
No problem! Many people fall asleep in the tank, but the water is so buoyant that you stay afloat.
Is there an ideal time in the day to float?
Not really. This depends on your floating intention. Some people prefer to float in the morning to set the tone for the day, to manage pain, or to “come down” off of a night shift. While others prefer to float in the evening to de-stress after a busy day or help prepare them for sleep. Or, some people pop-by to float if they are applying visualization techniques to enhance athletic performance or to think more deeply about school/work challenges. Finally, some people float whenever they have some free time!
How often should I float?
Whatever “floats” your boat. But seriously, it really depends on you and what works for your schedule. We consider floating to be a maintenance therapy, so floating on a regular basis is considered better. That could be a few days a week or once a month. Our membership is by far the best option for consistent floating. You can save up to $34 per float session and share this discounted rate with friends if they come along with you!