1. Do I need to prepare myself for floating?
Not really…a 30 min. Orientation is included with your first float session, free of charge, however… Avoiding caffeine and alcohol for a day before you float might help you relax and have a better experience. If you shave you might want to postpone shaving if you can. Shaving 2-3 hours before using the tank may make the skin that has been shaved sting or burn fairly intensely for a short time. You will probably be more comfortable if you can postpone shaving.
2. We supply you with everything that you need including shampoo, conditioner, soap, body lotion, ear plugs and towels. If you wear contact lenses you may want to remove them as we can not guarantee that the salt water will not damage them. We do supply a contact case and solution to use while you are in the tank if you want to remove them and have forgotten your own. The vanity in the float room has every amenity we could think of, such as Q-tips, lotions etc. If you feel we have missed something please let us know.
3. How long do people usually stay in the Float Tank?
Normal sessions are an hour…or an hour-and-a-half, but you can leave whenever you want. Longer sessions up to 3 hours at a time are popular with some regular floaters.
4. Are there any know side effects to floating?
Only if you consider feeling kind of zen and mellow for a while to be a side effect.
5. What do I do while I float?
You don’t have to “do” anything. Our Orientation covers tips and tricks for that first float. Floating is usually a passive experience, so the less you “do” the deeper you will relax. The first one is a little tricky but it gets easier the more you float. Once you learn to relax then usually within ten min. you are on the edge of sleep, in a dreamy but conscious state where time doesn’t seem to exist. Most people just lay back and enjoy just letting go and flowing with wherever the experience takes them.
However, if you want you can use your time to “actively” direct the experience in the tank.. For example: prepare for an important meeting, exam or presentation by going through it in your head. If you have a regimen where you meditate, pray, do breathing exercises, or anything to help you relax to go to sleep, you may want to take a few moments to do that before you float or at the beginning of your float. Our recommendation is that you do your first few floats just concentrating on relaxing and doing “nothing”. It is said that you can do accelerated learning in the tank so if you are trying to learn something like a new language we can play that into the tank. Truthfully that is the only time I suggest playing any kind of “sound” into the tank. You will not have the same experience or “go” to the same place with any kind of “sound” as you will in complete silence. SILENCE is recommended.
6. What will it be like for me?
We don’t know what it will be like for you since it is such an individual experience. The most common reports are profound calmness and relaxation, deep concentration and creativity. We like to avoid saying too much right before people use the tank, the power of suggestion can be powerful and we don’t want you to be influenced by what someone else has experienced. You sure don’t want to miss the experience that is waiting for YOU. Not only will your float be different for you than it is for anyone else, you’ll probably find that can be different each time you float depending on what is going on in your life.
Some people have a harder time relaxing than others. For some people with meditation experience it is easier to achieve total relaxation. Don’t expect to relax fully right away. Some people get stressed because they think they are taking too long to relax. It takes at LEAST 20 minutes, for ALL of your muscles to relax simultaneously. That is why we give you the second float free. The experience feels more familiar so you relax much quicker on subsequent floats. Most people need three float sessions relatively close together before they can really let go. After that you start feeling like a floating “pro”.
7. Is there a right way to float?
No. Each person should find whatever position is comfortable for him or herself. We cover a lot of suggestions and why during our orientation. You can float with your head at either end of the tank but beware, the end with the door sometimes gets condensation and could drip on your face. The top of the tank has heating elements to prevent this.
8. Do people get scared or claustrophobic in the float tank?
Not usually. When you float you are in complete control of getting in and out of the tank. Once people realize that the water is not even as deep as your bathtub and it really isn’t confining, you can sit up and move around. You can enter or exit whenever you want. The door has no latches, is very light weight and can be pushed open with just a finger or two. You won’t have great results in the tank unless you are relaxed, so we help you do what ever it takes to get you relaxed. If in fact you truly are claustrophobic and still want to learn to float, talk to us about it. We have helped several people through their claustrophobia. Even a girl who can’t get on elevators! If you try and just can’t hand it at all and get out in the first 15-20 min. we won’t charge you…so you have nothing to lose to give it a try. And a LOT to gain if you can work it out.
9. Do you wear anything in the float tank?
Most people don’t wear anything. Anything you wear will get very heavy with the salt solution and press against your body, becoming a distraction. The room is very private and you step right into the shower from the tank.
10. Do people sleep in the float tank?
Yes, some people fall asleep in the tank, and some people use the tank for sleeping. They usually report a very restful rejuvenating sleep. Because of the high density of the water, sleeping in the tank is very safe. You do not get the urge to roll over because there are no pressure points, and even if you did, the salty water in your mouth, nose and eyes would wake you up immediately. Many times even if you don’t actually fall asleep you get to a point that is so relaxed you loose track of time and space and aren’t even sure if you fell asleep or not. THAT actually is the best place to be!! If you really don’t want to fall asleep in the tank, do your best to come as well rested as you can.
11. What effect does the Epsom salt water have on my skin and hair?
The Epsom salt solution has many beneficial properties to the skin. We have no information on the effects of salt on hair. You thoroughly wash and rinse the salt from your hair and body when you leave the tank. We have not found a good way to keep hair dry while floating.
12. Should I eat before I go into the float tank?
You may eat. If you eat a very heavy meal you may spend a lot of time listening to your digestive juices. On the other hand, you may not want to spend your time in the tank feeling very hungry and listening to your stomach growl. Eat lightly if you eat immediately before going into the tank.
13. I’ve never been able to float. I sink. Will I be able to float in the tank?
Yes. Even those “swimmers” that sink like a rock will float in the tank. It is impossible not to float in the tank. The tank solution is ten times more buoyant than seawater. Eight hundred pounds of salt dissolved in the water make the solution so much denser than your body that your body is pushed to the surface like a cork.. It is designed to support your body fully and evenly, giving you that pleasurable, liberating feeling of weightlessness. Your face is completely out of the water from the ear line up. Your ears will be under the water so earplugs are recommended.
14. Is there a best time to use the float tank?
This is a matter of individual preference. Some people prefer floating in the morning. Some prefer floating at night. Some prefer the afternoon at a time when they usually start running out of energy. Many people say an hour in the tank feels like a four hour nap.
15. Is it true that float tanks are more hygienic than spas, jacuzzis, or swimming pools?
YES. Four things make the float so hygienic. The first is the high concentration of the Epsom salt that kills viruses and bacteria. (The reason the Dead Sea is DEAD) The second reason is that the water in the float tank is completely filtered and sanitized after every float session. The third reason is that we use Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide (instead of chlorine) and the Fourth reason is that there is an Ultra Violet purification system hooked up to the filtering system. This is one of the best ways to purify the water before the next floater enters the tank.
16. Can two people float in the float tank at the same time?
No. The tank is intended to be an individual experience. There is not enough room for 2. Any movement by one person would disturb the other and the solution tastes horrible (not salty like the ocean.) and stings like mad if it gets in the eyes. The tank is meant for SOLITUDE.
17. Will I be able to resume my daily activities when I get out?
Yes. But I would try to schedule when you do NOT have to RUSH in any way. If you are new to floating it may be a good idea to keep your schedule somewhat open for a short period following the float so you can savior the experience for a while. It is always nice to take time to slowly ease yourself back into a hectic schedule. Most people feel very ZEN and MELLO. Others…totally reenergized and revitalized.
18. Is there anyone who should not float?
We suggest that people with schizophrenia, or epileptics whose epilepsy is not under medical control not float. If you have a kidney condition, acute skin disorder, diabetes or are pregnant we suggest that you ask your doctors advice about soaking in the Epsom salts. If you have any reason to think it may not be good for you, check with your doctor first.
19. Can people use drugs or alcohol in the float tank?
Absolutely NOT! We do not allow people who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol to use the float tank under any circumstances.
20. Can floating really improve my life?
In this age of the “quick fix”, it has been said that if someone could capture the effects of floating in a pill, it would quickly outsell Valium, Prozac and Viagra put together.
There is a growing movement towards natural solutions to the problems of daily life, solutions with no unwanted side-effects. The benefits of floating are natural, long-term and cumulative. Every time you float, you re-enforce the health benefits of the Relaxation Response. In the tank, your body “learns” what true relaxation feels like…a skill it will never “forget”.
21. Is there any proof that floatation actually works?
There are over one hundred universities and medical research facilities, several dozen sports science units, and at least two national sports institutes working with floatation REST.
The effects of floating have been scientifically researched and documented since the first tank was built- as a research tool-over forty ears ago. Floatation REST even played a part in the NASA astronaut training programs. So…yes…there is abundant evidence that floatation “works”. Detailed information on REST research can be obtained from IRIS (International REST Investigators Society) in the USA.
22. Will floating do anything for my love-life?
Michael Hutchison in his excellent (and unbiased) “Book of Floating” mentions that an improved love-life is a widely reported bonus of regular floating. Certainly, many sexual problems are related to mental stress and physical tension. Getting your mind off of the problems of the day sure can’t hurt!!
DRINKING A LOT OF WATER AFTERWARDS WILL HELP TO MAKE THE MOST OF THE DE-STRESS/DETOX PROCESS AFTER THE FLOAT.