Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I float if I just dyed my hair, spray tanned or got a new tattoo?
If not given enough time to settle, hair dyes and spray tans can seep into the float water causing it to become contaminated and may even ruin our float tubs. The minimum clean-up fee is $500. If you’ve washed your hair at least 3 times and the color doesn’t rub off onto your towel, you should be okay in the float tub. Avoid floating and salt water if you have keratin treatments or hair extensions.
If you have gotten a new tattoo in the last 30 days, please refrain from floating until the area is completely healed.
Is there anything I should do to prepare?
- DO NOT shave or wax before your float; if you do, you may experience a stinging sensation that will last for a few minutes which is not very pleasant.
- AVOID caffeinated beverages for several hours beforehand (caffeine can make your system jittery & prevent you from relaxing).
- Eat a light meal 60 to 90 minutes ahead of time to keep your stomach from sounding like an angry monster while you float.
Do I need to bring anything?
Bring a comb and/or brush and a hair tie if you have long hair. If you wear contact lenses, bring a case and your solution. We provide the necessities (towels, earplugs, unscented shampoo/body wash, hair dryers, makeup remover wipes). Feel free to bring your own leave-in conditioner and styling products to be applied in the Primp & Grooming Room.
Why are you so gung ho about me using the shampoo/body wash you provide?
There’s a number of reasons. The shampoo/body wash we provide was carefully chosen because it is unscented, organic, will not affect the pH levels of the solution in the float tub, and we know how it reacts with the floor.
While your strawberries & cream or woodland forest shampoo may smell wonderful to you, the person floating in the suite for an hour after you may not enjoy it as much (and many of our guests have fragrance allergies). We ask that you leave your shampoo at home. You’re welcome to use the organic leave-in conditioner we have available or apply your own in the Primp & Grooming Room.
What do I wear while I’m floating?
Nothing! Bathing suits create pressure points on the body which detract from the sensory deprivation experience. Each private float suite has a changing area, shower and float cabin. Think of our float suites as if you were in a hotel room. Would you wear a bathing suit in your hotel room shower?
What if I’m claustrophobic?
Being in the float cabin is like floating in outer space. You’re always in control of your environment, and even people with extreme claustrophobia reported having no problems in our float cabins.
How do you clean the tanks?
The high concentration of Epsom salt creates an inhospitable environment for bacteria. In addition, the filtration system runs a minimum of 20 minutes (filtering the water 7 times) between appointments and is ozonated to eliminate any micro-organisms which keeps the water clean and clear.
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’re in your third trimester, or have any concerns, please consult with your physician before coming in.
Can I float if I’m menstruating?
Yes. Just follow the same protocol you would for a swimming pool.
What is your policy on tipping the staff?
Gratuities are appreciated but not expected. Our float crew takes pride in preparing your float suite to ensure it is clean and comfortable for you. They float on a regular basis and are happy to answer your questions, share their experiences and provide pointers so you can experience an awesome float.
Do you offer couples floats?
Only one person per suite. We have 5 float suites, so you can throw your own float party and invite up to 4 other people to float simultaneously at our float center.
Is this new-agey mumbo jumbo?
Floating has been around for over 40 years and has oodles of published research to back it up. No mumbo or jumbo here.
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.
Am I going to be all pruney after floating for an hour?
Despite most people’s immediate impression that soaking in a tub with that much salt will dehydrate or pickle you, Epsom salt is marvelous for skin. Being an entirely different compound than table salt, the Epsom salt does not leave you with pruney fingers after an hour long float. Ever since Epsom salt was discovered (in the town of Epsom in England) it has been used for relaxing sore muscles and joints.
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