Frequently asked floating questions


We understand, this whole thing is new to you and you're just not sure. Let us ease your fears and help you slip into the tank for the most relaxing experience of your life. Feel free to contact us if we forgot a burning question or if you're ready to try floating on for size.

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.

Do I need to bring anything?


If you have longer hair or wear contact lenses you may want to bring your own brush and sterile contact case.  Other than that, we provide everything you need (towels, robes, earplugs, body wash/shampoo,…) You'll be floating in your birthday suit so no bathing suit needed unless that helps your float.

What if I'm claustrophoic?


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. Remember you can always open the door if needed.

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 30-45 minutes long).

How do you clean the tanks?


The water is fully filtered 3 times between each float, passing through a 10 micron filter, UV Sanitation light, Dichotomous earth filter and 35% H2O2. Bacterial growth is near impossible past 10% salt solution and float tanks average 25% salt solution. Clean as a salty whistle.

Can I drown if I fall asleep in the tank?


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.

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 midwife before coming in.

Is my child allowed in the float tank?

Official Policy on Minor Floaters:

Floating can be therapeutic for children and adolescents who suffer from attention deficit disorders, depression, anxiety or who want to increase creativity, for general relaxation, or to aid in sports conditioning. Since this is a sensory deprivation experience, it is important that the child has an understanding of why he/she is floating, and what the experience may be like. We invite you and your child to view our video called ‘What is Floating?’


We welcome minor floaters ages 10 and up. Parents/guardians are required to sign a float waiver on the minor’s behalf prior to floating. During the first float,  the parent/guardian is required to stay in close proximity to the minor (in float suite, or outside float suite door), and must remain on premises for subsequent floats. Please contact us with any specific questions.

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