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Questions about floating?

Don’t worry, we get lots of them. Here are the ones we get most.

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 physician before coming in.

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.

How long have you been in business?

Float On first opened its doors October 17, 2010.

Can I float if I’m menstruating?

Yes.  Just follow the same protocol you would for a swimming pool.

Can I float if I just dyed my hair?

While there is no guarantee that the salt won’t strip some color from your hair, we recommend that you check if the water running through your hair in the shower at home is fully clear. If there is still some color coming out you should wait a couple of more days/showers.

I just got a tattoo, should I float?

Floating and fresh tattoos do not mix! Not only could floating with a fresh tattoo be painful (salt + open wounds = ouch) but the water solution could cause fading or discoloration of your tattoo and permanently ruin its aesthetic appeal. How long you should wait before floating depends on the tattoo and how quickly it heals, but tattoo artists/floaters we have talked to have suggested waiting 4-6 weeks.

Do I need to bring anything?

If you have longer hair, you may want to bring a comb.  Also, something to put your contact lenses into while you’re in the tank.  Other than that, we provide everything you need (towels, robes, earplugs, body wash/shampoo…) Each room is fully private, and you go into the tanks nude, so there’s no need to bring a bathing suit.

What are the differences in your tanks?

Once you’re inside the tanks, the experience is practically identical in all of them.  The Float Pools (rooms 5 & 6) are wider than our other tanks. Learn more about our tanks.

Can more than one person float in a tank at a time?

Only one person per tank.  We have six float tanks, so you can throw your own float party and invite up to 5 other people to float simultaneously in our shop.  Double-wide tanks do exist, but we think that they take away from the whole ‘sensory deprivation’ experience.

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).

What’s the longest someone has been in the tank?

We’ve had someone do a 24 hour float with us, and it’s possible to float even longer. One day we’ll get Guinness out here and get an official record.

Who invented these crazy devices?

John C. Lilly.

How long have float tanks been around?

The first float tank was developed in 1954.  These involved full submersion in water and a breathing device that completely covered your face.  The first lay down, commercial tanks were invented in the early 70’s.

What if I’m claustrophobic?

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.

Is this new-agey mumbo jumbo?

Floating has been around for over 50 years and has oodles of published research to back it up.  No mumbo or jumbo here.

How do you clean the tanks?

Between each float, the water is filtered multiple times through a 1-10 micron filter, and treated with UV light and Hydrogen Peroxide.

Do I get dehydrated from soaking for so long?

No- your skin doesn’t even prune up, but it does become silky soft afterwards.

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.

Is this like altered states?

Yes, but you’re not submerged in water, you don’t eat ritualistic mushrooms, and only a small percentage of floaters turn into proto-human monkeys.