Float Tanks FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is Float Therapy?

Inside the float tank, 350kg of pharmaceutical-grade Epsom salt is dissolved in 10 inches of water warmed to skin temperature. This extremely dense solution, like the Dead Sea, enables people of all body types to float effortlessly and, to a large extent, escape the pull of gravity. The tank is light-proof and sound-proof, greatly reducing sensory stimulation. This unique environment frees the brain from the bulk of its processing duties and prompts theta wave production. The nearly universal response to floating is one of profound relaxation and a sense of well-being, even joy.

Anti-Gravity?

As opposed to a swimming pool where gravity is lowered, gravity in a float tank is essentially nullified by the extreme buoyancy caused by the dissolved Epsom salt. This provides a rare opportunity for people who are suffering from various types of joint and/or muscle pain. Without the constant pressure of gravity, a person resting in a floatation tank is able to relax and unwind more thoroughly than even the most comfortable bed allows.

Sanitation: Is the water clean?

Float Therapy is extremely sanitary. Three things make the float tank very hygienic. The first is the high concentration of Epsom salts that kill most viruses, bacteria, etc., from surviving. (To give you some idea of the salt content, each liter of solution weighs 1.35 kilos, whereas the average liter of water weighs only one kilo.) The second reason is that the water is treated with small amounts of bromine and chlorine regularly. Lastly, guests are required to shower before entering the float room. At Float Therapy we take every precaution to provide you with the cleanest, safest and most relaxing experience possible.

Will I get claustrophobic?

Some are a little concerned about being enclosed in a space, it’s normal. You are in control of your environment at all times. You can open the door, leave a light on or play music if you want. Many new floaters will leave the door cracked to start, but half way through it becomes completely shut.

Am I locked in?

No, you are never locked in. You are in control of your experience at all times. The door has no latch or lock.

What if I fall asleep?

ENJOY it! The water has a high content of Epsom salts, which provides natural buoyancy. It is physically impossible to sink or to turn over in your sleep. Lie back and the solution will totally support you. If you do fall asleep while floating it will be one of the most rested and deep states of sleep you will ever experience.

I’m a large / small person, will I float?

It is impossible not to float in the tank, no matter your shape or size. 1200lbs of Epsom salts dissolved in the water make the solution so much denser than your body that you are pushed to the surface like a cork. Anyone and everyone can’t help but float.

What will my first float be like?

Floating is a uniquely different experience for everybody. The most common reports are profound calmness and relaxation, deep concentration and creativity. We like to avoid saying too much before people use the tank, so that they aren’t influenced by it. Not only will it be different for you than it is for anyone else, you’ll probably find that it’s also different each time you float. And the more you float the better it gets.

Will I be bored?

During the day we are constantly bombarded by sensory input and mental activity. Often during your first float your mind will be adjusting to the lack of stimulation and you may be thinking you want to be entertained! As you continue to relax and allow the mind to let go, the deep relaxation and sense of calm that happens is not boring and is often timeless.

What do I do while I float?

Floating is often a passive experience; the less you do the deeper you will relax. However, you may also choose to use your time to “actively” direct the experience in the float tank. For example: prepare for an important event by going through it in your head, meditate, pray, do breathing exercises, stretch, and so on. Some people set an intention before going into the tank (i.e., abundance, well-being). Most people, however, enjoy just letting go and flowing with wherever the experience takes them. The sensation of weightlessness is fun in and of itself!

What if nothing happens?

Expectations are one of the greatest hindrances to having a good float. Just allow yourself to let go and know that whatever your experience, your body is receiving the benefits of deep relaxation.

Will the salt hurt my skin?

No, the salt is actually very good for skin and leaves you feeling soft and silky after your shower, and not at all wrinkly. If you have abrasions, scratches or other cuts, the salt can sting slightly. We suggest you do not shave four hours before your session.

Will I get cold, like staying too long in a bath?

No, the room is heated constantly to the perfect temperature to heighten your floating experience. The temperature of the water feels warm when you get in, but in fact it is just slightly higher than normal skin temperature, the perfect temperature for floating.

How long do people usually stay in the float tank?

The standard session is 60 Minutes at Float Therapy, but you can leave whenever you want. Some people use the float tank for shorter sessions and others find 2 or 3 hours inside very valuable. Experiment with your own time in the tank to discover what is best for you.

Are there any known side effects to floating?

No, just a lingering sense of contentment and satisfaction. There are also myriad health benefits because of the wonderful properties of Epsom salts.

Is there a correct way to float?

No. Each person should find whatever position is comfortable for him or herself. Some people float with their hands at their sides, some with their hands folded across their chest or abdomen, or behind their heads. You can also use a provided pillow if you prefer more head support. Explore what is best for you.

Should I wear anything in the float tank?

Anything you wear will get very heavy with the salt solution and press against your body, becoming a distraction. We recommend going without; however, if you prefer to wear a swimsuit you are welcome to.

Is there a best time to use the float room?

This is a matter of individual preference. Some people prefer floating in the morning, some prefer floating at night. The best way to find out is to experiment by using the room at different times of the day. Also it’s best to try and not have any commitments right after your float. If you do, you are likely to focus on the time and making it to that appointment etc on time, when you should be RELAXING!

Can pregnant women float?

Yes. As their bodies get heavier, floating is a great relief from the pull of gravity. The zero-gravity environment is ideal for managing back pain and discomfort during pregnancy. But with any kind of new activity it is always best to consult with your doctor especially at your third trimester.​

Are there any individuals that should not float?

Those suffering from epilepsy or severe skin conditions should refrain from floating. People under the influence of drugs or alcohol should not float. ​

Floating is not advised during menstruation.