When we did our initial market research, we were surprised by some of the questions asked of our researchers. To give you a better idea of what to expect when you join us, below are some of the most popular questions:
Is it safe in there? What happens if I fall asleep?
There is around 10 inches of water and 1000 pounds of Epsom Salt, the water is incredibly buoyant that you stay afloat, hence the name ‘Floatation therapy,’ making it almost impossible to drown inside the float tank.
Some people fall asleep because of the deep relaxation floating provides – Just one hour of floating is equivalent to 2-3 hours of deep sleep. Many of clients who suffer from insomnia or jet lag get immense relief from floating.
What do I wear and is the room private?
It’s ‘birthday suit’ time, however we understand that this can be daunting the first time, so you can wear a costume if you like. Your room is completely private so most people choose to float in the nude. Each float room is equipped with its own shower and is for your exclusive use.
Can I float if I am menstruating?
Of course, just follow the same process you would for swimming.
Is there anything I should do to prepare?
Please try to avoid caffeinated drinks for several hours beforehand, as it can interfere with your ability to relax. Eating a light meal about 60-90 minutes prior to your float should alleviate any hunger pains.
For men avoid shaving 6 hours before a float and for women allow at least 12 hours, since the Epsom Salt solution can irritate and sting freshly shaved skin. We can provide Vaseline, to help alleviate it this.
Do I need to bring anything
If you have longer hair, you may want to bring a brush. Also if you have contact lenses, please bring something to store them in while you’re floating. Other than that, we provide everything you need (towels, earplugs, shampoo, conditioner, body wash and a hair dryer.)
What’s the longest someone can float for?
Some of our clients do not want to leave our pods. A standard float session usually last for 60 minutes. However more experienced floaters book multiple sessions that can last anywhere from 2 to 4 hours. We do also have night floating options for advanced floaters – please enquire in the centre about this.
Can children float?
We do require anyone under 18 to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Can I float if I’m pregnant?
Absolutely, especially in the later stages! Floating can really help all the extra aches and pains a big bump inevitably brings with it, and a lot of mums report that it can help with sleep. Finally, a calm Mum certainly means a calm baby.
There is no risk at all to mother or baby from Floatation therapy, but we recommend you contact your Doctor or Health Visitor, if you are the concerned about trying floatation.
Is there anyone who should avoid floating?
We do not recommend floating for Epileptics, Heart Conditions and Ear Infections. You will be required to complete a questionnaire prior to your session to determine if floating is safe for you.
Can more than one person float at a time?
Only one person per pod at a time. We do have two float pods in separate rooms, so up to 2 people can float simultaneously.
How many times do I need to float to feel the results?
Many of our clients experience significant benefits on their first float. Just like Yoga, Meditation, working out and any form of active wellness, floating is also a practice, the more you float the more you will enjoy floating’s cumulative benefits.
How do you clean the tanks?
The water is fully filtered 4 times between each float. A powerful pump and the very latest in filtration technology are incorporated in the design. Other floatation tanks filter at around 30 microns whereas our pods filters are fully effective to one micron, which is an incredible 100 times smaller than a human hair! Also the Epsom Salts are a natural disinfectant and are in abundance in the water – please do not worry, you will not smell like you just came out of a public swimming pool or hot tub.
What if I am Claustrophobic?
You have complete control of your environment. You can leave the light on or get out anytime. You can start by leaving the float tank door slightly open until you feel settled and relaxed.
Being in the tanks is more like floating in outer space than being shut in a box. The most important thing to remember is that you are in control of your environment, so people with extreme claustrophobia have floated & reported having no problems with their time in the tank.
Will I look like a prune?
Surprisingly your skin will not prune up, this is due to the high levels of Epsom salts in the water. You do absorb a lot of Magnesium from the Epsom Salt, read why this is so good for you in the Benefits section…
What should I expect after my first float?
We all have expectations, and are normal part of the busy lives we live. we would respectfully suggest to try to not have any expectations before your first float, and to have an open mind. Simply by letting go of expectations, the mind is a boundless ‘clean slate.’