F.A.Q.

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 during their time in the tank. You can always leave the door open for as long as you like – again, you’re in control.

 

Can I float if I’m pregnant?

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 which can be a great help to those suffering from lower back pain. 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, we suggest not shaving the day of your float, the salt water can irritate your skin. Eating a light meal about an hour to 90 minutes ahead of time stops your stomach from rumbling while you float which can be distracting. Other than that, there’s no specific preparation needed.

 

Can I float if its ‘that-time-of-the-month’?

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

 

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, moisturizer, tea, water,..)

 

What kind of tank do you use?

We use Oasis Floatation Tanks. They have been manufacturing float tanks for 30 years – wow! The tank features a powerful UV filtration system and an audio system which allows us to gently bring you out of your float with some tranquil music.

 

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

Only one person per tank. We have five float tanks and we stagger our floats so up to 3 people can come float simultaneously in our centre. Double-wide tanks do exist, but we feel 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 being said, the 60-minutes usually goes by waaaay faster than you’d expect.

 

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

There is a float centre in Portland Oregon called Float On that had an endurance athlete rent a room for a 24 hour period and apparently floated for most of that time! We haven’t heard of anyone floating longer than that.

 

Who invented these crazy devices?

Dr. John C. Lily, an American physician, neuroscientist, psychoanalyst, psychonaut, philosopher, writer and inventor.

 

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.

 

Is this some hipster new-agey mumbo jumbo?

Floating has been around for over 40 years and has loads of published scientific research to back it up. No mumbo jumbo here.

 

How do you clean the tanks?

The water is fully filtered 3-5 times between each float, passing through an intense filtration system for particulate matter and then a UV filter which targets the DNA and RNA of bacteria, viruses, algae and other biological matter. Furthermore, the Epsom salt solution is naturally sanitary; the combination of the high concentrations of Epsom salt and a small amount of disinfectant make it cleaner than a pool and nearly impossible for microorganisms to survive.

 

Will I become a dehydrated raisin from soaking for so long?

Nope - your skin doesn’t even prune up at all! The magnesium sulfate actually makes your skin very silky and soft. You will absorb some of the Epsom salt, so it’s advised that you to drink plenty of water or tea after your float.

 

Is there a place to keep my stuff secure while I float?

Each float room is private so you’re ok to leave your stuff on the bench beside the tank while you float.

 

Can I float for longer than an hour?

Of course! There are several ways to go about this..

-You can book back-back sessions for a 2.5 hour float.

-The last float of the day in each tank is 2 hours long.

-If no one is scheduled to float after you, we’ll always offer to extend your float

-Memberships are available and can be used to book longer sessions at a more affordable price

 

Is this like altered states?

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

 

What if I fall asleep in the tank?

The water in the tank is incredibly buoyant and very relaxing – it’s entirely possible that you could fall asleep. Indeed, some people love to sleep during their float and you should feel free to do the same! It’s extremely unlikely that you’ll roll in your sleep in which case the worst that can happen is getting woken up by a bit of salt water in your eyes or mouth.

 

Is there a right way to do it?

Nope. Each person should find whatever position is comfortable for them. 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 keep your head at either end or sit up if you like. You may float with the door open or closed. Explore what’s best for you!

 

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.