Do I need to prepare myself for floating in a sensory deprivation room?
Nothing special has to be done before you float but here are a few tips to make your float session more fulfilling and enjoyable:
- Remove your contact lenses – salt and contacts don’t mix!
- Avoid shaving/waxing prior to a float – the skin may become sensitive and the Epsom salts can sting a little
- Apply Vaseline or waterproof bandage to any wound/cut on your skin. Saltwater may give you the stings.
- Avoid caffeine prior to a float – the caffeine may interfere with you ability to relax
- Eating a light meal 1-2 hours before floating is recommended – so that your not distracted by your stomach throughout the session. Don’t eat too much though, you might fall asleep instead.
- Use the toilet prior to a float so that you’re not distracted while floating
When shouldn’t you float – we don’t recommend tank use for:
- People under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- People with conditions such as epilepsy
- Women on menstruation
- People with contagious diseases – including the common cold or flu
- People with open skin wounds (floating in saltwater might be painful)
Can pregnant women use a float tank?
Yes absolutely, your baby is floating why shouldn’t you? That said, we would suggest that women wait until mid to late in the second trimester before checking us because those in their first trimester sometimes experience a feeling of nausea while floating. We also suggest that you inform your physician or midwife and get their opinion prior to using the floatation tank but many pregnant women have reported that floating is fantastic while pregnant. As their bodies get heavier, floating is a great relief from the pull of gravity on the back and legs.
Can I do anything prior to floating to get the most out of the experience?
Yes, as a matter if fact you can. Most people find that if they are physically active prior to the float session they get a great experience. Floating also helps the muscles recover faster, so your getting benefits on top of benefits!. So go ahead and pump that iron before coming in to see us, or if pumping iron isn’t your thing why not walk down to the store for your float.
Do you wear anything in the tank?
It is entirely up to you and whatever makes you comfortable is fine. Your room is a private room with its own shower and locked door. If you are comfortable by going alfresco, then by all means. If you would rather wear a bathing suit then feel free to do so. Remember, however, that any clothing may be a distraction in the tank.
I’m really tall, will I fit in the tank?
The interior of the pods measures 2.4 meters in length and 1.2 meters in width.
Can you wear a bathing cap?
Sure why not. Just keep in mind that if it is too tight or pulls on the hair it may take away from the pleasure of your float.
What effect does salt water have on my skin and hair?
All good actually! The Epsom salts have been used shown to help exfoliate skin and make it smoother and help make hair stronger and fuller. However, you might feel itchy if the salt crystals are not washed off thoroughly after a session.
Do people sleep in the tank? Is it safe to sleep in the tank? Can you drown in the tank?
Yes some people do report falling asleep, however, they may actually just be in a very deep theta state. Remember, 1 hour in the floatation tank can be like 4 hours of sleep because of that wonderful theta state. But for those that actually do fall asleep, it is near impossible to roll over due to the density of the salt water and if for some reason you did manage to roll over the sting of the salt in the eyes, nose and mouth would most likely wake you up.
How do you clean the water?
- The tanks are filtered many times between each float – passing through a 1 micron filter and a UV filter to ensure the water is clean every time
- The high salt content – the 35% concentration of Epsom salts in the water creates an environment completely hostile to pathogenic microorganisms
- Chemical disinfection – we regularly use hydrogen peroxide and chlorine to shock the water to ensure that no microorganisms can survive
This whole process assures maximum water sanitary.
How often should I float?
The more regularly you float the better. Just like any activity, the more you practice the better you become, and the more cumulative effects you will see.