What Should You Expect?
1,400 Pounds of Epsom Salts
Our pool environment is humid. There are 12 inches of water in the pool with 1,400 lbs. of epsom salt dissolved in it. When you lie back you will float like a cork. Your ears will be under water. There are earplugs available if you would like them, and we recommend them if you have ever had ear problems.
Buoyant Body Positions
You can experiment with the best body position for you. For example, hands behind head, on your chest, along your sides. If you have tension in your neck you can relieve it by clasping your hands behind your head or using a head float.
Keep the Salt Out of Your Eyes!
If you get any salt water in your eyes you will be uncomfortable for a few minutes. To avoid getting drips of salt water in your eyes, push your hair back on your forehead when you change from lying down to sitting up. Also keep your salty hands away from your eyes. If you do happen to get salt in your eyes, we provide a towel and fresh water where you can easily reach it, and use it to wipe your eyes.
If you have cuts or scratches or have recently shaved/waxed, there may be stinging for several minutes. If you have any open cuts use liquid bandage to seal them. We also provide vaseline to conceal open wounds.
Last Stop Before Boarding
Remove your metal jewelry and contact lenses. Shower, shampoo, rinse thoroughly and dry your face before you get in the pool. Conditioner is available for AFTER your float.
Then get into the pool. After an hour passes the pumps will turn on to cue you that your float session is over and the filtration system will begin cleaning the tank. Some people don't hear the signal and if you don't hear it, you will feel the gently moving water as your signal to get out. Sit up, stand and squeegee the solution from your body before getting out of the tank.
Your body has salt water all over it which you don't want to drip everywhere. If you have to walk to the shower, towel dry thoroughly. Shower, shampoo well, and dress. The bathroom has the amenities you need.
Reflects Your Life
At the beginning of each float you can set an intention for what you would like to accomplish during your float. You may also use your float to observe where you hold tension in your body or your mind. You will develop many of your own ways of using your floats. We don't say more because we don't want to spoil your own adventure.
Enjoy your float and check with your guide for any additional information.
First Time User Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I need to prepare myself for floating?
A: The things you should know are:
a) If you shave or wax 2 or 3 hours before using the pool, the shaved skin will sting for a few minutes. If you can postpone your shaving, you will probably be more comfortable.
b) If you wear contact lenses, it would be a problem if any salt water got into your eyes. If you remove your contacts you don't have to be concerned about it.
c) If you have caffeine before you float, it may interfere with your ability to relax.
d) If you have colored your hair within the past two weeks the salt may bind to your hair and pull the color out. We recommend waiting two weeks after your color treatment. If you have dyed your hair with henna ink or black hair dye we prefer you not to float. If your hair color tints our pool there is a fee to replace the water ranging from $500-$1000.
Q: Should I eat before I go into the pool?
A: You can eat. If you eat a very heavy meal you may spend a lot of time listening to your digestive juices. And, on the other hand, if you get very hungry you may spend a lot of time listening to your digestive juices. Moderation works.
FAQ - Who Can Use
Q: Is there a typical float pool user?
A: Not that we know of. People of all ages and walks of life seem to enjoy the experience equally. What seems typical is how good everyone looks when they come out of the pool.
Q: Is anyone not supposed to use the float pool?
A: We don't recommend tank use for epileptics whose epilepsy is not under medical control; for people under the influence of alcohol, drugs, those with infectious diseases, open skin wounds, or those with suicidal tendencies.
Q: Can pregnant women use the float pool?
A: Yes!! We suggest that pregnant women inform their physicians or midwives and get their opinion prior to using the tank. The reports received from pregnant women have been enthusiastic. As their bodies get heavier, floating is a great relief from the pull of gravity. Floating has given many women a welcome rest. We highly recommend this blog post
Q: Can I use the float pool if I'm menstruating?
A: Yes. So long as you can go 90-minutes without needing to exchange your tampon or Diva cup. Tampons can soak up the salt, so we recommend using a cup or waiting until your cycle is finished.
FAQ - Physical Concerns
Q: What effect does salt water have on my skin and hair?
A: The Epsom salt solution seems to be beneficial to the skin. We have listened to some opinions that say epsom salt is very good for strengthening the hair. We know it's good for roses, why not hair? You thoroughly rinse the salt from your hair and body when you leave the pool.
Q: Can You Wear a Bathing Cap?
A: Yes, you can wear one, but it won't keep your hair dry. It would be too tight around your head to keep you hair dry.
Q: Do you wear anything in the float pool?
A: Since it is a private experience, most people don't wear anything. Anything you wear will press against your body, becoming a distraction. In this regard imagine it as similar to getting into your bathtub.
Q: Do people sleep in the float pool?
A: Yes, some people fall asleep in the float pool, and some people use the float pool for sleeping.
Q: Is there a right way to do it?
A: All the ways are right. 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. Float the way it is comfortable for you and explore what is best for you.
Q: Will I float? I can't float anywhere.
A: Yes. It is impossible not to float in the float pool. Fourteen hundred pounds of salt dissolved in the water make the solution so much denser than your body that your body is pushed to the surface like a cork. Your face is out of the solution and your ears are underwater.
Q: Can people drown in the float pool?
A: No. Not unless they lay face down in it, and are capable of tolerating the sting of the salt on the eyes, nose and mouth.
Q: What if I'm claustrophobic?
A: People who say that they are afraid to use the float pool because they are claustrophobic probably assume that they will be confined to an enclosed space. However, the float pool experience is in an open room without a closed overhead compartment. You are in control of the situation and can get in and out when ever you want. You should use it in the way it's comfortable for you. The float pool is such an excellent place to go through claustrophobia that if you want to get rid of yours, it is probably the best place to do it.
Q: Is it dangerous to sleep in the float pool?
A: No, It is safe to sleep in the float pool. The reason people think it may be dangerous is probably the fear of rolling over. Even those people who say they never sleep on their backs in bed, sleep on their backs in the float pool. It is very difficult to roll over in the tank because of the density of the solution, and if any of the salt solution gets in your eyes, mouth or nose, it is an immediate signal that something must be done.You would wake up immediately.
Q: Can two people float in the float pool at the same time?
A: Yes! Both of our pools are large enough for two people to float at the same time. We recommend this if you are nervous about being alone, or if you would like to share this experience for someone. Most people wind up preferring to float on their own after floating with a friend or a spouse.
FAQ - The Nature of a Float
Q: What will it be like for me?
A: We don't know what it will be like for you since it is such an individual experience. The most common reports are profound peace and relaxation, deep concentration and creativity.
We like to avoid saying too much before people use the float pool, so that they aren't influenced by what someone else says. Not only will it be different for you than it is for anyone else, it will be different each time.
Q: Do I need to float more than once?
A: Yes, if you want to make use of the potential. For us floating is not a finite experience. It touches the infinite. Most people, but not all, get a sense of what floating will be like after they float 3 to 5 times.Those who see the potential the first time, want to return again and again.
Q: Is there a best time to use the float pool?
A: No. This is a matter of individual preference. Some people prefer morning, some prefer night. The best way to find out is to experiment by using the tank at different times of the day.
Q: Will I be able to resume my daily activities when I get out?
A: Yes. And it may be good to arrange your time so you don't have to rush. Many people enjoy savoring the peace and quiet before jumping into something hectic.
Q: Is there a cumulative effect of using the float pool on a regular basis?
A: Yes. There seems to be a cumulative effect with consistent use of the float pool. This is not documented by research, it is the floaters who know it is true. Relaxation is a learned art that needs practice.
Q: Is this sensory deprivation?
A: The term "sensory deprivation" describes areas of scientific research that consider the effects of reduced environmental stimulation. The words are an unfortunate choice for those of us who are presenting the floating experience as something pleasant, attractive and relaxing. We notice that people run away from us when they hear the possibility of any form of deprivation. As a result we are careful to point out that the senses are fully operational and in fact, the senses are very pleased to be relieved from the prevalent atmosphere of sensory overload. Stimulus reduction is an accurate description of the tank environment.
Q: Can anyone float?
A: Yes! Floating is beneficial for everyone, including pregnant women. However, we highly recommend those suffering from any medical conditions consult their physician prior to floating.
Q: How do I prepare myself for a floatation session?
A: We recommend that you not be too full or hungry before you float, and caffeine and alcohol should be avoided immediately prior to a session in order to maximize relaxation.
Q: What if I am claustrophobic?
A. Our float pools are spacious (8 feet long, 5 feet wide and 2 feet high) allowing one to put their arms over their head, out to the sides, and sit up in the pool if necessary. Although many choose to float in complete darkness, inside lighting is available.
Q: Is the water sanitary?
A: Yes! Salt is a natural anti-microbial and antiseptic, especially at the high concentration present in the floatation pools. The water in our pools is completely filtered through our high-tech filtration system between each float.
Q: What if I cannot swim?
A: The floatation cabin is filled with only 10-12 inches of water and has such a high density of Epsom salt that any individual, big or small, will float like a cork atop the water.
Q: What is Epsom salt?
A: Epsom salt, or magnesium sulfate, is a chemical compound containing magnesium, sulfur, and oxygen. Combined with water, it raises the water’s specific gravity, resulting in a dense solution in which a body can float effortlessly. Epsom salt has been proven to be highly absorb-able by the skin resulting in countless benefits to the body including detoxification, strengthening of the immune system, heightened endorphin release, and relief from physical, mental, and emotional stress and fatigue.
Q: What effects does floating have on the mind?
A: Floating allows the brain to produce a greater amount of theta waves, generally resulting in an increase in mental clarity, creativity and memory function. It is said to increase the release of the endorphins, which leads to elevated mood states and alleviation of anxiety, depression, and negative mental habits.
Q: What should I wear to float?
A: Most people prefer not to wear anything at all. However, women are welcome to float in a bathing suit or sports bra and/or underwear. Men may float in tights, a bathing suit or underwear. We ask that you not wear anything cotton as it gives off excess lint and fuzz in the water, which then builds up over time in the filter. Rest assured that our float rooms are completely private.
Q: Is floating safe for pregnant women?
A: Yes! Floating is ideal for pregnant women as it alleviates pressure on the skeletal system and joints and assists in relieving muscle tension. We do recommend that pregnant women consult their physician prior to floating, especially during the first trimester.
Q: How many sessions are recommended in order to experience maximum benefits?
A: The benefits of floating can be felt immediately after one session. New floatation research regularly reveals more remarkable benefits from repeatedly using float tanks. The more often you float, the better it is for you!