If you have longer hair, you may want to bring a comb. Also, something to put your contact lenses in while you’re in the tank. Other than that, we provide everything you need (towels, earplugs, organic body wash / shampoo / conditioner, etc.).
Being in the tank simulates more of a floating in outer space sensation rather than being confined in a small space. You’re always in control of your environment, and even people with extreme claustrophobia have reported having no problems with their time in the tank.
Please see our list of tips & best practices on our FAQ page to help you enhance your experience in the tank.
Every week we perform a very in-depth maintenance of our facilities focusing on our tanks. We add fresh Epsom Salt and water. Between the super-concentrated salt solution, Ozone oxidation, a UV light disinfectant filter, and 10-micron cartridge filter, these are the cleanest recreational water sources you’ll encounter!
We use the Evolution Commercial Float Pods from Superior Float Tanks.
Don’t drink coffee for several hours beforehand (it can make your system jittery). Also, don’t shave or wax 24 hours prior to your float. Eating a light meal about an hour to 90 minutes ahead of time stops your stomach from sounding like an angry monster while you float. Other than that, there’s no specific preparation needed.
The high concentration of salt inside the float tank makes it very hard to sink but when dealing with any body of water such as a float tank, jacuzzi, spa, pool, lake, ocean, etc., there is always the possibility and risk of drowning.
Only one person per tank. We have many float tanks though, so bring your friends, family or loved ones to float alongside you!
No, your skin doesn’t even prune up. You do absorb a lot of magnesium from the Epsom salt which has oodles of benefits.
Absolutely! There will be a womb within a womb! The extra weight carried by the mother can be very stressful due to gravity. Floating can relieve a lot of negative effects of gravity such as joint pain, inflammation and stress on organs and the unborn baby. If you have any concerns, please consult with your physician before coming in. Pregnant women have also reported a reduction of erratic movements of the baby inside the womb. This is due to a phenomenon call “mirror effect.” The baby is safe and secure inside the womb and the mother shares a similar experience in the isolation tank. Women report a stronger connection with their baby when exposed to this environment.
Yes. Just follow the same protocol you would for a swimming pool.
You can get out anytime. There aren’t any latches on the tank doors and you control your experience.
Before each use, the solution is purified by our patented disinfection filtration system utilizing commercial Ozone oxidation as a primary disinfectant and extreme UV radiation as a secondary with advanced 3-stage filtration [20 micron, 5 micron, 1/2 micron]. Our disinfection system has been verified to perform a minimum 3-log kill (99.9%) on pathogenic microorganisms of all kinds [bacteria, virus, mold, etc.] without the use of chemicals.
You do not need to bring a bathing suit to float. Most people float with nothing on. If you feel uncomfortable this way, then you are more than welcome to bring a bathing suit to float in.
If you have ear tubes in, it is recommended that you get approval from your doctor before you float. Getting salt water in your ear when you have ear tubes can be a very painful situation.
What to Expect
For men, avoid shaving your face at least 6 hours before you float. For women, avoid shaving your body at least 12 hours before your float. Any lesions will be distracting due to the Epsom salt sting.
A super full stomach is not great for floating, nor is the emptiest of stomachs. Having a light, easily digestible meal 1.5 to 2 hours pre-float is probably ideal.
Being dehydrated before the float may not be the best state, particularly for your brain. A healthy daily hydration practice is just good for optimal biology!
We have found performing physical activity (yoga, cardio, or resistance training) before you float could greatly enhance the floating experience. Your body has expended pent-up energy, muscles and tissues are loose and flowing with blood, your mind is clear and calm. Combining floating to this state can potentially create a deeper state of meditation. Be sure to have a little snack (not junk food) post-activity and pre-float. Nuts, fruit, juice, or smoothies are good options… Just not too much.
The most important thing is to get comfortable. There are only two real positions in the tank:
With your arms at your side, or arms over-head. Play around with the two to see which feels better for your body. Also, try to position your body in the middle of the tank to avoid “ping-ponging” from side to side. To do this, brace your arms and legs against the sides of the tank to position your torso in the middle, and once you feel the water to be calm, slowly and evenly retract your limbs back to the mid-line of your body. Try not to generate any momentum from either side so that you remain in the middle and avoid the distraction of bumping into the side. Once you like your position and feel comfortable try to remain still and consciously relax all of your muscles.
Being physically still by finding a comfortable position and remaining there combined with stilling your mind either through breath awareness or a focus word (mantra) can lead you into a state of holistic stillness. This can generate the perception of timelessness, your state of being will be extremely relaxed and this is when the body is in a state of healing.
Be sure to use the washroom prior to showering before you float. Talk about a distraction while in the tank.
Smoking just prior to your float may stimulate you too much. Even if you are craving a cigarette the tank may very well suppress your craving. However, you’ll need to figure out what the best formula is for you and your biochemistry.
Definitely avoid having caffeine before you float. The stimulation you experience from caffeine is the exact opposite way you’ll want to be when you are in the tank. By the end of your float you most likely will not feel like you need your fix.
Your breath can be an amazing tool for calming the mind and relaxing the body. Try to breathe primarily from your nose. At first, you can consciously take deep breaths, but once you settle into your experience try less to manipulate the breath and more just observing the breath. Your body will always remember to breath, there is no need to control your breath.
Don’t “try” to do anything in the tank, don’t force something to happen, don’t expect something to happen; this is the exact opposite direction from where you may want to go while in the tank. You will not fall asleep necessarily, just be present. Repetition of a focus word such as “peace”, “relax”, or “let go” spoken in your mind in unison with your exhalation can help at first, but the message here is to just let go of conscious control.
With external stimuli at a minimum, your nervous system will turn up the volume to try and sense anything. Since there is still “nothing” coming in, this is a great opportunity to simply sense whatever is left to be felt within your internal body. Feel your arms, legs, torso, head, as intensely as possible. Cultivate as much sensitivity to these parts as possible. Feel the energetic uniformed consistency of these parts and observe them without judgment, without limits. Observe your thoughts, emotions and sensations.