Preparing for Your First Float:
Floating is easy, but we want all of your floats to be the best they can be, so we have a few tips!
The Day of:
- New clients should arrive 15-20 minutes before their appointment time. Those who arrive late will be asked to reschedule so as to preserve the quiet atmosphere of the centre during float sessions - which all start simultaneously.
- Avoid shaving, tanning, waxing (or anything that would increase skin sensitivity) the day of your session. If your skin is extra sensitive, be mindful of shaving the day prior as well. Vaseline is provided to cover small cuts or grazes to keep them from stinging
- Be sure you're not hungry, but don't eat a giant meal before your float. You may just hear your belly while you're floating!
What to Bring:
- Clothes that are easy to change in and out of. Each pod room has a private shower so you're welcome to wash the salt off your skin and out of your hair after your session. Towels, shampoo, conditioner, and body wash are provided.
- A case for your contact lenses. You're welcome to wear them while floating, but if you do happen to get salt in your eye, contacts make them much more difficult to rinse out.
- We recommend floating nude so as to decrease sensory stimulus, but you may float in a swim suit if you'd prefer
- We have hair dryers, lotion, and some styling products, but you might need a comb/brush and ladies might prefer to have their make up. Whatever makes you feel "real world" ready again!
The Float Session
- After a quick shower, you may enter your Float Pod which contains 10 inches of water with 1,000 lbs. of Epsom Salt dissolved inside
- The lid of the pod is on hydraulic arms so you may leave it open to whatever degree you'd like - or simply pull it closed
- Lie back onto the water. The buoyancy will effortlessly support you
- Once your session has started, you will have control of the lights and the music from inside the Pod.
- The first 20 (or so) minutes of your first float are very exploratory. You've just never experienced an environment like this, so expect to take a little while to settle in. Play with your arm position to determine what's most comfortable for you!
- You are in full control of the lights inside the tank. We recommend you turn them off to allow your brain to be completely free of sensory stimulus, but the choice is 100% yours.
- If you do turn the lights completely off, please don't wave your (salt water laden) hand over your face to test the darkness. You'll thank us later. In the event you do, or inadvertently touch your face, there is a spray bottle of fresh water inside the tank to rinse.
- Initially, it may feel awkward - trying to decide where to put your arms (the answer is wherever is most comfortable) or trying to hold your head up, just try to find a comfortable position and let the water support your body.
- Any pain or tension may feel more noticeable at the beginning of your float. This is normal as all other distractions have been removed from your surroundings. Breathe, relax, and know that all of it will slowly "float" away.
After Your Float...
- After your session, you're welcome to use our post-float prep area. We'll provide q-tips, lotion, and hair dryers. You may want to bring a comb, make up, or contact solution depending on your needs!
- We encourage all floaters to use our post-float lounge. Enjoy some tea or cold water, jot a note about your session in our guest journal, make notes for yourself, or simply let your brain slowly ease out of the floating zone.
- Drink lots of water!
Be mindful of how you feel hours and days after your float. Do you sleep better? Are you experiencing less pain? Do you just feel lighter and less tense?
The benefits of flotation last long after the float and, the more consistently one floats, the longer the benefits last. We hope to see you again soon!
- Please ensure that any new hair color is set before you come to float. Our general rule of thumb is 2 weeks for red, blue, or purple coloring. If your hair is rinsing clear in the shower, you should be fine! We love your hair, but we love our Pods to be happy & clean, too!
- Floating with new tattoos is fine with us, but may sting *just* a bit :-)
- You are actually floating in water and must shower before and after your float so your hair will get wet. Shower caps and swim caps will not keep your hair dry during your float and will also dampen your experience. We do have a hair dryer here for your use post-float if you'd like!
- We provide complimentary ear plugs should you prefer to keep the water out of your ears. If you choose to float sans ear plugs (Beth does all the time!), and happen to have some left over water or salt in your ears, a few drops of 1:1 vinegar + rubbing alcohol will clear it all right up! We have q-tips here, too :-)
- We do have contact solution in our prep area, but if you'd like to take your contacts out for your float, please bring your case along!