FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
You should set aside at least the length of your float plus an extra half hour.
On arrival, you will be given a brief explanation of how the tank works and what to expect from your float session. You should then have a quick shower (without shower gel or shampoo) to wash off any natural oils from your skin. From there, you'll be left in privacy to enjoy the use of the float tank for 60, 90 or 120 minutes. Music will play to let you know when your float session has come to an end. You should then have one more quick shower to wash off the excess salt (two minutes maximum), get dressed and take some time to gather your senses. After your session, feel free to relax in the reception area and enjoy complimentary tea or water until you're ready to continue your day. We recommend arriving 10 minutes early, so you can get settled.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING WITH ME?
We can provide earplugs, shampoo, shower gel and tea. Please bring your own towel to use. If you wear any beauty products that you wish to reapply after your float, bring them with you as you will need to wash them off beforehand. Feel free to bring a swimming costume to wear while floating. Bring an open mind and a willingness to let go of the tension in your body and mind.
CAN I FLOAT IF I AM PRONE TO CLAUSTROPHOBIA?
Yes! Don't be put off by the idea. The tank itself is quite spacious (6’2” tall, 9’9” long and 4’9” wide). Everything is in your control, the whole time. You can get in and out of the tank whenever and however often you like. The door of the float tank is never locked shut. If you feel that you need some reassurance, you can exit the room or call for a member of staff at any time. It can even be used as a way to challenge and overcome your claustrophobia in a relaxed and controlled environment. If it is a very severe case of claustrophobia, floatation might not be a great idea.
A few things to remember...
1) If you want to stop and leave, you can at any time.
2) Somebody is always on site if you have any questions or would like reassurance
3) You can open the door of the actual tank and get out at any time.
4) You can float with the tank door open if you prefer
5) You are in control of the experience
6) You have complete privacy in the float room and no one will enter unless requested
HOW IS THE WATER KEPT CLEAN?
The highly sterile salt water is fully filtered between each float through a 1 micron filter (1/100th the diameter of a human hair). The water is sanitised with a small amount of H202 and a UV light in the tank kills any bacteria that may be in the water. In the interest of keeping the water clean, you should wash off any beauty products from your face and hair before you float. The purpose of the first shower is to wash off any natural oils and dead skin off your body.
HOW MANY TANKS DO YOU HAVE?
We currently have one float tank. One person can float at a time. If you wish to bring someone along with you, they are welcome to relax in our comfortable reception area.
IS THERE AN AGE RESTRICTION?
To be able to use the floatation tank, you must be at least 18 years old. You may be asked for identification on arrival.
WHY DO I NEED TO SHOWER BEFORE AND AFTER FLOATING?
It's nothing personal. In order to maintain the quality and cleanliness of the salt water solution, we ask that you have a quick rinse (without shampoo or shower gel) before getting into the tank. Even if you have already showered that day, you will still have some oil and dead skin cells on you that needs to be washed off. Hair gels, makeup and body sprays can leave an unwelcome residue on the water’s surface so please wash them off.
Showering after your float will bring your skin back to life and wash off most of the excess salt. Keep the post-float shower to a maximum of 2 minutes.
IS THERE ANYONE WHO SHOULDN’T FLOAT?
To float you must;
b) Be able to climb in and out of the tank unaided (this is no more difficult than climbing into a bath)
c) Not under the influence of drugs, alcohol or illegal substances.
You must not use the floatation tank if you:
a) Suffer from incontinence, nausea, epilepsy or psychotic attacks.
b) Have a history of regular ear infections.
c) Have been medically advised not to float.
d) Are severely injured, have open or bleeding wounds.
e) Have an acute skin condition.
f) Wear a pacemaker or have a serious heart condition.
ARE EARPLUGS ESSENTIAL DURING MY FLOAT?
Wearing earplugs during your float will stop the salt getting into your ears and also block out any other sounds. It is up to you whether or not you wear them but it is recommended. It is not at all dangerous to float without earplugs but the salt can cause a small amount of discomfort for a short while afterwards. If you choose not to wear them, we’d recommend giving your ears a good rinse afterwards in the shower.
CAN I DROWN?
Even if you fall completely asleep (which is fairly common) you will continue to float on top of the water. It is very difficult to accidentally turn over due to the high density of salt which makes the water so buoyant. The water is only 10 inches deep. It is difficult to describe the sensation of floating until you experience it yourself. The whole process should be effortless.
SHOULD I EAT OR DRINK BEFORE I FLOAT?
Eating a meal right before your float is not recommended as your gurgling stomach might be distracting. At the same time, you could have the same issue if you’re really hungry. It's best not to eat a large meal within an hour or two before your float. Drinks wise, definitely no caffeine, alcohol or energy drinks. Ideally, just have some water as floating can dehydrate you a little.
ARE THERE ANY NEGATIVE SIDE-EFFECTS?
Not usually but on occasion, people who are floating for the first time can emerge from the tank feeling a little nauseous, which is usually just a result of built-up stress leaving the body. Because of its non-invasive and weightless nature, floating is one of the safest activities you can enjoy.
WILL THERE BE MUSIC PLAYING?
It's up to you. If you prefer, some relaxing music will play in the tank for the first 5-10 minutes to help you settle in. This will eventually fade out, leaving you in total peace and quiet. The quiet can take a little while to get used to but you will soon learn to love it.
CAN I FLOAT IF I’M MENSTRUATING?
No (for the sake of the cleanliness of the water)
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