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Can I float if I'm pregnant?
Pregnant women love floating! The near-weightless environment relieves many aches and pains women endure during pregnancy. Check out this special blog post from Womb Revolution. Be sure to ask your physician to see if you should float if you have any concerns. Pregnant women in their first trimester should not float.
What should I do to prepare?
Avoid coffee and other caffeinated drinks for several hours before your float (you wouldn't want to be all jittery). Don't wax and don't shave for at least 24 hours before your float, as the salt water can irritate your skin. You may want to eat a small meal about 60 to 90 minutes beforehand to satisfy your stomach and prevent it from sounding like an annoying neighbor while you float. For more info on floating procedures, click here.
Can I float if I'm menstruating?
No. For hygiene reasons anyone who is menstruating, we simply ask that you reschedule your float for another time.
I just dyed my hair, can I float?
There is no guarantee that the salt won't strip some color from your hair. We recommend that you check if the water running through your hair in the shower at home is fully clear. If there is still some color coming out you should wait a couple of more days/showers.
I just got a tattoo, can I float?
Floating and fresh tattoos do not mix (salt and fresh wounds sting)! The water/salt solution could also potentially fade your awesome new tattoo. We suggest waiting 4-6 weeks for your skin to heal and ensure the tattoo you paid money and needle-pain to get stays fresh looking.
Should I bring anything?
Your hair will get wet, so if you're not into the whole wet-hair look before you leave, we suggest bringing your comb. If you wear contacts, be sure to bring your solution and case to put your contact lenses into. Shoes, flip flops and other footwear are not allowed in the suites, so we recommend bringing a pair of socks to wear.
Do I need a bathing suit?
Each room is fully private, complete with your own shower and changing space so you go into the tanks nude.
Are there differences in your tanks?
Once you're inside the tank, room or pod, the experience is just about identical. We encourage you to try each one. Some clients prefer one over the other, while others don't.
Can I bring someone in to float with me?
One person per tank only. Double-wide tanks exist, but we feel that they take away from the entire sensory-deprivation experience. If you're looking to book floats at the same time, give us a call so we can schedule a time to accommodate your float party.
Do I have to stay in the whole time?
You are in control. There aren't any latches on the tank doors, and you can get out at any time. That being said, the 90-minutes typically goes by much faster than you would expect.
Is this floating thing new-age mumbo jumbo?
Floating has been around for over 50 years and has oodles of published research to back it up. No mumbo jumbo here.
How long have float tanks been around?
Float tanks were first invented in 1954 by John C. Lilly.
What if I'm claustrophobic?
You're always in control of your environment. You can keep the tank's door closed and the lights off. Or, open the tank's door and keep the lights on. People with extreme claustrophobia have reported having no problems with their time in the tank.
Do I get dehydrated from soaking for so long?
Nope . . . your skin doesn't even prune, but it does become silky soft afterward.
Can I drown if I fall asleep in there?
No. Some people find floating so relaxing that they fall asleep, but the water is so buoyant that you stay afloat. The worst thing that can happen is getting woken up by a bit of salt water in your eyes.
What if I'm diabetic?
There is some indication that magnesium (from epsom salt) can affect your blood glucose, but this is not well studied. If you're a diabetic and have concerns, we encourage you to consult your doctor before floating.
Will salt stay in my thick, curly locs?
If you have very thick or curly hair, or locs, it may be difficult to rinse all of the salt out of your hair in the 5-10 minutes we give you after your wakeup signal. You might consider timing your floats for days when you visit your hairstylist, so they can help you get a thorough rinse.
Is the water clean?
Absolutely. Float tank water is generally cleaner, in fact, than most swimming pools or hot tubs because only one person uses them at a time, they've showered right before entering the tank, they aren't sweating or wearing sunblock and aren't wearing swimwear which may have locked in harsh cleaning chemicals in their fibers. And we take keeping our water clean very seriously.
Can I float if I'm sick or suffering allergies?
If you're coughing, sneezing, or your nose is running, floating is not a great idea - it will be almost impossible for you to avoid getting saltwater in your face and that will sting a lot. We want you to enjoy your float, and you won't if your nose is burning. Also, if you are contagious, it is kindest to others to stay home. We will be glad to help you reschedule your appointment.
Are there any other contraindications?
Generally, contraindications include powerful sedatives, being prone to seizures (e.g. epilepsy), or schizophrenia. Magnesium from the epsom salt can have interactions with certain antibiotics and muscle relaxants, and may be an issue if you have kidney problems. People with low blood pressure should take extra care, especially when standing up after floating. If any of these conditions apply to you, please consult your doctor before getting in a tank.
What if I have mobility issues?
If you cannot raise your arms over your head or if you have significant mobility difficulties, floating may not be for you as our float tanks have doors/lids that require a push/pull action. Also, if you have difficulties standing/stabilizing while lifting one leg, floating may not be for you as float tanks require this motion to step into and out of (tanks are similarly shaped like tubs).
Is there a weight limit?
There is no weight limit per se. We have had clients of all shapes and sizes float. That being said, each body's weight distribution is a little different. If you're over 300 pounds, we can not guarantee that every part of your body will not touch the bottom of the float tank. You have to float at least once to know how your body responds to the salty solution because there is no way we can recreate your specific body composition to know for sure.
What if I get bored?
We're bombarded on a day-to-day basis with stimulation (cars honking, chores to take care of, phone calls to make . . . pretty much life in general). The float tank removes all of these external stimuli, allowing you to finally rest. However, this sudden absence of stimulation may make some first-time floaters unsure of how to rest their mind and body. Many clients have a deep, relaxing experience, but boredom and restlessness may occur on your first float. Everyone has a different experience their first time. It may take two to three floats to truly know if float therapy is for you.