frequent y asked questions
what is a floatation chamber?
a Float Lab floatation chamber provides a light- and sound-free environment containing 12″ of solution consisting of water and about 1000 lbs. of dissolved epsom salt. the fluid temperature is maintained at external body temperature (around 95˚). inside the chamber, the participant floats effortlessly without gravitational requirements and neither sound nor light input to consider
what kind of tanks do you have?
we are proud to use Float Lab Chambers. Float Lab is the world’s only NSF 50 & UL 1795 certified Isolation floatation systems approved for commercial use. before every user each Float Lab is sanitized by a patent pending disinfection filtration system certified to produce a minimum 3-Log kill (99.9%) or greater per cleaning cycle without the use of any chemicals
what are some benefits of floating?
improved sleep patterns
normalized blood pressure
enhanced ability to focus and concentrate
strengthened immune system
reduced symptoms of depression, anxiety, and PTSD
decreased feelings of vertigo
accelerated recovery from jet lag
how large are the tanks?
the dimensions of our Float Lab Chambers are 4ft wide x 8ft Long x 7ft high with a large, easily accessible door that is 3ft x 5ft
do i shower before my float?
yes. showering before entering the chamber to eliminate personal products and other contaminates. using the shower afterward is also suggested to remove the coating of epsom salt that is left on the skin and hair
what should i wear while i float?
nothing! floating is done without clothing as a bathing suit could potentially contaminate the water (they’re dirtier then you think!). plus, clothes are just so darn restrictive – be free!!
how long do the sessions last?
the whole thing from start to finish will take you about 2 hours with 60 or 90 minutes spent in the chamber. you’re free to exit the chamber whenever you feel the need
60 minutes - $65
90 minutes - $75
x3 60 minute - $175
x6 60 minute - $330
x3 90 minute - $200
x6 90 minute - $380
60 minute - $55
for x6 months
90 minutes - $65
for x6 months
don’t drink coffee for several hours beforehand (it can make your system jittery). also, don’t shave or wax since the salt water can irritate your skin. 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. for a more in-depth look at what to expect, check out our "The Process" page
how do i prepare for a float?
will I float? I don't normally...
yes. there is more than 1,000 pounds of epsom salt dissolved in the water, so no matter your weight or height, you will float on your back without effort. as you lay back, the water will reach the temples; leaving your eyes, nose and mouth fully exposed to the air
can you fall asleep in the tanks?
yes. many people safely fall asleep in the tank as a result of being so relaxed. even those who say they never sleep on their backs in bed, do so very easily in the tank
how many people float in one tank?
we offer a private experience for each individual
what if I'm claustrophobic?
is the salt dangerous to your eyes?
the thought of being in a dark space can be frightening to some. however, as with your eyes closed, total black does not create an enclosed, confined, limited, or restricted feeling; it actually seems vast or unlimited. our chamber models are big enough to enter and exit while standing. remember, you are in complete control of your surroundings, so if need be you can exit the tank at any time
no, but it can be a little uncomfortable. before entering the chamber, make sure to dry your face off, push your hair back and keep your hands away from your eyes
should anyone not use the tanks?
people whom are epileptic or with special conditions should consult their physician before scheduling an appointment
can i float if I'm pregnant?
yes! pregnant women probably get more relief from floating than most people. the extra weight carried by the mother-to-be can be very stressful due to the forces of gravity. floating eliminates the negative effects of gravity, which causes joint pain, inflammation and stress on the organs as well as the unborn baby.
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
can i float if I'm menstruating?
yes. just follow the same protocol you would for a swimming pool
is this just new-aged mumbo jumbo?
floating has been around for over 40 years and has oodles of published research to back it up. no mumbo or jumbo here