+ Is parking available?
Although we do not have designated parking, plenty of street and municipal parking is available within walking distance of the center. Parking is also free at certain times, generally after 6pm as well as on weekends, holidays and for the month of December. Please see our Contact page for a detailed parking map.
+ What if I’m claustrophobic?
Our cabins are 8 ft. long, 4.5 ft. wide, and 6.5 ft. tall. You’re always in control of your environment. Even people with extreme claustrophobia have reported having no problems. The tank’s door never locks, so you can always leave the door open for as long as you like, and controls for lights and music are in the cabin while you float; you are in control.
+ Do I get wrinkly after floating?
Nope! Actually your skin becomes silky smooth afterwards because your body absorbs the Magnesium in the Epsom Salts (MgSO₄) with most of us being deficient in it anyways.
Magnesium also helps absorb calcium which is important for bone health, maintains the electrical signals important for normal heart rhythm which may lower the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease, and is a cofactor for GABA (Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid) which calms your Central Nervous System and is proven to relieve anxiety, depression and insomnia.
+ What type of tanks do you use?
All four of our float rooms are equipped with Pro-Float Cabins.
+ Can more than one person float in the same tank?
Only one person per tank. Double-wide tanks do exist but we feel like they take away from the whole 'sensory deprivation' experience.
+ Can I float for longer than an hour?
Yes, the last floats of the day in each tank are 90 minutes long. You may also use two float credits back-to-back for a 2.5 hour float.
+ Do I have to stay in the tank for the full hour?
No. You may exit at any time as the door never locks or latches; you are in complete control. Generally however, the hour goes by fairly quickly.
+ Who invented the float tank?
The first float tank was developed by a neuroscientist, John C. Lilly in 1954.
+ Is this 'new-agey mumbo jumbo'?
Floating has been around for over 50 years with plenty of published research to back it up. No mumbo or jumbo here.
Sanitation and Safety
+ How is the water cleaned?
The water is cycled 3 times between every client, passing through an intense Micron filter for particulate matter and a UV light which zaps the DNA & RNA of bacteria, viruses, and algae. Ozone which is a natural element (O₃ - active oxygen) is also used. Commonly recognized as that fresh, sweet smell after thunderstorms, it is one of the most effective water purifiers. Ozone reverts back into oxygen after its use to create a bacteria-free environment in the water and the air.
Furthermore, the high concentration of Epsom salts with a miniscule amount of Hydrogen Peroxide disinfectant (H₂O₂) make the solution naturally sanitary. The tank environment is cleaner and safer than any pool or hot tub you’ve ever been in. We do regular maintenance to ensure the equipment is always working properly, and take water chemistry measurements on a consistent basis for quality control.
+ How often is the water changed?
We perform a weekly deep clean of our facilities, including the tanks and filters. We regularly add fresh epsom salt and water to each tank with the entire volume being replaced over a period of 10 weeks.
+ Can I float if it's "that-time-of-the-month"?
Yes. Follow the same protocol you would for a swimming pool.
+ Can I float if I'm pregnant?
Of course! Floating is able to relieve the weight of carrying the baby off of the mother's body and can be a great help to those suffering from lower back pain. If you are in your third trimester or have any concerns, please consult a physician before coming in.
+ What if I fall asleep in the tank?
No problem! Some people fall asleep, but the water is so buoyant that you stay afloat. The worst that can happen is you get woken up by a bit of salt water in your eyes.
Sleeping in a float tank has actually shown to be more restful than sleeping in a bed. Ongoing studies as well as anecdotal evidence have found floating to also relieve people suffering from insomnia and other sleep related ailments.
Whether you need to recover from jet lag after a long flight, or have been constantly woken up by a baby at night, a float tank is where you can catch up on some truly uninterrupted moments of rest.
+ Is there anything I should do to prepare?
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 ahead of time stops your stomach from grumbling while you float. Other than that, there’s no specific preparation needed.
+ Do I need to bring a bathing suit or anything else?
No need to bring a bathing suit; all floats occur in private rooms. You may however want to bring a comb if you have longer hair. Also, something to put your contact lenses into while you're in the tank is a good idea. Other than that we provide everything you need (towels, robes, earplugs, shampoo/body wash, blow dryer, moisturizer, etc...).
+ Do I have to wear earplugs?
We recommend that first time floaters wear earplugs to prevent the salt water from sitting in your ear canal during the float. There is a possibility that if not rinsed out correctly the salt will crystallize inside of the ear. However, some experienced floaters do choose to go in without them. In the event that you do choose to go in without ear plugs we offer a 50/50 water/vinegar ear rinse that flushes out the salt water during your post-float shower.
+ Can I float if I just dyed my hair?
While there is no guarantee that the salt won’t strip some colour 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 colour coming out you should wait a couple of more days/showers.
+ Can I float if I just got a tattoo?
No. Not only could floating with a fresh tattoo be painful but the water solution could cause fading or discolouration and permanently ruin the aesthetic appeal of your tattoo. We recommend waiting at least 4-6 weeks before floating after getting a new tattoo.