What is 'R.E.S.T.'? Floating is also known as R.E.S.T. or Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy. The perfect acronym for what all of our bodies need from time to time.
Do I have to stay in the whole time?
There aren’t any latches on the float rooms and you can get out anytime. That said, the 60-minutes usually goes by much faster than you’d expect.
Can I drown if I fall asleep in there?
No. Some people fall asleep, but the water is so buoyant that you stay afloat. The worst that can happen is getting woken up by a bit of salt water in your eyes.
Should I float nude?Most people don't wear anything when floating, and this is what we recommend as well. Anything you wear while floating will become heavy with Epsom salt and cause a distraction during your float. Also, bathing suits are a main source of contamination in public pools and spas, so we prefer you float nude.
Are there any weight or size restrictions for floating? Our float rooms have been tested with individuals weighing up to 350 pounds who have been able to float without issue.
What should I do to prepare?Nothing specific. Ideally avoid caffeine 90 minutes before you float. It also best not to shave or wax right beforehand because the Epsom salt might sting a bit.
What if I am claustrophobic? Again, our rooms are very spacious (4.5 ft. wide x 8 ft. long) and you are always in control. You can leave the lights on and the door open if desired. It is amazing when you close your eyes - you feel more like you are floating in space than in a float room.
What if I have to go to the bathroom? Please get out of the float room, give yourself a quick rinse, put on your robe and slippers and travel to the facilities. There is a $500 charge for leaving ANYTHING behind in our float rooms!
Should I wear earplugs? It is a personal preference. But, we often suggest that
it best to wear earplugs to insure that
your ears remain salt free and as a
second layer of sound proofing. We
believe our earplugs to be the best in
the industry as they work well and avoid the ear canal all together.
What should I do if I get salt in my ears? Many people float without ear plugs which means salt will get in the ears. Either with or without earplugs we ask that everyone use the 50/50 white distilled vinegar to water rinse during your post float shower. If you find that you have crackling in your ears the next day, don't panic, just stop by the studio and use our rinse or make your own mix and rinse again with cotton balls/Kleenex to catch the liquid. This simple rinse will remedy that crackling noise quickly!
What if I don't know how to float? No need to worry. The Epsom salt solution will do all the work for you. You couldn't 'not' float if you tried!
What do I need to bring?Nothing. Yourself and an open mind. Everything else is provided. Feel free to bring your hair brush and personal care items if you like. WE provide robes, sandals, towels, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, ear plugs, and blow dryers.
Do you have tanks, pods or rooms? We have float rooms. They are 4.5 feet wide by 8 feet long, creating a very open environment. While all three offer the same 'gravity-free' experience, it is often said that the sensory-free aspect can vary between the three. What we focused on in selecting our float rooms was the ability to obtain a 'near' perfect sensory-free environment. Our rooms allow us to control the water and air temperature within a degree. Light, smell and noise are kept at a bare minimum creating a near perfect sensory-free experience.
What are the benefits of float rooms? There are added benefits to a float room. Float rooms are significantly larger than a pod, and they are large enough to stand up and walk in and out. The opening door allows easy entry into the room, especially for those with reduced mobility or muscle soreness. An advanced heating system allows us to control the air and water temperature precisely and reduces humidity and condensation.
What can I expect?Every experience is different and unique to each user. But probably something you've never felt before.
Is floating 'legit'? Absolutely! Floating has existed for over 40 years with numerous published studies and media coverage that has discussed the physical, spiritual and intellectual benefits you are about to experience.
Is it weird?It is different. Your body is in an environment it probably hasn't been in since birth. So yes. It will take some getting used to. But it is worth it! Make sure to float at least 3 times-many studies show your mental and physical recovery will just continue to improve as you find your personal float rhythm.
Can I float if I am pregnant?Yes. With the okay from your physician or midwife, you may float in your second or third trimester. Many pregnant women find floating helps relieve the joint pain and inflammation associated with carrying additional baby weight. Floating has been shown to reduce cortisol levels and boost endorphins which may help counteract the hormonal changes associated with pregnancy which can result in insomnia, anxiety, and depression. Anecdotally, many mothers-to-be in the room experience an amazing bonding experience with their unborn baby know as the "mirror effect" where the baby rests peacefully in the womb while the mother rests in a similar womb-like environment.
Is there a maximum or minimum age to float? Anyone under 18 will need parental consent and we ask that the parent be present for the duration of the float. There is no maximum age, as long as one is capable of physically stepping in and out of the float room (like getting in and out of a bathtub at home).
Can I float if I’m menstruating? Yes. Just follow the same protocol you would for a swimming pool.