FAQ – Before Use
Do I need to prepare myself for floating?
The things you should know are:
- If you shave 2 or 3 hours before using the tank, the shaved skin will sting for a few minutes. If you can postpone your shaving, you will probably be more comfortable.
- If you wear contact lenses, it would be a problem if any salt water got into your eyes. If you remove your contacts you don’t have to be concerned about it.
- If you have caffeine before you float, it may interfere with your ability to relax.
Should I eat before I go into the tank?
- You can eat. If you eat a very heavy meal you may spend a lot of time listening to your digestive juices. And, on the other hand, if you get very hungry you may spend a lot of time listening to your digestive juices. Moderation works.
FAQ – Who Can Use
Is there a typical pod user?
Not that we know of. People of all ages and walks of life seem to enjoy the experience equally. What seems typical is how relaxed and refreshed everyone looks when they come out of the pod.
Is anyone not supposed to use the tank?
We don’t recommend tank use for epileptics whose epilepsy is not under medical control; for people under the influence of alcohol, drugs, those with infectious diseases, open skin wounds, or those with suicidal tendencies.
Can pregnant women use the tank?
Yes, pregnant women may use float tanks. Floating while pregnant allows you to escape the added weight of pregnancy by taking the strain off the body and spine (and feet!). It promotes excellent sleep, a lovely sense of well being, and can help with all the aches and pains normally associated with pregnancy. Because circumstances are unique with each pregnancy, float tanks should be discussed with a physician before they are used.
Can I use the tank if I’m menstruating?
Yes, it is safe for women to float while menstruating if using proper feminine hygiene. If you are comfortable and can control your menstruation in a swimming pool, then you can do so in a float tank.
Do children use the tank?
Yes. Children may use float tanks with parent’s written consent and may require parent’s supervision as well.
FAQ – Physical Concerns
What effect does salt water have on my skin and hair?
The Epsom salt solution seems to be beneficial to the skin. After your float session you must thoroughly rinse the salt from your hair and body when you leave the tank.
Do you wear anything in the tank?
No. Anything you wear will press against your body, becoming a distraction. In this regard imagine it as similar to getting into your bathtub.
Do people sleep in the tank?
Yes, some people fall asleep in the tank, and some people use the tank for sleeping.
Is there a right way to do it?
All the ways are right. Each person should find whatever position is comfortable for him or her. Some people float with their hands at their sides, some with their hands folded across their chest or abdomen, or behind their heads. You can keep your head at either end or sit up if you like. You may float with the door open or closed. Float the way it is comfortable for you and explore what is best for you.
Will I float? I can’t float anywhere.
Yes. It is impossible not to float in the tank. 1,000 pounds of salt dissolved in the water make the solution so much denser than your body that your body is pushed to the surface like a cork. Your face is out of the solution and your ears are underwater.
Can people drown in the tank?
No. Not unless they lay face down in it, and are capable of tolerating the sting of the salt on the eyes, nose and mouth.
Could you get electrocuted?
What if I’m claustrophobic?
People who say that they are afraid to use the tank because they are claustrophobic probably assume that they will be confined to an enclosed space. However, you can use the tank with the door open if you wish. You are in control of the situation and can get in and out when ever you want. You should use it in the way it’s comfortable for you. The tank is such an excellent place to go through claustrophobia that if you want to get rid of yours, it is probably the best place to do
Is it dangerous to sleep in the tank?
No, It is safe to sleep in the tank. The reason people think it may be dangerous is probably the fear of rolling over. Even those people who say they never sleep on their backs in bed, sleep on their backs in the tank. It is very difficult to roll over in the tank because of the density of the solution, and if any of the salt solution gets in your eyes, mouth or nose, it is an immediate signal that something must be done. You would wake up immediately.
Is there enough air in the tank?
Yes. The tank is designed not to be airtight, so there is a plentiful air supply.
Can two people float in the tank at the same time?
No. Floating in the tank is intended to be a private, individual experience.
FAQ – The Nature of a Float
How long do people usually stay in the tank?
We have both 60 and 90 minute sessions available. We recommend first time floaters to start with 60 min. We found that few people have a hard time lasting the full 60 min because they have trouble doing nothing or being alone with their thoughts for that period of time. It’s those that have trouble relaxing are those that benefit the most.
What will it be like for me?
We don’t know what it will be like for you since it is such an individual experience. The most common reports are profound peace and relaxation, deep concentration and creativity. We like to avoid saying too much before people use the pod, so that they aren’t influenced by what someone else says. Not only will it be different for you than it is for anyone else, it will be different each time.
Do I need to float more than once?
Much like meditation, floating is a practice. It is common to have a pleasant and relaxing experience during your first float, and many people find that the experience strengthens each time. You may only realize the full therapeutic potential of floating after multiple sessions. Many people find that floating 1-2 times a month allows them to maintain the benefits of floating indefinitely.
Is there a best time to use the tank?
No. This is a matter of individual preference. Some people prefer morning, some prefer night. The best way to find out is to experiment by using the tank at different times of the day.
Will I be able to resume my daily activities when I get out?
Yes. And it may be good to arrange your time so you don’t have to rush. Many people enjoy savoring the peace and quiet before jumping into something hectic.
Is there a cumulative effect of using the tank on a regular basis?
Yes. There seems to be a cumulative effect with consistent use of the tank. Relaxation is a learned art that needs practice.