Frequently Asked Questions
1) Do I need to bring anything?
Nope…we provide soap, shampoo, conditioner, towels, combs, hair spray, hair dryer, q-tips, ear plugs, make-up removers, shower slippers…..if you wear contact lenses please bring a case to keep them while you float.
2) I’m claustrophobic can I float?
Our tanks are incredibly spacious, 97” long, 51” wide, 78” high, and you are in complete control of every aspect of your float. How open or closed the door is and how on or off the music and lights are. Most people who have a concern about feeling claustrophobic find that it vanishes almost immediately once they begin floating.
3) Can I float if I’m menstruating?
Yes, follow the same protocol as when Swimming.
4) Can I float if I’m pregnant?
ABSOLUTELY!! It’s not only safe but incredibly therapeutic. Floating at zero gravity relieves all stresses & pressure from your body and creates the perfect environment for you to connect with your baby.
*if you have a high risk pregnancy please consult with your physician first.
5) Is Floating good for my skin?
Both your skin and hair will be silky smooth after floating thanks to your body’s absorption of magnesium sulphate.
6) What is the water temperature?
The water is the same temperature as your skin. We keep it as closely as we can to 94°F. It’s difficult to know where your body ends and the water begins.
To ease your transition into the tank we suggest you keep your showering a little cooler than usual.
7) How do you keep your tank water & room clean?
We take care our tank water very seriously…
After each client:
- The filtering system is activated by our staff, the water passes through the filtering system for 20 minutes assuring an optimum physical cleanliness of the water.
- Water is also pumped by a UV light ray, taking care of any micro-organisms that survive the extreme salt content of the water
- The ozone treatment removes water impurities and microorganisms, reduces chemical usage. Ozone works by penetrating the cells and damaging the DNA of any slight remaining bacteria.
- We are regulated by Fraser Health that randomly sends an inspector to test the water
- We disinfect the outer and inside parts of the tank
- Shower is cleaned, disinfected and dried
- Towels are changed
- Slippers are changed and disinfected
- The floors are washed, disinfected and dried
8) How often should I float?
For the first time floater we suggest 3 times in 3 weeks then 2-3 times a month provides the most benefit.
9) Are children allowed to float?
Yes, no problem for children to float, however, children under the age of sixteen are required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
10) Can I drive after I float?
It’s no problem to drive, however we encourage you not to be in a hurry to get out the door after your float. We offer a variety of different teas and snacks, you’re welcome to stay for as long as you wish.
11) How many people can float at the same time?
We have two private tank rooms, so 2 people can float at same time.
12) Can two people float together?
No, 1 person per tank. Even though our tanks are spacious they are built for 1. If 2 people float together they will interact with each other which will cause you to lose the sensory deprivation experience.
13) Do I need to bring a bathing suit?
No, floating is done naked. Wearing anything such as a bathing suit swim cap or jewelry can be a distraction. Your room is entirely private.
14) How should I prepare for my float session?
Avoid caffeine and other stimulants as they will prevent your nervous system from slowing down. Eat a light snack to avoid being hungry but not so much that your digesting a heavy meal. It’s best to avoid shaving or waxing up to 2hours before your float as the salt content will sting a bit and although this will fade in a few short minutes it will definitely be a distraction.
15) Can I drown if I fall asleep?
No. It’s not possible to drown in the tank. The water is only 11″ deep and has a very very high density of salt. This water is buoyant and will support you regardless of your size or weight. If you were to turn over the salt in the water would sting your eyes and wake you. Additionally it’s not dangerous to fall asleep in the tank. We actually encourage it! One hour of sleep in the tank is roughly equivalent to 4 hours of regular sleep.
16) What happens if I get salt water in my eyes?
It’s going to sting but no worries…you can use your facecloth to wipe your eyes or just open the door flush out your eyes under the shower, towel dry your face well and then get back in the tank.
17) How do I know my session is over?
We will let you know your session is over with music and a gentle light.
18) Is there anyone who’s not permitted to float?
Anyone suffering from the following is advised not to float for their own safety as well as the safety of all clients:
- I have open wounds
- Infections skin or respiratory disorder
- Epilepsy or serious mental conditions
- A high risk pregnancy
- Under the influence of drugs and alcohol
- I suffer or have suffered from heart disease, diabetes, unless, in the opinions of my physician, my disease is under medical control so that I am insufficient safety to use the flotation tank