Do I need to bring anything with me?
If you have longer hair, you may want to bring a comb. Also, something to put your contact lenses into while you’re in the tank. Other than that, we provide everything you need (towels, robes, earplugs, body wash/shampoo…) Each room is fully private, and you go into the tanks nude, so there’s no need to bring a bathing suit.
What if I'm Claustrophobic?
People with claustrophobia consistently report no problems with floating. There is no right or wrong way to float, so you can always float with the tank door left open, or with it propped open by a towel to ease into the experience. You're in complete control of your environment, and can enter/exit the tank at any time.
What if I fall asleep?
Have no fear, people fall asleep all the time. The water is so buoyant from the salt, you stay afloat at all times. The worst that can happen is getting woken with a bit of salt in your eyes.
can i float if i just dyed my hair?
If you've recently dyed your hair and the dye still washes out in the shower (or leaves traces on towels), you must wait until that stops before you float. The salt solution can strip the product from your hair and also does a number on our float tanks. Depending on the type of dye used, it usually takes 1-2 weeks for the dye to stop coming out. Thank you for waiting to float :).
I just got a tatoo, should i float?
Floating and fresh tattoos do not mix! Not only could floating with a fresh tattoo be painful (salt + open wounds = ouch) but the epsom salt solution could cause fading or discoloration of your tattoo and permanently ruin its aesthetic appeal. How long you should wait before floating depends on the tattoo and how quickly it heals, but tattoo artists/floaters we have talked to have suggested waiting 4-6 weeks.
How long have you been in business?
The Float Experience first opened its doors July 19, 2014.
Is the tank airtight?
The tank is designed so that it is not airtight. You'll have plenty of air. To keep the tank air fresher, an air circulation system brings additional air from the room. The air enters at the rear of the tank. You may prefer to have your head at that end.
How is the water kept clean?
Powerful Filtration - Starting out with a good source of purified water, our next priority is maintaining quality and cleanliness at all times. There are several factors that contribute to thorough cleaning of our water so, here's a rundown:
High Salt Effect - 30% Epsom salt solution in our tanks kills almost all pathogenic organisms. Any that survive are eliminated through the next two stages of filtration and disinfection - particle filtration & Advanced UV Oxidization.
NSF certified 10 micron particle filter - Removes all particulates (an average grain of beach sand is 1,000 microns!) .
Advanced UV Oxidization - A combination of strong UV light and hydrogen peroxide, which destroys any remaining contaminants and effectively disinfects the water.
As a safer alternative to Ozone (a chemical gas) in enclosed environments, hydrogen peroxide, in conjunction with UV, is steadily becoming the preferred method of filtration for water treatment facilities across the world, including our neighboring city of Orange County, which is using this system to turn waste water into drinkable water city wide.
Skimmer - Collects and removes excess oils from the water.
Bad Bad Fan - Ventilation systems which includes both passive and forced fan air circulation.
Five Complete Filtration Cycles - Our water runs through 5 complete cycles of filtration between each float, passing through each of the processes listed above. We also conduct regular testing of our water to ensure the quality and effectiveness of our filtration is top notch.
Is there anyone that shouldn't use the tank?
Here is a list of reasons NOT to float:
You’re under the influence of drugs or alcohol
You’ve received a tattoo in the last 4-6 weeks.
You have epilepsy that is not under medical control.
You’ve received a spray-on tan within the last 48 hrs.
You have a large open skin wound (there’s a lot of salt. It’ll hurt!)
You recently dyed your hair and it still washes out in the shower (or leaves traces of dye on towels).
You’re unable to enter and exit the float tank without assistance (unless you bring your own assistant).
What if I'm pregnant?
Imagine you, your soon to be newborn, and absolutely no distractions. We suggest that pregnant women inform their physicians or midwives and get their opinion prior to using the tank. The reports received from pregnant women have been enthusiastic. As your body gets heavier, floating is a great relief from the pull of gravity. You deserve it.
Can I float if I'm menstruating?
Yes. Just use the same protocol you'd use for a swimming pool or hot tub.
Is there an age limit?
Yes. Our age limit starts at 16 years old and if you're under 18 you will need a parent or guardian with you in person to visit the Float Center in order to review and sign the waiver. **If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to give us a call as we will always do our best to accommodate a mature client in need of a float.
How long do I stay in the tank?
Each float is up to 90-minutes in length, but you can get out whenever you're ready.
Can I drown if i fall asleep?
Nope. 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.
Do I eat before floating?
You can eat. We don't recommend eating a large heavy meal though, unless you enjoy listening to your stomach rumbling from time to time. We choose to eat around 90 minutes beforehand, and we keep it clean.
Is there anything else I should do to prepare?
We don't recommend shaving or waxing the same day of your float as your skin will sting for a bit from the saltwater.
If you wear contact lenses, we recommend removing them prior to your float.
Try to avoid caffeine at least 4-5 hours before your float. Since it's a stimulant, it tends to make it difficult to relax.