What is Floating?

Floating is a practice that takes place in one of our spacious, state of the art, Floatation Tanks.  

The tanks are filled with 10 inches of water and about 1,500 pounds of epsom salt. This creates a super saturated salty solution that allows you to float effortlessly.  

The air and solution inside the tank are maintained to meet the temperature of your skin, allowing you to lose track of where your body ends and the air begins.  

Your private float room was constructed to be as soundproof as possible. This allows your body to relax even more as you float in a very sound reduced environment.

The detachment from external senses allows you to completely disconnect from the outside world. Your mind is now able to remove clutter without distraction, your brain pumps out dopamine and endorphins, and your body can recharge, heal, and de-stress.

The epsom salt solution contains essential minerals that leave you feeling deeply relaxed and vibrant as the tension in your body floats away. It's a crazy world at times and floating is likely to be the most relaxing thing you and your body have ever experienced!

An intro to floating by Float House in Vancouver BC

Brief History

You may ask yourself, "is this some new age mumbo jumbo?" Of course not. Float tanks have actually been around since the 1950's. In fact, the first tank was invented by neuroscientist, Dr. John C. Lilly in 1954. Years later, in 1973, Lilly teamed up with Glenn and Lee Perry to design the first float tank to be used commercially and in people's homes. They called it the 'Samadhi'. By 1979 the first float center was open to the public in Beverly Hills, Ca., included 5 tanks, and was run by Samadhi.

Float centers started popping up all around the world for years but took a drastic decline in the 1990's. Finally there was regrowth in the 2000's, and by 2010 float tanks reached their 2nd boom.   

Float tank manufacturers have doubled in the past 2 years and are still growing. The float community holds international conferences every year where people from around the world gather to spread the word to more and more people every day. Float centers are at an all time high and we are seeing more centers opening their doors every month. 


Joe Rogan on the Float Tank

Float Nation - Full Documentary

Frequently Asked Questions

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. You're in complete control of your environment at all times. If you're a little apprehensive, you're more than welcome to float with the tank door open, or even propped open by a towel. There is no rush in floating and you can ease into the experience at your own pace :).

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.  We also play music at the end of your session to let you know when your time is up. If we think you fell asleep, we'll typically wake you with some "Eye of the Tiger", or maybe even some "ACDC" :).   

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.

can if 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 water 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.

How is the solution kept clean?

  1. 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 solution. Here is 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 solution.

    • As a safer alternative to Ozone (a chemical gas) in enclosed environments, UV light in conjunction with hydrogen peroxide is steadily becoming the preferred method of filtration for water treatment facilities across the world. This includes 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 solution.

    • Bad Bad Fan - Ventilation systems which includes both passive and forced fan air circulation.

  2. Five Complete Filtration Cycles - Our solution 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 solution 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. 

How long do I stay in the tank?

Each float is up to 90 minutes in length, but you can always get out when 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 due to the salt solution.  

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.

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