First Timers

Helpful tips for enjoying your float session before you float:

  • Avoid caffeine and other stimulants (such as energy drinks or diet pills) before you float. Please remove your contact lenses before floating.
  • If you shave within 2-3 hours of floating, your skin may sting for a short time due to the saltwater, so please keep this in mind when scheduling your float time.
  • Small cuts or abrasions may be sealed with petroleum jelly to prevent irritation by the Epsom salts.
  • We supply everything needed, soap, shampoo, robes, ear plugs and a bath towel for showering before and after your float. We don’t provide a swimsuit because the saltwater makes a swimsuit distracting enough that most people prefer floating in their birthday suit.
  • Although some people think they may be claustrophobic inside the tank, after they see it, they find that it is not as scary as they had envisioned it in their mind. Remember keeping the light on is always an option.
  • Do not freshly apply oils, lotions or perfumes, please take off the make-up.

During your float:

Open the tank door and step in. Hold on to the safety bars and ease yourself into the water. When you lay down, the top half of your body will be pushed up out of the water. When you first get settled in, your body may slowly drift from one side of the tank to the other. This will only last a few minutes. If this is your first experience, you may notice some tension in your neck. Until a person gets used to being buoyant, it may take a moment to let go and relax all of the muscles. Relax your neck and you will float comfortably. Don’t put pressure on yourself to become instantly relaxed. Some people worry because they think they’re taking too long to relax. It takes most people at least 20 minutes for all of their muscles to relax. The less you think about it, the more you’ll enjoy your float. Many people prefer to float with either their arms at their sides or with their hands clasped behind their head. Feel free to experiment and find the position that is most comfortable for you. We recommend taking advantage of the weightlessness by doing a little stretching and twisting in the water. It’s very enjoyable.

After your float:

Remember, you may exit the float tank as you wish at any time. When you’re ready to exit the float tank, sit up slowly to regain your balance. Be sure to keep your head tilted back to allow the water to run off your head. Doing this will avoid getting saltwater in your eyes. Open the door, stand up slowly and allow your body to readjust to the pull of gravity before exiting the float tank. Stand in the float tank a few seconds to allow the saltwater to drain from your body. Squeeze the excess water from your hair, and wipe excess water from your body before exiting. Be sure to shower once again to remove all the saltwater from your hair and skin.

Don’t float if:

  • You are an epileptic and your epilepsy is not under medical control;
  • Before consuming alcohol or drugs;
  • If you have any open wounds or infectious diseases;
  • If you have Henna coloring in your hair, or a Henna tattoo;
  • If in doubt, check with your health care provider.