Do I need to bring anything?
If you wear contacts, it’s good to bring a case, your solution, and your glasses. We provide a towel, earplugs, shower slippers, soap, shampoo and even a hairdryer. You are welcome to bring your own towels if you require more than one. Since floating is done in the nude, you won’t need a swimsuit, this can become a distraction to the floater and the salt can dry on a part of your suit and become irritable. You can bring a change of clothes for after your post float shower, if you wish. We recommend to bring or wear loose clothing for easier change afterwards and not have on makeup, lotions, and perfumes.
What if I dye or color my hair?
Your hair will get wet, though the water is neutral and the Epsom Salt is not harsh at all but if you dye your hair, we require you to wait at least 14 days after you dye your hair, to give your color time to set in completely.
HAIR COLOR POLICY: Those with vibrant hair dyes (red, blue, purple, green, etc…) we require you to wait at least 30 days to float (until no color bleeds out in your shower and on towels) AND wear a tight-fitted swim cap (you provide) while floating. We've found that these dyes ( bright color permanent and temporary dyes) can leach out of hair for many months after you've colored, which will alter the chemistry of our float water. You cannot float if you have Henna coloring in your hair (or a Henna tattoo).
If you spray tan your skin, it must completely be set on your skin and not wash off on your towels at home before floating!
Special Note: If you use a Keratin hair smoothing treatment, hair professionals recommend staying out of salt water and this includes Epsom Salt. So if you use this product we recommend taking precautions against getting your hair fully wet by using a high quality swimmer’s cap to keep as much water out as possible and float with the Nekdoodle (provided in our center).
What if I get Epsom salt water in my ears?
We have silicone mold able ear plugs available to use, it’s optional, its like swimming in the ocean. There are instructions in the room on how to correctly use them but if you do get water in your ears and crystals form, mix 50/50 water and vinegar solution to rinse out your ears to dissolve the crystals.
What if I’m claustrophobic?
People with claustrophobia consistently report no problems with floating. You’re always in control of your environment, and you can get out anytime. You can leave the lid open, leave the light on or listen to music during your session, it’s your call.
Can I drown if I fall asleep?
No. Many people fall asleep, but the water is so buoyant you stay afloat. The worst that can happen is getting woken up by a bit of salt water in your eyes, nose and mouth.
What is the new customer waiver say?
By signing this float center Release of Liability and Waiver, I acknowledge that I am responsible for my own health. Enlighten Float associates / technicians are not health care practitioners and cannot diagnose and or treat individual health issues.
In the event that I have reason to believe that medical clearance must be obtained prior to floating, I agree to first consult a physician and obtain written permission from a physician prior to floating.
Please check the following boxes:
I have not recently colored my hair (within the last two weeks) or have used permanent/semi-permanent dyes within the last 30 days that can stain the water & floatation pod.
I understand I am not to use my own personal shower products before going into the floatation pod.
I am not under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
I do not have a history of heart trouble, epilepsy, seizures or blackouts.
I have not in the last 24 hours had a high fever or any symptoms of the flu.
I am also liable for any contamination to the solution including hair dyes, oils, other products, bodily fluids and any damage to the pod due to negligence or unsafe behavior. If any contamination or damage occurs, I will be responsible for replacing the water/Epsom salt solution & clean-up costs of up to $1500.
Consequently, in light of the foregoing, I hereby waive any and all claims, liabilities, or damages for personal injuries that I may experience directly or indirectly from participating.
Guest Signature (Parent Signature for under 18 yrs.) Date
How are the pods kept clean?
Float tank water is generally cleaner, in fact, than most swimming pools or hot tubs because only one person uses them at a time, and they aren’t sweating or wearing sunblock and also are required to shower before getting in. Additionally, we take keeping our water clean very seriously. The water in our pods is completely filtered through our high-tech filtration system through a 10 micron filter and we have the added benefits of UV light and hydrogen peroxide which sanitizes the water between each float and all through the night.
Our tanks have 1000+ lbs of Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salts) in 10 inches of water! This brings our ‘salt’ concentration to nearly 35%. The effects of high levels of this ‘salt’ for sanitation have been known for hundreds of years.
Dr. Oscar Pancorbo, a microbiologist and Director of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) addressed the issue of microorganism viability in high salt environments. He says, "no pathogenic organisms can survive salt concentrations above approximately 10 percent". Our tank concentration exceeds this 3 times over!
According to Dr. David K. Ryan, Professor of Chemistry at University of MA, "The only organisms that could possibly live in this environment are halophylic or halotolerant bacteria that have adapted to high salt concentrations and are found in the environment at places like the Great Salt Lake or the Dead Sea. These organisms are not pathogenic and do not pose a threat to humans."
In addition to the natural cleansing properties of Epsom salt, we also have a pool filter system that uses a 10 micron bag filter.
All the water in the tank is circulated multiple times between every user to pull out any organic impurities in the water. A 35% solution of hydrogen peroxide (h202) to help break down the organic matter so the filters do an even better job of keeping the water sparkling clean.
We also have a UV filter system. While this is considered overkill by those who measure sanitation, we have it as an extra precaution required to ensure that all bacteria is eliminated.
Can I bring a friend?
Absolutely! Customers enjoy sharing this experience with another. You cannot float together in the same tank, only one person per tank, per room is allowed, but you can book floats at the same time. If you have three to four in your group, we can typically see all at the same time, our schedule is staggered for individuals. Just note on your booking that you are coming together.
What types of pods do you have?
We have four Dreampods, they are one of the most luxurious, full featured floatation tanks on the market. Features light therapy inside each pod and music can be uploaded if you choose your own. It requires over 1000 pounds of Epsom salt to get the solution just perfect for floating.
Can I float if I’m menstruating?
Yes. Just follow the same protocol you would if you were to go swimming in a pool (tampons or menstrual cups are required, please use your best judgement). We would be happy to reschedule your session, please give us as much notice as possible.
What if I have sensitive skin?
There are a few people that do have skin reactions to all that Magnesium Sulfates in the float tank, especially in the private areas of the skin, there are several factors as to why. Read about it on this blog.
What is the age limit to float?
We recommend the youngest be at least 12 years old. Females that have not started their menstruation cycles can experience severe sensitivity on their private areas before puberty due to the large amounts of Epsom Salts. We recommend that they wait until after this occurs.
Also, those with mobility issues that may need assistance getting in and out of the pod, please bring someone to assist you, float personnel cannot help those due to liability reasons.
Can I float if I am pregnant?
Definitely. Floating can relieve a lot of the aches and pains due to pregnancy. If you are in your first trimester, please consult with your physician before coming in. We ask you do not float after 38 weeks as well.
Can I float if I'm sick or suffering from allergies?
If you’re coughing, sneezing, or your nose is running, floating is not a good idea and be unpleasant experience. Also, if you are contagious with cold or flu, we require you to wait until symptoms are clear and have no fever. We will be glad to help you reschedule your appointment.
Can I get dehydrated from soaking for so long?
No. Your skin doesn’t even prune up. You do absorb the wonderful benefits of magnesium from the Epsom salt during your float. Go to Benefits of Floating page to see the list.
How long is the float session?
A 60 minute float session is approximately 50-55 minutes of floating time in the Dream Pod, depending on how long your pre-float shower takes. You are usually taking your post float shower by the time the filtration pump turns on and you are dressed and out of the room by the time the 15 minute filtration cycle ends.
A 90 minute float session is approximately 75-80 minutes of floating time in the Dream Pod, depending on how long your pre-float shower takes. You are usually taking your post float shower by the time the filtration pump turns on and you are dressed and out of the room by the time the 15 minute filtration cycle ends.
New customers should arrive 10 minutes beforehand for your first float so that you can sign our new customer waiver, change into our Pali sandals and watch a quick 6 minute Introduction to Floating video. Regular floaters can arrive 5 minutes early just so they can change into our sandals and use the restroom if needed.
Do I need to do anything before I float?
Refrain from consuming caffeine for as long as possible before your session so you don't have stimulants in your system. We don’t recommend you shave or wax before your float appointment, the salt water can irritate freshly shaved skin. Eat something light 30-60 minutes since an empty stomach can be distracting. Also, please review our hair color policy. Thank you!
What are the differences in your floatation pods/tanks?
There are some small aesthetic differences in the pods/tanks but once you’re inside, the experience is the same, dark, warm, quiet, and you float on 10-12 inches of water saturated with 1000 to 1200 pounds of Epsom salts.