Float FAQ's

New to the experience? Here are some answers you may find helpful. Make sure to check out our "Your First Float" page for more info.

*If you'd like to float before 10am, call 831-295-7312 or request with our "Contact Us" form.

Will I drown if I fall asleep?

Nope. Some people fall asleep, but the water is so buoyant that everyone, whatever shape or size, floats effortlessly. Just remember not to wipe your eyes or else you’ll be in for a short bout of saltwater pain.


Do I wear anything inside of the tank?

Floating is a private experience, so most people don’t wear anything. To get the most out of R.E.S.T. we recommend floating in the nude.


Are these tanks clean?

The massive amount of Epsom salt added makes the water highly sterile. Aside from this natural cleanliness, the water is fully filtered 7 times between each float, utilizing a UV and hydrogen peroxide sterilization system as well as a cartridge filter. Take a look at the “Our Tanks” page for more info.


What if I’m claustrophobic?

People with claustrophobia consistently report no problems with floating; being in the tanks feels more like drifting in a vast empty space than being "trapped" inside of a box. Just remember that you’re in total control of the environment and can get in and out of the tank anytime.


Do I have to stay in the whole time?

As stated above, you can get out anytime you wish. That said, even a 90 minute float usually goes by faster than you’d expect. 


Can more than one person float in a single tank?

Sorry, we only allow one person at a time in these tanks.  As interesting as a "friendship float" might be, floating with another would take away from the solitude and restricted stimulus environment we aim to provide. We do have two tanks though, so bring that friend along and share the experience!


Do I need to bring anything for my float?

Bring anything that you'd normally use post-shower— a hair brush, lotion, contact lens care products, etc. Other than some particular personal items, we'll provide everything you should need for your float experience (towels, earplugs, body wash/shampoo/conditioner). Each room is fully private, so your belongings will be safe with you inside.


What if i can't get my hair wet?

If you can't wash or get your head wet, you should bring a waterproof (e.g. silicone) swim cap, although be aware that no swim cap is perfect, and leaking is common around the ears and jaw!


Can I float if I just dyed my hair?

Unfortunately, there's no guarantee that the Epsom salt won’t strip some color from your hair. If you're willing to take that risk all we ask is that you've given time for the dye to set, and that no color comes out when you shower at home. If your hair dye doesn't leech out onto your towels after drying, then you should be alright in the tank.


Can I float if I’m menstruating?

Yes, just use the same precautions you'd use for a swimming pool or hot tub.


Can I float if I’m pregnant?

Generally floating is not advised if you're in the first or nearing the end of your third trimester. That said, floating can provide great relief for the aches and pains of pregnancy, in addition to helping create an even deeper connection between mother and unborn child. Here's a page we found that answers some common questions surrounding floating and pregnancy, with pictures suggesting different ways pregnant women may find comfort while floating. For your safety and ours, please consult with your physician or midwife before coming in.


Can anyone NOT float? 

If you are currently suffering from any severe medical condition, epilepsy, severe skin rash, or incontinence, then we must ask that you refrain from floating until those conditions have improved.  Please consult with your physician before booking a float.


Is there anything I should do to prepare?

Try to abstain from caffeine or other stimulants for several hours beforehand. Also, try not to wax or shave the day of your float since the salt water will sting irritated/sensitive skin— the same goes for fresh tattoos and more serious cuts or scrapes. Eat a light meal an hour or two ahead of time to keep your stomach from making potentially distracting noise.


What if I need to use the bathroom?

Gently sit up with closed eyes and reach toward the door for the small towel to wipe your hands and face. Open the door, gently dry off to make sure you're not dripping, then head down the hall to the bathroom. Try not to stress over getting out of the tank— as soon as you climb back in it’ll only take a few minutes to enter into that state of deep relaxation again.

It should go without saying, but please, no bodily fluids in the tank (blood, spit, mucous, etc.); not only is the process of draining a tank laborious and costly, but it steals away time from others who've booked floats.


What if I get thirsty?

Bring a water bottle into the room with you and leave it just outside of the tank door. If you happen to get thirsty simply pop out and grab a drink.


How long is a typical float?

We recommend that your first few floats be 60 minutes long just to get acquainted with the space. Those who already have a practice (martial arts, yoga, meditation) and/or are accustomed to the longer time domain may desire to float for 90 minutes their first time.


Can I drive home afterward? 

Driving immediately after a float generally isn't an issue, but it's quite possible that you'll feel so relaxed that you might need a bit of time to readjust or process your experience. Take your time— our chairs are comfy and the tea's delicious.


Is there a right or wrong way to float?

The great thing about floating is that you have the freedom to experience the space in a number of ways. Some floaters like to get in and focus on their breath, visualize, recite a mantra, do a body scan, or even listen to their choice of music.  While many people choose to jump right into the full sensory restriction experience, if the idea of being alone with yourself in the dark is in any way daunting, keep the lights on or the door open, or let us know to keep the music playing for you— this is YOUR experience.

As far as body position is concerned, people commonly find comfort in having their hands above their head, resting out at their sides or resting on their stomach. We'll provide a neck pillow and pool noodle for additional support if necessary. Try out a few positions, and once you think you've found the most comfortable just relax and experience the space.


How many times should i float?

The general consensus is that it takes somewhere from 3 to 5 floats to really "get the hang of it." Aside from getting acclimated it really depends on what you plan to use the tank for and how often you feel that it's necessary. Some choose to float every two weeks for a "restart" when they begin to feel burnt out, while others float once or more a week to maintain an inherent feeling of responsive calm and optimized well being. Ultimately it's up to you to decide how to incorporate floating as a practice in your life.


Still curious?

Call 831-295-7312 or visit our "Contact Us" page to get in touch.