Have a Question About Floating? We Have Answers!
Below are some common questions we get asked. If you still have more questions, please feel free to call us or use the contact page to send through a question!
Q. How do I prepare for a float?
Avoid any stimulants and caffeine before your float. We suggest not shaving or waxing the day of your float as the skin can be irritated by the Epsom salts which will make it sting. Remove any eye contacts so as to not cause any irritation and only enjoy a small meal 1-2 hours before your float.
Q. Do I need to bring anything?
You may want to bring some personal toiletries (hair brush, deodorant, makeup) for after your float. Other than that, we provide everything you will need (towels, earplugs, body wash etc).
Q. Do I float naked?
Yes! Floating naked is highly recommended. Fabric can interfere/stimulate your sense of touch. That said it’s entirely up to you, if you are concerned then you could bring along old bathers or old underwear to use. Do what makes you feel comfortable!
Q. Will I get dehydrated from Floating?
No, your skin doesn’t even prune up! You do absorb a lot of magnesium from the Epsom salt and you won’t overdose, as your body will stop absorbing once you have the optimum levels.
Q. Can I float with the lid open?
Absolutely! If you suffer from claustrophobia you can leave the lid open. You are in complete control. The pod doesn’t have a lock or latches and is well ventilated. You can open the door at any time.
Q. Is there a right way to do it?
Nope. Each person should find whatever position is comfortable for them. Some people float with their hands at their sides, some with their hands folded across their chest or abdomen, or behind their heads. You can keep your head at either end or sit up if you like. You may float with the door open or closed. Explore what’s best for you!
Q. What if I fall asleep?
Please, go right ahead! Don’t worry about rolling over; the highly concentrated salt solution keeps you afloat and makes it difficult to roll over. The deep state of relaxation you will be in will limit the bodies urges to shift.
Q. How will I know when it’s time to get out?
You will either hear some music gently fade in or out, we also have lights within the tank that turn on to indicate that it is time to hop out or if all else fails the gentle hum of the pump starting will alert you!
Q. How is the tank kept clean?
Water quality and cleanliness are top priorities. The Epsom Salt solution is highly sterile and the water in the tank is run multiple times through a rigorous filtration system between each float session then sanitised with chlorine and bromine as required in accordance with Grade three aquatic facility regulations. The Exmouth Shires local Health Inspector regularly samples the water quality to ensure the health and safety of our clients.
Q. Who invented this concept?
Dr. John C. Lily – an American physician, neuroscientist, psychoanalyst, psychonaut, philosopher, writer and inventor. The first float tank was developed in 1954. These involved full submersion in water and a breathing device that completely covered your face. The first lay down, commercial tanks were invented in the early 70’s.
Q. Is this new age mumbo-jumbo?
Floating has been around for over 40 years and is backed up by hundreds of published research studies — no mumbo-jumbo here!
Q. Who should avoid float tanks?
- If you are severely sunburnt or have just had a fresh tattoo within the past 5 days
- If you have dyed your hair with a water based dye
- If you are intoxicated by alcohol or drugs
- If you are pregnant and you have not received permission from your health care practitioner
- If you are suffering from an unstable mental health condition, such as psychosis or have suicidal tendencies
- If you have kept your contact lenses in
- If you are an epileptic where seizures could endanger your safety in the float tank
- If you have extremely low blood pressure
- If you have impaired kidney disease
- If you have a severe skin condition (eczema) or a contagious disease or infectious skin condition and open/infected wounds
- If it has been less than two weeks since you experienced gastroenteritis/diarrhoea
- Those with asthma, a heart condition, diabetes should seek advice from their healthcare provider before coming in.
- If you have had chemotherapy (you will need to wait 2 months)
“Float in Zero Gravity... Clear your mind... Heal your body... Connect with your inner self"
Dr John C Lilly | Creator of Floatation Therapy