Frequently asked questions
Do I have to float naked?
We recommend floating in your birthday suit! Its actually cleaner and much more comfortable for you during your float to float naked. If you feel more comfortable bringing your suit with you, please do! We'll talk you through everything when you arrive - and if you still feel like you want to wear your swim suit, you are welcome to do so. Your comfort is our #1 priority :)
Why should I float?
Many people float for many reasons. Often we hear about those who float due to chronic pain or difficulty managing stress or anxiety.
Those who float for pain management tell us that the epsom salt in the float tanks helps to alleviate discomfort they've struggled with for years, finding the float tank one of the few places where they experience no pain.
For those who struggle with stress or anxiety, the float tank is a quiet refuge away from distractions, where you can disconnect from the noise and reconnect to yourself. We live in a plugged in world and its difficult for us to find spaces that are truly quiet - with noise pollution, to screaming children, to the sound of your notifications on your phone - we are all constantly stimulated. Floating provides a solution.
How early should I arrive?
Please arrive 15 minutes early to allow plenty of time for a tour of the center and to fill out your waiver, if you haven't done so before you arrive.
Can I float if I have dreadlocks?
Yes! We offer dreadlock caps that some people like to use, or you can let your locs float freely in the tank. You'll want to make sure to rinse thoroughly after your float, as your dreds will be very salty after your session!
Can I float if I dye my hair?
For neutral color tones, you can float after you've washed your hair 5 times.
If you're neon, we ask that you wait until the water runs clear in your shower before entering the float tank.
Can I float on my period?
If you will not bleed through a tampon in an hour, you are good to go for a float. In fact, floating during your cycle is one of the best times to float, as your body is typically depleted of essential minerals, due to the hormonal function of your cycle.
We provide vaseline, which you can use to coat the end of your tampon string to keep things sanitary.
If you use a diva cup, ensure you are confident it won't tip while your in the tank.
What's the best order to do experiences?
We personally recommend an infrared sauna before a float. The infrared sauna will relax you before you even enter the tank, facilitating a deeper relaxation sooner during your float session.
In Auburn, we recommned an infrared sauna, followed by a massage and finished with a float session. (Epsom salt is magical in its ability to move stiffness and soreness out of muscles that get worked during a massage)
In Sacramento, we recommend the somadome, followed by the infrared sauna, and finished with a float. The somadome will help get your mind 'in the zone' before beginning the other experiences in the center.
Does floating dehydrate me?
In fact, its exactly the opposite. The float tank is going to provide you with a super charged dose of magnesium, which is an essential mineral for cellular hydration. After your float, you'll notice smoother skin and hair - and a relaxed state of mind, which is a direct result of the hydrating affect of the float tank.
How much salt is in there?
1,100 - 1,200 lbs of pharmaceutical grade Epsom Salt. :0 This concentration creates a buyoant environment where you float effortlessly on the surface.
Help I got water in my ear!
Uh Oh. That's annoying. Not to worry, it happens sometimes. The following are our best tips for getting water out of your ear.
First dissolve the salt:
While it may seem somewhat counterproductive, you'll want to flush your ear with warm water to dissolve the salt crystals. Tilt your head so the problematic ear faces up, and use an eye dropper to fill your ear with water. Now wait ten seconds and then flip over so the water plugged ear faces down. The stuck and added water should drain out. You can also tug on your earlobe a bit to help slosh the water around.
Oftentimes, this method resolves the issue of water/salt in your ears. If that doesn't work, try the following to remove water trapped in your ear.
Vinegar and Alcohol Method
Using vinegar and alcohol has the added benefit of keeping bacteria from growing in the ears, which can help prevent ear infections. Mix one part rubbing alcohol with one part vinegar and apply to the inside of the ears with an eye dropper or saturate a cotton ball with the solution. Do not use more than three or four drops at a time. Gently drop the soultion into the ear. Wait 30 seconds before tilting your head sideways to allow the ear to drain. The alcohol helps to evaporate water, while the vinegar keeps bacteria at bay.
Jiggle it a Little Bit
Though it may sound strange, jiggling the ear can beak any seal the stuck water may have formed and allow the water trapped in the ear to drain out. After tilting the head to the side, jiggle the earlobe. If this is not enough, shake your head carefully from side to side to dislodge the water.
When all else fails, try gravity. Lay on your side with the water plugged ear facing down. Remaining in this position for several minutes can be enough to encourage the water to drain out of the ear.
Hydrogen Peroxide (last resort!)
Hydrogen peroxide can help not only drain water from the ears but also remove earwax, bacteria, and debris. Place four drops of 3% hydrogen peroxide into the ear canal. Wait about three minutes, then tilt your head to the side with the plugged ear facing down to allow the water to drain. Never use this method if you have or suspect that you have a perforated eardrum, an ear infection, or tympanostomy (ear) tubes.
Can I float with a sunburn?
Surprisingly, the salty water actually soothes painful sunburns and helps expedite the healing process! (Turn that burn into a base tan, amiright?)
If you have an open wound, of course floating is not a good idea :) But a sunburn will be soothed and heal faster if you hop in the tank!