Comfort is key. You should eat an hour or two before your arrival at the float center, not right before. Caffeine can hinder your ability to relax, so it should be avoided beforehand. Do not shave within 4-6 hours of your visit as the highly saline water will sting. It is imperative that you wait at least 72 hours before floating if you have dyed your hair or used any tanning products. You will be in a completely private room for both your shower and your float session, so you needn't wear anything more than you'd wear in your shower or tub at home. In fact, we recommend that you float in your birthday suit--but if you're more comfortable in a bathing suit by all means wear that instead.
Please note: Hair extensions and keratin treatments most likely will not survive our dense saltwater! We accept no liability for damage to hair. If you do choose to float in spite of that risk, you must bring and use a suitable tight-fitting swim cap.
THE FLOAT EXPERIENCE
Once you check in, you are directed to a private spa suite that includes a dressing area, a shower and a floatation spa. Towels, earplugs, cotton swabs and petroleum jelly are provided. (Remember to remove contact lenses, and we suggest covering any recent cuts or scratches with petroleum jelly prior to floating.) You'll shower thoroughly before entering the spa to remove any hair products, deodorants, perfumes or lotions so as not to contaminate the spa water. Unlike the water in a bath or pool, the highly saline water in the spa will make your skin and hair very soft. We recommend that you wear your birthday suit. Carefully enter the spa cabin and recline... relax... breathe.
The temperature of the spa water is kept at around 94.5 degrees, your "skin-receptor neutral," which means you lose track of where your body ends and the water begins. The spas are insulated against light and sound. Once you settle in, the lights can be turned off (or left on if you prefer), music can be turned on or off, and you begin your journey. You may even fall asleep – and it's perfectly safe if you do, as the 800+ pounds of Epsom Salt keeps your body cradled and floating safely on top of the water. We'll turn lights back on to signal you when your float time is up. Carefully exit the spa cabin and enjoy another shower to remove the salt. Afterwards, feel free to spend some time in the relaxation room while you enjoy water, tea or chai.
A WORD ABOUT THE WATER Sanitation is of the utmost importance to us and you may rest assured that you are floating in a clean and safe environment. The salt (magnesium sulfate) content (three times denser than the Dead Sea, but cleaner!) doesn't allow anything to grow or survive, including bacteria, viruses or other sources of contamination. The filtration system is run approximately 20 minutes between appointments, allowing the water to be thoroughly filtered between guests. In addition, an ozonator is used to kill any microbacteria. Frequent testing ensures that all recommended guidelines for water quality are being met.