First Float FAQ

Insights into floating and its benefits

When not to float

  • After shaving or waxing
  • If you have lathered yourself in perfume/aftershave
  • If you are severely sun burnt
  • If you have eaten a large meal or nothing at all (you will be distracted by the sounds of your gargling stomach)
  • 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 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 advise from their health care provider before coming in.
  • If you have had chemotherapy (you will need to wait 2 months)

 

Is this new-agey mumbo-jumbo?

Floating has been around for over 50 years and is backed up by hundreds of published research studies—no mumbo or jumbo here.

Do I need to bring anything?

You may bring a brush/comb and if you wear contact lenses, bring a case to store them in. You do not need to bring swimwear in as you float naked. We supply everything else, towels, gowns, ear plugs, shampoo/conditioner and hairdryers.

How do you keep the tanks clean?

We filter the tanks entirely after use and keep them sanitised. The saline solution does not support parasitic, fungal or bacterial life in the water. Our tanks are much safer than using a public pool or spa.

Will my skin wrinkle?

No. The epsom salt in the water is a natural skin emollient.  Your skin will feel silky smooth.

What if I’m claustrophobic?

Being in the pod is more like floating in space than being in an enclosed space. You’re always in control of your environment. You may keep the sliding door open and light on. People with extreme cases of claustrophobia have consistently reported no problems.

Can I drown if I fall asleep?

No. Some people fall asleep and as the water is so buoyant you stay afloat. At worst, you may be woken up by a bit of salt water in your eyes.

Can I bring a friend?

Absolutely. We have two tanks available.

Can I float if I am pregnant?

Pregnant women love floating and many report feeling a deeper connection to their baby. There is even a special position you can float in that relieves all of the weight of your baby off of your body. If you are in your first trimester, or have any concerns, please consult with your physician before coming in.

Is the water hot like a spa?

No. The water is warmed to skin receptor neutral temperature, 34.5 degrees. It’s not hot and it’s not cold. This is the ideal temperature for floating for long periods.

Are there any negative side effects?

There are virtually no negative side-effects. All the effects of deep sensory relaxation are wholly beneficial and work simultaneously at a physical, mental and emotional level.

Do I wear anything in the tank?

You are alone in the tank with yourself. We do not wear a swimming costume as this presses against the body and takes away from the experience. It’s just like getting in to a bath really.

What is epsom salt?

Epsom Salt is Magnesium Sulphate and is non toxic. It has been used for centuries for it’s healing properties. It raises the density of the water making you float and it softens your skin. It’s also great to soak in if you have a magnesium sulphate deficiency.

Will I have enough air in the pod?

Yes. There is a vent that allows air to be expelled and fresh air to come into the pod.

What if I have a small cut on my leg/arm?

As long as it’s a small cut and not an open wound, you can cover the scratch/cut with a skin barrier ointment, which we supply. This means nothing is going to come in or out of your cut.