FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: What is floating in a floatation tank?

A: As explained by a pre-eminent scientist; “floating is a method of attaining the deepest rest that humankind has ever experienced.” Essentially, it’s spending an hour or so lying quietly in the dark, suspended in a warm solution of Epsom salt (800 lbs), about 10 inches deep, and so dense that you float effortlessly. The fluid and air temperature are maintained at external body temperature[around 95˚so the sensation of an absent surrounding is increased.. In short; it’s complete mental and physical relaxation.

Q: Might I be bored or frightened in a float tank?

A:You’re as close as you are ever likely to be to an experience of weightlessness; and, surprisingly, there is no feeling of being confined in a tight space.

Q: What effects does floating in a floatation tank have on the body?

A: In the gravity free environment the body balances and heals internally as all the senses are rested. Research shows that floating measurably reduces blood pressure and heart rate while lowering the levels of stress related chemicals in the body. Old injuries and aches, (especially backache) experience relief as floating helps blood circulation. Floating is used widely in the treatment of stress, anxiety, jet lag and to improve concentration and creativity. Sports performance is also enhanced during floating. Also, one hour of floating has the restorative effects of 4 hours of deep sleep.

Q: What effects does floating in a floatation tank have on the mind?

A: During a float, you produce slower brain-wave patterns; know as theta waves, (normally experienced only during deep meditation or just before falling asleep). This is usually accompanied by vivid imagery, very clear, creative thoughts, sudden insights and inspirations or feelings of profound peace and joy, induced by the release of endorphins, the body’s natural opiates. Because of these effects, floating is used effectively in the treatment of depression and addictions, including smoking and alcohol. It is also used in schools and universities as tools for Super Learning.

Q: Is floating in floatation tanks successful for everyone?

A: Floating, as with other things, doesn’t suit everybody. It needs willingness on your part to let go and see what happens, and you may need to float a few times before you are able to relax completely, both physically and mentally. Depending on your own journey through life, a float might provide an hour of total physical relaxation – or a profound healing experience, emotionally and spiritually transforming. Floating can be a wonderful aid to opening doors into your inner world, gradually allowing access to those deeper levels at which real changes take place.

Q: How big is a Chamber?

A: The dimensions of our Salt7even float rooms are 6′ Wide 10′ Long x 7′ High.

Q: What if I can’t swim?

A: Floating doesn’t require any swimming skills what so ever. You’ll actually float like a cork, and, it doesn’t matter what shape or size you are.

Q: Is it private?

A: Yes, you float within your own individual room (so there is no requirement to wear a swimming suit). The room has its own shower and is for your exclusive use for the duration of your session.

Q: Will my skin wrinkle?

A: No. Because the water contains high salt levels it doesn’t rob your skin of salt, (which is what causes wrinkling). Rather, it leaves you skin soft and silky.

Q: Am I locked inside a floatation tank?

A: No, the door simply pushes open so you can enter or exit as you please. Some people new to the experience float with the door open, but to experience the full experience the door should remain closed.

Q: How sanitary is the water?

A: The water in the float room is much cleaner than water in a swimming pool or hot tub because a high concentration of Epsom Salts creates a sterile environment in which microorganisms cannot survive.  The tank has a filter, ultra-violet purification system, and ozone injection that kicks on after each float and runs at least 4 hours after hours. We also wipe down and disinfect each room and shower after every float session which inhibits the growth of bacteria.  Clients are required to thoroughly shampoo, soap, and rinse in their own private shower before entering the float room.

Q: What should I bring?

A: Customers will receive a personal towel and high quality ear plugs to prevent the solution from entering your ears. Organic shower gel, Shampoo, and Conditioner are provide in each private shower. If you wear contact lenses, bring their case, solution, etc., a hair brush and all other personal items you may want.

Q: Does it have other names?

A: Yes: Sensory Deprivation Tank, Float Tank, Floatation Tank, and Isolation Chamber

Q: Is it difficult to do?

A: No. In fact, the less you do the better. You’ll find that each sessions becomes easier to “let go.”

Q: Do I shower before entering the float room?

A: Yes. To extend the life of the filtration system, showering beforehand is extremely important. Using the shower afterwards is also suggested to remove the coating of Epsom salt that is left on the skin and hair.

Q: What do I wear while floating?

A: You don’t wear anything while floating. Clothes and jewelery take away from the experience. Try not to shave at least 2-3 hours prior to a float otherwise, you may experience a stinging sensation for a few minutes getting in the tank. 

Q: How long does each session last?

A: 1 – 2-hours depending on the day of the week. Special 4 and 8 hour sessions are offered once a month for more experienced floaters. A general rule of thumb is stay in until you feel you are ready to get out.

Q: Should I eat before floating?

A: Eating a large meal beforehand is not suggested, however you don’t want to hear your stomach growling. Also avoid caffeine before floating for it may interfere with your ability to relax.

Q: Will I float? I don’t normally float in water.

A: Yes. It is impossible not to float in the tank. 1200 pounds of Epsom salts dissolved in the water make a buoyant solution much denser than water alone. So no matter your weight or height, you will float on your back without effort. As you lay back, the water will reach the temples; leaving your eyes, nose and mouth fully exposed.

Q: Can you fall asleep in the tank?

A: Yes. Many people safely fall asleep in the tank as a result of being so relaxed. Sleeping in the tank is encouraged.  In fact, studies have shown that an hour in the tank is equivalent to 4 hours of sleep in your bed. People may think it is unsafe due to the fear of rolling over. If this were ever to happen, the salinity of the water would irritate the eyes and nose- immediately waking the floater.

Q: Can two people float in one tank at the same time?

A: No. Floating is intended to be a private, individual experience. We have three float rooms, so up to three people can come float simultaneously at Salt7even.

Q: Is the salt dangerous to your eyes?

A: No, but it can sting a bit. Before entering the Chamber, make sure to dry your face off and keep your hands away from your eyes.

Q: Is anyone unable to use the tank?

A: People with infectious diseases and those who are epileptic[not on controlling medication for the condition] should avoid using the tank. Also people under the influence of drugs or alcohol are not allowed in the tank.

Q: Can pregnant women float?

A: Yes. Pregnant women probably get more relief from floating than most people. The extra weight carried by the mother-to-be can be very stressful due to the forces of gravity. Floating eliminates the negative effects of gravity, which causes joint pain, inflammation and stress on the organs as well as the unborn baby. Pregnant women have also reported a reduction of erratic movements of the baby inside the womb. This is due to a phenomenon call “mirror effect.” The baby is safe and secure inside the womb and the mother shares a similar experience in the isolation tank. Women report a stronger connection with their baby when exposed to this environment. However: If you have a high risk pregnancy, it is not recommended that you float. 

Q: Can kids float?

A: Absolutely.  They just need permission from their parent/guardian.

Q: When should you NOT float?

A: If you have any of the following:
Communicable or Infectious skin conditions,  disorders, or diseases
Respitory disorder
Incontinence, or voluntarily/involuntarily release of bodily fluids of any kind
Open wounds
High Risk Pregnancy
Kidney diesease
Epilepsy or serious mental conditions
Recently colored or permed hair (within the last 7 days)
Or any other serious disease/disorder and have not received doctor’s permission
When in doubt, consult your doctor

Q: What type of salt do you use?

A: We use 1200+ lbs of US Pharmaceutical Grade Epsom Salts (magnesium sulfate) manufactured here in the US.

Q: Why do you float so easily in the tank?

A: The standard measure of specific gravity for float tanks is between 1.23-1.3.  This dense solution of Epsom Salt and water is the reason you are able to float effortlessly.

Q:Can I float if I’m menstruating?

A: Yes.  Just follow the same protocol you would for a swimming pool.

Q: What are the differences in your float rooms?

A: The main difference is the size, which minimizes the amount of times you touch off each wall, called “the ping pong effect.”. We are also the only float center that isolates the tank and piping which minimizes vibrations and sounds from entering the room.

Q: What’s the longest someone has been in the tank?

A. 12 hours. John Lily is said to have floated for much, much longer periods of time.

Q: Who invented these wonderful devices?

A: John C. Lily.

Q: How long have float tanks been around?

A: 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 just a bunch of hocus pocus?

A: Floating has been around for over 40 years and has a plethora of published research to back it up.  No hocus pocus here.