What is Epsom Salt?
Epsom salt is a naturally occurring mineral compound also known as Magnesium Sulfate. It is named after a saline spring at Epsom in Surrey. Epsom salt has a wide variety of uses but is used in floatation tanks to provide buoyancy and is extremely nourishing to the skin and body.
How much Epsom Salt is in each float pod?
500kg / half a tonne.
How much solution is in each float pod?
There is 1000 litres of solution, heated to skin temperature so that after a short period of time floating you stop feeling where the water ends and your body begins. It can really feel like you are floating in ‘nothing’!
The solution is approximately 10 to 12 inches deep (25 to 30cm).
How do you keep the water sanitized?
The large concentration of Epsom salt in the water is inhospitable to bacteria but in addition to this the water is filtered through a 10 micron filter (10th the width of a human hair), an ozonator and UV light (UV light is increasingly used in the sanitation of drinking water). In addition to this we add a small amount of chemicals to be absolutely sure that the water is perfectly safe and hygienic for you to float in. The water is constantly circulated through the filtration system between float sessions, meaning the water is ‘refreshed’ approximately 4 times every 15 to 20 minutes.
How do I float?
No effort is needed to float. Simply sit in the middle of the pod; lie back and the Epsom Salt will take care of the floating. It really is effortless.
Can I sleep in the pod?
Yes, it is perfectly safe to sleep in the pod and we often have clients who nod off for the full hour. Don’t worry about this – if you fall asleep you really are getting the full benefit of your float session.
Is there a chance I could drown?
If you float on your back there is no risk of you drowning.
Can anyone float?
We try to allow anyone to float but there are certain conditions that prevent this. Floating is not suitable if you have a pacemaker fitted; are epileptic or have a history of seizures or fits; are in your first trimester or final week of pregnancy; suffer from incontinence; are prone to psychotic attacks or have any communicable or infectious disease.
We recommend that you speak to your doctor if you have very low blood pressure, have had a recent change in heart condition, have asthma or allergies/adverse reactions to salt.
Can I float if I have had a recent tattoo or piercing?
You may float once your tattoo has healed i.e. scabbed over and cleaned off. If you have had a piercing you may float as soon as it has fully healed.
I dye my hair, is this ok?
We recommend that you wait at least 48 hours after having your hair dye. We also recommend that you wash your hair at least 3 times so that there is no dye leaching from your hair. If your hair is still leaching or you use non-permanent dyes you cannot float as the dye can damage the appearance of the pods. If you do float with hair dye in and cause damage to the tank or solution you will be liable to cleaning charges and replenishing of the solution.
How big are the float pods?
The pods are extremely spacious and internally they are the size of a small family car! They are approximately 9ft (270cm) long, 5ft (150cm) wide and 4ft 8in (140cm) tall internally.
Do I have to float in the dark?
No, you are in complete control and can have the lights on or off. You can also choose different coloured lights.
Do I have to have the pod lid closed?
No, you are in complete control and can have the lid open or closed.
What if I get in the pod and then need to ask a question?
You can talk to us directly over the intercom inside the float pod.
What should I expect when I come for my float?
This is easier to summarise in a few simple steps:
Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment time, particularly if it is the first time you have floated with us.
- Park directly outside the float centre and then come in and upstairs to our reception area and relaxation lounge.
- Complete the terms and conditions form, we will answer any questions you have.
- We then take you down to the float room and provide a full induction talk so that you know exactly what to do.
- You then put your earplugs in and have a shower.
- You get in the tank, close the lid (if you wish), sit on the bottom of the tank and lean back. Hey presto, you are floating.
- Turn the lights off (if you wish) and enjoy your float
- At the end of the float time we will talk to you over the intercom and advise you to have a shower and come upstairs for refreshments
What do I need to do to prepare for my float?
Avoid shaving the day of your float and avoid heavy meals, caffeine or other stimulants for at least 2 hours before you float.
Do I need to bring anything with me?
No. We provide towels, earplugs and toiletries. We also have a hairdryer and hair straightners available for you to use.
What do I wear whilst floating?
You may wear swimwear but this is optional.
Can I float whilst pregnant?
Yes, but only in your second or third trimester. Floating is extremely beneficial for relieving discomfort, aches and pains during pregnancy. We also recommend you talk to your doctor before floating, particularly if you have had any complications during your pregnancy.
I’m nervous about floating, should I be?
We understand floating is a new experience and the thought of it can be quite daunting. Rather than worry too much about it why not give us a call to chat through your concerns or even arrange to come and have a look around the float centre?
Can I float for longer than an hour?
Yes, we do have people who float for longer than an hour. Longer float sessions need to be made by contacting us directly.
Can I float if I am menstruating?
Yes, just follow the same practice as you would when swimming.
Can two people float in the same pod?
No, the pods are designed for use by one person at a time.