Frequently Asked Questions
Can I float if I have died my hair or had a tattoo?
If you have recently died your hair, you MUST wait 3-4 weeks (or until water is running clear when you wash your hair) before floating as the high salt content can draw colour out of your hair and into the tank. We also suggest waiting for 3-4 weeks if you have recently had a tattoo.
What do I need to bring with me?
We provide: Earplugs; organic shampoo, conditioner and shower gel; organic body lotion; hairdryer and water.
What you need to bring: A towel. We do have spares but charge £4 for towel rental. Any personal toiletries not listed above.
Swimsuits: many people ask us if they need to bring something to wear in the pod. You have your own private room so we suggest floating without anything on to be completely free – but it is up to you!
I’m claustrophobic, can I use the floating room?
This is a common concern however most people mild or moderate claustrophobia are fine. We have chosen to use a float room as it’s much larger and higher than a normal float tank. There is a light inside the room which you choose to leave on and you are welcome to leave the door open. However after the first float most people who are worried about claustrophobia go on to float with the door closed and the light off and they feel safe and relaxed. If you suffer from extreme claustrophobia, this may not be the treatment for you.
How is the tank kept hygienic?
The high saline content of the flotation environment ensures that nothing harmful can survive within the tank. The water within the tank is automatically filtered between each customer and is sanitised with a small amount of Bromine.
During the COVID pandemic, we have brought in extra leaning measures. These can be found here: Covid 19 Risk Assessment
Is there a risk of drowning?
The high buoyancy of the water makes it impossible for the individual to go beneath the surface. Once settled it even becomes difficult to touch the bottom of the pod with your hand just beneath you.
Can I float if I’m pregnant?
There is currently no evidence that floating is unsafe during pregnancy and I have actually floated whilst pregnant myself (it was great.) It can be beneficial for a number of reasons: It is, agreeably the best therapy to relieve the normal aches and pains of pregnancy; not only do Epsom salts relieve aching muscles but you are also relieved, for a blissful hour, from gravity. Epsom salts have also been found to be beneficial for reducing swelling, improving digestive issues, easing constipation, treating pre eclampsia, curing morning sickness and preventing early labour.
Having said that, we ask that read the following guidelines:
We do not allow floating before the first scan at 13 weeks and again not after 30 weeks.
If you have any kidney or heart problems, please consult a physician prior to booking in if you are pregnant.
Please be aware that the water is heated to approx. 35 degrees Celsius which is body temperature for most people. However, some of us tend to run hot or cold and soaking in water that feels “too hot” whilst pregnant is not advised. Therefore, we ask pregnant ladies using the tank to get out if they start to feel that they may be overheating. So if you already run hot, you may want to consider this.
Can I float if I’m menstruating?
Same rules apply as if you were swimming, if you can control your flow with a tampon or mooncup then there’s no problem floating whilst menstruating.