Frequently Asked Questions

Float TherapyMassage Therapy
How does floating work?

It’s pretty simple. You just float in water that is saturated with about 1000 pounds of Epsom salts and heated to skin temperature. The high salt content means the water is so buoyant that you will not have any trouble floating, even if you can’t swim! The Float Pod blocks out sound and light, and the water is kept at normal skin temperature, which helps to create an environment free of sensory stimulation.

What are the benefits of floating?

There are many benefits, but every person is different and floats for different reasons. The most common feedback we get is how much floating helps people get relief from chronic pain without the risks or side effects of prescription drugs. Floating also helps to bring about an altered state of consciousness, which can be hugely beneficial to those dealing with general stress, insomnia, depression, anxiety, and many other mental and emotional issues.

For more information about the ways floating could be beneficial to you, check out our main page on the benefits of floating.

What should I expect during a float?

While floating, you may recognize areas of tension that you had not noticed before. By focusing your attention on those areas and working on your breathing, you will find that it is easy to let go of the tension. You may find that your normal thoughts become “louder” and difficult to ignore, but if you can stay focused on your breath and relaxing your body, eventually, you may come to a point where your mind is completely clear. Once this is achieved, you can potentially enter into a dream-like, meditative state that promotes restorative healing processes in the body.

Do I need to be able to swim or tread water?

The water in the float pod is only about 10 inches deep and contains about half a ton of Epsom salts, making the water so dense that it’s impossible to sink and very difficult to roll over even if you tried. You will be able to float without any effort on your part, allowing you to fully relax every muscle in your body.

Do I need to prepare for my float?

You should prepare in a number of ways:

  • Eat something light on the day of your float.

If you get hungry while floating, the sound of your stomach growling may disturb you. Similarly if you eat too much prior to your float you may begin to feel queasy or nauseous. It’s best to eat something light like a salad around 1-2 hours before your float for best results.

  • Avoid stimulants.

One of the goals of floating is to relax your mind into a meditative state. Consuming caffeine or other stimulating drugs prior to floating can keep your mind from settling down completely, leading to an unfulfilling experience.

  • Avoid shaving.

The high salt content of the water can irritate freshly shaved skin, so we recommend not shaving on the day of your float, or wait until after your float.

  • Get into a peaceful mindset.

Of course, floating will help with this part, but entering the float pod with the right mindset can greatly enhance your individual experience.

What should I bring/wear?

Wear whatever is most comfortable to you. Most people choose to float in the nude, but if you prefer to wear a swimsuit you may. We suggest bringing a change of clothes and any hygiene accessories you may need such as a hairbrush/comb. If you wear contact lenses, you will need to remove them before entering the pod. Please do not wear jewelry in the pod as the high salt content may cause damage or discoloration.

Is floating right for me?

Most people rave about floating after they try it. The biggest hurdle is taking the time to do it. Of course, not everyone needs or wants to float. We believe floating has something to offer everyone, no matter your personality, but if you try it and decide it’s not up your alley, that is perfectly fine!

How clean is the water?

The water in each pod is circulated through a filter and UV sanitizer and physically checked for stray hair and other small debris in between every float. The extremely high salt content means that bacteria cannot survive in the water, however as an additional precaution the water is treated with hydrogen peroxide every day and ozone when not in use to ensure complete disinfection.

Are there any risks or side effects?

You may feel a little disoriented when exiting the pod and for a short while after your float. This feeling passes in a few hours and is nothing to be concerned about. If you have certain medical conditions such as low blood pressure, a pacemaker, seizures, epilepsy, kidney disease, or something else that you have a question about, please consult with your doctor before floating.

Can I float if I’m pregnant?

Floating during pregnancy can be a wonderful experience! Just lying on a bed can be extremely uncomfortable for a woman in the later stages of pregnancy and floating can provide some much needed relief. We recommend you wait until after your first trimester of pregnancy to float, but check with your OB/GYN to be sure.

Can I fall asleep? Is there any risk of drowning?

People definitely can and do fall asleep while floating! The extremely dense, salty water will fully support your body’s weight no matter your size or swimming ability, and it’s almost impossible to flip over unintentionally, so it’s safe to say there’s virtually no risk of drowning. Getting the salt water in your eyes or nose would be extremely irritating but we provide a spray bottle filled with fresh water in the pod in case this happens.

What if I’m claustrophobic?

Many people who believe they are claustrophobic have no problem floating. The pod is large enough for most people to extend their arms and legs completely without touching the interior wall. There is also plenty of space to sit up or move around if needed. Depending on your level of comfort, you may prop the lid up with a towel or leave it completely open for the duration of your float. You also have control of the pod’s interior lighting controls which are within reach at all times.

Will my skin wrinkle?

Actually, no. The reason your skin normally prunes when taking a bath is because of the water being less “salty” than your skin, so your skin loses electrolytes which causes it to wrinkle. Because of the high concentration of Epsom salts in the float pod, your skin will be replenished with electrolytes leaving it silky smooth.

Can I float if I have recently dyed my hair?

You will need to wait at least 14 days for normal salon hair dye and 60 days for temporary hair dye. The color should be set and no residual should show up on a towel after a shower.

How long should I wait after getting a tattoo?

We recommend waiting at least three weeks after getting a tattoo to make sure the tattoo is fully healed before submerging it in a float tank. Warm water can open up the pores, ink can seep out and cause fading even when it looks like the surface is healed up. You will want to be sure that your skin has fully healed before floating.

Can I float while I am on my period?

Yes, just follow the same protocol you would for a swimming pool or hot tub. Please wear an insertable type feminine hygiene product (tampon, cup, etc.). Please bring your own towel if you are currently menstruating.

What is the minimum age for floating?

Ages fifteen and under require a parent’s written consent. Nine and under requires a parent to be in the float room during the session.

What can I expect on my first visit?

On your first visit, you will be required you to fill out a health history form and general consent. Afterwards, your licensed massage therapist will review your forms, ask if there any specific conditions that need to be addressed, as well as determine if massage is appropriate for you. Your massage therapist may perform certain assessments and testing to evaluate your condition prior to your massage.

Where will my massage session take place?

Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a comfortable, quiet room located near the back of the spa. Soft music is usually played during your session to help you relax. You will lie on a massage table equipped with the bodyCushion, designed for maximum comfort.

What should I wear during the massage?

Depending on the primary technique your therapist uses, you may or may not need to undress. For a full body massage, most people undress completely. However, you may choose to wear underwear. Your massage therapist will give you privacy to undress, and you will be covered with a sheet at all times, except for the area being worked on.

What do I do during a massage therapy treatment?

Make yourself comfortable. If your therapist wants you to adjust your position, he will either move you or will ask you to move what is needed. Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable. Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session. Others prefer to talk. It’s totally up to you. It is your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax.

How will a massage feel?

It usually depends on the techniques used. Many massage therapists use a form of Swedish massage, which is often a baseline for practitioners. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes (effleurage) that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. Often, a light oil or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. Do not hesitate to ask questions or mention if you feel any discomfort so that the massage therapist can use another approach or technique.

Will the massage lotions or oils make me break out?

Most massage therapists use hypoallergenic massage oils or lotions. However, if you have sensitivity to certain types of oils or lotion please bring it to the massage therapist’s attention as most practitioners have an assortment of oils and lotions on hand.

Is a massage appropriate for my condition?

There are several medical conditions that would make massage inappropriate. That’s why it is necessary that you fill out the health history forms and before you begin your session. The massage therapist will ask general health questions to rule out if you have any contraindications to massage. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor’s care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage prior to any session. Your massage therapist may require a recommendation or approval from your doctor.

How long does a massage treatment last?

The average full-body massage treatment lasts approximately one hour. A half-hour appointment only allows time for a partial massage session, such as neck and shoulders, back or legs and feet. Many people prefer a 1 to 2 hour session for optimal relaxation. Always allow relaxation time prior to and after the session.

Are there any lasting effects from a massage?

Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days.

What is the difference between different types of massage offered at Float Away Spa?

Visit our Massage Therapy page to find out more information on the different types of massage offered.