Do I need to prepare in any way?
Floatation Therapy is perhaps the easiest pastime imaginable. The only precaution that you should take is that you should not shave, wax, or tan at all on the day of your Float session. The high salt content of the water can be irritating to freshly shaved, tanned or waxed skin. We provide Vaseline in every room for people to cover any small cuts and grazes.
Please do not wear any hair or skin products prior to floating. If you have hair coloring that has not set you cannot go in the Float Pod until the color is set and nothing washes out in the shower. Try not to eat within about an hour before the float, and have an empty stomach and bladder. Avoid caffeine 4 hours prior to your Float. You must not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Do I need to bring anything for the Float session?
Many floaters prefer to float in the nude. A swimsuit is optional if you feel more comfortable wearing one. Each pod is located in a private room with a shower only a few steps away. All of our showers have shampoo, conditioner, and body wash provided. There are hair dryers available in the after float prep area located in the back of the spa by the restrooms. You will only need to bring your usual post-shower products such as a hair brush, deodorant, skin creams etc. If you wear contact lenses, please remember to bring something to store them during your float.
I’m claustrophobic. How can I use the Float Pod?
This is a common concern, but you are in complete control. You can keep the pod door open, lights on and get out when you see fit. The pods are very large, 7 feet long and 5 feet wide. It does not feel enclosed whatsoever once inside. Once we have explained to our customers that they are in charge of the whole process, their worries subside, and usually they go on to float with the door closed and the lights off. Both of these functions are fully controllable from within the Float Pod.
How is water hygiene maintained?
Float Away Spa complies with stringent health and safety regulations. The water contains mostly salt and so the solution is inherently sterile. Our state of the art purification system automatically cleans the water. The purification system will remove particles up to 5 micron (1/20th a human hair). We also use the The Float Pod, by Float Pod Technologies, which uses Ozone and UV Light technology to purify and disinfect the water between each and every float for 15-20 minutes. The water is cycled four times through our filtration system. We use also Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) as a main disinfectant. Each Client will experience a pristine pod and room upon each visit.
What if I can’t swim?
Floating doesn’t require any swimming skills whatsoever. You’ll float like a cork and it doesn’t matter what shape or size you are. You can even fall asleep and you are safely supported by the buoyant salt water solution.
Will my skin wrinkle?
No. Because the water contains high Epsom salt levels it doesn’t rob your skin of salt, (which is what causes wrinkling). Rather, it leaves your skin soft and silky.
Is there any risk of drowning?
The high buoyancy of the water makes it impossible for the individual to go beneath the surface. Once settled it is only possible to touch the bottom of the Float Pod with a great deal of effort.
Are there any negative side-effects?
Not in the true sense of the word. Some first-time clients may emerge from the Float Pod feeling slightly nauseous. This is actually a good sign as it indicates that built-up stress is leaving the body. Clients rarely experience any cases of nausea in subsequent visits.
I’m pregnant. Can floating harm my baby?
Absolutely not! In fact heavily pregnant women probably get more relief from the Float Pod than anyone else. Just lying on a bed can be extremely uncomfortable for women in the later stages of pregnancy due to the massive gravitational strain placed on the body. The Float Pod is a wonderful haven to which pregnant women can escape. We do however recommend that like most activities REST should be avoided in the first trimester, and we will also require a Doctor’s written approval.