FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Please review the list below and if you still have questions, please ask.
+ How do you clean the tanks?
The water is fully filtered 7 times between each float, passing through a 10-micron caliber filter. The Epsom salts are a natural disinfectant and are at a super loaded amount. We are also required to put a minimal amount of a disinfectant (bromine) by health authorities, however with that said, you will not smell like you just came out of a public swimming pool.
+ What if I’m claustrophobic?
Being in the tanks is more like floating in outer space than being shut in a box. You’re always in control of your environment, and even people with extreme claustrophobia have reported having no problems with their time in the tank. Giving yourself what you need, being compassionate, and remembering you can exit at any time. We suggest for those apprehensive to start with some calming, welcoming, non-word based music to start the float.
+ How often is the water changed?
Every week we perform a very in-depth maintenance of our facilities focusing on our tanks. We add fresh epsom salt and water, with the entire volume being replaced over a period of 10 weeks. Between the super-concentrated salt solution, an approved oxidizing agent (bromine), a UV light disinfectant filter, and 10-micron cartridge filter, these are probably the cleanest recreational water sources you’ll encounter!
+ Is there anything I should do to prepare?
Don’t drink coffee for several hours beforehand (it can make your system jittery). Also, don’t shave or wax since the salt water can irritate your skin. Eating a light meal about an hour to 90 minutes ahead of time stops your stomach from sounding like an angry monster while you float. Other than that, there’s no specific preparation needed.
+ Do I need to bring anything?
If you have longer hair, you may want to bring a comb. Also, something to put your contact lenses into while you’re in the tank. Other than that, we provide everything you need (towels, robes, earplugs, body wash/shampoo, blow dryer, etc.).
+ How do I relax in the tank during my float?
Please see our list of tips & best practices to help you enhance your experience in the tank.
+ What type of tanks do you have?
We opened with 5 brand new Oasis float tanks at our Gastown and Kitsilano locations (expanding Gastown to 8 tanks in early 2014). Our location in Victoria uses 4 Genesis tanks. South Surrey has 5 Oasis tanks. Langley has 4 Oasis tanks and 1 Pro Float Cabin. Edmonton has 5 Pro Float Cabins.
+ Can I float if I’m menstruating?
Yes. Just follow the same protocol you would for a swimming pool.
+ Can I float if I’m pregnant?
Absolutely! There will be a womb within a womb! Floating can relieve a lot of the aches and pains caused by pregnancy. If you have any concerns, please consult with your physician before coming in. Many pregnant women find it extremely calming for their central nervous system and get tremendous releif from the challenges of pregnancy.
+ Can more than one person float in a tank at a time?
Only one person per tank. We have many float tanks though, so bring your friends, family or loved ones to float alongside you!
+ How long have you been in business?
Float House opened in May of 2013 as the first float centre in the Greater Vancouver area (and one of the largest in the world) in Gastown, quickly expanding to Kitsilano and Victoria. And now have locations in South Surrey, Langley, Edmonton, with Langford (Westshore) and Abbottsford coming soon!
+ Do I have to stay in the whole time?
You can get out anytime. There aren’t any latches on the tank doors and you control your experience, that said, the 90-minutes usually go by quite quickly. Also it takes the mind and body time for some to completely relax and go into deeper states. It is not instantaneous and giving a longer exposure to the sensory reduced environment is the best medicine to dramatically calm the central nervous system.
+ Do I get dehydrated from soaking for so long?
No - your skin doesn’t even prune up. You do absorb a lot of magnesium from the Epsom salt which has oodles of benefits. Be reasonably hydrated and fed before your float similar if you were to prepare for exercise. Not too full, not too hungry.
+ Can I drown if I fall asleep in there?
Nope. Some people fall asleep, but the water is so buoyant that you stay afloat. The worst that can happen is getting woken up by a bit of salt water in your eyes.
+ Is this new-agey mumbo jumbo?
Floating has been around for over 40 years and has oodles of published research to back it up. No mumbo or jumbo here.