FLOAT TANKS WHAT TO DO BEFORE
Single Floats 60-min $65 90-min $90
Couples Floats 60-min $95 90 min $145
First time float
Please arrive 10-15 minutes early as we have a waiver for you to read and sign before you begin your floating experience. You will start the float by relaxing in one of our massage chairs for 10-minutes before your float. We will provide a quick orientation to go over everything you need to know about your first float and answer any questions you may have. Even if you have floated somewhere else, you will want to learn how to use the controls in the float cabin.
Please allow plenty of time for your float session when scheduling. We recommend allowing 1.5 hours for a 60 minute float session. We want you to take your time and relax before heading out.
It is recommended that you do not have any caffeine (coffee, energy drinks, certain teas, etc.) for 3-4 hours beforehand as it can make you jittery during the float.
Also, not to shave or wax the day of your float since the salt water can irritate your skin.
Eating a light meal about an hour to 90 minutes ahead of time.
Please also refrain from wearing any oils, lotions or perfumes/colognes, as some may have a sensitivity, and also sense of smell may be heightened after a float session.
CAN I FLOAT IF I JUST HAD MY HAIR COLORED OR SELF/SPRAY TANNED?
No, You have to wait at least 72 hours before you can float.
DO I NEED TO BRING ANYTHING?
If you have longer hair, you may want to bring a ponytail & hair brush, or if you want to protect your hair during your float from a recent hair treatment or color, we recommend bringing a swimming cap. 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, hairdryer, etc.)
DO I NEED A SWIMMING SUIT?
You can float with or without a swimming suit, it is up to you. We have locker rooms and locks for you to change and secure your belongings. You have your own private suite to change and shower before and after your float session.
Some frequently asked questions about floating!
Can I float if I’m pregnant?
Pregnant women love floating! There is even a special position you can float in that relieves all of the weight of the baby off of the mother’s body. If you are in your third trimester, or have any concerns, please consult with your physician before coming in.
Is there anything I should do to prepare?
Don’t drink coffee for several hours beforehand (it can make you 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 before your float. Other than that, there’s no specific preparation needed.
Can I float if I’m menstruating?
Yes. Just follow the same protocol you would for a swimming pool.
Can I float if I just dyed my hair?
Please do not float for at least 72 hours from the time you dye your hair. While there is no guarantee that the salt won’t strip some color from your hair, we recommend that you check if the water running through your hair in the shower at home is fully clear. If there is still some color coming out you should wait a couple of more days/showers.
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…) Each room is fully private, bathing suits are optional.
What are the differences in your tanks?
Once you’re inside the tanks, the experience is practically identical in all of them. The main difference is the height. The float rooms/pools also have lights that turn on and off on the inside of the tanks themselves.
Do I have to stay in the whole time?
There aren’t any latches on the tank doors, and you can get out anytime. That said, the 60-minutes usually goes by faster than you’d expect.
What’s the longest someone has been in the tank?
One of the owners of Portland's Float On goes for a 12 hour float about once a month… famed float inventor John Lily is said to have floated for much, much longer periods of time.
What if I’m claustrophobic?
We have a float room that is open like a big bathroom and one that is enclosed for true sensory deprivation experience. 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 even in the enclosed float tank.
How do you clean the tanks?
The water is fully filtered 3 times between each float, passing through a 10 micron filter, UV and H2O2.
Do I get dehydrated from soaking for so long?
No- your skin doesn’t even prune up, but it does become silky soft afterwards.
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. ALWAYS FLOAT ON YOUR BACK!
HOW ARE FLOAT TANKS SANITIZED?
The entirety of the water is filtered through a 1-10 micron filter a minimum of three times after each float.
Skimmers are used to keep the surface completely clear.
UV / Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is used as a disinfectant in the tanks – a non-toxic alternative to chlorine and bromine.
High powered UV light units are attached to the pump system for added sanitation.
We rigorously measure and maintain the pH, alkalinity, specific gravity, and temperature of the tanks.
The water in the float tank is about 30% epsom salt, which is a difficult environment for a lot of bacteria to live in (the Dead Sea is named that for a reason). Our tanks are likely to have some of the cleanest water you’ve ever been in.