Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to bring anything?
Nope, just yourself. We will have towels, robes, ear plugs, and products to use in the shower before and after your float. If you wear contacts, do be sure to bring a lens case and contact solution with you.
What if I’m claustrophobic?
People with claustrophobia consistently report having a pleasant experience while floating. Once inside the tank, you are able to lose awareness of the walls around you and this allows you to rest in an experience of formless spaciousness. As well, you remain in total control of the experience and are able to keep the door open or the lights on if you choose.
Can I drown if I fall asleep?
Nope. Some people fall asleep, but the water is so buoyant you stay afloat. The worst that can happen is getting woken up by a bit of salt water in your eyes.
How are the tanks kept clean?
The highly sterile salt water in the tanks is kept clean with a triple filtration process. First we use a 1 micron filter (Class 1 filtration) that is FDA compliant for drinking water. Second a combination of ozone and germicidal UV light disinfection creates a powerful oxidant that instantly oxidizes contaminants in the pool. Then we run this filtration through a total of 3 complete returns.
Can I bring a friend?
Absolutely! We have multiple tanks at FLOAT STL and it can be a very rewarding and connective experience to share and reflect with your friends in your post-float experience.
Are there any negative effects to floating?
Mostly what you can expect to experience is just a lingering residual feeling of peace, calm, vibrancy, and contentment. Though this can be unfamiliar to some of us, and thus could create some discomfort from our normal emotional states.
Can I float if I am menstruating?
Yes, just follow the same protocol as if you were going to the pool.
Can I float if I am pregnant?
Yes! In the 2nd and 3rd trimester floating is said by many to provide relief from the stress and strain of pregnancy by allowing your body to float in a weightless environment. Be sure to consult with your doctor before coming to float.
When should I arrive for my first float?
We recommend arriving 15 minutes before your float to give yourself time to check in and transition into the space.
What if I don’t like floating or am not satisfied with my float?
If you are not satisfied with your experience please let us know. We want floating to be accessible to all, and we will be sure to make it right for you.
What happens if I “freak out” during my float?
It is true that floating can bring about a certain degree of discomfort. This can happen for two reasons:
1. We can become conditioned to the amount of distraction and stimuli around us, and when this is removed it can in the beginning feel unfamiliar and uncomfortable
2. When we are freed from this distraction and stimuli we are creating space for other experiences to present themselves. If you do feel discomfort, we would recommend focusing on your breathing and remaining with the experience to your degree of tolerance. Of course, you remain in control, and can exit the tank and end your float at any point.
Why is it necessary to shower before and after my float?
Showering before the float helps to rinse and cleanse your body before entering the tank. Showering after the float helps to remove any epsom salt from your body before you dress. Also, showering before and after functions as a nice sensory transition for entering and exiting your float experience.
Can I float for longer than 90 minutes?
You can, and we have two options for this.
• You can inquire about extended length floats at the center, and we will be happy to discuss this with you.
• If you so desire, and no one is floating after you, you are free to extend your float at no additional charge. We will let you know when you check in.
Will my skin wrinkle and prune?
Not only will your skin not get wrinkled and pruney, but the epsom salt will leave your skin feeling smooth and soft. We do recommend continuing to drink plenty of water throughout the rest of the day as your body will absorb the Epsom Salt (magnesium sulfate), which is a good thing!