The Bodhi Tree holistic healing

Float Therapy FAQ

What do I need to do to prepare for this experience?

Most importantly…relax. The tank will help but if you arrive relaxed, the experience will be more beneficial for you. There are a few additional things to consider.Try not to shave right before arriving. It isn’t the end of the world if you do…but salt water on freshly shaven legs isn’t the most pleasant thing on Earth.If you have caffeine before you float, it may interfere with your ability to relax.

What do I need to bring to my float session?

Nothing, we provide everything you need (towels, robes, earplugs, shampoo/conditioner/body wash/lotion…)

What do I wear in the float tank?

That’s up to you, but we encourage you to float in the nude. Strings and ties may be distracting, and a clingy, wet suit might detract from the experience of sensory deprivation. You will have a private room including a private shower.

I’m a bigger guy / gal, can I still float in your tanks?

Unless you’re over 7 feet tall or over 500 pounds, you’re good to go.

What happens if I fall asleep while in the float tank?

It is not possible to drown in the tank. The water is only about 10″ deep and has a very very high density of salt. This water is buoyant and will support you regardless of your size or weight. If you were to turn over the salt in the water would sting your eyes and wake you. Since you are floating you do not need to know how to swim. Additionally it’s not dangerous to fall asleep in the tank. We actually encourage it! One hour of sleep in the tank is roughly equivalent to 4 hours of regular sleep.

Is the water in the float tank clean?

Float Therapy is extremely sanitary. Three things make the float tank very hygienic. The first is the high concentration of Epsom salts that kill most viruses, bacteria, etc., from surviving. (To give you some idea of the salt content, each liter of solution weighs 1.35 kilos, whereas the average liter of water weighs only one kilo.) The second reason is that the water in the flotation tank is UV sanitized and passed through a ten-micron filter after every float session. The water also contains 0.02 % hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is known for killing virus, bacteria and fungus. Inside and outside the body. Guests are also required to shower before entering the float room. At Float Therapy we take every precaution to provide you with the cleanest, safest and most relaxing experience possible.

What happens if I get salt water in my eyes?

It’s going to sting like hell. But no worries…you can just open the door, grab a spray bottle, dab the salt water off with a wash cloth, then get back in the tank.

Can I float while pregnant?

Pregnant women love floating! In fact, pregnant women probably get more relief from the float tank than anyone else. Just lying on a bed can be extremely uncomfortable for a woman in the later stages of pregnancy due to the massive gravitational strain placed on the body. The float tank is a wonderful haven for pregnant women. We do, however, recommend that pregnant women avoid floating during the first trimester. If you have any concerns about the effects of floating on your pregnancy, we ask you to consult and get permission from your physician before you float. 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.

Can I float after getting my hair dyed?

We recommend you wait 7 days after your hair treatment. 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.

Can two people float in one tank?

No. Flotation therapy is a solitary act. You would not want another person in your tank.

Will I be able to resume my daily activities when I get out?

Yes. And it may be good to arrange your time so you don’t have to rush. Many people enjoy savoring the peace and quiet before jumping into something hectic.

Will I get claustrophobic in the float tank?

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.

Is there a cumulative effect of using the tank on a regular basis?

Yes. There seems to be a cumulative effect with consistent use of the tank. This is not documented by research, it is the tank users who know it is true. Relaxation is a learned art that needs practice.

Can I float if I’m menstruating?

Yes, however for hygiene purposes anyone who is menstruating must take additional precautions when floating & ensure they use appropriate sanitary products during their float session as you would do in pool or spa.

Are there any individuals that should not float?

We will not allow you to float if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Infectious skin or respiratory disorders
  • Open wounds
  • Incontinence
  • Epilepsy or serious mental conditions
  • A high-risk pregnancy
  • Have colored or permed your hair within 7 days
  • Under the influence of any drug or alcohol
  • Under 18 without parental presence

We expect you to inform us of any conditions for your own safety and the safety of other floaters! We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone at any time.

Is there anything I should do to prepare?

Don’t drink coffee (or caffeine) for several hours beforehand (it can make your system feel jittery).  Also, don’t shave or wax since the salt water can irritate your skin. Eating a light meal or snack about an hour to 90 minutes ahead of time to stop from being distracted by feeling hungry. Other than that, there’s no specific preparation needed.