FLOATING 101

Frequently Asked Questions


 

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About our name: Why float-dot-calm?

Although the name may imply, we are not a tech company or website startup. Float.Calm is a play on words giving recognition to the way technology is shaping, and in many ways, taking over our lives.  Part of our mission at Float.Calm is to bring back in to balance our relationship with technology, by acknowledging the over stimulation and stress it can create, as well as the limitless possibilities of a clear mind and healthy body. Disconnect to reconnect to bring yourself back in to balance.

Do I need to bring anything?

Come as you are.  We provide everything that you need – towels, earplugs, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, a hair dryer, are all provided.

Is there anything I should do to prepare?

In the 24 hours before your float, don’t shave or wax as the Epsom salt solution may sting if you have an abrasion (we’ll provide single use packets of petroleum jelly to cover any small abrasions).  Don’t drink caffeinated beverages for several hours before you float, as it may interfere with your ability to relax. Eating a light meal about an hour to 90 minutes prior to your float should alleviate any hunger pains.

What do I wear and is the room private?

Your room is completely private so most people choose to float in the nude. However it’s your float, so you can certainly wear a swimsuit if you’re more comfortable.  Your room also has its own shower and is for your exclusive use for the duration of your session.

What if I’m claustrophobic?

You are always in control of your environment.  You have the ability to leave the light on or get out at any time.  If you prefer, you can leave the float pod door slightly open if it makes you more comfortable.  While it may seem a bit strange at first, we find that if you give yourself a little time to relax and get used to it, you’ll feel very safe and comfortable. Many people with extreme claustrophobia have reported having no problems with their time in the pod.  Besides, some of the most amazing things happen just on the other side of our comfort zone.

Why 90 minutes?

Just like with anything new, doing nothing is surprisingly harder than it sounds. To enjoy the full benefits of floating  can take some practice. Thoughts of what you are having for dinner, deadlines on projects or assignments, relationship problems, your own ego, can all get in the way of you fully relaxing. Most people take 20-30 minutes to get to a place where they can calm their thoughts and mind. Also, the natural sleep cycle of most people is 90-minutes so once you become experienced at floating you can get in and fully rest. Coming out of the pod you will feel as refreshed as after a full night’s sleep.

Do I have to stay in for the whole time?

You are completely in control of your float experience therefore you can get out at anytime. However, the 90-minutes usually goes by much faster than you’d expect (the average person says it felt more like 30-45 minutes long).

How do you clean the water and pods?

With over 850lbs of Epsom Salt dissolved, it’s not water anymore! This Solution is part of the experience and is the medium in which we float so we take it very seriously. The solution passed through a commercial grade filtration system a minimum of 4 times between each person. This system uses a combination of hydrogen peroxide and high intensity UV light to create a super potent oxidizer which disrupts and kills most pathogens naturally. No off gassing, just water and oxygen are the byproducts. All of this, along with the natural pathogen killing qualities of the hundred of pounds of Epson salt, means that the solution in the pods is cleaner than most tap water.  We follow safe operating practices recommended by Manitoba Public Health and test our solution multiple times a day to ensure perfection. Each week the pods and float rooms undergo a “deep clean” where they are fully sanitized both inside and out to ensure your safety and comfort every session.

Can I float if I have my period?

Yes. Just follow the same protocol you would for a swimming pool or hot tub. Periods are no big deal. Many of us have them.

Can I float if I’m pregnant?

Absolutely, pregnant women love floating!!! It‘s a wonderful way to alleviate the strain of carrying all that extra weight.  If you have any concerns, or you are in your first or third trimester, please consult with your physician before coming in.

Will I get cold, like staying in a bath too long?

No, the pod is heated all the time to the perfect temperature to heighten your floating experience. The temperature of the water feels warm when you get in, but it is at normal skin temperature (93.5 degrees Fahrenheit), the perfect temperature for floating. You’ll always be comfortably warm.

What is Epsom salt & what are its benefits?

Epsom salt is not actually salt but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. Studies have shown that magnesium and sulfate are both readily absorbed through the skin, making Epsom salt baths an easy and ideal way to enjoy the amazing health benefits. Magnesium plays a number of roles in the body including regulating the activity of over 325 enzymes, reducing inflammation, helping muscle and nerve function and helping to prevent artery hardening. Sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins and help ease migraine headaches.

Will my skin wrinkle during my time in the water?

No, remember this is not normal table salt.  Epsom salt is very good for you and leaves your skin feeling soft and silky after your shower. If you have abrasions, scratches or other cuts, the salt can sting which is why we suggest you do not shave 24 hours before your session. Individual packets of petroleum jelly are provided for you to protect any potential sensitive areas.

What if I fall asleep?

Because of the deep relaxation floating provides, some people do fall asleep.  Not to worry, the water is so buoyant you stay completely afloat.  The worst that can happen is getting woken up by a bit of salt water in your eyes.   90 minutes of floating is equal to 4 hours of solid sleep.  Because of this, many people who suffer from insomnia or jet lag get great relief from floating.  So relax and let yourself drift away…

What if I can’t swim or float?

Floating doesn’t require any swimming skills whatsoever and no one has ever drowned while floating.  The pods contain only 10 inches of water, and due to the extremely high concentration of Epsom salt, no matter your size or shape, you’ll float like a cork.

What’s the longest someone has been in the pod?

Some people enjoy back to back float sessions for up to 3 hours, but some experienced floaters enjoy going for regular 7 hour sessions.

Can children float?

Yes. We do require anyone under the age of 18 to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Is there enough air circulation in the pod?

Absolutely. Each tank has a completely silent air circulation system that is constantly pulling out stale air and replacing it with fresh air. The system works best when you float with your head away from the door of the tank and allows for extended float times surpassing the typical 90 minutes.

Is there anyone who should avoid floating?

We don’t recommend floating for epileptics whose epilepsy is not under medical control. Floating is not permitted for people under the influence of alcohol or drugs, those with infectious diseases or open skin wounds.

Can more than one person float at a time?

Only one person per pod at a time. We do have five float pods though, so up to five people can come in to float at any one time.  So bring your friends.

Is it boring?

We’re not into boring and anyone who floats regularly will tell you how blissfully comfortable and deeply relaxed they feel during their float as well as afterwards. Floating brings you as close as you are ever likely to be to the experience of weightlessness.

During the day we are constantly bombarded by sensory input and mental activity. So it makes sense that in your first float your mind will be adjusting to the lack of stimulation and your brain may demand to be entertained. Take some deep breaths and relax into the experience, pretty soon you’ll float away.

What if nothing happens?

In this age of instant gratification and multi-tasking it can be very difficult to not put expectations on everything that we do. We suggest that you approach your float with compassionate curiosity and allow yourself to simply be in the moment. Know that whatever your experience, your body is receiving the benefits of deep relaxation and everyone’s float is different.

Will I be spacey afterward?

Everyone’s float experience is different. Some people report feeling extremely relaxed similar to after you’ve had a great massage, others have a heightened sense of energy and alertness. Take a few moments to check-in with yourself or join us in our float lounge for tea. We enjoy talking with people about their float experiences, but we also realize that perhaps you just want a few moments of solitude. Give yourself some time before you go to your next activity, you deserve it.

How many times do I need to float to feel results?

Many people experience significant benefits on their first float, however like any form of active wellness, consistency and repeated usage yields the best results. We find that after your second or third float, you’ll be able to more easily relax both physically and mentally and you’ll really start to feel how awesome floating can be.

Is this new-agey mumbo jumbo stuff?

Floating has been around for over 50 years and there’s a ton of published scientific research to back it up. No mumbo or jumbo here.

What about my hair?
Yes, your hair will get wet, though the water is neutral and the Epsom Salt is not at all harsh. If you do have freshly dyed hair though, we ask that you wash it at least two full times before coming in to float as any colour leaching out would not be good for the water.

Special Note: If you use a Keratin hair smoothing treatment they recommend staying out of salt water and this includes Epsom Salt. So if you use this product we recommend taking precautions against getting your hair fully wet by using a high quality swimmer’s cap to keep as much water out as possible.

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