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+ What is floating?
Floatation therapy is the act of floating on your back in 10 inches of a warm saltwater solution, in a lightproof and almost soundproof chamber. Free from external stimulation and gravity, your body and mind quickly reach a state of relaxation and meditation. Many people float to relieve pain, to catch up on rest, to meditate, or to find creative inspiration.
+ Do I need to prepare myself for floating?
Not really however avoiding caffeine and alcohol for a day before you float might help you relax and have a better experience. You want to avoid shaving right before floating. It’s best not to eat a heavy meal before you float, but a small snack 30-60 minutes prior is a good idea. If you wear contact lenses you may want to remove them as it might be a problem if salt water gets into your eyes. We do supply a contact case and solution to use while you are in the tank if you want to remove them and have forgotten your own.
+ Do I need to bring anything?
We supply you with everything that you need including shampoo, conditioner, soap, body lotion, ear plugs and towels for the shower before and after your float. Occasionally people will bring a bathing suit, but most people prefer to float nude. The space is entirely private.
+ What type of float pods does Zazen have?
We offer spacious 6’x8’x7’ float chambers, custom designed by Float Labs to the highest standards. We believe floating in our larger float chambers is superior to the usual float tanks as it reduces sensory input from bumping up against the walls and anxiety associated with smaller spaces.
+ How sanitary is floatation therapy?
Our Float Lab float chambers are extremely sanitary, complying with the highest industry standards. The chambers are kept sanitary in multiple ways. First, the Epsom salt (1500 lbs dissolved!) has its own natural bacterial killing qualities. Next, all the water is filtered through a two tier pool filtration system between each client. During this process, all the water passes through a UV light and ozone is injected into the chambers after each float. Ozone act as a powerful sanitizer that destroys most of the bacteria and viruses present in spa water. At the end of each night we pour a highly diluted Hydrogen Peroxide solution into each tank. Lastly, clients are asked to shower before and after each float session to ensure the cleanliness of the tank. We have never heard of people becoming sick from others by using the tanks.
+ Will I feel claustrophobic?
Some people have fears before they float the first time. Common fears are based upon the thought that you won’t be in control of your experience. We’ve found that once people realize they have complete control of the floating environment, any fears and anxieties go away. Your float session is in a spacious room, not in the commonly used “float tank”. The door can be opened at anytime and you can always sit up in the shallow water.
+ Can anyone float?
Yes, anyone can float. However, if you have a medical condition, we recommend that you talk with your doctor prior to floating. Women who are in the third trimester of pregnancy should also consult their doctor.
+ Is there anyone who should not float?
We don’t recommend floating for epileptics not medically controlled, for people intoxicated with drugs or alcohol or for those with infectious diseases.
+ Do pregnant women float?
Yes, especially during the first two trimesters. People in the third trimester may experience some discomfort associated with lying on their back for an extended period of time. Please check with your doctor or midwife before floating.
+ Can I use the float spa while menstruating?
Yes, if your menses is not heavy and you use a tampon.
+ Can children float?
Yes. Children under 18 should be accompanied by an adult.
+ Can people use drugs or alcohol in the float tank?
No. We do not allow people who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol to use the float tank under any circumstances.
+ How long do people usually stay in the Float Tank?
Normal sessions are an hour or an hour-and-a-half, but you can leave whenever you want. Longer sessions up to 3 hours at a time are popular with regular floaters.
+ Are there any known side effects to floating?
+ What do I do while I float?
You don't have to "do" anything. Floating is usually a passive experience, so the less you "do" the deeper you will relax. Usually within ten to twenty minutes you are on the edge of sleep, in a dreamy but conscious state where time doesn't seem to exist. Most people just lay back and enjoy just letting go and flowing with wherever the experience takes them. However, if you want you can use your time to "actively" direct the experience in the tank.
+ What will it be like for me?
We don't know what it will be like for you since it is such an individual experience. The most common reports are profound calmness and relaxation, deep concentration and creativity. We like to avoid saying too much before people use the tank, so that they aren't influenced by what someone else says. Not only will it be different for you than it is for anyone else, you'll probably find that it's also different each time you float. Don't expect to relax fully right away. Most people need three float sessions within a month before they can really let go.
+ Is there a right way to float?
No. Each person should find whatever position is comfortable for him or herself. Some people float with their hands at their sides, some with their hands folded across their chest or abdomen, or behind their heads. The neck & shoulders are usually the most difficult to relax. Try your arms in the up position, stretched straight above your head, if you are not too tall.
+ Do you wear anything in the float tank?
Most people don't wear anything. Anything you wear will get very heavy with the salt solution and press against your body, becoming a distraction. The room is very private and you step right into the shower from the tank.
+ Do people sleep in the float tank?
Yes, some people fall asleep in the tank, and some people use the tank for sleeping. They usually report a very restful rejuvenating sleep. Because of the high density of the water, sleeping in the tank is very safe. There is no way you could roll over, and even if you did, the salty water in your mouth, nose and eyes would wake you up immediately. Many times even if you don't actually fall asleep you get to a point that is so relaxed you lose track of time and space and aren't even sure if you fell asleep or not. If you don't want to fall asleep in the tank, do your best to come as well rested as you can.
+ What effects does the salt have on my hair and skin?
The Epsom salt solution seems to be beneficial to the skin and harmless to the hair. Magnesium sulfate is known to relax and soothe tired muscles.Like the mineral-rich Dead Sea, the Epsom Salts used in floatation tanks draw toxins to the surface of your skin, giving your body a powerful detoxification. They help to strengthen your immune system, trigger the release of endorphins, and reduce the level of harmful biochemicals in your body. They also provide great relief from mental and physical stress, fatigue, chronic pain, headaches, and arthritis.
+ Will the salt turn me into a prune?
No, the salt is actually very good for your skin and leaves you feeling soft and silky after your shower. If you have abrasions, scratches or other cuts, the salt can sting. We suggest you do not shave at least 4 hours before your session.
+ Should I eat before I go into the float tank?
You may eat. If you eat a very heavy meal you may spend a lot of time listening to your digestive juices. On the other hand, you may not want to spend your time in the tank feeling very hungry and listening to your stomach growl. Eat lightly if you eat immediately before going into the tank.
+ I've never been able to float. I sink. Will I be able to float in the tank?
Yes. Even those "swimmers" that sink like a rock will float in the tank. It is impossible not to float in the tank. The tank solution is ten times more buoyant than seawater. Fifteen hundred pounds of salt dissolved in the water make the solution so much denser than your body that your body is pushed to the surface like a cork. It is designed to support your body fully and evenly, giving you that pleasurable, liberating feeling of weightlessness. Your face is completely out of the water from the ear line up. Your ears will be under the water so earplugs are recommended.
+ Will I get cold during floating, like when I stay too long in a bath?
The tank is heated to 93.5-95.5 degrees, the perfect temperature to heighten your floating experience. At this temperature, you begin to lose awareness of where your skin and the water meet. Please be aware that the tanks are not hot tubs, nor even like a hot bath.
+ Can two people float in the float tank at the same time?
Floatation was developed as an individual experience, meant to be done in solitude. We recommend that people initially float alone. Our float chambers are large enough that it is possible for two people to float at the same time. If you are interested in sharing a chamber with some one, please speak with us in advance, as we approve shared floats on a case by case basis.
+ Will I be able to resume my daily activities when I get out?
Yes. If you are new to floating it may be a good idea to keep your schedule somewhat open for a short period following the float so you can savior the experience for a while. It is always nice to take time to slowly ease yourself back into a hectic schedule.
+ Do I need to float more than once?
You will undoubtedly benefit from one float session. Research has shown that the benefits are cumulative and long lasting. The more you float the more you benefit.