Here are some answers to common questions we get asked about floating.
What should I bring?
Absolutely nothing! You room is completely private for your session and we provide towels, shampoo, conditioner and bodywash but you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer. We also have hairdrying facilities available for your convenience.
What happens when I arrive?
You will have already booked so all you need to do is confirm your arrival. If it’s your first visit we will go through an induction and show you where everything is to make sure you are comfortable and know what to expect so that you have the best first float you can.
Why do you shower before a float?
Before your floatation session you will take a calming shower to clear your mind in preparation. While you are showering your float cabin will be filling for your session. Each float session uses water that has been cleaned and sterilised so you are always floating in clean water.
What do I wear to float?
The simple answer is nothing! Just like getting into a bath you will have a better experience if not restricted by swimming clothing.
How do I use the float cabin?
The float cabin has a large door with grab handles to make getting in and out of the water easier. Take your time to step in carefully and use the handles if you need to. There will be a few minutes of music and soft lighting while you get used to your space and they will then both fade to allow you to float in total silence and darkness.
You will have total control during your session. For those concerned about feeling claustrophobic you can open or close the cabin door at any time. There are gentle lights around the top of the cabin that you can turn off or on at any time using the white button. If you would prefer dim lighting throughout your float time please ask and we can set that up for you.
Please be aware that customers with reduced or limited mobility may find if difficult to access the cabin and we would recommend that you visit before booking to ensure that you will be able to use the service unaided and to discuss any concerns with staff beforehand.
What should I experience while floating?
We know that floating is a personal experience but the majority of customers feel an increased sense of wellbeing both physically and mentally. Floating can help with pain relief, stress reduction, lowering of blood pressure and improved skin to name a few benefits. For a full list please have a look at the BENEFITS page where there is more detailed information and where the information came from.
Floating allows you to be completely still both mentally and physically, and in these busy times, that’s a luxury many of us deny ourselves yet is incredibly important to maintain a healthy mind and body. There is strong evidence that because you are totally relaxed, both mentally and physically, your body is given chance to repair itself and use all the benefits it offers.
If you are interested in learning more about the health and medical benefits we can send you links to the journal articles that informed us.
How clean is the water?
One of the really great things about our centre is that after each float the water is drained, treated and sterilised so you will NEVER be floating in water that someone else used. Unlike other float centres ours has been specifically designed to clean the water because we recognised that this was a concern for customers (and us). In exactly the same way you wouldn’t want to get into a dirty bath or the last customer’s bathwater at a hotel we don’t expect you to float in a dirty cabin or someone else’s water.
I'm claustrophobic, how do I manage my float?
Another great thing about our cabins is you have TOTAL control over your floatation session. Once you go into the room it’s your space for the time you’ve booked. You are able to open and close the cabin door at any point during your session, it is not automatically locked when you get in. Also our cabins have been designed to give you a much larger and easier way to enter the pod which gives you a greater sense of space.
Floating is very personal and everyone has a different experience so please don’t feel there is a right or wrong way to float – you have to be relaxed and comfortable to be able to enjoy your session. Also, if it’s your first session we will talk through any concerns you may have and answer any questions.
For more information – take a look at our blog post where we explain more about floatation sessions and claustrophobia >>> Read more here.
I don't like the dark, will I be ok in the float cabin?
You have total control over your session! You can choose to turn the lights on or off at any time and you can open the cabin door at any time as it isn’t locked. Floating is incredibly personal and there is no right or wrong way to float. If it’s your first time with us it may take a little time to find your own way of floating. Some like to starfish and others put their hands behind their head – whatever works for you is what we say.
Our float cabins have been designed to give you as much control over your session as possible so feel free to customise your float so that you enjoy it and feel relaxed. If it’s your first session we will talk through any concerns and answer any questions you may have before you begin.
I can't swim - does this matter?
The simple answer is no! All you have to do is lie back, relax and enjoy your session. Although you are in water there is enough salt to keep you buoyant even if you can’t swim so don’t worry. Plus, if you are nervous of water it’s only shallow and you can easily sit up or touch the bottom should you want to.
Can I drown or fall asleep?
You absolutely cannot drown while lying on your back! The natural buoyancy of the salt water means that your body is completely supported at all times, even if you try and roll over the water will roll you back. Some do fall asleep, others drift in and out – everyone is different.
Won't the salt dry my skin out?
This is why we only use Epsom Salts – nature’s little bit of magic! The salts actually put lots of goodness into your skin so unlike being in the bath for ages and getting pruny fingers your hair and skin will feel wonderful after floating. Epsom Salts have been used for decades as a health and wellbeing treatment because they nourish and re-hydrate skin.
Is there anything I should or shouldn't do before floating?
As with everything new there is a little bit of nervousness about what to expect. We’ve listed the main points here which should help you get the most out of your session but will always talk through any concerns or additional questions you may have. If you want to you can always visit beforehand to have a look around first.
Do – come with an open mind especially if it’s your first time. We know that anything new can raise questions and concerns so feel free to ask us.
It’s best not to have a heavy meal, strong coffee, alcohol or illegal substances before you float – your senses will become heightened so it’s best to avoid stimulants before floating (much like not eating a big meal before you go swimming).
It’s best not to shave for a few hours before floating, the water is infused with Epsom Salts which can get into open pores and irritate skin.
If you have any open cuts or grazes cover them in the vaseline (provided in your room) to avoid the salt getting into your skin.
If you have any serious medical concerns we would advise you contact your GP/specialist beforehand – we have happy to pass on the information regarding the water/salt composition and how they work to allow you to make an informed decision but there are so many benefits that we hope you are able to float.
If you are menstruating please use a fresh internal tampon, some women find the salt irritating so please be guided by your own body.
If you have reduced physical mobility you may not be able to access the pod so please contact us beforehand if you are unsure.
If you are visually impaired please let us know before booking so that we can take extra time to allow you to orientate yourself within the room and ensure that you can use the space safely.
How will I feel after a float session?
After floating it’s normal to want a few minutes to gather your thoughts so please sit and enjoy a refreshing drink and book your next session. Your senses will feel heightened and we would advise not driving straight after floating. Everyone has a slightly different experience so please be guided by your own body.
How much does it cost?
Our pricing is simple our Taster Float Session costs only £39 – which is perfect for people who have never visited us before or anyone who would like to try a floatation treatment for the first time. This treatment allows you 45mins in the float cabin so you can really get a sense of what it’s all about.