Questions & Answers About Floating at Souler Float
What should I do to prepare for my first float?
Although body wash, shampoo, and cotton swabs are provided, you may want to bring any other bathroom accessories that you need. If you shave 2 or 3 hours before using the tank, the shaved skin may sting for a few minutes because of the salt water. If you can postpone your shaving, you will probably be more comfortable.
Do I need to bring a bathing suit?
We suggest you not wear anything while floating. We feel it’s important to not have any senses impacted while floating and the feeling of a tight or constraining bathing suit may distract you from true relaxation. Remember, the room is secure.
Should I eat anything before floating?
We recommend that you consume some form of small food items at least one hour prior to floating. Too large of a meal will not allow you to relax properly and if you’re starving all you’ll be able to think about is food! Avoid any caffeine products beforehand such as coffee, colas, etc as those will not allow you to relax. Again, it’s important not to allow anything to distract you.
Do I shower before or after using the float pod?
Both times actually. A quick, cleansing shower prior to the entering the float pod helps relax your body, removes oils, dirt and hair gels and gives you a sense of starting fresh. After stepping out of the float pod you have another quick rinsing shower that will remove any left over Epsom salts accumulated during the float. Rinse your hair thoroughly as well as cleaning out left over salt water from your ears is recommended. There are hair dryers provided in the restrooms.
How long does the float session last?
Most float sessions are generally 1-hour long however some people enjoy an extended float experience to make sure they get as relaxed as possible, additional time can always be requested at the time of booking your float. Check out this blog about first time floats!
Will I get cold, like staying in a bath too long?
No, the I-Sopod is heated all the time to the perfect temperature to heighten your floating experience. We try to maintain the water temperature near to the body’s skin temperature of 94.1 degrees Fahrenheit, the perfect temperature for floating.
Is the room private or shared?
They are private. The room assigned to you is secure and lockable from the inside and private. Each room has its own shower, changing area and float pod. It’s for your exclusive use during your float session.
Is there a toilet in the float room?
No there is no toilet in the float room. There are men’s and women’s bathrooms across the hallway for your use that we strongly encourage you to use prior to undressing, showering and floating. Being interrupted for a bathroom break while floating wastes precious time and can definitely distract from the experience.
Do the room lights stay on the while I float?
The room lights are motion sensitive. When no motion is detected within the room within approximately 2 minutes they turn off. This allows you plenty of time to get into the float pod without having to worry about turning out the room lights yourself.
What’s included in the float room?
Each room contains a towel. Within the private shower there are shampoo, conditioner and body wash. There is also ear swabs, vaseline gel for small cuts and scrapes, ear plugs, hair bands, and contact lens cases and solution. Hair dryers are provided in the restrooms.
I wear contact lenses, is that a problem?
The salts are not dangerous to your eyes but can be quite uncomfortable if you get any water splashed into them. And it’s easy to do. For that reason we ask that you remove your contacts prior to floating. We have lens holder cases and solutions in each float room.
We also have a cloth and fresh water spray bottle within each pod just in case you do get some in your eyes. Before entering the pod, make sure to dry your face off, push your hair back and keep your hands away from your eyes. This will reduce the chances of getting salt water in your eyes
Do I need to wear ear plugs?
It is recommended especially for 1st time floaters that you use the supplied earplugs. Some floaters like them, some don’t. If you have a tendency towards ‘swimmers ear’ or TMJ’s you should absolutely use them. Make sure you place them into your ears ‘before’ the first shower for maximum vacuum within the ear. Either way we recommended that you thoroughly rinse your ears out with water in the shower after each session.
Do I have to close the lid?
You don’t have to close the lid if you are worried or feel that you are claustrophobic. If you leave the lid open you may still see some transient light. You may also feel cooler with the lid up. The interior of the I-Sopod is quite expansive. Many people are concerned that they will feel claustrophobic but find that once they are in the float pod and see how much space there is and how easy the door is to open and close, they are not worried at all.
Can I get locked inside the float pod?
Absolutely not. There is not locking mechanism on the I-Sopod float pod and you will have complete control over your environment for the length of your session. The pod lid pushes open easily. There is a light button located on the left inside the floatation pod. You can turn the light on and off at your discretion. We recommend that you turn it off as soon as you get settled in as this is part of the true power of floatation, the lack of sensory stimuli. There is also an emergency call button on the inside right that rings at the front desk for true emergency situations.
What will my first float be like?
We’re very excited you’re coming to us for your first float experience! Floating is a very unique and different experience for each floater. You’ll experience a sense of profound calmness, weightlessness, relaxation and the opportunity for deep concentration and increased creativity. However, the most important thing we can say is to not have too many expectations. We try to avoid saying too much before you float so that you aren’t influenced by it. 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. Check out this blog about the experience of floating!
Hygiene: This facility is founded on the principals of a healthy mind, body and soul.
We exclusively reserve the right to evaluate and refuse service to any persons prior to floating at Souler Float for cleanliness & healthiness. If you have a medical condition that you’re not sure is compatible with floating please check with your healthcare provider.
Please be aware that any contamination of the float tank water; either from hair dyes or colorations, bodily fluids, vomiting or other contaminants will result in a charge for salt replacement. Each float tank salt replenishment is approximately $1,500.00.
Who should not float?
We’d love to allow everyone the chance to experience a float but unfortunately there are some conditions we must exclude.
* People under the influence of drugs or alcohol are not allowed
* Pregnant ladies in their first trimester
* Applied hair colourant in the last 7days or is not yet running clear in the shower
* Persons with pacemakers or other heart related issues
* Persons experiencing epilepsy [not on controlling medication for the condition]
* Tattooed within the last 2 weeks
* Severe skin conditions
* Infectious diseases
* Respiratory disorders
* Open wounds
Are there any restrictions for mobility impaired persons?
Each person floating at Souler Float is evaluated for mobility and hygiene. A customer must have sufficient upper body strength to lift themselves up from a supine/laying position, and be able to stand up from a kneeling position. Once inside the float room the staff have no way to monitor the floater for assistance or emergencies. Souler Float reserves the right to make exceptions on a case by case basis.
Can pregnant women float?
We are delighted to advise that we are now able to accept pregnant ladies. Please be aware that we will need a note from your physician to confirm it is safe for you to use our facilities and floatation. Due to the risks associated in the 1st trimester, for the safety of both Mum and unborn baby we will not be able to let you float. Check out this blog about floating while pregnant!
What type of hair conditions should I be aware of?
If you have colored or permed your hair within 7 days of your float appointment you should refrain from floating. Dyes, setting lotions, serums and coloration’s may not have set permanently and when exposed to the warm salt water may bleach out or contaminate the water. You should test before booking your appointment and test again in the shower prior to your float to be certain no colorant is rinsing out, do not take the risk, as dyes, setting lotions, serums and other coloration’s can significantly damage the pod, is a significant cost for repair, replacing the salt solution and loss of services with such expense liable to you the client, if in doubt wait for your hair solution to rinse out more before floating. No Henna coloring allowed at all.
Persons with locks or dreadlocks will be vetted on a case by case basis. Natural, organic or free form style locks must be clean and free of waxes, perfumes or lotions. Salon or manicured locks are generally accepted. It has been observed that the high salt content of the float water can have a drying effect on the internal hairs of locks causing them to break and separate.
What effects does floating in a floatation pod have on the brain and my mental state?
When you float, you can produce slower brain-wave patterns; known as theta waves, normally experienced just before falling asleep or during deep meditation. This can be accompanied by vivid imagery, very clear creative thoughts, sudden insights and inspirations. Your mind is free to explore thoughts without distraction, your brain pumps out dopamine and endorphins, the neurotransmitters of happiness. Because of these effects, floating is used effectively in the treatment of depression and addictions, including smoking and alcohol. It is also used in schools and universities as tools for enhanced learning.
How often should I float?
There are no proven rules as to how often you should float, but the more regular you float the more you will benefit from floating as the effects of floating are cumulative. Many people experience significant benefits on their first float. Continued usage of any form of active wellness, consistent and repeated usage will only amplify the results. We’ve found that after your second or third float you’ll start to relax both physically and mentally and will really start to feel how wondrful floating can be.
Are aromatherapy scents allowed while I float?
No. We do not allow any incense or other aroma products within Souler Float. Not all persons are comfortable with scents or incenses and some are actually allergic to these products. Additionally these scents could be distracting to the actual float session and not allow complete relaxation.
What if I can’t swim, will I float?
Yes. It is impossible not to float in the tank. We have over 1,100 pounds of Epsom salts dissolved in the warm water that makes a buoyant solution much denser than water alone. Believe us, no matter your weight or height, you will float on your back without effort. As you lay back, the water will reach the temples; leaving your eyes, nose and mouth fully exposed.
Will I be bored?
During normal life we are constantly being bombarded by sensory input and mental activity. When you have no gravity and the outside world constantly distracting you, your mind and body have a lot of extra resources that it can finally use. With floating your mind is completely free to wonder, no distractions in it’s way. As you continue to relax and allow the mind to let go, the deep relaxation and sense of calm that happens is not boring and is often timeless.
Is there an age limit to floating at Souler Float?
If you are under 18 years old, you will need your parent’s permission. If you are over 100, you will need your child and doctor’s permission.
What if I’m claustrophobic?
The thought of being in a dark space can be frightening to some. However, as with your eyes closed, total black does not create an enclosed, confined, limited or restricted feeling; it actually seems vast or unlimited. Remember, you are in complete control of your surroundings, so if need be, you can exit the pod at anytime. You can also lift the lid slightly or all the way for your comfort level.
What if I fall asleep while floating?
Many people safely fall asleep in the pod as a result of being so relaxed. Even those who say they never sleep on their backs in bed, do so very easily in the tank. People may think it is unsafe due to the fear of rolling over, but if this were ever to happen the salinity of the water would irritate the eyes and nose- immediately waking the floater.
Will my skin wrinkle?
No. The Epsom salt is composed of Magnesium and Sulfate which will leave your skin feeling soft and silky smooth. It does not dry out or evaporate water from your skin. Check out this blog about Epsom Salt!
How much time do I have before and after my float?
We allow you 3-5 minutes before your float session starts for undressing, showering and stepping into the float pod. At the end of your session we allow up to 10 minutes. This is time for you to shower again removing the salts, shampooing and drying. There are hair dryers in the restrooms for additional drying. We ask that makeup only be used in the restrooms.
It is also very important that we gain access back into the float room so we can clean the showers, restock towels, wipe down the pod and do an overall cleaning for the next floater. We strive to maintain a clean sanitary environment for all customers so this time is valuable to us.
How big is the float tank and what kind is it?
Our float pods are the best in the industry. We utilize the I-Sopod Floatation Pod built and manufactured in London, England. We believe it’s superb to all others. The dimensions of the pod are 8.5 feet long x 5.5 feet wide x 4 feet high. Plenty of room for you to get lost in yourself and the float experience!
Can there be two people in the same pod at the same time?
No, floating is intended to be a private, individual experience. Each pod can only accommodate one person at a time.
Is there enough air in the pod?
Yes. There is plenty of air in the pod and fresh air is also brought in by a passive air circulation system
How is the water cleaned?
Souler Float is licensed by the Florida Department of Health and must comply with stringent health and safety regulations. The water in the float pods is extremely clean. The water has a very high concentration of Epsom salt (Magnesium Sulfate) which creates a sterile environment in which microorganisms cannot survive.
The I-Sopod float pods also include several professionally engineered sterilization systems which filter and sanitize the water between each float. The complete water system is turned over and passed through the filtration system at a minimum of 5 times between each floater. The filter element consists of a 2 step filtration process, one is a standard swimming pool filter and the other is a 1-micron unit which captures, strains and filters extremely small organic matter.
All clients are required to thoroughly shower on-site before entering the float pod. We add a very small amount of chlorine as required by the Florida Department of Health as an additional sanitizing agent. Our staff tests the water every day for sanitization, pH, alkalinity and temperature. Salt density concentrations are also tested and maintained at a consistent level.
What kind of Epsom Salt do you use?
Souler Float utilizes only pharmaceutical grade Epsom salt that we order from a national distributor. Epsom salts are made up of a naturally occurring mineral that is found in water, more properly known as magnesium 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. Read about Epsom salt, floatation therapy, sensory deprivation and more on our blog!