Questions about floating?

No worries, we understand. Here are a few of the most common. We are happy to answer any of your questions. We invite you to contact us for a phone conversation or to schedule a tour of our studio.

Who floats?

People of all walks of life enjoy floating for differing reasons. The truth is that people float for different reasons and at different points in their life. Here are a few examples:

  • Anyone with high stress and demands in everyday life benefits from floating.
  • Caregivers use floating to replenish their mental and physical reserves.
  • High performance athletes use the tank to visualize plays, review strategies and decrease recovery time.
  • Artists find that their creativity increases after a float. We have books in our relaxation lounge with documented inspirations from floating.
  • Students use floating to help counter the negative effects of stressful periods in their lives, like exam week.
  • People suffering from chronic pain find floating is an additional source of relief.
  • Too many examples to list in one place. However, here are some people you may recognize:

 

What should I bring?

Just yourself and an open mind. Each float room is private and secure. We have worked hard to select and provide products for you to enjoy during your session. We will provide a robe, slippers, towel, hair towel, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, blow dryer, sunscreen, etc.

Do I need a bathing suit?

No need. You are in a private and safe room. A bathing suit can be worn based on your level of comfort. However, we recommend floating in the nude.

What are the benefits of floating?

While individual results may vary, scientific research has shown several health benefits, including:

  • calming the nervous system
  • lowering the heart rate
  • stabilizing blood pressure
  • decreasing activity of the sympathetic nervous system
  • balancing immune and hormonal systems
  • activating the parasympathetic nervous system

 

Is there any scientific research supporting floating?

Yes. As a matter of fact, we are proud to offer the same open pool in Float Room 4 that is used by the Laureate Institute for Brain Center.

 

Who benefits by floating?

Those experiencing:

  • everyday stress
  • muscle soreness
  • inflammation
  • decreased creativity
  • headaches
  • chronic fatigue
  • jet lag
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • PTSD
  • many more…

 

I don’t know how to swim. Can I drown?

Nope. The salt solution is so dense it will keep you afloat under all circumstances, irrespective of height and weight. Our float solution is saltier than the water in the Dead Sea! We maintain our solution at a specific gravity of 1.24 – 1.26.

What if I fall asleep in the float tank?

That would be awesome. If you do fall asleep, it is possible to get some salt in your eyes. If this is a concern, we have float props you may use to provide extra support for your head and neck which will keep your face above the water line.

Can I float if I am pregnant?

An astounding, yes! Pregnant women love floating. Like with anything else involving pregnancy, we do recommend that you speak with your physician or midwife before your float. When you are medically cleared, we provide float props to assist with ways to relieve the weight of the baby from mama’s body.

Is there anything I should do to prepare?

Very little preparation is needed. We have everything you will need. We recommend the following for your best float:

  • hydrating appropriately during the 24 hours before your float
  • refrain from shaving or waxing 24 hours before your float
  • eating a light meal or snack 60-90 minutes before your float

 

Can I bring a friend?

Yes, please. We have multiple tanks. You can share the Be Still Float experience before and after your individual floats.

Isn’t this supposed to be sensory deprivation? Why do your tanks have lights and music?

Great question! We have carefully selected tanks to provide the most benefits and functionality for your needs. Every float is as different as the person floating. Some people may want to start with a short guided meditation, some may want to listen to a few minutes of music before settling into their float. Some may be ready to go deep and have no sensory input right away. The goal is to eventually be in all silence and darkness for the true benefits of floating.

Oh, one more thing. Some pretty cool people are experimenting with learning, visualization and preparing for big games in float tanks. The Navy Seals are using float tanks to learn new languages in weeks, as opposed to months. The float tank is the perfect place to visualize a putt, floor routine, etc. The possibilities are endless.

How do you clean your tanks?

We take sanitation very seriously. Our owner is a National Swimming Pool Foundation Certified Pool Operator. The Epsom Salt solution is filtered by a state-of-the-art filtration system five times over after every float, in addition to using chlorine. We sample our tank solution and have it tested on a regular basis. Your pool will be sparkling clean. Also, we are licensed by the Department of Health as a commercial pool, so we follow all of the same standards as public swimming pools in Duval County.

What are the differences between your tanks?

The truth is that we’ve been working hard to create an environment where ultimately your experience will be the same once you are in the tank. All of our tanks are large enough to accommodate two people. For additional details, please read about Our Tanks

  • We have a beautiful round open pool in Float Room 4. This pool is completely open and ideal for anyone with signs of claustrophobia or anxiety.
  • Float Rooms 1, 2 and 3 have twinkle lights in the cabin ceiling.
  • Float Rooms 1, 2, and 3 have opaque double doors.

 

Can I float if I’m menstruating?

Yes, just follow the same routine as if you were going swimming in a public swimming pool.

Can I float if I just dyed my hair?

Yes, as long as the water runs clear when your hair is wet. If your hair is dyed, we will be happy to help you test your hair, in the event of any doubt about the hair color bleeding.

Can I float if I just got a tattoo?

No, you will need to wait 4-6 weeks for the tattoo to heal before floating.

What is a post float glow?

There are two meanings. The first refers to a feeling of stillness and peace achieved after the float session. The second refers to how soft and healthy your skin looks after the float session.