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Frequently asked questions
Don’t worry about asking!
If you haven’t floated before, you’ve probably got a bunch of questions about the whole thing, and perhaps some concerns.
This is very common and totally understandable.
Here are answers to some frequent queries…
What is floatation?
It’s pretty simple really. You float in warm water saturated with Epsom salt, with the distractions of sound and light minimised. Your body floats like a cork, a bit like in the Dead Sea. You are so buoyant that you can totally relax all your muscles, and let go of tensions. You float naturally and effortlessly, and the support of the water makes you feel weightless. All the work that the mind and body usually have to do just to resist gravity becomes unnecessary, and you are able to let go and relax into a blissful state. Find out more here.
Have you extended the expiry dates of gift cards and packages in response to COVID-19?
There have been three periods of government restrictions that prevented us from hosting floats. These were:
- 19th March 2020 to 8 July 2020
- 5th November 2020 to 2nd December 2020
- 6th January 2021 to 14th April 2021
If your gift card or package was valid during one of these periods of goverment restrictions, then we have extended the expiry date by the duration of that period of restrictions.
By doing this, we have ensured that everyone with a gift card or package has had the same number of opportunities to float as if the government restrictions had not happened.
Although this meant we had to absorb significant financial losses, we felt that it was worth doing in order to protect all our customers from loss. We are glad that we have made sure that no one has missed out on chances to float as a result of the government restrictions.
How do you make sure it's clean?
Follow this link for more about how we keep the water clean.
Will I feel claustrophobic?
Have a read of our blog for more about claustrophobia.
What do I wear while I'm floating?
We recommend that you float naked, but of course it’s up to you. You will be in your own private room, with a shower and a lock on the door. Pretty much everyone floats naked, and finds it more comfortable that way. The sensation of fabric against your skin can be distracting during your float, and being naked means you can feel truly free. Would you wear a swimming costume in the bath?
What should / shouldn't I do before my float?
- Please don’t come to float under influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Please don’t come to float if you have any open wounds, partly for hygienic reasons, but also because the salt in the float pod will make the wound uncomfortable.
- See other FAQs about hair dye, floating while on your period, and after recent tattoos or piercings.
For your comfort, we also recommend that you do not come to float after:
- Caffeine (within the last 4 hours)
- A large meal within the last hour or so
- Waxing (eg within the last 24 to 48 hours)
- Shaving (eg within the last 12 to 24 hours)
- Recent vigorous sex
- Soon after giving birth (before you have healed)
… as these are likely to detract (and distract) from your experience. Find out more about preparing for your float here.
Shari talks about some of these things in this short video:
How long does a float last?
The float itself is one hour long. However we recommend that you allow two hours for the whole visit. This is because you will need some time beforehand to be shown around (particularly on your first visit), time for showers and getting dressed, and some time afterwards to relax before heading off.
If you think an hour sounds like a long time, have a read of our blog on time floating (it won’t take long to read!)
Can I fall asleep during a float?
How will I know when my float is over?
What should I bring?
You don’t need to bring anything but yourself and an open mind! We provide towels, toiletries, earplugs, a vaseline-type product (for covering minor cuts and grazes), and hairdryers. You may wish to bring your own cosmetics or toiletries if you prefer, and if you wear contact lenses, please bring your kit to take them out. You can find out more about some of our suppliers and why we chose them here. Find out more about preparing for your float here.
Can I bring a friend?
Yes, please do! Each float pod is designed for just one person to float in at a time. But we have two float pods, so two people can float at the same time. It can be a lot of fun to go floating with a friend or partner. That way you will each emerge from your private rooms at the same time, and can share the blissful post-float glow together.
You can book two simultaneous sessions here.
Can I float during pregnancy?
Like many things, floating is not advised during the first trimester. It is also not recommended too soon after giving birth, until you have healed. Other than those times, floating can give profound relief from the physical strains of pregnancy. The uniform and gentle support of the water offer a comfort which cannot be found elsewhere. If you are finding lying in bed uncomfortable, the feeling of weightlessness that floating offers will be a revelation. Floating offers a real rest for you and your baby.
How do I book?
You can book your float here.
We can’t wait to host your float!
How do I book 2 simultaneous floats with 2 gift cards?
Go to the booking page here.
First find a time when both pods are free by looking at ‘Bring a friend’.
Then go back and choose ‘float’ and book one of you in.
Finally, choose ‘float’ again and book the other in.
Alternatively, if you prefer, you can find a time when both pods are free by looking at ‘Bring a friend’ then just give us a call.
I'm tall, will I fit in the pod?
No need to worry, the inside of the pod is 7.5 feet or 2.3m long, so unless you’re taller than that, you will fit no problem.
Find out more about our float pods here.
Will I really float?
Is it private?
Floating is a very private experience. You float in your own fully private room, with your own private shower for your exclusive use, and a lock on the door. This is a place you can truly rest, and a time which is yours alone.
Follow this link for more about privacy and floatation.
Who shouldn't float?
- have open wounds, sores, or rashes
- have contagious diseases
- are incontinent
- have uncontrolled kidney disease
- have uncontrolled psychosis or schizophrenia
- are allergic to Epsom salt (magnesium sulphate)
- have an uncontrolled seizure disorder
- have an uncontrolled heart condition
- recently had chemotherapy
- are a risk to themselves or others due to the influence of any drug including alcohol
… and those who do not respect the staff, facilities and fellow floaters at Float in the Forest
If in any doubt about whether you can float with your health condition, please consult your doctor first, and we’d be happy to provide a document to explain to them what floating is all about.
You can find our Terms & Conditions here.
Can I float if I just dyed my hair?
Floating with dyed hair is okay, but not straight after dying it! As a general rule, we recommend waiting at least 10 days, or 30 days for dyed shades of red. Please make sure that the water running through your hair when you shower at home is fully clear. Sometimes this can take a few washes. If there is any colour coming out, please leave it another wash or two before floating.
There is some general information about things you should and shouldn’t do before your float here.
We do have to get quite serious about this because it can damage the pod and water, which is costly. You can find our Terms & Conditions here.
Can I float if I am menstruating?
Yes, if you use a tampon or menstrual cup to control your menstruation, as you would in a swimming pool.
Can I float if I've recently got a new piercing or tattoo?
There is some general information about things you should and shouldn’t do before your float here.
Do I have to close the door?
Do I have to stay in the whole time?
I have limited mobility. Can I float?
Float in the Forest is on the ground floor, predominantly on a level, with some 1:12 ramps. You must be capable of independently moving around the float centre safely. Getting in and out of the float pod is similar to getting in and out of a bath, so you must be able to do this unaided, or be accompanied by someone who is qualified and insured to help you with this. Please see our mobility and accessibility page for more information.
Will my ears be underwater?
Do I have to turn the light off?
Will there be music in the pod?
We encourage you to embrace the peace and quiet, as part of the magic of the float experience. We often find that people tend to get the deepest relaxation and the greatest benefits from floating in the quiet darkness. Many of the benefits of floatation arise from the reduced sensory input. It is rare to get such an opportunity for peace!
Five minutes before the end, the music returns to gently let you know your float is reaching its conclusion.
Here are a few words about it from Shari:
And some thoughts from Will about releasing our attention from the external world:
Can under 18s float?
Currently only over 18s can float. We may require you to produce photo ID as proof of age.
We apologise for any disappointment caused, but we hope to enable under 18s to float later on, once we have had a chance to create a safeguarding policy and parental consent procedure. If you are under 18, or know someone who is and wanted to float, please let us know so that we can gauge interest in this.
I can't swim - what if I sink?
Follow this link for more about why you don’t need to be able to swim.
What if I need to use the toilet during my float?
What if I suffer with motion sickness?
Will my skin go all pruney and wrinkly?
Can't I just float in my bath at home?
How much does a float cost?
Choose from a single float, float on with a pack of three, or make regular floating part of your life with a monthly membership and get the best deal, plus access to exclusive member-only perks.
We want to share the cumulative benefits of floating with as many people as we can, so these options are priced so that the more often you float, the more you save. Read full details of the options and prices.
What are Float in the Forest's terms & conditions?
What can I expect when I come to float?
You will be shown to your own private room with your own personal shower and float pod. You will shower before your float, including washing your hair. Float and emerge transformed, having another shower afterwards to wash off the salt water.
Then you can enjoy your relaxation in the post-float lounge where there will be teas, books, artwork and comfy chairs. Take your time and relax! Find out more about preparing for your float and after your float here.
How often do you float?
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