Preparing for your floatWhat you can expect, and what is expected of you
Preparing for your float
There are two important things which you must do before you come for your first float
Please watch the instruction video below before you come for your first float. If you arrive and have not yet watched the video you will be required to watch it before you float, which will reduce the time available for your float. The video is about 14 minutes in duration.
Please complete the intake form before you come for your first float. If you arrive and have not yet completed an intake form you will be required to do so before you float, which will reduce the time available for your float.
Now you have watched the video, please click here to complete the intake form before you come for your first float. There is a place to sign with your finger if using a touchscreen device, or the mouse if you are on a computer. If you arrive and have not yet completed an intake form you will be required to do so before you float, which will reduce the time available for your float. There is no need to print it out: just complete it online and it will come through to us automatically.
Once you have completed the form it will return you to this page. Please be sure to read the rest of this page which contains some important additional information to be aware of.
Allow plenty of time
Please take care to be punctual for your appointment. It’s a good idea to aim to arrive a few minutes early. Make sure you research the route to get to us before you set off. If you are late we may need to cut your float short. The float itself is approximately 1 hour in duration, but we recommend you allow at least 2 hours for your first float. This is to allow time to shower before and afterwards, and time to relax afterwards.
When you book you will be sent appointment details by email, but in the mean time if you’d like to get your bearings you can check out our location here.
What happens when you arrive
If someone is accompanying you who will not be floating they will need to wait outside for you, unless you need their assistance to be able to move around the float centre safely.
Upon entering reception please remove your shoes. You can keep your socks on, go barefoot, or use a clean pair of the sandals provided. If you use a pair of sandals, please put them in the basket in reception once you have finished with them so we can sanitise them.
After you have removed your shoes please use the hand sanitiser provided in reception. During your visit please take care to act in a way which minimises the risk of transmission of coronavirus, including:
- Maintaining the recommended social distance from others when at the float centre
- Covering your mouth and nose with a dsposable tissue when you cough or sneeze
- Avoiding touching surfaces unnecessarily
- Washing your hands
- You are free to choose whether you wish to wear a face covering.
We will check that you have watched the instruction video and filled in the intake form. Please do so in advance otherwise you will need to do them when you arrive which will reduce the time available for your float. We will be glad to answer any questions you might have.
We will show you to your own private room, with your own personal shower and float pod.
You will shower before your float, including washing your hair. This is to remove any dirt and oils from your skin and hair.
You float and emerge transformed, having another shower afterwards to wash off the salt water.
Then you can enjoy your post-float glow in the lounge where there are lovely artworks and comfy chairs.
Please read on to discover some important dos and don’ts for floating…
The unknown can make us nervous
It’s possible you’ve never tried floating before, in which case you may be unsure what to expect, and what is expected of you.
It’s perfectly natural to experience fear of the unknown – everyone does – and there’s nothing wrong with that.
We will guide you through it
Read the information on this page and watch the instruction video – this should make things clear. If you have any concerns or questions, you could also check out our FAQ page and feel free to give us a call or email, we’d be happy to help.
Even if you have tried floating at a different float centre, you may find some slight differences, so please do absorb the information here before you come.
What not to do before your float
There are some basic rules we ask you to respect:
- Please don’t come to float under influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Also, please don’t come to float if you have any open wounds. This is partly for hygienic reasons, but also because the salt in the float pod will make the wound uncomfortable.
- Again, please don’t come with new tattoos or piercings which haven’t healed yet e.g. within 3-4 weeks. As a test, if you apply hand sanitiser to the area and it stings, you’ll want to wait a little longer before you float.
- And lastly, please don’t come to float with recently dyed hair. As a guide, we recommend waiting at least 10 days, or up to 30 days for dyed shades of red. Please make sure when you shower at home that the water running through your hair is fully clear, and none comes off on the towel. Sometimes this can take a few washes. If there is any colour coming out, please leave it another wash or 2 before floating. Please be aware that there is no way around this, and wearing a swimming cap will not help.
For your comfort and enjoyment, 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 last the 24 – 48 hours)
- Shaving (eg within last the 12 – 24 hours)
- Recent vigorous sex
- Soon after giving birth (before you have healed)
… as these are likely to detract (and distract) from your experience.
What will be provided:
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 don’t need to bring a swimming costume, as it is fine to float naked, in fact we recommend it.
You may wish to bring your own cosmetics or toiletries, and if you wear contact lenses, you may wish to bring your kit to take them out.
If you will be floating while on your period, please use a tampon or menstrual cup to control your flow, as you would in a swimming pool. If you use a tampon please ensure it is fully inserted before your float.
From our toilet roll to our shower gel, we’re proud of the products we’ve chosen. You can read about some of our suppliers here.
Take your time and relax!
Our best advice is “have no expectations”, though we do realise that can be easier said than done!
Everyone’s experience of floating can be different, and it can take a little time to get used to it and really feel the benefits.
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