Preparing for your floatWhat you can expect, and what is expected of you
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
The information below should help clear some things up. If you still have any concerns or questions, you could also check out our FAQ page, or feel free to give us a call or email and we’d be happy to help.
Even if you have tried floating at a different float centre, you may find some slight differences, so we still suggest you review the information below before you come.
Let’s start with what not to do…
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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 the last 24 – 48 hours)
- Shaving (eg within the last 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 will provide towels, toiletries, earplugs, a vaseline-type product (for covering minor cuts and grazes), makeup remover, 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, and if you wear contact lenses, please 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.
When you arrive we will show you around the centre, talk you through what you need to know, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to ask any questions you might have.
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. 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 will be teas, books, artwork and comfy chairs.
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.