“What do I wear while I’m floating?”
This is a common question, and we realise it may not be an obvious answer. If you look at photos of people floating, including on this website, some of them show people wearing swimming costumes.
We don’t want to offend anyone, so we don’t generally use photos of naked people!
However, most people do float naked, and this is for several reasons.
One reason is that a swimming costume can bring bacteria or pool chemicals into the pod, if it has not been cleaned thoroughly in between uses.
Not wearing one can help make it easier for us to keep the water clean.
Another reason is that we don’t want there to be any distractions during your float.
Can you feel your clothes right now? Maybe a seam is rubbing, a belt is digging in, something is just a bit too tight, or you’re wearing a slightly itchy fabric?
Distractions from your clothing can be pleasant (for example a soft fabric can feel lovely), or unpleasant, as described above.
Whenever you are wearing clothes, a small part of your awareness will be noticing them, even if only subconsciously. In the float pod, when that is the only sensation you are aware of, it can be hard to ignore.
We work hard to create an opportunity for you to have no distractions. This is why we aim to provide an environment with as little sound and light as possible.
Of course, if any of that worries you, you can leave the light on or the pod door open: you are in control.
The water in the pod is kept at skin temperature. You may find after a while that you can’t tell where your body ends and the water begins.
This unique situation can help you to reach a meditative state during your float, and not being distracted by clothing can help with that.
It’s quite possible that you’re worried about feeling self-conscious, and that is understandable, but there is no need for concern.
You’ll have a lock on the door, and your room is private.
Would you wear a swimming costume in the bath?
However… if in spite of all this you’d still rather wear a swimming costume while you float, that’s ok. Please just make sure it is clean.