Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Floating Therapy or Sensory Deprivatoin Therapy

If you're new to floating, then you're probably have a number of questions about what to expect. We've compiled the most frequently asked questions along with our answers to help put your mind at ease and to give you as much information as you need to be ready to enter the world if isolation therapy.

+ Is the water clean and safe?

Absolutely. Water sanitation is our top priority. We filter our water four times between each session using a triple-cleansing approach that includes micron filters, UV filtration and Ozone water treatment. The micron filter can eliminate particles up to one micron in size and are FDA compliant for drinking water. By comparison, standard pool filters only filter 20-30 microns. What’s more, we use skimmers to remove larger particles that might be on the surface. Finally, the high salt content is a natural disinfectant. This water is impeccably clean and we have a daily routine of inspecting and maintain the equipment to ensure it stays this way.

+ Can I float if I dye my hair?

In order to protect other floaters and the float equipment, we require a waiting period from when you dye your hair to when you may float. Using a shower cap is insufficient protection. You must wait long enough that the dye no longer comes out of your hair when showering. The times below are suggested waiting periods:

- Natural Browns and Blonde/Highlights - 5 days
- Black - 10 days
- Vivid Colours (red, blue, etc.) - 30 days
- If dye is still coming out of your hair during a shower, then you are required to wait until it has stopped completely.
+ Do I need to bring anything?

No. We provide all the amenities you’ll need to enjoy your float therapy session. We provide spa sandals, towels, face cloths, ear plugs, soaps, shampoos, moisturizers, hair dryers, hair product, deodorants and post-float refreshments. The only thing you might need to bring is your contact lens cases and solutions.

+ Can more than one person float at a time?

Yes. We are the only float therapy studio in Calgary to offer couples floats. We have two open-style float rooms for which the float basin is designed to support two people floating at the same time. What’s more, these rooms have a dual-shower so you can both get ready at the same time.

Many people tell us this is the perfect way to get introduced to floating or to stay connected with their partner. We find it’s an amazing way to start a date.

Please note, that couples floating is reserved for our two open-style float rooms. It is not permitted in the float pods.

+ Is the room private and what should I wear while floating?

Your room is completely private with a locking door and its own shower. As such, most people float in the nude and it’s what we recommend to best experience sensory deprivation. However, it’s your float so feel free to wear a swimsuit if that’s your preference.

+ Do I have to stay in the whole time?

You are in complete control of your float experience so you can leave at any time. However, the 60-minute session is recommended to achieve the desired results. Don’t worry, it goes a lot faster than you might think. Most people express that they lose complete track of time and can’t believe how fast the session passed.

+ Can I float if I'm menstrating?

Yes. You just follow the same protocol you would for a swimming pool.

+ Can I float if I'm pregnant?

Yes, floating is highly recommended for pregnant women. It’s an amazing way to relive the strain and pressure placed on your body and emotions. If you have any concerns or have been experiencing difficulties with your pregnancy, then we strongly recommend that you consult with your doctor first.

+ Will I be in the dark?

That’s up to you. There are lights in the room connected to a motion sensor. Once you settle into your float, the motion sensors turn the lights off so you don’t have to worry about fumbling in the dark to get in. As you sit up, the lights turn back on. There is also a light-therapy feature that’s easily accessible in each float basin. You can leave them on and enjoy the subtle rotation between the different soothing LED colors or you can turn it off and relax in complete darkens.

+ What if I'm nervous about closed spaces?

This is one of the main concerns people have when it comes to trying float therapy and it’s why we built our float studio with two open-style float rooms. In fact, we’re the only float center in Calgary that caters to people with sensitivity to closed spaces. These open float rooms will give you all the benefits of sensory deprivation, while feeling just as much at ease as you would in your own bathroom. You are in complete control of your environment at all times.

+ Do you support people with accessibility needs?

Yes. We are the only float therapy studio in Calgary with two open-style float rooms design to support our friends with limited mobility and accessibility needs.

+ Is there anything I should do to prepare?

Yes. Please read our guide to floating section for tips and tricks on how to make the most of your float.

+ Can I drown if I fall asleep?

No. The water is only 11-inches deep and it’s so buoyant that your head is held well above the surface in its nose-up position. It’s like a cork; you’d have to use force to turn your head sideways or to get it below the water line.

+ Is there enough air circulation in the pods?

Yes. Each pod is designed to constantly circulate the air inside the tank to keep it safe and fresh.

+ Will I get cold, like staying in the bath too long?

No, the water is heated all the time to the exact temperature necessary to create sensory deprivation. The water will likely feel a bit warm when you get in, but it’s set to normal skin temperature, so you’ll quickly lose awareness of where your skin ends and the water begins.

+ Will my skin wrinkle from being in the water that long?

No. The Epsom salt mixture is very healthy for your skin and will leave it feeling silky smooth.

+ What is Epsom salt and what are its benefits

Epsom salt isn’t like regular table salt. It’s actually a naturally occurring mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate, which studies have shown are both readily absorbed through the skin to produce a range of health benefits. Some examples include regulating enzymes, reducing inflammation, improving muscle and nerve functions, reducing the hardening of arteries, increasing absorption of nutrients, flushing toxins and helping to ease migraine headaches.