Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Isolation Tank Experts?

Isolation Tank Experts provides you the most comprehensive collection of information about isolation tanks, sensory deprivation, and float tanks. We work with float centers all over the world to collect the most current news and facts about the floating industry.

What Does Isolation Tank Experts Do?

We provide a resource to individuals who want to learn more about the world of floating and sensory deprivation. We have reviews of local float centers, resources on how to perfect your float session, and even reviews of products to improve your floating.

We also like to share stories from users about their float sessions. Both new and experienced floaters are encouraged to share. Our hope is that reading stories from other floaters will help improve the experience of all users. Take a moment and check out our isolation tank User Stories.

Is Isolation Tank Experts A Float Center?

Isolation Tank Experts is not a float center or spa. We are a resource for people who want to improve their floats and learn more about the world of sensory deprivation. We focus on the benefits of floating, as well as tips and suggestions to make your float tank experience better.

Should I float naked?

We highly recommend that you do not wear a swimsuit while in a float tank. There are many reasons why, but the most important is that your floating swimsuit can brush against your skin and cause distractions during your float experience. Floating naked is the best way to experience sensory deprivation. Read on for further explanation of why everybody should float naked.

Do I need to close the float tank door?

It's extremely common for new floaters and those uncomfortable with small spaces to keep their float tank door open. While it's perfectly safe to close the door, many people feel more comfortable keeping the door open during their float. A floater can simply turn off the light in their float room and leave the tank door open in order to obtain the dark serenity necessary for a quality float. For more information, check out our post on whether you should float with the tank door open or closed.

A common concern about floating with the tank door open is sound intrusion. While it's true that floating with the door closed will minimize the most sound, there are still a few options for those who wish to keep it open. One suggestion is to use ear plugs to reduce sound exposure while in the tank. One brand that we highly recommend is Mack's. They make a product called Mack's Pillow Soft Silicone Earplugs. They keep water out of your ears while simultaneously minimizing sound exposure during your float.

Can you drown in a float tank?

While it's technically possible to drown in any pool of water, the likelihood of drowning in a float tank is extremely low for a few reasons. First, an average float tank has about 1 foot of water. A healthy adult would have a very difficult time drowning in water show shallow, even if they were to fall asleep. With water this shallow, the average person could simply stand or kneel in order to prevent any harm to themselves.

Another reason why drowning in a float tank is nearly impossible is due to the salinity of the water. The high concentrations of salt creature a "super buoyant environment" where the human body wants to float. You would need to make a conscious effort to turn over, and even then, the shallow water and high salt content would rouse any sleeping individual.

Many individuals comfortably sleep while in a float tank.

Is float tank water clean?

The water in a float tank is exceptionally clean. Tanks use multiple methods of sanitization to kill all microorganisms that may be present. Some of these include high levels of epsom salts, chlorine or bromine, ozone, ultraviolet light, and hydrogen peroxide. With all of these sanitization methods in play, the water in your float tank is generally cleaner than any pool or hot tub.

Check out our post on how float tank water is cleaned if you'd like to learn about each sanitization method and how they interact with each other.

Can I float if I'm pregnant?

The answer is yes. Soon-to-be mothers often experience relief from the pain and stress of pregnancy while in a float tank. The weightless sensation of a float tank can relieve pressure from hip and back pains of pregnancy. And the humid 93.5 degree Fahrenheit temperature inside a tank is a warm and comfortable environment to decompress from the pressures of every day life.

Read our floating while pregnant article breaking down what should and shouldn't be expected from floats while pregnant. We also tackle a commonly shared myth regarding floating during the first few weeks of pregnancy.

Can I float on my period?

Yes, as long as you take care to use a new tampon or menstrual cup. It's suggested that you wait until you have a lighter flow before actively floating. The guidelines for use of a float tank during menstruation are similar to those of a swimming pool or hot tub.

Read our guide on floating during your period to get more tips and suggestions.

Can you float as a couple?

While Isolation Tank Experts doesn't recommend couples floating, there are tank manufacturers that create tanks large enough for two people to float at the same time. These are essentially super sized tanks with enough width to allow for two people to float simultaneously.

The reason Isolation Tank Experts doesn't recommend couples floating is because even with these large tanks, floaters will often drift and end up making contact with each other, causing distraction from your float session.

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