Hopefully you're reading this shortly before your first float experience. We've collected some of the most commonly asked sensory deprivation questions and put together thorough answers that will help get you through. Your first float can be an incredibly powerful experience, assuming you check all of the boxes beforehand. Read on to guarantee an amazing first time float.
Contact lenses are an often annoying, but necessary part of life for many of us. I personally can't function in society without sporting my either glasses or contact lenses. But the float tank is a different situation. You absolutely do not need to wear contact lenses while inside a float tank. In fact, I highly suggest that you do not wear contacts while floating.
Drowning in a float tank is nearly impossible. The water in a float tank is only about 12 inches deep and contains hundreds of pounds of Epsom salts that increase the density and buoyancy of the water, allowing you to float with ease. In fact, it's nearly impossible to not float in a sensory deprivation tank.
While float tank water will not harm dreadlocks, you may find it difficult to fully rinse all of the salty water from your dreads in the limited amount of shower time allowed post float. We suggest fully wetting your hair with fresh water before and after entering the tank. The reason for this is that locs soaked with fresh water will absorb less salt water during a float. This makes it easier to rinse salt water from dreads after your float session.
Keeping a float tank sanitary requires near constant cleaning, maintenance, and monitoring of various items. The tank pH, salt, and water are just a few items that need to be watched closely. A well maintained sensory deprivation tank is much cleaner than a public pool or hot tub due some of the sanitization methods listed below.
Pregnant women can absolutely use float tanks, in fact, there are quite a few benefits to floatation therapy while pregnant. The weightless sensation of floating can diminish hip pain by reducing pressure on the sciatic nerve and also eliminating your center of gravity. The floating sensation can also reduce back strain by temporarily removing the added weight of pregnancy.
Let's cut to the chase. Most people will tell you to avoid floating with a partner. The reason given is that as the two of you float, your bodies will naturally drift around and bump into each other. This can cause distraction and reduce the quality of your float. Other possible distractions are the sound of your partner's breath or splashing sounds from them moving about.
A common question asked by first time floaters is whether they should float in a swimsuit, or completely naked. While we have a strong opinion regarding this, we'd like to preface our answer saying that each user should do what is comfortable for them. With that being said, our answer is that you should absolutely float nude.
If you’re like me, you have already experienced or read all about the benefits of isolation tanks. At this point you might be interested in purchasing one of your own. Again, if you’re anything like me, you might also be worried about the cost of purchasing one of your own! Well, this article will provide you a solid understanding of the cost of purchasing your own isolation tank.
You'll hear it go by multiple names, isolation tank, float tank, sensory deprivation chamber, float pod, etc. Regardless of the name used, the idea remains constant -- a sealed, soundproof, lightproof, environment containing roughly 12 inches of water heated to roughly the same temperature of your skin. The water contains a high amount of Epsom salt to ensure sterility and buoyancy levels high enough to keep your body afloat.