Health and Safety
The CDC has released guidance on COVID-19 and water transmission, including float pools specifically:
“This is an enveloped virus. The concentration of salt used will provide a reasonable inactivation but not likely to be complete. But this virus is both spread by contact and inhalation of air-borne droplets; it is not water-borne. As such the water is not the medium of transmission.
We, here at Get Tanked Float Center, take the Covid-19 threat seriously. We already practice sanitation safety between floaters. After each float, we clean the float room from top to floor. The tank goes through a 3 stage cleaning process to ensure the water is sanitized. We also wipe down all surfaces with Lysol. Your health and safety is our first priority.
Rules and Compliance
No bodily fluids in the tanks – no spitting, no mucus, please help us keep it all clean. We will charge you $1200.00 if you defecate in the tank. (It’s $1400 of epsom salt if we have to drain a tank, and more than a day of cancelled appointments to dissolve and warm up new solution.)
We will not allow intoxicated, high, or altered clients to float.
Get Tanked Float Center is wheelchair-accessible, including our float room, which is ADA Compliant. If you have the upper body strength to lift yourself out of your chair and into bed, for example, you will likely be able to lift yourself out of your chair and into (a) a chair in the shower, and (b) over the float tank door threshold, which is 12 inches off the floor and approximately three feet wide.
If you do not have good upper body mobility/strength, you are, of course, more than welcome to have helpers come in with you and help you in and out of the shower and float tank. We have a comfortable lounge area for assistants to hang out in while you float. This would likely be best with two helpers, one who steps into the float tank with you (there’s lots of room), holding your upper body, and a second person helping guide your legs through the door. Unfortunately our staff are not allowed to assist in this process.
Another area worth mentioning is that in order to use our float tanks, you must have full control over bodily function. Unfortunately, those with unpredictable intestinal or urinary function should not float, as this poses a risk to the quality of the water, and therefore safety of others.
Before The Float
Do I need to bring anything?
If you wear contacts, it’s good to bring a case, your solution, and your glasses. You will shower in the room before you float and after getting out of the tank, so if you have special toiletries you want, you should bring those, too. If you have long hair, you might want to bring a brush. We do provide soap, shampoo, towels, and a blow dryer.
Do I need a bathing suit?
Your float room is totally private. But if you’re more comfortable wearing one, that’s okay of course.
Anything else I should know before coming in?
You may not want to drink coffee for several hours beforehand as it makes it harder to relax.
Don’t shave within 3 hours or wax within 24 hours before getting in as the saltwater may sting irritated skin.
For fresh tattoos, and more serious cuts or scrapes. If you want to check your skin integrity, apply some hand sanitizer: stinging tells you everything you need to know.
Fresh tattoos will sting, but also the design is more susceptible to blowout if you are in still water for any amount of time. Please follow the care instructions your tattoo artist gave to you.
If you have recently had your hair dyed, it’s important to make sure the dye has had time to set completely or there is a chance the float water could bleach it. (If it doesn’t come off when you dry with a towel, you’ll be okay in the tank.)
Anyone getting keratin treatments to their hair should avoid saltwater, and that includes float tanks.
If you have very thick or curly hair, or locs, it may be difficult to rinse all of the salt out of your hair in the 5-10 minutes we give you after your wake-up signal. You might consider timing your floats for days when you visit your hairstylist, so they can help you get a thorough rinse. If it’s okay for your hair, a white vinegar rinse will get rid of any salt residue.
If you cannot wash your hair, you may bring a waterproof (e.g. silicone) swim cap. (We also have one to borrow.) Please be aware that no swim cap is perfect, and leaking is common around the ears and jaw. Even small amounts of float tank water contain amazing amounts of salt.
Eating a small meal about one hour prior to your float is ideal. It’s best if you’re not distracted by hunger, or overfull digesting a heavy meal.
You may bring your own shower shoes IF they have never been outside.
Is the water clean?
Float tank water is cleaner than most swimming pools or hot tubs.
The main factor keeping the float tank water clean is the high salt concentration itself. Nothing pathogenic can grow in such salty water. Then we sanitize by treating with germ-killing UV light between every client, and back that up by maintaining an active dose of hydrogen peroxide in the tank at all times. Filtering to remove oils and particulates is taken care of by a swimming-pool-sized filter unit. We filter aggressively between every client, turning the whole contents of the tank over three to four times, to keep our water sparkling.
Do big people fit in the tank?
The tank is about the size of a queen sized bed, unless you’re a giant, you should be fine.
Will I float? I sink in the ocean.
Our tanks contain over 1000 lbs. of Epsom salt, so the water is denser than the Dead Sea. Don’t worry, you’ll definitely float. We do provide a float pillow to try if you would like.
Is the water hot?
We keep it as close as we can to skin temperature, 93.5°F. That allows you to float as long as you like without getting chilled or overheated, and it’s neutral for your skin temperature receptors so you won’t even really feel it’s there. To ease your transition into the tank we suggest you try showering a little cooler than usual.
Can I float for longer than 60 minutes?
Sure! Just book two (or more) floats back to back. We’ll leave you undisturbed to float right through. You’ll get the extra half hour of what’s normally cleaning time between sessions as a bonus, so a double float is 2½ hours, and a triple is 3½ hours.
Can I float if I’m sick or suffering allergies?
If you’re coughing, sneezing, or your nose is running, floating is not a great idea – it will be almost impossible for you to avoid getting the saltwater in your face and that will sting a lot. We want you to enjoy your float, and you won’t if your nose is burning. Also, if you are contagious, it is kindest to others to stay home. We will be glad to help you reschedule your appointment.
What about asthma or other respiratory problems?
The air inside the tank is warm (low 90s) and quite humid. Some people’s lungs may not be comfortable with that, while others find it actually beneficial to their breathing. You may know what your lungs prefer – please try if you like. If you’re unsure, let us know, and if it doesn’t work out we’ll be glad to reschedule or refund you.
Can I float if I’m menstruating?
Yes. Just use the same precautions you’d use for a swimming pool or hot tub, e.g. a menstrual cup or tampon. If you use tampons, we recommend a fresh one before you float, and a change after you get out. If you’re caught without your supplies, there are regular Tampax and pads in the restroom.
Can I float if I’m pregnant?
Check with your health care provider first.
Many women have no problem with floating through their pregnancy and report that they find powerful relief in a tank, and also a wonderfully enhanced connection with their baby.
What if I’m diabetic?
There is some indication that magnesium (from Epsom salt) can affect your blood glucose, but this is not well studied. It is also possible that soaking in Epsom salt can dry your skin, increasing your risk of cracking. If you are diabetic, please consult your doctor before floating.
Are there any other contraindications?
Generally, contraindications include powerful sedatives, being prone to seizures (e.g. epilepsy), or schizophrenia. Magnesium from the Epsom salt can have interactions with certain antibiotics and muscle relaxants and may be an issue if you have kidney problems. People with low blood pressure should take extra care, especially when standing up after floating. If any of these conditions apply to you, please consult your doctor before getting in a tank.
Can children float?
Children aged nine years and up are allowed to float if a guardian is present in the center and prepared to attend to the child if they come out of their session early.
The most important thing is to make sure that they personally really want to, and that they understand that they are allowed to get out of their float whenever they like. We do not encourage reluctant kids to float.
We will allow clients aged fourteen years and up to float on their own recognizance.
Is it claustrophobic?
The tank is actually much bigger on the inside than you might think, and you can sit up and move around easily. If you want, you can also leave the door cracked or wide open with a light on — some people find that helpful. You’re in total control of the experience.
Will I trip?
Don’t expect anything crazy. You might see weird colors. Sometimes people hear different tones and muffled voices, or have the sense that their body is rotating or sliding sideways. You might have a distortion in your sense of passing time, or feel like you’re watching yourself like in a movie. It can be pretty cool.
Can I float on drugs?
No. Please understand that we cannot and will not allow the illegal use of any substances in our facility. We also cannot allow smoking indoors whether it’s legal or not. We will turn away any clients who are impaired or intoxicated. We will ban anyone who disrespects our business or the comfort of other clients.