Frequently asked questions

Are you SURE I will float?

Yes, absolutely without a doubt YOU will float - like a cork! The 10" deep solution is SO DENSE (150 gallons of water + 700lbs of Epsom salt) you are guaranteed to float regardless of your height, weight or fitness level.

What if I’m claustrophobic?

Once you're floating effortlessly within the lightproof pod, you lose any real sense of the size of the pod. The interior of the pod is larger than the interior of most vehicles. You can't feel the walls or floor unless you drift into them, or purposefully reach for them. It is quite literally like being suspended in deep space. Claustrophobia by and large is a condition that hinges on feelings of helplessness as well as the ability to see your surroundings. Within the pod, you maintain complete control of the situation at all times. You can leave the interior light on, or use the pod with the door left open if you wish. The door weighs almost nothing and there are no latches. It's basically just a flap that keeps light out. The tank is not air-tight. In fact there are several large air holes directly above where your head will be. You have complete freedom to exit the pod whenever you like.

Most claustrophobic people find it is quite easy to relax once within the tank. It is in our very nature to relax when exposed to such a calm, quiet, almost womb-like environment. Many phobia sufferers actually find the tank to be an excellent catalyst for working through their fears.

Is there anything I should do to prepare?

Don’t ingest any stimulants (including coffee) for several hours beforehand. Don’t shave or wax since the salt water can sting your skin. Eating a light meal about an hour to 90 minutes ahead of time stops your stomach from making distracting noises while you float. You may want to limit liquids beforehand so you don't have to leave the pod for a bathroom break.



Do I have to stay in the whole time?

There aren’t any latches on the pod doors and you can get out any time.

How do you clean the pod?

Clients shower before entering the pod and again after the session. Between each session we thoroughly examine the tank with a mag light and UV light to ensure it is still as good as new. The water is then filtered three times and sterilized with ozone. We also add a minute amount of food grade peroxide to the tanks on a regular basis. These are all extra precautions, seeing as how it is impossible for any organism to live in an environment as salty as float tank solution. We pride ourselves on safety and cleanliness and maintain a strict water testing regime.

Is there a cumulative effect of using the pod on a regular basis?

Yes. There seems to be a cumulative effect with consistent use of the pod. This is not only documented by research, it becomes very obvious to any consistent user of the pod. Relaxation is a learned art that needs practice.

Do I get dehydrated from soaking for so long?

No- your skin doesn’t even prune up thanks to the Epsom salt. Epsom salt is actually quite beneficial for skin.

Can I drown if I fall asleep in there?

No, It is safe to sleep in the pod. The reason people think it may be dangerous is probably the fear of rolling over. Even those people who say they never sleep on their backs in bed, sleep on their backs in the tank. It is very difficult to roll over in the tank because of the density of the solution and if any of the salt solution gets in your eyes, mouth or nose, it is an immediate signal that something must be done. You would wake up immediately.

How long do people usually stay in the pod? 

We HIGHLY recommend the 90 minute session for all clients. Typically time flies inside the tank. The only reason we offer one-hour sessions is to accomodate those clients that might have a significant time constraint. For the first few sessions you might find the first 45 minutes is spent just letting go of your own body tension and mind chatter. This process shortens drastically over time with multiple floats. Relaxing takes practice! Of course the "perfect" way to float is to stay in until you want to get out. We try our best to give you a full 60 or 90 minutes inside the pod. If you book a 90 minute session please allow for a 2 hour appointment time total, if you book a 60 minute session please allow for a 90 minute appointment time total. The additional time is needed for showering and such.

What will it be like for me?

We don't know what it will be like for you since it is such an individual experience. The most common reports are profound peace and relaxation, deep concentration and creativity. We like to avoid saying too much before people use the pod, so that they aren't influenced by what someone else says. Not only will it be different for you than it is for anyone else, it will be different each time.

Do I need to float more than once?

Yes, if you want to make use of the potential. For us floating is not a finite experience. It touches the infinite. Most people, but not all, get a sense of how floating can profoundly benefit them after 3 to 5 sessions. Those who glimpse the potential the first time, want to return again and again. Scientific studies have also shown that floating has a cumulative effect.

Will I be able to resume my daily activities when I get out?

Yes. It may be good to arrange your time so you don't have to rush. Many people enjoy savoring the peace and quiet before jumping into something hectic.

Is this sensory deprivation?

The term "sensory deprivation" describes areas of scientific research that consider the effects of reduced environmental stimulation. The words are an unfortunate choice for those of us who are presenting the floating experience as something pleasant, attractive and relaxing. We notice that people run away from us when they hear the possibility of any form of deprivation. As a result we are careful to point out that the senses are fully operational and in fact, the senses are very pleased to be relieved from the prevalent atmosphere of sensory overload. Stimulus reduction is a more accurate description of the pod environment.

Floating during my cycle?
Julie Turner   Updated: Sep 17, 2022
Float like a girl: The intimate details of floating and feminine health
Let’s not beat around the bush; I want to talk about vagina’s! I’ll start by taking this one off the shelf - Yes! You can absolutely float during your period, with the use a tampon or feminine hygiene cup, preferably the latter. But we’re not done yet ladies, we have more to talk about!
Floating reduces inflammation, eases pain and releases muscle tension, so if you feel comfortable floating during your period it could be just what you need to beat those PMS blues. Obviously we don't want any foreign matter entering the float solution so if you are unable to go 90 minutes without 'refreshing' you shouldn't float until you have a lighter flow. You know your body better than anyone else so use your best judgement on when is the best time to float. Tampons have the potential to wick salt water closer inside of you, therefore a feminine hygiene cup is preferred during menstruation. If you haven’t gotten on the cup bandwagon I highly suggest you look into it, it’s oGo Float approved!
Some women have reported a slight to moderate discomfort in or around their vagina during floating. It’s fairly rare and may only happen once, or never. If it does happen there is nothing wrong with you, there are various reasons this can happen. When women experience discomfort it’s usually due to a pH imbalance, hormonal shift or transition, small tears from a vigorous sexual encounter (go get it girl!), or when your body is fighting off a yeast infection, UTI, or STI. If you believe you have an infection especially the itchy kind, floating will probably not be enjoyable at this time. Follow doctor's orders and float once you're back to a healthy balance. Women who are younger, older or in full swing of their menstruation cycle seem to be at a higher risk of irritation due to pH and hormone changes.
Applying a layer of petroleum jelly (aka Vasaline) over the labia will prevent water from making full contact and minimize the irritation. Some women are not keen on applying a petroleum product to their lady bits and would prefer a beeswax or other base product. The alternatives we've tested haven't held up as effectively as the jelly so oGo Float doesn't have anything else on hand. You are welcome to bring the product of your choice, but please speak to us about it first so we can read the label and make sure it won't affect the solution.
Again I remind you this is rare, and if you do experience discomfort it’s likely mild or temporary. I am not bashful about vaginal health. If you experience vagina issues while floating please pull me aside, send me an email whatever makes you feel comfortable to tell me about it. I want to make sure I have as much information as possible when making recommendations to fellow floaters. The more information I have, the better I can help others.

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