So You Want to Float?
If you’re ready to give floating a try, here are some must-dos:
Get grooming out of the way the night before. Make sure you leave a few hours between waxing or shaving and your float session to avoid irritation or burning.
Arrive 30 minutes before your first float.
Most centers will ask you to sign a waiver, and spend time introducing you to the practice. You’ll learn how to get in and out of the tank and what it will feel like. This is a good time to ask about optional music and low lighting, which can help ease nerves.
Think hygiene. Be prepared to shower and remove any lotions or makeup before you don earplugs and goggles to keep salt out of your ears and mouth.
Ask questions. While you’re on the subject of cleanliness, make sure you ask how (and how often) a location sanitizes its tanks. Epsom salt does kill some germs, but it’s not enough to kill everything, according to the Float Tank Association, an industry group that created standards for float-tank cleaning. There are a number of different sanitizing methods, but experts agree that tanks should be filtered between uses, and use hydrogen peroxide, ozone, UV lighting or chlorine, or a combination of the four. You’ll also want to ask if your float center has the option to leave the door to the tank open and the lights on if you’re not excited about being dropped into silence and blackness on your first visit.
Don’t be afraid to get naked. Clothing is frowned upon at most centers since it can harbor bacteria. You might be able to wear a bathing suit, but call ahead to make sure.
Ready to book? You can find a center at flotationlocations.com (floating sessions cost on average $62.25 for an hour float and $71.59 for 90 minutes, according to industry org Float Tank Solutions). —kjb