Floating FAQ

How to prepare myself for floating?

It is best to arrive at Revelation Massage Float Lounge with the goal of experiencing a new state of relaxation. The tank creates an atmosphere of no gravity, no sound, no sight and no temperature variation. This gives your brain the ability to "re-boot" and allows you to physiologically shift into a deep state of mind and body relaxation. There are a few additional things to consider:

  • Try not to shave right before arriving. It isn’t the end of the world if you do…but salt water on freshly shaven legs isn’t the most pleasant thing on Earth. Your skin may sting and distract you from achieving deep relaxation.

  • If you wear contacts, it would be in your best interest to remove them before floating (bring a container in which to store them).

  • Be sure to not float for at least 7 days after coloring your hair as the color may stain the water of the pod.

  • If you have caffeine before you float, it may also interfere with your ability to relax.

  • Eating a light meal about 90 minutes to an hour ahead of time will keep your stomach from being a distraction.

What is Floating?

Floating is an experience of ultimate peace and relaxation in which you spend 60, 75 or 90 min in a private, specialized pod, filled with ten inches of highly-saturated salt water. This causes you to float like a cork atop the water, experiencing near zero-gravity.

Who can Float?

There are no typical isolation tank users. People of all ages and walks of life enjoy the experience. Floating can be done by nearly anyone from stressed-out managers, those seeking to develop a meditation practice, people seeking pain relief, overworked moms, athletes, to those individuals just wanting to escape from everyday life to experience a state of complete physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. Unless you are over 7-feet tall, or over 500 pounds, you are able to float. We do, however, highly recommend that if you suffer from any medical conditions that you consult your primary care physician prior to floating. For guests from ages 12-15 we require parental presence, and for those 16-18 we require written permission. Due to the comfort of all our guests, all of our float sessions are quiet sessions so we don't offer them to young children.

What if I am claustrophobic?

People who say they are afraid to use the tank because they are claustrophobic probably assume that they will be confined to an enclosed space. Our float pods are spacious (8ft long and 5ft wide), allowing one to put his/her arms over their head, out to the sides, and sit up in the pod if necessary. Although many choose to float in complete darkness, inside lighting is available and at the control of the floater. You can also use the tank with the door open if you wish. You are in control of the situation, and can get in and out whenever you want. Use the floating experience in a way that is comfortable for you.

Can pregnant women Float?

Yes. We do, however, recommend that pregnant women consult their physician and get permission from them before you float. Pregnant women probably get more relief from floating than most people. The extra weight carried by the mother-to-be can be very stressful, due to the forces of gravity. Floating eliminates the negative effects of gravity which can cause joint pain, inflammation, and stress on the organs.

How do you clean the tanks?

For your protection, the water in the float tank is completely filtered 3 times every 15 minutes through a high-tech filtration system after each float session. The cleaning process includes 1 micron filtration, Germicidal UV lamps, and an Advanced Oxidation Process, making the water more sanitary than a swimming pool or hot tub.

How long do people usually stay in the tank?

Our floatation tank sessions last 60, 75 or 90 minutes. You will have a few extra minutes to take a quick shower before and after your session.

Are there situations in which I will not be permitted to use the flotation tank?

We will not allow you to float if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Infectious skin or respiratory disorders

  • Open wounds

  • Incontinence

  • Epilepsy or serious mental conditions

  • A high-risk pregnancy

  • Have colored or permed your hair within 7 days

  • Under the influence of any drug or alcohol

  • Under the age of 12

  • We expect you to inform us of any conditions for your own safety and the safety of other floaters.

Do I need to bring anything?

If you have long hair, you may want to bring a comb. In cold weather you may want to bring a hat to cover your wet hair when leaving. Also, something in which to put your contact lenses while you are in the tank. Other than that, we provide everything you need (towels, earplugs, body wash/shampoo).

Will I float even if I can't float anywhere?

Yes. It is impossible not to float in the tank. 1,000 pounds of salt dissolved in the water makes the solution so much denser than your body, that your body is pushed to the surface like a cork. Your face is out of the solution and your ears are underwater. So no matter your weight or height, you will float on your back like a cork.

Is there a right way to do it?

All the ways are right. Each person should find whatever position is comfortable for them. Some people float with their hands at their sides, some with their hands folded across their chest or abdomen, or even behind their heads. You can keep your head at either end or sit up if you like. You may float with the door open or closed. Float the way which is comfortable for you and explore this unique experience.

What to expect?

It is such an individual experience. Not only will it be different for you than it is for anyone else, it will be different each time. The most common reports are profound peace and relaxation, deep concentration, and renewed creativity.

Is it dangerous to sleep in the tank?

No. It is safe to sleep in the tank. In fact, many people safely fall asleep in the tank as a result of being so relaxed. Even those who say they never sleep on their backs in bed, do so very easily in the tank. People may think it is unsafe due to the fear of rolling over, but because of the solutions density, it is very difficult to turn over. If this were ever to happen the salinity of the water would irritate the eyes and nose, immediately waking the floater.

Is there enough air in the tank?

Yes. The tank is designed not to be airtight, so there is a plentiful supply of air. In addition, here is a vent across the rear of the tank for plenty of air. 

Is there a best time to use the tank?

No. This is a matter of individual preference. Some people prefer morning, some prefer evening. The best way to find out, is to experiment by using the tank at different times of the day.

What if I cannot swim?

The floatation pod is only filled with 10 inches of water and has such a high-density of salt that any individual, big or small, will float like a cork on top of the water. Many people even restfully sleep while in the floatation pod.

Will I be able to resume my daily activities afterward?

Yes. Many people enjoy savoring peace and relaxation before having to do something hectic or tedious. However, some first-time floaters may experience a “detox effect” as a result of the detoxification power of the salts. Take note: The detox effect can leave one feeling fatigued, so first-time floaters should plan their day accordingly.

How often should I float?

While you can float every day without harm, we find that the relaxing effects of a one-hour float typically lasts beyond that day. For best results, we recommend regular sessions, and many clients find that floating once or twice a week provides the most benefits.

Will I get hot or cold in the water?

You will feel neither hot nor cold. The self-monitoring, homeostatic tank, continuously regulates the temperature of the water to 94.5 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the temperature of the surface of the skin, creating a feeling of truly floating in the air.

How long have float tanks been around?

Floating has been around for over 40 years and has countless published research to back it up. The first float tank was developed in 1954. These involved full submersion in water, and a breathing device which completely covered the face. The first “lay down” commercial tanks were invented in the early 70s.

Can two people float together?

No, they can't. Floating in the tank is intended to be a private, individual experience. We have two tanks so you can reserve the session at the same time, but you will be in different rooms.

Do I wear anything in the tank?

Since it is a private experience, most people don't wear anything. Anything you wear will press against your body, becoming a distraction. In this regard, imagine it to be similar to getting into your bathtub.

Do I need to shower?

Yes, you need to shower before and after you float. We have a private shower in each tank room for your comfort and convenience. Shampoo, soap, and conditioner are also provided.

Do I float in private?

Yes. The floatation tanks are in private rooms with a shower in the same room.

Can I wear a bathing cap?

Yes, if you choose, but it won't keep your hair dry. It would have to be too tight around your head to keep your hair dry.

What effect does salt water have on my skin?

The salt solution is beneficial to the skin. The solution will leave your skin silky smooth, and not dry it out. The high salt content of the water means that the water will not draw the salt from your skin and cause wrinkles, like a long bath does. Salt has been used for centuries as a medicinal treatment for various skin conditions, including in the ancient Roman Empire. It is non-toxic and is not harmful if swallowed.

Can I float if I just dyed my hair?

While there is no guarantee that the salt won’t strip color from your hair, we recommend that you check if the water running through your hair in the shower at home is fully clear. If there is still some color coming out, you should wait a couple more days/showers.

If I have a cut or scratch, how can I float without irritating it?

While a Band-Aid will come off in the water, a liquid bandage would be acceptable. However, it is not recommended that you float if you have an open, bleeding wound, in the process of healing.

Can I use the tank when menstruating?

No. It is not recommended.

Is the salt dangerous to my eyes?

No, but it can be a little uncomfortable. So keep your hair pushed back and your hands away from your eyes to avoid it. We provide a spray bottle with clean water on the side of the tanks, so you can always clean your eyes during your float session if necessary.