Deprivation Float Tank

An isolation tank, often referred to as a sensory deprivation tank is a pitch-black, light-proof, soundproof environment heated to the same temperature as the skin. Flotation tanks are widely advertised as a form of alternative medicine.

Call (330) 439-0444 to schedule an appointment!


FAQ:

Do I need to bring anything?

If you wear contacts, it’s good to bring a case, your solution, and your glasses.  You also do need to shower before and after getting in 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, combs, and a blow dryer.)

Do I need a bathing suit?

Nope!  Your chamber 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 or wax too soon before getting in as the salt water may sting irritated skin.  The same 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 the dye is permanent you need to wait 2 weeks to use the float tank and if it is semi-permanent you may have to wait 4 weeks.

Anyone getting keratin treatments to their hair should avoid saltwater, and that includes float tanks.

If you have very thick or curly hair, or locks, 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.

Are there any other rules?

It goes without saying, but no bodily fluids in the tanks – no spitting, no mucus, please help us keep it all clean.  (It’s $1,00 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. You will be responsible for this cost.)

Also, we will not allow intoxicated, high, or altered clients to float.

How much does it cost?

Please contact our shop at (330) 439-0444. We strongly believe that floating is for everyone, and try to run a variety of programs to support all pocketbooks.

What’s the difference between single use and packages?

A single use is a one time fee for a one time float.

Packages are a one-time purchase for multiple floats.

Are you on the bus line?

The Bus stops directly across from our building! text bus stop ID YB0572 to 321123 We are Route #6

Is the water clean?

Absolutely.  Float tank water is generally cleaner, in fact, than most swimming pools or hot tubs because only one person uses them at a time, and they aren’t sweating or wearing sunblock.  And we take keeping our water clean very seriously.

The main factor keeping the float tank water clean is the high salt concentration itself.  Nothing pathogenic can grow in such salty water.  Our water flows through a UV and ozone purification system, 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?

Our tank is 7 feet long and just over 4 1/2 feet wide on the inside dimensions. Unless you play center in the NBA, you will be fine!

People weighing over 400 lbs have floated with us without a problem.

Will I float? I sink in the ocean.

Our tanks contain over 1,050 lbs of epsom salt, so the water is denser than the Dead Sea.  Don’t worry, you’ll definitely float.  (Unless your bones have been replaced with adamantium – sorry, Wolverine.)

Is the water hot?

The water is warm but not hot.  We keep it as close as we can to skin temperature, 94°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.

There is a heater above the tank in the ceiling to keep the top of you as warm as the water, which is 94°F.

Some people come expecting the water to be hot like a bath or a jacuzzi, and it’s not.  If you take a very hot shower before entering the tank, it can even feel cool.  To ease your transition into the tank we suggest you try showering a little cooler than usual.

If you do get chilled in the tank, or you’re worried you might, let us know. Not everyone runs at exactly the same body temperature, and there are adjustments we can make to let your float be a little warmer if you like.

What if I dye my hair?

This is generally no problem.  If your dye is fresh, though (less than two weeks), there is a chance the float water could bleach it.  Our guideline is that you should wait until the dye is set enough that it doesn’t come off when you dry with a towel.  We’d hate for you to damage expensive work, and we’d prefer you don’t dye our tanks. We’ll be happy to help you reschedule if necessary, no problem.

Also note that traditional highlights aren’t color on hair, it’s that the pigment has been stripped from the hair shaft. Nothing will reverse that!  It will be fine.  (One concern with pools and light or highlighted hair is that the hair will turn green. We don’t use chlorine, so that isn’t a problem here.)

However, if you use keratin treatments, it’s recommended that you avoid saltwater, and that includes float tanks.  Sorry.

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 to an hour of what’s normally cleaning time between sessions as a bonus, so a double float is 2 hours, and a triple is 3 hours.

What’s the best time of day to float?

It depends!  People find that different times of the day produce different floats. You might go deeper late at night, or during mid-afternoon (“nap o’clock”), or if you want to stay a little more alert, you might avoid those times. It’s good to explore different times to see what works best for you.

Can I drive home?

Generally this is no problem.  Some people, though, do come out of the tank in a very trance-y, sleepy altered state, and need some time to come back to normal before being ready to drive.  We encourage you not to be in a hurry to get out the door after your float.  We have coffee, tea, and hot chocolate and comfortable chairs you’re welcome to occupy for as long as you like.

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 best 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?

No, we ask that you reschedule. Any fluids released into the tank, intentional or unintentional will require us to empty the water and replace the salt, this is a $1,000 charge to you, we will be glad to reschedule for another time.

 Can I float if I’m pregnant?

As always, it is important that you check with your health care provider first, for any conditions that might be specific to you. We are not qualified to give medical advice.

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?

At this time, we are not permitting children under the age of 16 to float. Children from the ages of 16 to 18 require a parents signature of authorization.

What if I do it wrong?

There is no wrong.  You’re alone in a private room and no one can judge you.  Just do what’s comfortable and let your body relax.

Is it claustrophobic?

Many people have worries of one kind or another, but it’s very rarely a problem. For one, the tank is open because some people are claustrophobic! It is large enough to float two people, but who wants to share?

Will I have a psychedelic experience?

Maybe a little. Probably not your first time, but it’s possible.

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. Some people are able to astral-project, but nothing is promised.

What if it upsets me?

You can ask Alexa to turn on the lights and drop in on front desk to speak with one of us, no harm no foul.  But truly, for most people, knowing that you’re completely in charge of your own experience is all the reassurance you need to have a good time.

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.