FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about the floating experience? We're here to answer your questions and to provide any helpful resources you may need:

Floating

1What are the benefits of floating?
Floating can help in the following ways: total relaxation, reduced symptoms of stress and anxiety, stress relief, remove toxins from the body, sleep regulation, enhanced creativity, accelerated learning, overall well being, muscle recovery, heightened senses, improved reaction time, reduction in pain, muscle tissue regeneration, boosted immunity, physical recovery, and training.

Floating is beneficial for athletes, those interested in wellness and self-care, the injured, those battling chronic pain, and alternative care users. To learn more, please visit our Floating page for more information.
2How long will I be in the float room? How long is the session?
Sessions are one hour long, but can be extended if requested in advance. Please note you cannot book an hour and a half session, only two hours.
3How much does it cost?
Floaters will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of packages. Please view our pricing page to learn more.
4Can I become a member?
Vital Float membership unlocks incredible advantages for those interested in frequent floating. Please visit our membership page to learn more about various perks and rewards.
5What can I expect during my float session?
Everything from booking your float, to arrival and check-in, to preparing to enter the float room, and experiencing the float itself, is outlined on our 'What to Expect During Your First Float Session' page. Please call us if you have any questions.
6Do I need to bring anything to the float session?
Nope - nothing! Just read through our website beforehand and arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled session. You will have access to your own room to undress and we will provide the showering materials that you need. Towels, robes, earplugs, and everything else are also provided.
7Is there anything I need to avoid before my float?
Avoid Caffeine and any use of drugs. Don’t drink coffee for several hours beforehand (it can make your system jittery). Eating a light meal about an hour to 90 minutes ahead of time stops your stomach from rumbling while you float which can be distracting.
8Is there a right way to float?
The short answer is - no. Each floater has the freedom to find a position in the float room that they find most comfortable. Some floaters enjoy putting their hands on their stomach, some put their arms behind their heads, and some like their hands by their side. Floaters can also chose if they want light or music on, and can decide if they want the door open or closed. Do what feels right!
9Can more than one person float in the same float room?
No. Only one person is permitted in each float room at Vital Float Centre. We believe floating should be a solo experience.
10Can I leave the lights and music on?
Yes! Your floating environment can be flexible and personalized. You will be able to turn on your own music, and you can choose your lighting settings.

Our Facilities

1What kind of float rooms do you use?

Float Cabins

Float cabins have been described as the perfect bathtub. Commonly taller than other floating pods or systems, enclosed float cabins allow floaters to enter fully upright. At Vital Float Centre, our float cabins have roughly a foot of water inside which is kept at skin temperature. This water is highly saturated with approximately 1000 pounds of Epsom salt. Our rooms are extremely soundproof and lightproof when lights are turned off.

The Superior

Fully insulated, the superior float design delivers a calming, silent experience. Protected by the Unity Controller’s heating system, floaters can let their anxieties fade away, as the temperature is always maintained, there is extra space, there is a S.M.A.R.T ventilation system, and humidity is limited. Superior cabins also feature lights and a sound system that gently lets floaters know when their session has finished.

2How clean are the float rooms?
Commercial float rooms use a rigorous water treatment and filtration process, typically employing either +H2O2 (Hydrogen Peroxide), UV+ozone. Float centers have procedures for cleaning float rooms, as well as doing regular maintenance on the equipment. As for the float rooms themselves, float systems filter and refill the salt solution or recirculate the volume of the solution 3-5 times between users.

The salt itself also makes the solution a hostile environment for most micro-organisms, and studies have shown that common pathogens don’t seem to thrive in the solution, with many naturally lowering over time.

In addition, users don’t interact with the solution as they would with the water in a pool or hot tub. As a result, floating itself is a very low-risk activity: there is a very predictable bather load, people shower before and after each float, children don’t normally use float rooms, and, perhaps most importantly, users don’t swallow the solution, eliminating a very large source of aquatic health risk.

For a more detailed explanation of the risks associated with floating as well as the best standards and practices for float room maintenance, visit: www.floatation.org/current-standard/
3Is parking available?
We do not currently have designated parking for our guests. However street and municipal parking is available close by, and we encourage floaters to visit us via. public transit or by walking. Please visit our contact page for a parking map and directions on how to arrive at our location.

About You

1Can I float if I just dyed my hair?
The salt in the float room may strip some colour from your hair. Therefore, we suggest you test your hair in the shower first. If hair dye is still noticeable in your water, it might be best to wait for your float.
2Can I float if I just got a tattoo?
No. Floating with a new tattoo can hurt, ruin the colour of the tattoo, and alter its appearance. Please heal for at least 4-6 weeks before booking your float session.
3Can I float if I’m pregnant?
Yes, absolutely! Floating can be great for pregnant women! In fact, we can provide you with some instructions on how to make the most of your float - relieving the weight of your baby and soothing your tired muscles. However, if you happen to be in your third trimester, we suggest you talk to your doctor about floating before booking your session.
4Can I float while menstruating?
Yes - that's not a problem. We suggest you simply follow the same protocol you would if going swimming in a pool or hot tub.
5What will it feel like?
You may experience feelings of: loss of gravity, visualization, intense relaxation, warmth, loss of sense of time, loss of sense of space, mindfulness, and more. Please visit our Floating page for more information.
6What if I am claustrophobic?
Rest assured, there is plenty of space in your floating cabin to breathe and relax. In most cases, there will be more space than you might assume there will be. To ensure you feel comfortable, you can leave the door to the cabin open and you can leave the lights on if you'd like. If you, for any reason, want to exit the cabin during your float - you may do so.
7Will I drown?
No - you won't. Your body will remain partly above water at all times due to the buoyancy of the epsom salt saturated water. If at any time you feel unsafe, you can exit the float room.
8What if I fall asleep during my float?
The water in our float rooms is buoyant and sets the tone for a relaxing, soothing experience. Therefore, some floaters may become sleepy or, may indeed, fall asleep. Sleeping is absolutely safe in the float room. However, if you are someone who very actively rolls while sleeping, you may be woken by getting a bit of salt water in your face. Music fades in at the end of the session to wake you up.
9Will I feel like I am in an alternated state?
Different floaters can have different experiences in the float room. Some have reported feeling that they are in an alternate state, that they have had slight hallucinations, that they are able to confront various problems, etc. The more relaxed and open to the session you are, the more you may experience.

When your senses are deprived of stimulation, your brain and muscles are able to relax. This can leave your mind open to advanced creativity.
10Can I float if I suffer from anxiety?
Absolutely. It might bring you some comfort to know that you have complete control over your floating experience. For example, you may get out of the float room at any time, set the lights to your liking, and you can also choose to listen to soothing music. At Vital Float Centre, we will help to ensure your floating session is as comfortable as possible.
None of the information on this page should be taken as medical advice. The above is simply a compilation of observed effects in specific people and groups. If you think that including floating as part of your treatment or therapy may be helpful, please talk to your doctor first.