What if I am claustrophobic?
People with claustrophobia consistently report no problems floating. You have complete control of your environment, and you can get in and out of the tank as you please. You are also more than welcome to float with the door open, and we even have a small floating light to bring inside (by request).
How is the tank water cleaned?
It may come as a surprise to our clients but float tank water goes through a treatment process similar to drinking water. Once the floater has exited the tank, the filtration system is turned on. The entire body of water is then filtered a minimum of 3 times before the next float session.
Stage 1 Pumping: When the filtration system is turned on, the water is pumped out of the float tank cavity.
Stage 2 Large Material Filtration: First, the water passes through a fine screen to remove large particulate matter e.g. hair or small earplug pieces.
Stage 3 Micro-filtration: After larger particulate matter is removed, the water is then pushed through a 1-10 micron filter to remove any additional suspended material or large bacteria.
Stage 4 Disinfection: Immediately following the filtration stages, the almost-clean-water passes through a UV light. As the UV light passes through the water, the energy (wavelength) is absorbed by the microorganisms and breaks down pathogens’ DNA. DNA is the code that tells the organism how to reproduce. Without being able to reproduce, it cannot cause infection or illness.
In addition to UV light treatment, hydrogen peroxide is added daily to the water to assist with disinfection. Hydrogen peroxide breaks down microorganism cell walls, removing any potential threat from undesirable pathogens. Hydrogen peroxide is a non-toxic chemical alternative to chlorine or bromine, is completely water soluble, and does not produce harmful residues or gasses.
Stage 5 Water Quality Testing: To ensure that the filtration and disinfectants are functioning, water quality tests are conducted by the float specialist on duty. The tests include: hydrogen peroxide levels, pH, alkalinity, and temperature. We also regularly measure the specific gravity and tank water depth to ensure you will float with ease!
We are also inspected on a random basis by public health to ensure our tanks are meeting their standards.
Will I float?
How should I prepare for my first float?
How do I float?
After you climb inside the tank, you will find a comfortable position lying on your back. You can place your hands beside your body, above your head, or on top of your chest/belly. And then you float!
Should I float face down?
No. Last time we checked, humans cannot breathe under water.
Do I need to bring anything: towel, swimsuit, shower slippers?
Nope! You float ‘au naturel’. The only thing you may want to bring is a case for your contacts. Other than that, we provide all the necessary items (shower slippers, towels, earplugs, shampoo/conditioner, moisturizers, hair brushes, hair dryer etc).
Do I have to wear the earplugs?
We strongly recommend that first-time floaters wear the earplugs to prevent the salt water from sitting in your ear canal during your float. If the salt water is not rinsed out correctly, there is a possibility that the salt will crystallize in the ear, and could result in ear infections. However, we do have some experienced floaters who choose to float without earplugs. In the event you choose to float without the ear plugs, we offer a 50/50 vinegar/water ear rinse that flushes the salt water out of the ear canal during your post-float shower.
How long are float sessions?
The float itself is 90 minutes long, but you'll need time to shower before and after. So expect to be here for at least 90 minutes. We also have a post-float lounge with complimentary tea, an aromatherapy oxygen bar, and some books. So no need to rush back into reality, stay as long as you like.
If you are interested in even longer float sessions, contact us directly and we can help you out!
How do I know when my float is over?
Soft music will fade in to let you know when your session is over. We also use a light in our pro-float Cabin to wake people up.
What if I fall asleep in the tank?
No problem! Many people fall asleep in the tank, but the water is so buoyant that you stay afloat.
Is there an ideal time in the day to float?
Not really. This depends on your floating intention. Some people prefer to float in the morning to set the tone for the day, to manage pain, or to “come down” off of a night shift. While others prefer to float in the evening to de-stress after a busy day or help prepare them for sleep. Or, some people pop-by to float if they are applying visualization techniques to enhance athletic performance or to think more deeply about school/work challenges. Finally, some people float whenever they have some free time!
How often should I float?
Whatever “floats” your boat. But seriously, it really depends on you and what works for your schedule. We consider floating to be a maintenance therapy, so floating on a regular basis is considered better. That could be a few days a week or once a month. We have different membership options to accommodate variations in floating frequency.
Can I float for less than 90 minutes?
Yes, you are more than welcome to get out of the float tank at any point during your session. However, we do not offer discounted floats for sessions shorter than 90 minutes.
Can I float with music?
Although we recommend complete sensory deprivation for the full experience, we can play music for the duration of your float session. Just let us know when you book your appointment. If you want to bring your own audio device, let us know prior to booking so we can put you in the proper tank.
Can I float under the influence of drugs or alcohol?
Can I float if I dyed my hair?
We ask that people wait at least 7 days after dyeing their hair. If you notice that you still have colour washing out after the 7 days, we ask that you wait until the dye has bled out completely. The dye can contaminate the water or stain the inside of the float tanks. Please consult your hairstylist before floating if you are unsure if the high concentration of epsom salts will compromise your hair quality.
Can I float if I’m pregnant?
Yes! Because of the anti-gravity effect, many pregnant women report the reduction of aches and pains on the spine and joints. In addition, women have expressed special “bonding” with the baby in the second/trimester as they become hyper-aware of any movement within the womb. If you are floating near the end of your third trimester, or have any concerns, please consult with a physician before coming in.
Can I float if I’m on my period?
Yes! Take the same precautions as if you were going swimming in a public pool.
Can children float?
In our experience, children under the age of 12 have a difficult time floating (they don’t want to stay still, float tank is too dark, or they splash salt water in their eyes etc). If you think your child would enjoy or benefit from floating, we may recommend that you stay in the float room with them while they adjust to the experience.
Can more than one person float in a tank at a time?
No, our float tanks are designed for one person only. Since we have 3 float tanks, we can have up to 3 people floating at any one time.
How often do Zee Float staff float?
Depending on our schedules, Zee Float staff try to float once a week. If we can float more frequently, we will!
Is this new-agey mumbo jumbo?
Floating has been around for over 50 years, and has published research to back it up.
How do I book a float appointment?
All of our float sessions are appointment based. Purchase your float online and then visit our online scheduler to select a tank and a float time. You are also more than welcome to book your appointment over the phone.
How does the auto-renew membership work?
Our membership works a lot like a gym membership. Your credit card will be charged the membership rate ($55 +tax) on a monthly basis until you tell us otherwise. After each charge, a single "float credit" will be added to your Zee Float account each month. These credits can be used to book a float session in any available room for any available times. These credits are shareable and can be gifted to friends and/or family.
Once you use up your monthly float credit, your floats are at a discounted rate for that month are $45 +tax.
What if I don't use all my floats that month?
No problem, float credits carry forward and never expire. They are also fully transferable and shareable. Credits can be sent via email to anyone you think could use a float.
Is there any contract to sign?
Yes, we do have a contract to sign. However, it simply states that you will be charged the monthly rate of $55 +tax until you tell us otherwise. In addition, it states that you will commit to the membership for the minimum required time of 4 months.
Is there a minimum commitment for the auto-renew membership?
Yes. You have to commit to the membership for 4 consecutive months. Anytime after that 4 month period, you can cancel your membership or put it on hold. There are no hidden fees.
What if I don't have a credit card?
Credit card are required for the auto-renew membership. If you don't have a credit card, we have created two package options that are great alternatives.
3 float package = $177 ($59/float) *Credits never expire and are shareable
Trial Membership = $165 ($55/float) *Credits expire in 14 days and are non-shareable