FAQs

Prepare yourself for the floating experience by reading through our FAQs. We want to offer you the peace of mind that you deserve from beginning to end.

Q. What is Floating?
Q: What is FET ™?
Q: Will I be bored?
Q: What if I’m claustrophobic?
Q: What if I can’t swim? Can I drown or flip over in the tank?
Q: I’m a large/small person, will I float?
Q: What if I fall asleep?
Q.What is Epsom salt, and why is it used?
Q: Is it sanitary? Can I catch anything?
Q: What do I wear?
Q: Will the salt hurt my skin?
Q: Am I locked in?
Q: Is it safe for children?
Q: What if nothing happens?
Q:What effects does floating have on the mind?
Q:What effects does floating have on the body?
Q: How many times do I need to go to feel results?
Q: How do I prepare for a float? What do I bring?
Q:Is this sensory deprivation?
Q: Will I be spacey afterwards?
Q: Will I get cold, like staying too long in a bath?
Q:Is it true that floating eliminates jet lag?
Q: Who should not float?

Q. What is Floating?
A: Floating is spending an hour or more in a private, individual restricted environment tank, which is filled with 10”of water and 800 lbs of Epsom Salts. The tank is a covered space, that does not admit light. The water is maintained at 92.4 degrees, skin temperature. Air is recirculated constantly. It is completely quite (music is optional)

The water is so dense from all that salt, that any human being of any size natually floats.

Q: What is FET ™?
A: Flotation Energy Therapy ™ is my trademarked combination of flotation along with proven energy therapeutic sessions. With years of successful experience I’ve discovered ways of manipulating energy in collaboration with regular flotation sessions, achieves more than either would individually. This is what athletes call Conjugate Training, and the rest of us call Synergy or the Entourage Effect.

Q: Will I be bored?
A: During the day we are constantly bombarded by sensory input and mental activity. Often
 during your first float, your mind will be adjusting to the lack of stimulation and you may be thinking 
you want to be entertained! As you continue to relax and allow the mind to let go, the deep 
relaxation and sense of calm that happens is not boring and is often timeless.

Q: What if I’m claustrophobic?
A: Most people have a little bit of concern about being enclosed in a small space, its normal. At Cloud Nine you are in control of your environment at all times. You can open the door, leave a light on or request music to be play during your float session if you want. The entire environment is in your control. Plus we have an intercom system, so if you need assistance at any time, just call out and we’ll hear you and respond.

Q: What if I can’t swim? Can I drown or flip over in the tank?
A: That’s OK. Floating is as easy as taking a bath. You just step in, sit down, and lay back. You can touch the bottom with your hands. There is no skill required. Just let the salty water do the work. The water is incredibly dense because of the amount of dissolved salts. You float on top of the water, no matter what size or shape you are. People often sleep in float tanks and there is no risk of rolling over even if you are asleep.

Q: I’m a large/small person, will I float?
A: The salts added to the water make it incredibly dense (more dense than the Dead Sea). and therefore increase the buoyancy of 
the water. No matter what shape or size you will find yourself able to float on top of the water.

Q: What if I fall asleep?
A: Because of the deep relaxation created, it is common for people to fall asleep in the tank. In fact, one hour of floating is equivalent to 4 hours of deep sleep. The buoyancy of the water will
 keep you floating. There is no risk or problem with allowing yourself to drift away.

Q.What is Epsom salt, and why is it used?
A.Epsom salt is magnesium sulphate. It is found naturally in many spa waters. It is very different from sea salt or table salt, which is mainly sodium chloride. Epsom salt has been used medicinally for centuries to treat various health issues. It is non toxic and won’t harm you if you swallow some, but try not to as it has a very bitter and salty taste. We use it for two main reasons: it raises the density of the water, making it much easier to float, and it softens your skin.

Q: Is it sanitary? Can I catch anything?
A: Floating is extremely sanitary. Best science right now says the water and highly dense salt environment does not support any bacteriological or viral growth. In addition, the water is regularly circulated and filtered. Correct sanitation levels are constantly monitored.

Q: What do I wear?
A: Because you have a very private space, it is recommended to float in the nude. The reason for this is that a bathing suit serves as a distraction and could detract from the full experience. If you must float in clothes, please come with white underwear with no wires or metals.

Q: Will the salt hurt my skin?
A: No, the salt is actually very good for the skin and leaves you feeling soft and silky after your 
shower. If you have abrasions, scratches or other cuts, the salt can sting. We suggest you do not
 shave 4 hours before your session. Petroleum jelly is provided for you to protect any potential areas of
 sensitivity.

Q: Am I locked in?
A: No, you are never locked in. You are in control of your experience at all times.

Q: Is it safe for children?
A: Yes, it is safe for children. However, we require children under the age of eleven to be 
accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Q: What if nothing happens?
A: Expectations are one of the greatest hindrances to having a good float, and life itself for that matter. Just allow yourself to let go and know that whatever your mind experience may be, your body is receiving the benefits of deep 
relaxation.

Q:What effects does floating have on the mind?

A:During a float you produce slower brain-wave patterns, known as theta waves, (normally experienced only during deep meditation or just before falling asleep).
This can be accompanied by vivid imagery, creative thoughts, sudden insights and inspirations or feelings of profound peace and joy, induced by the release of endorphins, the body’s natural opiates.All of this helps you with mind expansion with a total reset from having all outside sensory input eliminated.

Q:What effects does floating have on the body?

A: In the gravity free environment the body balances and heals internally as all the senses are rested. Research shows that floating measurably reduces blood pressure and heart rate normalizes while lowering the levels of stress related chemicals in the body.

While floating, your body experiences a state of weightlessness. This means your postural muscles don’t have to work which is a huge release of your processing. The muscles send a chemical message to the brain saying in effect “You can relax too, the environment is friendly” The blood vessels near the skin relax allowing more blood flow. Within a few minutes you feel better, less stressed, your body and mind become more relaxed more quickly than in any other natural state. The increased blood flow and freedom from pressure promotes healing of muscle strains and relief from joint pain. The more you float the better it gets. Furthermore, the effects lasts not just all day but for a day or two afterwards and the effects are cumulative, meaning, the body begins to pattern itself in this state.

Athletes love floating because it helps their muscles recover in about half the time. Over 28 professional and college sports teams have float tanks in their training rooms, and elite athletes like olympians and cross fit as well as elite soldiers have been floating as part of their training and recovery for decades.

Q: How many times do I need to go to feel results?
A: The benefits of floating will happen even with only one float, however, like any therapy, consistent and repeated usage amplifies the results. Expect to go 3-4 times within 6 weeks to get the full experience of total relaxation.and notice the feeling and difference that floating can make. Many people, including the owner of Cloud Nine have been floating daily or weekly for many years.

Many float once a week. Some twice a month, some once a month, and others whenever they feel that they need it.

People have different reasons for floating. Many are using it to relieve stress, some are using it to compliment treatments, and others are using it for self awareness. The frequency and duration of your floats will depend on what your reasons for floating are.

Q: How do I prepare for a float? What do I bring?
• Just yourself, everything else is provided for you.
• Eat a light meal 1.5 hours prior to floating.
• Don’t consume any caffeine up to 6 hours prior to floating.
• If you wear contacts, be prepared to remove them.
• Don’t shave within 24 hours or wax within 48 hours prior to float.

Q:Is this sensory deprivation?
A, Floatation has been called “Sensory Deprivation” or “Isolation Chambers”. However one is not “Deprived” of their senses when they float. It is true that much of the stimulus is filtered out, but we found that people actually go into a heightened sensory state during and after their floats. You won’t hear outside sounds or see outside light, but you will be aware of your breathing and heartbeat. With all the negative outside influence, unplugging yourself from all that noise leaves you in about the safest place you can be.

Q: Will I be spacey afterwards?
A: People’s experiences vary. Sometimes you may experience the feeling of being extremely relaxed similar to after a good massage, but often people feel the opposite and have a heightened sense of alertness and energy. Be aware of how you feel after the float and give yourself some transition time as part of your scheduled float.

Q: Will I get cold, like staying too long in a bath?
A: No, the tank is heated all the time to the perfect temperature to heighten your floating experience. The temperature of the water feels warm when you get in, but in fact it is at normal skin temperature (93.5 degrees Fahrenheit), the perfect temperature for floating.

Q:Is it true that floating eliminates jet lag?

A:Yes. Research shows that floating is much more effective than bed-rest. It is researched that each hour of change in a time-zone takes a full day to recover. This recovery time is usually a much less productive or enjoyable time. If you are on vacation or doing business, this recovery time can diminish the quality of your trip.

Each hour of floating has been shown to be equivalent to approximately 4 hours of deep sleep. A 2-hour float can recover your sleep from almost anywhere in the world

Q: Who should not float?

  • Floating is safe for just about anybody. There are, however, a few groups of people that we would recommend float only with a doctor’s permission:
    • Epileptics or those with seizures.*
    • Pregnant women in their 1st trimester
    • Post natal (about 3 months, check with physician first).
    • Anyone with skin rashes or open sores.**
    • Anyone with an infectious or contagious disease.**                                                                                  Women who are experiencing a heavy menstrual flow.

*Also would require an aid or assistant
* Floating not recommended at all.

If you have any pre-existing medical disease or have any concerns as to whether you should float, consult your physician first.