Things to Know Before Your Float
There are a few things we’d like to share with you prior to floating just so you’re aware of them. We advise you to follow as many of them as possible to get the best experience out of your time with us at Cloud Nine Flotation. Every experience in a float tank is different; especially when comparing to someone else or researching to try and discover what you are signing up for. The experience is yours to have and the more relaxed you come in, the more you’ll get out of it. IT IS TRADITIONAL TO FLOAT IN THE NUDE. If you are uncomfortable with that you may wear PLAIN WHITE underwear, but it’s NOT recommended. If you do choose to wear PLAIN WHITE underwear bring fresh, clean garments, and a plastic bag to store them in after your float. You will have complete privacy so garments really are unnecessary and can cause harm to the float solution. So if you decide to wear garments it’s at your own risk.
1. Skip shaving
The Epsom salt in our tanks can cause a distracting sensation on freshly shaved skin, so we recommend that men not shave at least 5-8 hours before a float. Women should not shave at least 10-12 hours prior to floating and 48 hours after waxing.
2. Eat lightly
Feeling too full or hungry can intrude on the peace and relaxation you are searching for when you float. Try eating a meal of natural fruits and vegetables 90 minutes before you arrive for a balanced approach.
3. Avoid smoking if you can
The stimulating nature of cigarettes could disrupt the tranquillity of a float, but everyone floats in a different way. You need to find the right combination for your needs.
4. Drink water but…
Being fully hydrated can enhance the floating experience as it fuels your mind and increases awareness. It is however a delicate balance. You want to be hydrated but not overly hydrated. There is nothing worse than getting in the tank, being in a beautiful place then feel the call of nature. You know your body. Stop drinking fluids when you know you can last at least 90 minutes without feeling that call.
5. The caffeine question
Similar to smoking, caffeine stimulates your body and specifically your heart. The purpose of floating is to relax, detox and slow down. Save the cupped lightning for after your float – you’ll understand why afterwards.
6. No fresh hair dye/color (VERY IMPORTANT)
No fresh hair dye/color at min 48 hours before float. If your hair is still rinsing with color in the water, reschedule your float. If your hair dye/color contaminates the water in the tank, you will be held responsible for the replacement of the water, a $1500 fee. If in doubt, we will do a wash cloth test here. Vivid colors, even permanent vivid colors are the most challenging.
7. Use the Washroom
It’s vitally important to empty your bladder and bowels prior to floating. Make this a priority to avoid a hasty intermission or accident. See item #6 for consequences of contaminating the water.
When you arrive, you will be given a tour so you are familiar with where you are. Prior to floating, you will take a quick 5 minute shower to sluff off the dust of the day, hair products, lotions, etc. Try your best to wash off all deodorant, perfume/cologne, makeup, gel, and other body products. You will be given a wash cloth to assist you in the process. After your float you will be able to shower again to wash off the residual salt and wash your hair.
We provide you with a pair of reusable silicone earplugs. Insert earplugs before showering. Because they are silicone they create a better seal with inserted on dry skin, thus ensuring a tight seal to prevent from getting salt water in your ears. We also have “formed” silicone earplugs for $5 you can purchase to take home with you. These earplugs are designed specifically for water.
10. Scrapes and cuts
We provide petroleum jelly in the bathroom for your convenience. If you have any areas with broken skin, use Vaseline to prevent the salt getting in a cut, causing a stinging sensation. If you have a major cut or scrape you might consider rebooking.
Floating when you are menstruating can be very healing and comforting. Proper precautions do need to be taken however so that the float solution is kept pristine. You must be 100% secure in your barrier system. We are comfortable with tampons and Diva Cups. Women, if you are menstruating and not comfortable using either Tampons or Diva Cups we ask that you rebook your appointment. There will be no cancellation fee if this is the case.
12. Contact lenses
It’s best not to wear your contact lenses in the tank. If you wear contacts please bring a case and solution so you can keep them safe while your float.
No jewelry will be allowed in the tank (Call for exceptions).
Remember, there is a 24 hour cancellation fee during the week, and 48 hours on the weekend. If you need to cancel, please do it as soon as you know unless there is an emergency.