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Floating FAQ’S

Physical Benefits

Improves athletic performance and helps prevent sports injuries, speeds healing process. Decreases the production of Cortisol, ACTH, Lactic Acid, and Adrenaline. Increases the production of endorphins. Relieves pain from arthritis, migraines, injuries, etc. Reduces blood pressure, pulse, heart rate and oxygen consumption.

General Well Being

Promotes total calm and peaceful relaxation. Eliminates fatigue and jet lag. Improves sleep. Enhances mood. Alleviates stress (mental and physical). Energizes, rejuvenates and revitalizes. Left/Right Brain Synchronization. Boosts immune function. Improves circulation. Increases distribution of oxygen and nutrients.

Mental Clarity

Shifts brain waves from the Beta to Alpha, Theta and even Delta. Better mental clarity and alertness. Increases creativity and problem solving ability. Intensifies acuteness of all the senses. Accelerates learning. Diminishes depression, anxiety and fear. Facilitates freedom from habits, phobias and addictions.

Questions about floating?

Don’t worry, we get lots of them. Here are the ones we get most…

Can I float if I’m pregnant?

Like a pickle covered in maple syrup, pregnant women love floating!  There is even a special position you can float in that relieves all of the weight of the baby off of the mother’s body.  If you are in your third trimester, or have any concerns, please consult with your physician before coming in.

How often should I float?

While you can float every day without harm, we find that the relaxing effects of a one-hour float typically last beyond that day. For best results, we recommend regular sessions, and many clients find that floating once or twice a week provides the most benefits.

I’m a bigger guy / gal, can I still float in your tanks?

Unless you’re over 7 feet tall or over 500 pounds, you’re good to go.

Is there anything I should do to prepare?

Don’t drink coffee for several hours beforehand (it can make your system jittery). Also, don’t shave or wax since the salt water can irritate your skin. Eating a light meal about an hour to 90 minutes ahead of time stops your stomach from sounding like an angry monster while you float. Other than that, there’s no specific preparation needed.

How long have you been in business?

Kodawari first opened its doors March 6, 2016.

Can I float if I’m menstruating?

Yes. Just follow the same protocol you would for a swimming pool.

Can I float if I just dyed my hair?

While there is no guarantee that the salt won’t strip some color from your hair, we recommend that you wait at least 48 hours after dying and then check if the water running through your hair in the shower at home is fully clear. If there is still some color coming out you should wait a couple of more days/showers.

I just got a tattoo, should I float?

Floating and fresh tattoos do not mix! Not only could floating with a fresh tattoo be painful (salt + open wounds = ouch) but the water solution could cause fading or discoloration of your tattoo and permanently ruin its aesthetic appeal. How long you should wait before floating depends on the tattoo and how quickly it heals, but tattoo artists/floaters we have talked to have suggested waiting 4-6 weeks.

Do I need to bring anything?

If you have longer hair, you may want to bring a comb. Also, something to put your contact lenses into while you’re in the tank.  Other than that, we provide everything you need (towels, robes, earplugs, body wash/shampoo…) Each room is fully private, and you go into the tanks nude, so there’s no need to bring a bathing suit.

How long do people usually stay in the tank?

We recommend 60 or even 90 minutes for first time floaters and yet, we do offer 30 minute float just so you can get your feet (and the rest of you also). As you become more experienced and aware of the effects, you may find that 60 or 90 minutes are effective. Others may want to float for 2, 3, or more hours.

What will it be like for me?

We don’t know what it will be like for you since it is such an individual experience. Nearly every customer reports having profound peace and relaxation, deep concentration and creativity. We like to avoid saying too much before people use the tank, so that they aren’t influenced by what someone else says. Not only will it be different for you than it is for anyone else, it will be different each time.

Will I be able to resume my daily activities when I get out?

Yes. And it may be good to arrange your time so you don’t have to rush. Many people enjoy savoring the peace and quiet before jumping into something hectic.

Is there a cumulative effect of using the tank on a regular basis?

Yes. There seems to be a cumulative effect with consistent use of the tank. This is not documented by research, it is the tank users who know it is true. Relaxation is a learned art that needs practice.

What are the differences in your tanks?

Once you’re inside the tanks, the experience is practically identical in all of them. The Float Pods, we believe, offer a few more amenities and ease of use than other tanks. Read what others say about our tanks.

Can more than one person float in a tank at a time?

Only one person per tank. Right now, we only have one float tank, so it’s just you and some more of you for now. Stay tuned though, we would love to give your and your friends a chance to schedule something at the same time….

Do I have to stay in the whole time?

There aren’t any latches on the tank doors, and you can get out anytime. That said, the 90-minutes usually goes by waaaay faster than you’d expect (our average customer usually says it felt like 30-45 minutes long).

What’s the longest someone has been in the tank?

We’ve had someone do a 24 hour float with us, and it’s possible to float even longer. One day we’ll get Guinness out here and get an official record.

How are the tanks kept clean and disinfected?

There is approximately 850+ pounds of medical grade Epsom salt dissolved in each of our tanks. Salinity is at 1.30 grams per cubic centimeter. The solution is so high in saline that no living microorganism can survive in there. After each session, the entire volume of the solution is pumped out and filtered through a three part filtration and sterilization system utilizing Ultra Violet light and H2O2. Between each float, the water is filtered multiple times through a 1-10 micron filter. UV light is the safest most effective system available. It maintains the water’s soft, clean and crystal clear appearance. In addition all clients are required to shower prior to entering the tank.

Who invented these crazy devices?

John C. Lilly.

How long have float tanks been around?

The first float tank was developed in 1954. These involved full submersion in water and a breathing device that completely covered your face. The first lay down, commercial tanks were invented in the early 70’s.

What if I’m claustrophobic?

Being in the tanks is more like floating in outer space than being shut in a box. You’re always in control of your environment, and even people with extreme claustrophobia have reported having no problems with their time in the tank.

Is this new-agey mumbo jumbo?

Floating has been around for over 50 years and has oodles of published research to back it up.  No mumbo or jumbo here.

Do I get dehydrated from soaking for so long?

No – your skin doesn’t even prune up, but it does become silky soft afterwards.

Can I drown if I fall asleep in there?

Nope. Some people fall asleep, but the water is so buoyant that you stay afloat. The worst that can happen is getting woken up by a bit of salt water in your eyes.

Is it beneficial to have a massage & float together? If so, which order should I do it in?

A massage/float or float/massage is an amazingly relaxing & rejuvenating experience.  We find that clients who have experienced this combination once will book again as many of them claim that it is the most relaxing experience they have ever had.  Most clients who experience a float/massage or vice versa leave feeling like they are walking on clouds & even look younger (due to the lack of tension being held in their facial muscles).

Whether to have a massage before or after your float is personal preference. For clients with extreme muscular tension, floating first can assist with breaking through the first few layers of tension, allowing the massage therapist to more quickly achieve results.

Either way – it is a wonderful experience!

Is this like altered states?

Yes, but you’re not submerged in water, you don’t eat ritualistic mushrooms, and only a relatively small percentage of floaters turn into proto-human monkeys.

Schedule a Float

$35 for a 30-minute float! (and if there’s no one scheduled in after you, we encourage you to stay in longer at no extra charge).

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