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Floating FAQs

At Floating Point we understand you will have questions regarding your float session, so we have put together a comprehensive list of relevant questions and answers to put you at ease. If your question is not on the list, do not hesitate in contacting us.

What if I am claustrophobic?

Claustrophobia is a fear of being in enclosed spaces without any control. You can choose to float with the door of the tank open and with the interior light on. 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.

Do I need to bring anything?

If you have longer hair, you may want to bring a brush. Also if you have contact lenses, please bring something to store them in while you’re floating. Other than that, we provide everything you need (towels, earplugs, shampoo, conditioner, body wash and a hair dryer).

What do I wear in the pod?

We recommend that you don’t wear anything, wearing a costume can be distracting and does not allow you to fully relax.

Is the room private?

Yes, you float within your own individual suite. Each suite has its own shower and dressing space for your exclusive use for the duration of your session.

How long is a session?

You float for a minimum of one hour, 10 minutes of soothing music at the start, which fades out. 45 minutes of complete blissful silence and then 5 minutes of music at the end to tell you that the session is over. A 90 minute session allows you time to wash before and after. Many prefer to float longer and you can add time to your float, just call us so we can be sure to schedule the time you want.

How do I know the water is clean?

The water is fully filtered 4 times between each float, passing through a highly advanced filtration system which filters the water multiple times between floats to 1 micron (that’s 100 times smaller than a human hair!). Also the Epsom Salts are a natural disinfectant and are in abundance in the water.

Why do you use Epsom Salt?

Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulphate) not only provides the required buoyancy to make you float but it also has many physical benefits. Studies have shown that magnesium and sulphate are both readily absorbed through the skin, making floating perfect to enjoy the health benefits. Magnesium plays a number of roles in the body including regulating the activity of over 325 enzymes, reducing inflammation, helping muscle and nerve function and helping to prevent artery hardening.

What if I fall asleep? Is it possible to drown in the pod?

The simple answer is no. Some people fall asleep, but the water is so buoyant that you stay afloat. There is around 10 inches of water and 1000 pounds of Epsom Salt, so it would be impossible to drown inside the float tank. The worst that can happen is getting woken up by a bit of salt water in your eyes. If this is the case then simply spray water gently on your face.

Can I float if I’m menstruating?

It is not recommended to float if this is the case.

I’m pregnant, can I float?

Absolutely, in fact heavily pregnant women probably get more relief from The Float Pod than anyone else. Just lying on a bed can be extremely uncomfortable for women in the later stages of pregnancy due to the massive gravitational strain placed on the body. Like most activities though, it is not recommended during the first trimester. We do recommend you consult your Doctor before floating.

Is there anything I should do to prepare?

Don’t drink caffeine for several hours before floating. Eat a light meal about an hour or so to keep your stomach quiet. Also, don’t shave or wax before floating since the Epsom Salt solution can irritate and sting your skin. For men avoid shaving 6 hours before a float and for women allow at least 12 hours before a float.

What is the minimum age to float?

The minimum age to enjoy a floatation session at Floating Point is 16 years old.

Is there anyone that should avoid floating?

We do not recommend floating for Epileptics, Heart Conditions and Ear Infections. You will be required to complete a questionnaire prior to your session to determine if floating is safe for you.

Can more than one person float at a time?

Only one person per pod. We have two float pods in separate rooms, so you and a friend can float in our centre at the same time.

Can I float if I dye my hair?

Floating with dyed hair is perfectly okay. Please wait a week or so after you dye your hair before floating to make sure that any extra colour has had the chance to rinse out. There is a chance that recently-dyed hair may colour the water in our float Pods.

What about my cosmetics?

All cosmetics and chemicals should be removed prior to entering The Float Pod. All guests are required to shower beforehand in your float room. This keeps any potential allergens or irritants out of the tank. We do have a space outside your suite to reapply any cosmetics or dry your hair.

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, 60-minutes usually go by quite quickly.

Will I feel disorientated after the float?

Everyone has very unique float experiences. Most feel relaxed similar to wonderful massage. Be gentle and give yourself time after your float to absorb the experience in our relaxation room, we provide herbal tea and water so you can sit and enjoy your post float glow.

 

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FLOATING POINT

Bourne House, Horseshoe Rd,
Pangbourne, Reading, RG8 7JQ

Contact Us

Telephone: 0118 327 2490
Email: info@floating-point.co.uk

Opening Hours

Monday: closed
Tues: 11.00am - 9.00pm
Weds: 11.00am - 7.00pm
Thurs: 10.00am - 9.00pm
Fri: 10.00am - 7.00pm
Sat: 10.00am - 9.00pm
Sun: 10.00am - 6.00pm