Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Floatation Chamber?
A Float Lab floatation chamber provides a light- and sound-free environment containing 12″ of solution consisting of water and about 1000 lbs. of dissolved Epsom salt. The fluid temperature is maintained at external body temperature (around 95˚). Inside the Chamber, the participant floats effortlessly without gravitational requirements and neither sound nor light input to consider.

What are some reported benefits of floating?
– Reduced stress
– Improved sleep patterns
– Normalized blood pressure
– Enhanced ability to focus and concentrate
– Improved creativity
– Strengthened immune system
– Pain relief
– Reduced symptoms of depression, anxiety, and PTSD
– Decreased feelings of vertigo
– Accelerated recovery from jet lag

How big is a Float Lab Chamber?
The dimensions of our Float Lab Chambers housed in Westwood are 5′ Wide x 8′ Long x 7′ High with a large easy access door that is 3′ x 5′.
Does floatation have other names?
Yes: Sensory Deprivation Tank, Float Tank, Floatation Tank, and Isolation Chamber.

Do I shower before using the Chamber?
Yes. Showering before entering the Chamber to eliminate personal products and other contaminates. Using the shower afterward is also suggested to remove the coating of Epsom salt that is left on the skin and hair.
What do I wear while floating?
Nothing. Any clothing will interfere with your experience and contaminate the Chamber.

How long do sessions last?
2-hours. Stay in until you feel you are ready to get out.

Should I eat before floating?
A heavy meal beforehand is not suggested, however you don’t want to hear your stomach growling. Also avoid caffeine before floating for it may interfere with your ability to relax.

Will I float? I don’t normally float in water.
Yes. There is more than 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt dissolved in the water, so no matter your weight or height, you will float on your back without effort. As you lay back, the water will reach the temples; leaving your eyes, nose and mouth fully exposed to the air.

Can you fall asleep in the tank?
Yes. Many people safely fall asleep in the tank as a result of being so relaxed. Even those who say they never sleep on their backs in bed, do so very easily in the tank.

Can two people float in one tank at the same time?
No. We offer a private experience for each individual.

What if I am claustrophobic?
The thought of being in a dark space can be frightening to some. However, as with your eyes closed, total black does not create an enclosed, confined, limited, or restricted feeling; it actually seems vast or unlimited. Our Chamber models are big enough to enter and exit while standing. Remember, you are in complete control of your surroundings, so if need be you can exit the Chamber at any time.

Will I have Epsom Salt stuck in my ears?
Only if you neglect to rinse your ears thoroughly after your session. Earplugs are provided to minimize this potential and reduce outside sounds.

Is the salt dangerous to your eyes?
No, but it can be a little uncomfortable. Before entering the Chamber, make sure to dry your face off, push your hair back and keep your hands away from your eyes.

Is anyone unable to use the tank?
People whom are epileptic or with special conditions should consult their physician before scheduling an appointment.

Can pregnant women float?
Yes. Pregnant women probably get more relief from floating than most people. The extra weight carried by the mother-to-be can be very stressful due to the forces of gravity. Floating eliminates the negative effects of gravity, which causes joint pain, inflammation and stress on the organs as well as the unborn baby.
Pregnant women have also reported a reduction of erratic movements of the baby inside the womb. This is due to a phenomenon call “mirror effect.” The baby is safe and secure inside the womb and the mother shares a similar experience in the isolation tank. Women report a stronger connection with their baby when exposed to this environment.