frequently asked questions

  What is Epsom salt?

Epsom salt is actually magnesium sulphate, a pure, time-tested mineral compound with dozens of uses. Health benefits include soothing muscle aches, reducing inflammation and treating sunburn. From facials and hair volumisers to pedicures and exfoliants, many celebrities – and their beauty teams – use Epsom salt to treat skin ailments and look their best. We also sell our Epsom salt for use at home between floats.

  I'm claustrophobic. How can I use the tank?

This is a common concern. You can choose to float with the door of the tank open and with the interior light on. However once we have explained to our customers that they are in charge of the whole procedure, their worries subside, and usually they go on to float with the door closed and the light off. You can just give the door a touch and the pod opens out into the room again. The great thing about the floatation experience is that once you get inside and lay back in to the silky smooth solution and surrender yourself to the buoyancy it all starts to feel very luxurious and safe. The only issue we ever get is that some of our customers really don’t want to get out at the end of the session.

  How is hygiene maintained?

The high saline content of the floatation environment ensures that nothing harmful can survive within the tank. The water within the tank is automatically filtered between each customer (and 24-hours a day when not in use). The water is filtered through a 1 micron pool filter (that’s 1/100th the diameter of a human hair!) and is sanitized with a small amount of disinfectant and UV light.

  Is there any risk of drowning?

The high buoyancy of the water makes it impossible for the individual to go beneath the surface. Once settled it even becomes difficult to touch the bottom of the pod with your hand just beneath you.

  Can I fall asleep?

Many clients do fall asleep in the pods, either purposely, or due to the deep relaxation. Just one hour of floating is equivalent to 2-3 hours of deep sleep. Many of our clients who suffer from insomnia or jet lag get immense relief from floating.

  Do I need to prepare in any way?

No. Floating is perhaps the easiest pastime imaginable. The only precaution that you should take is that you should not shave on the day of your float session. The high salt content of the water can be slightly irritating to freshly shaved skin. We do provide Vaseline in every room for people to cover any small cuts and grazes, and this is very effective in covering shaved skin. Aside from that, it is worth reading through our pre-float guidance on the floatworks experience page

  Do I need to bring anything for the float session?

No. Everything you need is provided by us. We provide big fluffy towels. All of our showers have shampoo and body-gel provided and we have a special vanity area with large mirrors, hair dryers and hair straighteners. You will only need to bring your usual post-shower products such as deodorant, skin creams etc.

  What do I wear in the tanks?

We recommend that you don’t wear anything so that you can feel truly free. However we completely understand this can be daunting the first time, so you can wear a costume if you like. You have your own private room to do as you please.

  Are there any side-effects?

There are no known side effects of floating. Even the magnesium-based Epsom Salts we use at The Floatworks are good for you. They soften and replenish your skin, and help counteract the magnesium deficiency that most of us have due to depleted magnesium levels in our soil and food

  I'm pregnant. Can I float?

Absolutely. In fact heavily pregnant women probably achieve as many, if not more benefits from floating 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. The float tank is a wonderful haven to which pregnant women can escape.

  Can I float if I am menstruating?

Of course. Just follow the same process you would for swimming.

  Can I float with a friend?

Unfortunately we do not offer double floatation sessions as in our experience it pretty much defeats the object. Floatation is largely about isolating your senses and having someone else in there with you would seriously distract from the experience and therefore many of the benefits. We do however have four pods so you would both be able visit at the same time as the after effects are very much a shared experience. We offer a special Bring a Friend voucher.

  Can I share my floats?

We feel very strongly about our community and we see all of our customers as family. Therefore all of our memberships packages can be shared between friends and family.

  What is the longest I can float for?

Most of our sessions are 1 hour, however it has been shown that the longer you float for and the more regularly you float, the greater the benefits are. Experienced floaters often book multiple sessions from 2 to 4 hours. Please let us know if you would like to discuss your options.

  How many times should I float?

The more regularly you float the better. Just like any activity, the more you practice the better you become, and the more cumulative effects you will see.

Still curious? Drop us an email or find us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and we’ll be happy to help!