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Frequently Asked Questions

Read thoughtful answers to our most commonly asked questions about floating.

  • Is floating safe?
    Yes! Because our bodies are predominantly made of water, floating is an innate, natural experience. ​ (And if some saltwater gets in your eyes, simply spritz some fresh water on your eyes.)
  • Is floating relaxing?
    Floating is effortless. ​ Because the water in the tank is highly salinated, your body floats effortlessly on the surface of the shallow pool of water. One of the reasons floating is so effective is because it mimics the weightlessness of being in the womb while blurring or even removing the barriers that separate our physical bodies from our environment. ​ Some of the greatest benefits of floating are stress relief (relaxation) and personal discovery. Individual results will vary due to personal circumstances, attitudes, and frequency of floating. ​ When we all enter the tank without any attachments to the outcome, we usually get the best results. The key is to "let go".
  • Is floating sanitary?
    Yes. We work diligently to keep our tanks pristine and sanitary for each and every float: ​ We start out with a tank of highly sterile salt water. We filter the water 3 times before each float. We use a UV light filtration system to clean the water. We add 35% hydrogen peroxide daily.
  • What further details can you provide about the water?
    Each tank contains about ten inches of water containing around 900 pounds of Epsom salt, heated around 94 degrees F for perfect buoyancy and comfort.
  • Is floating the same as sensory deprivation?
    Research shows that a better description of what is happening is greater interoceptive sensory stimulus by the functions of our body, and less external sensory stimulus.
  • How should I prepare for my float?
    For the safety of all clients, only those free from cold, flu, and other communicable infections may float. Come with an open mind. Avoid caffeine prior to your float. Eat a light meal 90 minutes prior to your float. Arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled float time.
  • What should I avoid prior to my float?
    Caffeine. Shaving or waxing. (The salt may irritate your freshly-shaved skin.) Coloring or dying your hair for 14 days prior to your float. (If the color still runs out of your hair or is left on towels after washing, don't float.) New tattoos.
  • What should I bring to float?
    Showering is required both before and after your float. You may want to bring a comb or hairbrush and a contact lenses case. We provide shampoo and conditioner, but you are welcome to bring your own for your post-float shower.
  • What does Nalu provide?
    A comfortable lounge for relaxing before and reflection after your float A sterile floating environment A private shower for before and after your float Bath towels Robe and slippers Earplugs for your float (optional) Contact solution Soap Shampoo and conditioner Hairdryer
  • Should I wear swim clothes while I float?
    We strongly recommend you do not float in swim clothes. Even residual laundry detergent can cause unwanted bubbles in the tank, which will hinder your float experience. Also, for optimum results, it is also ideal to avoid any physical stimulus such as clothing against your skin. That being said, if you must wear swim clothes, we can likely make accommodations.
  • How often should I float?
    Float as often as you like! Because floating is safe, there is no such thing as floating too much. You will find the more you float, the greater your benefit will be. Depending on personal and healing goals, clients may choose to float as frequently as daily, weekly, monthly, or as needed. For general well-being, we recommend a floating practice of at least twice per month.
  • Is it hard to float? What if I can't swim?
    No effort is required to float. ​The water in the tank is so heavily salinated that your body floats effortlessly even if you fall asleep while floating The water in the tank is only 10 inches deep Sweet dreams, you may enter the hypnogogic state and even fall asleep, no worries it is all good.
  • What if I'm claustrophobic?
    Many of our first-time clients are concerned about claustrophobic tendencies, but their fears are quickly dissipated by a single float because: The tank is large enough to sit up in, You may choose to keep the door of the tank open (the tank is in a private room), and There is a light inside the tank that you can turn on/off at any time during your float.
  • Can everyone float?
    Yes. Floating is safe for adults of all shapes, sizes, afflictions, and goals. Some considerations: ​ Must be 14 or older. As with all forms of treatment or exercise, you may wish to consult your healthcare professional before floating. For the safety of all clients, only those free from cold, flu, and other communicable infections may float.
  • Can I float if I'm menstruating?
    Yes. We ask that you follow the same protocol you would for a swimming pool.
  • Will frequent floating damage my hair or skin?
    Floating is great for your hair/skin! The Epsom salt we use in the tanks contains Magnesium and Sulfates, which are both needed by the body to function properly. Have you heard of soaking your feet in Epsom salt? It is known to reduce inflammation as well as renewing for skin and hair. ​ The salt/water solution feels so silky smooth to the touch that you won't even get prune fingers and toes!
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