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Frequently asked questions
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What is a Space Float?
You float in your personal zero gravity DreamPod at F L O A T Co. while wearing a comfortable virtual reality headset that showcases stunning views of Earth, similar to an astronaut in space.
What if I am Claustrophobic?
You have complete control of your environment. You have complete control of your environment. You can leave the light on or get out anytime. You can start by leaving the float tank door slightly open until you feel settled and relaxed. Being in an anti-gravity environment gives you the feeling of floating in outer space. Even people with extreme claustrophobia have reported having no problems with their time in the tank.
What will I experience?
You will see the beauty of our planet from the International Space Station for 45 minutes, which is equal to half an orbit around Earth. We used the best footage from space to create a one-of-a-kind experience.
Do I need to bring my glasses?
If you wear reading glasses to see up close, you should bring them to wear during your virtual float too.
What if I’ve never done virtual reality before?
This process is very easy, and we’ll walk you through every step. You simply put your headset on. Adjust the straps on the sides for comfort and lay back. Our smart electronic system will automatically do the rest.
Will I get sick from the VR?
Most people love the experience and do not feel any side effects of VR. The experience is slow moving and comfortable while floating in water. Please be sure not to come on an empty stomach or right after a heavy meal either. Enjoy a light snack before and you should feel great all through your experience.
What is the process from beginning to end?
Your full session will take about 90 minutes starting with a quick introduction and a 5 minute shower before you enter the Dream Pod. We provide shampoo and shower gel for your pre-float shower. Float pods are extremely clean environments and we don’t want to add any additional product to the solution (makeup, lotion, hairgel, etc). You will enter carefully with the headset. Adjust the headset and lay back to enjoy your Space Float around Earth. Your session in the pod is approximately 60 minutes consisting of a 45 minute virtual reality experience followed by a few minutes of silent comfortable floating, while you continue to wear the headset. Music will play to let you know your session has ended. You will then remove the headset and carefully step out the pod for your Post Float shower. After you have changed, you are then free to relax in our Post Float area after your experience.
How does the water feel?
The water is soft due to the saline solution and is set to match the temperature of your skin. It’s comfortable to the point where you may lose sense of the environment and really feel like you are in space! Due to the high salt content, avoid getting the solution in your mouth or eyes.
Do I need to bring anything?
If you would like to re-apply your makeup after your float, we suggest you bring that with you. Other than that, we provide everything you need (towels, earplugs, shampoo, conditioner, body wash and a hair dryer).
What do I wear in the tank?
We do provide disposable swimwear, but you are advised to bring your own swimsuit for maximum comfort. Your room is private for your session with a personal shower and changing area in the room.
Is there anything I should do to prepare?
Avoid caffeinated drinks for several hours beforehand. Men avoid shaving 6 hours before a float and for women allow at least 12 hours, as your skin may be sensitive. Eat a light meal 60-90 minutes prior to your float to alleviate any hunger pains.
Can women float while menstruating?
No. We do not advise women to float whilst menstruating.
Will I feel cold?
The pod water is set to your skin temperature for your float. It’s recommended to take a slightly cool shower before floating to feel warmer during your float.
Is the room private?
Your room is completely private. Float rooms are equipped with their own shower and changing area.
What is Epsom Salt?
Epsom Salts are naturally occurring pure mineral compounds comprised of magnesium and sulfate. Magnesium plays an important role in regulating over 325 enzymes, reducing inflammation and muscle tension. Sulfates enhance the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins and ease migraine headaches.
What if I can’t swim or float?
Everyone will float. All you have to do is lay back and relax your body fully. Floating doesn’t require any swimming skills and with such high levels of salt the buoyancy is what will keep you floating.
What’s the longest someone can float for?
For Space VR, each session is 60 Minutes. However, if interested in a longer Float Therapy Session, please feel free to chat with us directly!
Can children float?
People under 16 years old can float with adult supervision.
Is there anyone who should avoid floating?
We do not recommend floating for epileptics, people with heart conditions, or people with kidney disease, skin or ear infections. You will be required to complete a questionnaire prior to your session to determine if floating is safe for you. Also, if you recently dyed your hair, your color must be set and shower water run completely clear before floating.
Do I have to stay in the whole time?
The pods are completely in your control and you can get in and out at any time. There is an easy open and close lid to allow you to be fully in control of how you would like to enjoy your float.
How do you clean the tanks?
The water is fully filtered 4 times between each float. A powerful pump and the very latest in filtration technology are incorporated in the design. Our Dream Pod floatation tanks filter at around 10 microns and are fully effective to one micron which is an incredible 100 times smaller than a human hair! Also Epsom Salts are a natural disinfectant and there is 500 Kilograms in the water. In addition float pods have UV filtration and Hydrogen Peroxide to keep the cleanest solution you can imagine.
Does my skin I get dehydrated from soaking for so long?
Your skin does not prune up or get dehydrated during your float , this is due to the high levels of Epsom Salts and magnesium you absorb from the water.
Can I fall asleep while floating?
Some people fall asleep because of the deep relaxation floating provides. The water is incredibly buoyant so you stay afloat. Just one hour of floating is equivalent to 4 hours of deep sleep. Many clients who suffer from insomnia or jet lag get immense relief from floating.
Can more than one person float at a time?
You will have your own private float pod and room for your session, unless you book a Couples Float in our V-Max Pod designed for two people to float together. If you come with a friend, you will each each have your own headset and private pod. Space Dates are one of the best experiences you will share with someone special!
How many times do I do I need to try floatation therapy to experience the best results?
To experience the full benefits of Floatation Therapy, we recommend floating at least 3 times. However, many of our clients experience significant benefits on their first float. Just like Yoga, Meditation, working out and any form of active wellness, floating is also a practice, the more you float the more you will enjoy floating’s cumulative benefits.
Will I feel spacey or disoriented afterward?
Everyone has very unique float experiences. Most feel relaxation similar to deep massage or meditation. Be gentle and give yourself time after your float to re-acclimate.
What should I expect after my first Space VR Float?
You will likely experience what is termed ‘the overview effect’.
Is Floatation Therapy new-age mumbo jumbo?
Floating has been around for over 50 years and has numerous published scientific research to back up its many benefits.
How do I schedule my GravityFreeVR appointment?