Q: What do I need to bring?
A: Nada. Since you float in the nude, there's no need for a swim suit. We provide earplugs, towels, soap, shampoo, as well as a hair dryer. If you'd like to bring your own shower shoes, you're welcome to.
Q: What if I'm claustrophobic?
A: This is the most common fear for first-time floaters. It's totally cool. Fear not; the feeling of floating is so freeing and relaxing that the apprehension of tight spaces goes away very quickly. Don't worry, there are no locks on the float tanks/pods and if you feel like you're having a tough time, you can get out right away, no questions asked. If you want to float with the light on, or with music, that's okay too, it's your call.
Q: How long is the float session?
A: Your float is 1-hour long, but you should aim to arrive around 10-15 minutes beforehand so you can park, arrive, check in and shower before your float.
Q: How is the water cleaned?
A: We abide by the Washington State and King County Health Department codes. Our water is filtered 4-times between each use and it constantly tested and balanced to assure the highest level of cleanliness possible. Plus, the level of Epsom salt in the solution is so high that, much like the Dead Sea, nothing can live.
Q: Do I need to do anything to prepare?
A: Refrain from drinking caffeine for a few hours before your float (caffeine is a stimulant, and can make you jittery during your session). If you can plan for it, don't shave or wax before your float - the salt water can irritate some folks' skin. Eating something light 90 minutes is a good idea, since a grumbly tummy can be distracting during your float.
Q: How long have people been doing this Sensory Deprivation thing?
A: Dr. John C. Lilly created the first Sensory Deprivation Tanks in late 1950's and other folks have been improving upon the designs since then. Athletes, Meditators, & Creatives have been floating widely since the 1960's.
Q: I suffer from high levels of stress and pain, will this help?
A: ABSOLUTELY. We see people find relief from pain and stress everyday. There are volumes of research supporting floatation therapy as an effective treatment for ailments like: chronic stress, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, MS, anxiety, severe back pain, insomnia and much more. Here are some resources: Floating for Pain, Floating and Meditation, Floating and Stress Relief, Floating and Back Pain, Floating and Increased Well-Being, a quick primer
Q: What will a float session do to my hair-dye job?
A: Great question. We suggest that you wait at least 2-weeks after your dye your hair before floating. The salt can diminish your hair color if it was done recently. It can also do a number on our float tanks/pods. So, thank you for waiting to float.
Q: Do you do walk-ins?
A: Not really. We're typically booked up the day of, ESPECIALLY on the weekends. It's a good idea to call in to book, or check out the schedule below.
Q: How long have you been in business?
A: We opened Float Seattle in November of 2012. Float Bellevue opened in July of 2015.
Q: Can I float with another person in the float tank/pod?
A: We allow only single person floats, but have 4 float tank/pods, so if you want to float with a group, give us a call and we'll take care of you - 206-673-5132.
Q: Can I float if I'm on my period?
A: Sure, just bring the proper accoutrement as if you were swimming.
Q: What are the differences in your float tanks?
A: There are some small aesthetic differences in the tanks, but once you're inside - the experience is all the same, (dark, quiet, warm & floaty). Check out the gallery to see the differences in our tanks/pods