flotation therapy FAQ
Do I need to bring anything?
Please bring your own comb and or contact lens case if need be. We provide soap, shampoo, conditioner, towels, shower sponge, and ear plugs. Each float room is private and self contained with its own shower, vanity and hair dryer.
Is there anything I should do to prepare?
Don’t drink coffee for several hours beforehand, caffeine can make it difficult to settle into the float. Avoid beverages about an hour before your float to avoid the need to get out of the tank to use the restroom.
Also, don’t shave or wax because the salt water will irritate your skin. Eating a light meal about an hour to 90 minutes ahead of time stops your stomach from growling and prevents hunger from being a distraction.
Can I use the float tank if I am sick?
No, please refrain from coming in if you are under the weather. If you have any signs or symptoms, please reschedule with as much notice as possible. If you suddenly feel ill and have to cancel with less than 24 hours notice, you will not be charged.
How do you clean the tanks?
Between each float, the water passes through a commercial grade filtration system a minimum of 4 times and is treated with UV light for sanitation. Hydrogen Peroxide is also added for supplementary sanitation and oxidation. Safe EPA approved disinfectant is used before and after each client in our float tanks, float rooms and common areas. We take a lot of pride in our attention to cleanliness. Please see the Float Spa Guide for more details.
Can I float if I’m pregnant?
Floating is amazing for pregnant women. There is even a special position you can float in that relieves the weight of the baby off of the mother’s body. The only restriction is we do dot allow floating in the first trimester, and we ask that you please get permission from your doctor, midwife or doula.
How long can I stay in the tank?
We offer 60 minute sessions.
Do I have to stay in the whole time?
There aren’t any latches on the tank doors, and the float rooms are completely private, so you can get out anytime. That being said, many of our clients say that the 60 or 90 minutes goes by much faster than one would think.
What if I’m claustrophobic?
Being in the tanks feels more like floating in outer space than being confined. You are always in control of your environment. There are no latches or catches on the tank doors, so you may exit and re-enter the tank whenever you like. You can even leave the door open if you would like to produce more of an 'open' float experience. People with even extreme forms of claustrophobia have reported having no problems with their time in the tank.
Can I float if I just dyed my hair?
Please wait approximately two weeks to float after dying your hair. Salt water can potentially strip unset hair dye causing damage to both your color and our tanks. Bolder colors like pink, blue, or green always have a potential to wash out in the tank and therefore are not permitted.
I just got a tattoo and/or piercing. Should I float?
Floating with fresh tattoos and piercings is definitely not a good idea. In addition to being painful, the salt water could affect the vibrancy of the artwork if it is not fully healed. Most tattoos take 4-6 weeks to heal, piercings can vary anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months. Please check with your artist for your specific healing time.
How many tanks do you have?
Saratoga Float has one float room and therefore can accommodate one floater at a time.
Do I need to wear a suit?
Each float room is private so typically one does not wear a swim suit in the tank. You can if you feel more comfortable doing so, but the suit clinging to your body in the sensory reduced environment could be distracting.
Can I use my own shower products?
To protect the integrity of our equipment, we ask that you please only use the shower products we provide.
What about getting salt water in my eyes and/or ears?
Disposable, sanitary ear plugs are provided. Try to avoid touching your eyes, they will sting if salt water hits them. But don't panic if it does! Scrunch your eyes up tight and they will flush out in no time.
Do I get dehydrated from soaking for so long?
Nope! Your skin doesn’t even prune up. The salt water is good for your skin and will leave it feeling smooth and refreshed.
Can I drown if I fall asleep in a float tank?
No. Some people fall asleep, but the water is so buoyant that you stay afloat. Some people even have float tanks in their bedrooms at home to sleep in all night! The worst thing that can happen is waking up to a little salt water in your eyes.
Who invented floating, and when was it first introduced to the public?
John C. Lilly, a neuroscientist, developed floating in 1954. In 1979, Glenn and Lee Perry opened the very first commercial float center in Grass Valley, California. We had the unique experience of working with Glenn and Lee when we first opened.
How long have you been in business?
Saratoga Springs Float Spa was formerly known as Saratoga Springs Massage Therapy and opened it's doors to the public in 2009. In 2014, the float tanks were introduced and the name was changed.
DO NOT FLOAT IF...
You have any signs or symptoms of being sick.
You’re under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
You are under 18 years of age.
You have had a gastrointestinal illness in the last 14 days.
You are in your first trimester of pregnancy.
You’ve received a tattoo or piercing that has not adequately healed
You have epilepsy.
You’ve received a spray-on tan within the last 48 hrs.
You are menstruating.
You have a large open skin wound (it will hurt to float!)
You recently dyed your hair and it still washes out in the shower (or leaves traces of dye on towels).
You are unable to enter and exit the float tank without assistance.