Why do people float?
People float for all sorts of reasons. For example, athletes looking to enhance performance and speed recovery, people who want to manage pain naturally, others who are attempting to unlock their creative minds, and people who just want a break from their busy lives to relax. There are as many reasons to float as there are people in the world!
Is there anything I should do to prepare?
Don’t drink coffee for several hours before your float (it can make your system jittery). Also, don’t shave or wax since the salt water can cause any nicks or sensitive/dry areas to sting. Eating a light meal about an hour to 90 minutes ahead of time stops your stomach from sounding like an angry monster while you float. Other than that, there’s no specific preparation needed.
What is the difference between a pod and a pool?
The pods are 7' 1" long and about 4' 6" wide in an oval shape. There is a lid that you pull down as you get in. They are domed so, even if the lid is closed all the way, you can still sit up and reach your arms up before you will touch it. The inside of the pod tends to approach 100% humidity during your float, though you should feel temperature indifferent after a few minutes as the water, air, and your body become the same temp.
The pools are round and 7' 8" in diameter, allowing for more room to spread and stretch out. There also is no cover. Due to no cover, the rooms are kept hotter to minimize the temperature differential between the air and water. The room is also less humid than the pods.
The float itself should be very similar regardless of whether you are in a pod or a pool. All rooms are private individual experiences. All rooms have the option of complete darkness and quiet or to have an underwater (and/or room) light and/or music on during your float.
To see photos of both, go to our online schedule and hover the mouse pointer over the room for which you want to see the picture.
It is my first time, should I pick a pod or a pool?
There is not a set answer to this question. All the rooms are great and you cannot really go wrong. If you are someone who is very tall or dislikes extreme humidity, you may want to try a pool. It really depends on each person preferences.
We recommend trying 2-3 floats before you determine your thoughts on floating, so it may make sense to try both the pod and pool as part of this in order to determine what you like best for future floats. Or just book whatever best fits your schedule.
Can I float if I’m pregnant?
You most certainly can! There is even a special position you can float in that relieves all of the weight of the baby off of the mother’s body. If you are in your third trimester, or have any concerns, please consult with your physician before coming in.
What are the options for parking?
There is street parking all around our location. There are no meters anywhere. Parking on Freshwater Way is unlimited. Parking on 2nd or 3rd is limited to 2 hours and parking on Pittsburgh is limited to 3 hours. Normally there are spots within a few blocks of our door.
We recently added three parking spots in the gravel lot across the street from our entrance. There are posted signs.
We also have four reserved parking spots in the surface lot off of Oregon Street (one block south of Freshwater Way). The spots are marked with Float Milwaukee reserved signs and are the first four spots after the handicap spots once you enter the lot and turn right. If you use these spots, please be considerate of others and move your car after your appointment.
Are there any specials going on?
We have intro deals that everyone can use once. These are one 60-minute float for $50, one 90-minute float for $80, a three pack of 60-minute floats for $165, and a three pack of 90-minute floats for $250.
We are running a 2.5 hour float special on each third Monday of the month. The cost is $100 for 2.5 hours and the times are 9 am, noon, 3 pm, or 6 pm. You can now book this online or call or email us.
We also offer an overnight float once per month on the first Friday of the month. Pricing is $275 if one pod is booked, $225 each if two pods are booked, or $175 each if all three pods are booked. Please call or email if interested.
Can I float if I’m menstruating?
Yes. Just follow the same protocol you would for a swimming pool.
Can I float if I just dyed my hair?
While there is no guarantee that the salt won’t strip some color from your hair, we recommend that you wait two weeks and check if the water running through your hair in the shower at home is fully clear. prior to floating. If there is still some color coming out you should wait a couple of more days/showers.
Do I need to bring anything?
If you have longer hair, you may want to bring a comb. Also, something to put your contact lenses into while you’re in the tank. Other than that, we provide everything you need (towels, robes, earplugs, body wash/shampoo…)
Can more than one person float in a tank at a time?
Only one person per tank. Double-wide tanks do exist, but we think that they take away from the whole ‘sensory deprivation’ experience.
Do I have to stay in the whole time?
There aren't any latches on the tank doors, and you can get out anytime. That said, the 60-minutes usually goes by waaaay faster than you’d expect.
What’s the longest someone has been in the tank?
Our owner has floated for as long as eight hours at one time…John Lilly, inventor of float tanks, is said to have floated for much, much longer periods of time.
How long have float tanks been around?
The first float tank was developed in 1954. These involved full submersion in water and a breathing device that completely covered your face. The first lay down, commercial tanks were invented in the early 70′s.
What if I’m claustrophobic?
Being in the tanks is more like floating in outer space than being shut in a box. You’re always in control of your environment, and even people with extreme claustrophobia have reported having no problems with their time in the tank.
Is this new-agey mumbo jumbo?
Floating has been around for over 40 years and has oodles of published research to back it up. No mumbo or jumbo here.
How do you clean the tanks?
The water is fully filtered three times between each float, passing through a one micron filter. The water is sterilized by hydrogen peroxide and UV.
Do I get dehydrated from soaking for so long?
No- your skin doesn’t even prune up, but it does become silky soft afterwards.
Can I drown if I fall asleep in there?
Nope. Some people fall asleep, but the water is so buoyant that you stay afloat. The worst that can happen is getting woken up by a bit of salt water in your eyes.
What is your cancellation policy?
Cancellations made more than 24 hours before the appointment time will the float being returned to your account for future use or a stored session being replenished. Cancellations made less than 24 hours before the appointment time and no shows will result in the full charge with no refund or the usage of a stored session except for in extraordinary circumstances.
Is this like Altered States?
Yes, but you’re not submerged in water, you don’t eat ritualistic mushrooms, and only a small percentage of floaters turn into proto-human monkeys.
Will I need any assistance getting into the center or the pods?
We are wheelchair accessible into the float rooms. Additionally, room 3 has an ADA handheld shower and we have a portable ADA shower bench available if needed or desired. The pods themselves have a wide lip to provide the ability to sit and swing over into the pod. If you are unsure whether or not you may need assistance, please bring someone with you who can help get you into and/or out of the pod. They are welcome to stay in the room or relax in the lobby while waiting for the float to finish.
Should I bring a swimsuit?
We strongly recommend not wearing anything in the tank. This way you are not distracted by the feeling of the suit and you can more easily float away to a state of nothingness. However, it is fine to wear a swimsuit if it is more comfortable for you.
Is there an age limit?
There is no age limit. We have had people ranging from 8 to 87 float in our pods so far. If you think you may need assistance getting in and/or out of the pods, then someone should accompany you to the center who can help.
If you are under the age of 18 we will require a parent or guardian to sign off on the waiver. If you would like a copy of the waiver before you arrive, please email us at email@example.com and we will be happy to send it over.
Do I need to bring anything?
We provide pretty much everything you would need. However, you may want to bring a brush or comb, a contact case, or a washcloth/loofah if preferred.