What's up with this floating thing? HOW and WHEN do I do it?
I have so many questions. . .
WE HAVE ANSWERS!
How does this really work?
Removing external stimulation of light, sound, temperature fluctuation, and the pressure of gravity enables the nervous system - and further, the body - to enter a deeply restorative relaxation state. SCIENCE!
Is there any scientific data backing this up?
Absolutely! In fact, there are hundreds of published, peer-reviewed scientific studies observing the effect of Flotation R.E.S.T. on various groups and individual treatment segments. To learn more, check out our blog, or our FLOAT RESEARCH LIST.
What should I wear?
For your appointment, simply wear comfortable clothing that will be easy to remove & put back on. For your float, you may remain unclothed, or wear light, nonrestrictive swimwear.
I'm pregnant. Is it safe for me to float?
You MUST consult with your doctor first, but in short: Yes! Floating is a phenomenal experience for pregnant mothers - providing not only the feeling of floating in a private, safe space with your baby, but also enabling great relief for the spine. Some pregnant mothers report hearing their baby's heartbeat! Using a small foam noodle, you can even float belly-down, providing waves of relief for the lower back.
I'm claustrophobic. Does the lid of the tank close on me?
This is the most common concern we hear about in regards to floating. Almost always, concerned guests are immediately relieved when they see the tanks in person, and find the interior to be quite spacious, with full room to move around. The experience of floating itself causes the interior to seem quite vast. The lids of the tank feature hydraulic lifts which can be opened and closed at will with a slight touch. If you feel concerned, feel free to schedule a time to visit our center and see for yourself.
What should I bring?
Simply bring your Self, an open mind, and comfortable clothes - we'll provide everything else!
Can I control the lights?
Perhaps you'd like to start out your float in a pleasant glow of color before you enter total, relaxing darkness - or perhaps you'd like to keep the lights on throughout. You've got that option in all our float tanks. Our Float Room even has special star field lights in the ceiling, providing pleasant visualizations.
Can I listen to music?
While many prefer to have the full sensory-deprivation experience of total silence, all of our private suites have the ability to play soothing music throughout a session.
What if I feel concerned, or need help during my float?
If you have a question or concern that arises during your float, you can immediately alert the front desk and communicate with a Float Carolina staff member via a private intercom system in each float tank.
Can I float if I'm on my period?
Yes, simply follow the protocol you would for swimming in a pool.
What if the salt solution gets in my eyes?
I'm partially disabled. Can I float?
Speak with your doctor beforehand, but in most cases, Yes. If you believe you will need assistance while getting in and out of the tank, please call us to speak about options prior to scheduling your appointment.
Can my child float?
Children and young people can certainly get benefits from floating! If you think your child may need supervision during the float, please contact us in advance so that we can find the best time to facilitate this.
What if I fall asleep?
Feel free to do so! Many experienced floaters love the experience of napping in the tank. Whether you're trying to stimulate lucid dreaming, or compensate for a week of poor sleep, we totally recommend trying out a nap in the tank.
I'm Diabetic. Can I float?
While there is no official counter-recommendation for folks who are diabetic, the process does involve floating in very salty water, which can have a slight diuretic effect. Please consult with your doctor first, for advice on this and any external monitors that you may wear.
How often should I float, to get the benefits you mention?
While floating once is usually enough to show folks how great floating is, doing so in a consistent fashion opens a floodgate of positive benefits. Research indicates that 15 sessions conducted weekly or bi-weekly can provide consistent, long-lasting effects on chronic pain and the overall sense of well-being. We recommend following-up your first float session with another within a week or two - you'll quickly understand why!
How long does a session last?
Standard float sessions are 60min in duration; however, please arrive 15-20 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time, so that you have plenty of time to shower and get acclimated. You'll also want to have plenty of time to enjoy a nice hot shower after the float, to scrub away all the salt - and to relax afterward with hot tea in our lounge. We recommend setting aside 2 hours of your day for the total duration of your appointment.
What's the difference between the 'Float Pods' and 'Float Room'?
The fundamental float experience is the same for all of our options, but experienced floaters often enjoy the subtle differences and nuances of different floating environments. Our float pods are egg-shaped, while our float room is more rectangular, with a taller ceiling and star field lights above. All our tanks provide light & music controls.
Do people ever freak out? I'm afraid I might freak out.
You probably won't freak out.
What makes Float Carolina different than any other float center?
We are proud to be a Carolina-owned business, operated by local families. Our retail area is comprised of boutique products offered by local makers. By supporting Float Carolina, you are supporting local businesses!
Is this like a Hot Tub?
No, in fact it is entirely different. Among other things, the solution in the tank is kept very close to skin temperature - 95˚ F - which leads to it being perceived as neither hot nor cold.
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