Frequently Asked Questions
What is floating all about?
Floating is about everything you WON'T be doing. You won't be fighting gravity. The 1200 lbs of epsom salt in the 10" deep water takes care of that while you lie comfortably on your back. The water is kept at 93.5 degrees and the tank is about the size of a King bed. This is skin-receptor neutral, which means you lose track of where your body ends and the water begins. Noise from the outside doesn't reach you. After you shut the door the lights dim, the music fades, and you float in silence and total darkness.
During your float, the outside world is gone, and amazing things happen. It turns out that when you're not fighting gravity or constantly taking in information your body and mind have a lot of extra resources at their disposal. Your mind is free to relax, process, and explore without distraction. Your brain pumps out dopamine and endorphins, and your body gets to rest, de-stress, and heal.
With nothing to distract you, your level of creativity, concentration, and knowledge absorption is astonishing.
People float to relieve stress, recover from injuries, fight addiction, eliminate chronic pain, and much more. Floating naturally increases your dopamine and endorphin levels, boosting your mood and leaving you with a pleasant afterglow that lasts for days afterwards.
Everything you experience while floating comes from within yourself. It's the perfect time to reflect on your life, and reports of creative and personal insights abound. Flotation can also be thought of as training wheels for meditation. After about 30 minutes of floating, your mind starts producing theta brain waves, which are responsible for that "between waking & sleeping" state. After years of practice, people can enter theta state through deep meditation. Float tanks get you there effortlessly.
LEARNING AND CREATIVITY
People have cut strokes off their golf game, developed complex scientific theories, composed music and drafted whole portions of books while floating.
What should I do before my float?
- Do NOT shave or wax
- Eat a small meal about 90 minutes before your float
- Avoid caffeine before your float
- If you have recently dyed your hair or used self-tanner, please wait to float
- Be aware of any cuts you might have, as it will sting when exposed to salt water. We provide Vaseline to cover up any minor cuts you might have
What should I expect when I get to Floating KC?
There is a parking lot and if the lot is full, parallel parking is free on the streets. There is also the corner lot of Sutherlands available for use. You will arrive and check in (walk through the doors and head to the right); you don't need anything but yourself. A Float Expert will cover the basics together with you and then answer any questions you might have. Change into one of our plush robes and slippers then enjoy a complimentary massage chair session in our Zero Gravity massage chairs. Next, the attendant will escort you to your private suite where you'll take a shower and put in earplugs. After your shower, step into the float room and close the door behind you. Lie back and relax, the lights will dim and the music will fade. Enjoy your float! After your time is up, lights and music will fade up gently to ease you out of your float. When you're ready, stand up slowly and step out of the float room to shower again and rinse off the Epsom salt. Dress and decompress in our lounge area.
What is floating like?
Floating is different for everyone and can be a different experience every time. However, it is likely to be the most relaxing thing you've ever experienced.
Do I need to bring anything?
No, just yourself. We provide robes, towels, slippers, earplugs, shampoo, conditioners, contact solution, ear swabs, and lotion.
What if I'm claustrophobic?
Our float rooms are HUGE. People with claustrophobia consistently report no problem with floating. You are always in control, and you quickly lose track of the walls around you. The tank is about the size of a king size bed (8 ft x 6 ft).
How are the float rooms kept so clean?
We filter the entire contents of the float room 6 times after each use, using a state-of-the art, 3-stage filtration system that utilizes H2O2 and UV light.
Can I bring a friend?
Absolutely! We have multiple floatation rooms. Each person will attend to their individual float room.
What if I'm on my period?
It would be the same protocol as if you were going for a swim.
What if I have a question that's not on here? Comments or suggestions?
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