LET GO OF EXPECTATIONS

Your first float - 

Floating is the most unique experience in the world.  Think about it - when have you ever been completely buoyant effortlessly?  We all have no idea what to expect the first time. 

Each experience is unique. Each individual will have stories to tell.  But one thing we all have in common and that is for certain... You Will Float!  

Your size does not matter & it is guaranteed that you will float on your back effortlessly.  Other than that, it's important to let go of expectations about what you're "supposed" to feel or experience.  There is really no right or wrong way to float...    

 

GET THE BEST OUT OF FLOAT EXPERIENCES

Before your float - 

  • We recommend
    • eating light and easy meals 1-2 hours before your float.  This allows time for digestion before you float.   
    • Avoid caffeine/energy drinks at least a few hours prior to your float so that your mind and body are free to relax

    • Hydration is incredibly important for an optimal float experience.  Please ensure you are well hydrated before and after your float without over drinking fluids.

    • Physical activity such as yoga or walking can expend the body’s energy leaving your mind calm and clear. When you put these activities together you will have the potential to create a deeper and more meditative mental state during floatation

    • If you wear contacts, don’t forget to bring your contact case and solution with you. Take off your contact lenses before your Float. Bring glasses if needed. 

    • Bring a swimsuit if you’d like, but the best experience will be one without any physical distraction. Nude floating is preferred. 

    • Consult your midwife or doctor if pregnant, kidney problems, diabetes, or on antibiotics or muscle relaxants.

    • We encourage new floaters to try not to have any expectations.  Just let go and let the experience unfold.

 

  • We provide
    • towels, soap, shampoo, conditioner, and earplugs.  Please note you are required to shower both before and after your float.
    • Feel free to bring your own towel. We do have bath and face towels available.

 

  • Do not float....

    • absolutely NOT ALLOWED IN FLOAT POD! You will not be allowed to Float within 2-3 weeks of New Hair Coloring or Treatment. If you just colored your hair please wait a couple of weeks before floating. The salts can strip your hair of color leaving the water shades of yellows, pinks and browns, etc.  You will be charged for replacement and loss. Please see terms and conditions for more info.    

    •  within 2 weeks of any bronzing or spray tanning.
    •  24-48 hours after piercings
    •  with fresh tattoos. Wait for 4 weeks. They will significantly fade. 
    • if you are intoxicated, have epilepsy, or serious mental disorders. Check with your Dr. first. 
    • with open wounds, rashes, large cuts, or infectous respiratory diseases.  Larger cuts or open wounds should be healed before doing a Float.  If you do have a small cut, we provide Vaseline to cover them.
    • Within 24 hours of freshly shaved or waxed skin. Freshly shaved skin can be sensitive to the Epsom salt in the water and that’s not a feeling we’d want you to feel.  Up to you.

 

  • Honor
    • We ask that you honor our 24-hour cancellation policy. You will be charged the full amount for missed appointments less than 24 hours. 

 

Arrival -

  • First time floaters arrive 15 minutes before your appointment time for a quick orientation before your float session.
  • Seasoned floaters arrive 5-10 minutes before your appointment time. 
  • Take a minute or two before your scheduled time to relax in our healing space, on the couch, and take a few deep breaths.
  • Be sure to use the restroom before floating and entering the Floatation Pod room. Having to ‘go’ while floating can often be quite distracting.

  • Remove all jewelry, hair pieces, and accessories before floating.

  • All phones are to be silenced before entering Hawaii Float.

  • Put hair up or keep it loose is up to you. Epsom Salt is a great hair volumizer.

  • Avoid touching the eyes and face during your Float to prevent eye irritation/burning from the high salinity of the water.  A fresh water bottle to rinse eyes and a dry towel are provided inside the Pod.

  • We provide a private shower within the Float room. Supplied with body soap, shampoo and conditioner.  

  • In the Float Room, we also provide: towels, water, ear plugs, tray for personal items, and vaseline for cuts. 

  • Shoes are not allowed in float pod rooms. Before entering Float room, please remove slippers and shoes.
  • Use street parking or reserved spots in front for Hawaii Float.

 

Pre-Float -

  • The float room with float pod and shower is your own private area. 
  • Earplugs are provided on the table near the water.  Put them in before taking a shower so they stay in better.  Open package, roll each plug into a completely round ball and insert into ear.  Please cover whole ear canal to prevent any water from entering.  These plugs may be saved and used again for multiple Floats.
  • Use soap to thoroughly wash face and to remove makeup.
  • Shower before floating. Take a cool/warm shower.  ONLY USE CASTLE SOAP to get as clean as possible (save shampoo and conditioner for after), and be sure to rinse off all soap, make-up, lotions, oils, perfumes, dirt, sand, sweat, and hair products.  Too hot of a shower can make you feel cold when floating. DO NOT USE CONDITIONER BEFORE FLOAT!
  • Dry off really well, especially your face and hair.  You decrease sensations of touching face. 

  • Use vasoline gel packets to cover any small cuts prior to floating.  The salt water may sting cuts for a few minutes.
  • Floating nude is Preferred, without clothing or bathing suits.  Clothing can bring in unwanted bacteria, soaps, lotions, and oils, and can cling to your skin when wet, distracting you from your float.   
  • A Swim suit may be used that has been cleaned without detergents or softeners. You will be required to shower and wash in suit before float.
  • Cover cuts, scrapes or severely dry skin with Vaseline provided to prevent salt from stinging those areas.

 

During Float -

  • Carefully step in the Pod, pull the lid down using the interior handle above you, and sit slowly with your back facing the opening of the Pod and your hands under you.

  • Let your legs float up and out from under you slowly, and lay back, keeping your head on the end of the Pod that opens.

  • Everybody has a different preference for arm placement while floating.  Try placing them along your sides, out to the sides or behind your head.  There is no wrong way.

  • The most difficult body part to release is the neck.  Bring your focus back to your neck often throughout your session, and notice if it is relaxed or tense. The best way to let go is to arch the neck all the way back and release it, letting the water stop it right where it should be.

  • You control the light during your session.  Push the round green button.

  • If you open the lid, or Step out of pod, the motion light will turn on for 1 minute.

  • If requiring assistance while in the Pod, push the red button for alert us.

 

Post Float-

  • When your session has ended, slowly sit up, keeping your head tilted back to prevent salt from running down into your eyes.
  • Push the lid up, and stand up.  Drip & Wring the excess water from your body and hair back into the Pod.
  • After you are finished floating we ask that you keep as much of the salty water as you can in the float pod. Please take your time exiting and allow the solution to drip back into the float pod.  
  • Step out of the Pod carefully on the floor matt.  A towel is provided on the rack on the wall near you.
  • Shower using soap, shampoo and conditioner to clean your hair and body, making sure to remove all salt from your skin.
  • .We have a selection of complimentary tea for those who want to sit and reflect after their float.

 

 

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     Flotation Therapy Tips

     

     
    • If you are coming straight from work, or another active function, give yourself an extra 10 minutes to wind down and sip some water in the waiting room. It’ll save time in your float – the more you relax and prepare before, the quicker you’ll be able to enter that meditative state and have more time to enjoy the float.

    • Dress comfortably and loosely. You’re going to be so relaxed and out of it that you will want comfort.

    • Try with and without lights. Don’t be scared of giving no lights a try, but if you’re claustrophobic, having the lights on at first might help so you can easily peek and see that you have plenty of room if you start to feel scared.

    • Try to stay in the pod even if you can’t fully let go. Your first time is going to be weird. Your body hasn’t experienced anything like this since you were in the womb! Just keep consciously relaxing every part of your body and redirecting your mind. 

    • Find a position that’s comfortable. Arms above your head or by your side. Your body will begin to position itself as it relaxes. 

    • Stillness is key. Try to stay as still as possible as let your body go into sleep mode.

    • You might feel a deep awakened type of sleep or actually fall asleep. 

    • At the end of the session wiggle toes and fingers, move and stitch arms and legs. Then slowly get up and out.  The pump will turn on to cycle and clean the water. 

    • THOROUGHLY shampoo your hair and body to remove most of the salt.  Be prepared to wash and rinse several times. 

    • Drink lots of water the next couple days – just like acupuncture or a massage!

    • We will know! Water chemistry is tracked each float and we will be notified of major changes. Things such as menstrual periods, hair dyes, dreads, urinating, bowel movements, throw up and ejaculation will change the water. You will be charged for the pod closure.  This is a fee of $3,000- 4000 for replacing salt, cleaning, sanitation, and for all the pod appointment cancellations. No Joke!