Floating FAQs

Bringing floating, healing & relaxation to Canmore


Floating FAQs

1. What do I need to Float?

All you need to float is yourself! We provide everything you need for a relaxing and enjoyable experience, including towels, bathrobes, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hair dryers and earplugs. 

For your comfort, you may wish to bring your contact lens case and solution, a brush, and any personal beauty products. 

2. How Should I Prepare for my Float?

Though there is minimal preparation needed, on the day of your float, we recommend not consuming too much caffeine, as it can inhibit your body's ability to relax. We also suggest not shaving or waxing that day, as the salted water can cause minor irritation, particularly for those with sensitive skin. 

You may also want to eat a light meal a couple of hours before floating so that you aren't focused on the amplified sounds of your stomach grumbling! 

If you have recently had your hair dyed, you'll want to ensure that your colour has had time to set, or the salt water could bleach it. If it doesn't come off on a towel when you dry it, it should be fine in the tank. 

3. What if I'm Claustrophobic?

Our pods are designed to make you feel like you are floating in limitless space, as opposed to a confined box, and you'll find that within minutes you won't even notice your surroundings. Remember, you are also always in control of your environment and can choose to keep the lid open while you float, or open it at any time during your float, as well as turn the lights or music on if needed. 

4. What if I Can't Swim?

Swimming is not a required ability for floating. Our pods only contain about ten inches of water, and with the 800lbs of Epsom salts, you'll float effortlessly on top of it without sinking, no matter your size or shape. We also provide a small floatation device if you are at all worried about keeping your head above water!

5. What if I'm menstruating?

You can float when you have your period by taking the same steps you would while swimming while menstruating. It's no big deal!

6. Is the Water Clean?

Our water is absolutely clean! Between each float session, all of the water is pumped through a powerful filtration system to remove any dirt or bacteria. Also, the Epsom salt solution discourages any pathogens from thriving and our tanks are all disinfected regularly to remove any harmful contamination. You'll find that floating is even cleaner than your average public swimming pool!

7. What if I Fall Asleep?

Some people fall asleep, particularly when the deep relaxation kicks in, but the water is so buoyant that you will float no matter your size or shape. You might wake up somewhat disoriented for a moment, but you'll soon recall your surroundings and relax back into it. In fact, a 60-minute float is equivalent to four hours deep sleep, and many people who suffer from insomnia or jet lag find floating very relieving for their conditions. 

8. What if I'm Pregnant?

We encourage pregnant women to come and try floating to relieve the aches and pains typical in pregnancy. Like your baby, you too will be floating in a comfortable womb! However, if you are in your third trimester, or have any concerns about the safety of floating while pregnant, we highly suggest you consult with your doctor before your float. 

We recommend that pregnant women float in the prone position with elbows on the floor of the tank and the chin cupped between the hands. In this position, the fetus is fully floating, allowing for a musculoskeletal release on the back and pelvis. 

9. How long is a Float?

Each float is 60 minutes long. If you prefer to float for longer, we suggest booking back-to-back appointments!

10. Is there Anyone Who Shouldn't Float?

While most people of all sizes and shapes can float without issue, floating is not recommended for anyone with uncontrolled epilepsy, drug or alcohol intoxication, infectious disease or open wounds, or serious psychological conditions. Anyone with a heart condition or kidney issues should check with their doctors prior to floating, and those with low blood pressure should take care when standing after your float.