There's nothing quite like your first float. Come visit us and see all we have to offer, we are located inside of Hands in Harmony on 32nd Street.
For all the logistics and how to prepare please read below. Each section is labeled for easy reading, for your first time please review all sections.
This is for your first few floats. It takes about 2-3 floats to get acclimated with the experience. We have added on a couple extra packages for anyone that wants to take advantage of this first purchase. Use the scheduling page for options.
Each 60 minute appointment is about 90 minutes (and a 90 minute float is approx 2 hours) due to the pre-shower, which is for removing oils from the skin and hair products, and the post shower to remove the salt solution from your skin and hair. The first float is a bit longer due to the tour and instructions. You are welcome to use the restroom before as well, this will ensure you are most comfortable.
Upon your first float you receive one pair of these purple ear plugs. They come with a carry case, please remember to bring these to each appointment. A replacement pair is available for $4.
The safety of our floaters is very important, we require all guests to follow the guidelines for substances and tips for to achieve the best floating experience possible.
AVOID ALCOHOL AND STIMULANTS LIKE CAFFEINE, TEA OR SMOKING AT LEAST THREE HOURS PRIOR TO ENTERING THE FLOATATION TANK. DRUGS ON ANY KIND ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE TANK. PLEASE BE SURE YOU HAVE HAD SOME FOOD BEFORE FLOATING IN THE TANK, AS YOU DO NOT WANT A GROWLING STOMACH.
WHAT TO BRING
What to Bring
Swimming Suit - None required! Floaters go sans suit.
Water - Bring a big water bottle and have it with you at all times. Half your bodyweight in ounces is the usual standard, increase that during athletic times of sweating or detoxing.
Change of Clothes - You can surely put back on your original clothing, if you are able to put on comfy clothes and relax after that is great also.
Personal Products - We do provide shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and lotion, however if you have your own feel free to bring it. Please keep body products unscented as we want to ensure the space does not have "sense" inducing properties such as smell.
Hair - Hair brush, comb or other items will be provided but you can surely bring your own. (We sterilize these as often as possible but not after each use.)
Eyes - Contacts need to be taken out before, please bring your case and solution.
Jewelry - Metal jewelry will need to be removed also, earrings and piercings need to be removed also. This is for the longevity of the tank and to ensure you are removed from those sensations albeit small but important.
Earplugs - There is a purple silicon pair given to you here. Each pair is a Mack's brand swimmers pair and they are reusable. Please keep them in the carry case or you can purchase another pair for $4, these have many uses and almost never accidentally let in solution. See photos above.
Solution in your ears - As you may know here in Iowa when you have a salty area and you pour water on it it just moves the salt around. Remember the floors in the stores during the winter? Well that's what happens when your earplugs aren't properly placed, this is why we suggest the purple earplugs, but alas if you happen to get solution in your ear while floating we have this handy dandy vinegar water bottle available for you! Tilt your head to the side and drop a few drops into your ear, let it break up the salt for a moment then tilt your head to drain it out. Viola!
Shaving Rules - Shaving is suggested after floating and not immediately before. Due to the high salt concentration in the tank water the process of shaving may leave skin open to the sting of the salt.
Brief "First appointment tour" in 10 easy steps.
You will be greeted and offered the restroom if need be.
We do have a journal for those wanting to leave a special note for themselves, the next floater or just to the skies.
Full Orientation: Courtesy of Samadhi Tank Company
Many people have some fear or concern before they use the tank the first time. Fears such as being alone in the dark, drowning, not having enough air, claustrophobia, and others. The fears are usually the thought or the idea that YOU won't be in control of the situation, but in this situation you are totally in control. You can go in and out of the tank as you please. You can use the tank with the door completely open, you can keep it partially open, or you can close it. There is no particular way to use the tank that is more correct than another. Any way you use it, that is comfortable for you, is correct.
When you get to the tank, open the door just to feel the weight of it. It is very light. If you close the door while inside the tank, it is completely dark and that may be disorienting. When you get in and before you lie down, open and close the door several times, noticing how it feels different from the other surfaces . If you try to open the door and it doesn't open, it's not the door.”
The Tank is Not Airtight
The tank is designed so that it is not airtight. You'll have plenty of air. To keep the tank air fresh, an air circulation system brings additional air from the room. The air enters at the rear of the tank. You may prefer to have your head at that end.
600 pounds of Epsom Salts, 50 pounds of Dead Sea Salt
The tank environment is humid. There are 10 inches of water in the tank with 600 lbs. of epsom salt and 50 pounds of dead sea salt dissolved in it. When you lie back you will float like a cork. Your ears will be under water. We provide earplugs.
Buoyant Body Positions
You can experiment with the best body position for you. For example, hands behind head, on your chest, along your sides. If you have tension in your neck you can relieve it by clasping your hands behind your head or using a head float!
Keep the Salt Out of Your Eyes!
If you get any salt water in your eyes you will be uncomfortable for a few minutes. To avoid getting drips of salt water in your eyes pat your face dry after you shower before you get into the tank. Also push your hair back on your forehead when you change from lying down to sitting up. If you do happen to get salt in your eyes, have your towel where you can easily reach it, and use it to wipe your eyes.
If you have cuts or scratches or have recently shaved, there may be stinging for several minutes. If you have any open cuts use liquid bandage to seal them. Women that are breastfeeding may have tingling on raw or broken skin as well.
Last Stop Before Boarding
Remove your metal jewelry and contact lenses. Shower, shampoo, rinse thoroughly and dry your face before you get in the tank.
Then get into the tank. After an hour passes a signal will let you know your time is up. A few minutes later, the filtration system will begin cleaning the tank. Some people don't hear the signal and if you don't hear it, you will feel the gently moving water as your signal to get out and you will hear the churning of the filtration system. Sit up, stand and squeegee, with your hand, the solution from your body before getting out of the tank. Step directly into the shower, being careful not to touch things with salty hands.
Your body has salt water all over it which you don't want to drip everywhere, please do not touch things, even your own belongings. Shower, shampoo well, and dress. The bathroom has the amenities you need.
Reflects Your Life
At the beginning of each float you can set an intention for what you would like to accomplish during your float. You may also use your float to observe where you hold tension in your body or your mind. You will develop many of your own ways of using your floats. We don't say more because we don't want to spoil your own adventure.
Hydration After Floating
You will want to drink water a plenty the day before, of and for 3 days after due to possible detox effects. So bring a big water bottle and have it with you at all times. Half your bodyweight in ounces is the usual standard, increase that during athletic times of sweating or detoxing. The rule of thumb is, the more crappy you feel after floating means the more crap that needed out! Review any chemicals and processed foods being consumed to keep a cleaner body.
Enjoy your float and check with your guide for any additional information. THANK YOU!