Keep Warm During A Float – 6 Tips

You need to keep warm during a float to be comfortable and be able to relax and enjoy the float. If you feel cold while floating, I can certainly conclude that you didn’t enjoy your float much, and relaxing was almost impossible. If it was your first float, it is not what you expected and, most likely, you are not going to give it another try.  There are 3 temperatures that are going to determine whether you perceive the temperature cold or warm: one is your body temperature, the other one is the air in the float room and the 3rd one is the water that surrounds your body while you are floating.  If you feel cold while floating there are 6 tips that will help you keep warm during a Float.

Tip # 1. To Keep Warm During A Float. Let us know beforehand that you get cold easily

Keep warm during a float

Let us know your choice of water temperature

Keep warm during a float by letting us know  that you would like to have warmer water during your float session.  We can adjust the temperature to your liking. Many people float with the water temperature heated higher than the commonly accepted “skin temperature”. Body temperatures are different and so is the way in which people perceive it. Have you seen that some people are always cold while others don’t seem to ever wear a jacket? Well everybody perceives temperature in a different way. When calling to book your appointment, let us know, we will write it in your profile and you will have warmer water every time you decide to come in for a float.

Tip # 2. To Keep Warm During A Float. Don’t take a warm/ hot shower before your float

Take a cold shower before the float

Take a cold shower before the float

Regardless of where you float, you will be asked to take a shower before your float to remove any oils, perfumes and/or lotions from your skin before you enter the float pod. If you take a warm or hot shower the difference in temperature is going to make you feel cold once you step into the float pod. Remember, the water in a float pod is heated at skin temperature, or maybe a couple of degrees higher, but never as hot as a hot shower.  Take  a cold shower or shower with the coldest water temperature you can take.

Tip # 3. To Keep Warm During A Float. Stay Still, try not to move a lot

If you feel cold while floating, try to stay still. Our bodies adapt to different temperatures, but if you are moving around a lot, you are not giving your body enough time to adapt to the water temperature. In addition, the more you move, the more the water will get cold. Just ask yourself what do you do when you want to cool a cup of coffee? You stir around the spoon. Same principle applies to the water inside a float pod.

To keep warm during a float

Close the lid

Tip # 4. To Keep Warm During A Float. Float with the lid close

If you want to keep warm while floating, keep the lid of the float pod close. Leaving it open will make the water get cooler faster. Floating with the lid close will keep you in a cocoon-like environment that will keep you feeling warm and comfortable. If you definitively want some fresh air, open the lid just a bit, and inch or so will do the trick.

Tip # 5. To Keep Warm During A Float. Move towards the inside of the pod

Isolation tank

Move towards the inside of the pod

An easy way to keep warm during a float is to move your body towards the inside of the pod specially if you have to lid completely open or even if you have it open just a couple of inches. Usually, the water on the inside of the pod is warmer and you will be moving away from any fresh air or draft-like air.

Tip # 6. To Keep Warm During a Float. Do not splash water on your chest or belly

If you feel that the part of your body that is outside of the water is getting colder, do not splash water on top of it, trying to warm up. This water will evaporate and you will feel cooler. Stay still and bear it for a couple of minutes, your body will adjust.

to keep warm during a float

Do not splash yourself

Floating takes practice and it may take you a couple of times to get used to the water temperature and to floating


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First Date Idea… A Float Date

First date what a stressful pair of words.  A First date is supposed to be fun but sometimes the stress before the date takes away the fun of the date itself. Thinking what to do on the first date, where to go with the person that you really like or that you are about to meet can be very stressful. Dinner, movies, going for a walk are common activities people do during first dates; however, if you are ready to be creative, and to take it to the next level, go on a float date.

First Dates are Unforgettable and so is Floating

One thing is for sure, your date is never going to forget you, their first date with you and their first float in other words they will never forget their first float date. They will always remember that their first date with you was a float, and every time they go floating in the future, they will remember that they went floating with you, even more so if it was their first float. You will leave an unforgettable memory in your date’s memory box.

A Float Date during your First Date is a Perfect Way to Break the Ice

Sometimes, finding something to talk about during a first date is difficult. You try asking several questions and if you don’t spark the other person’s interest within the first few tries, you, and them, are going to feel awkward and the conversation could get cold easily; however, once you say “Let’s go on a Float Date” you open the door for a variety of reactions and lots of talking.

If they don’t know what floating is, you will have a wonderful opportunity to share your experience (if you have floated before) or lots to talk about (if you haven’t floated either). Take this opportunity to explain everything you have read and know about floating. What an ice breaker.

Maybe they had heard about floating and were looking forward to trying it. Wow, you hit the jackpot! You found a common interest and something to talk about. Make sure you read about floating, listen or at least familiarize yourself with Joe Rogan and one of his podcasts.

Another possibility is that they don’t show any interest in the idea. It is valid, and should be acknowledged. This will allow you to know them better. Knowing why they are not interested, maybe they are afraid, or not adventurous enough, and trying new things makes them feel uncomfortable?

If they had already floated, a float date will just be wonderful. Lots to talk about, they will  share their floating experience.

Another reason why a float date will break the ice, is because there are preparations and some planning involved in a float date. Having common interests and planning an activity creates bonding.

Mentioning a float date as an option for a first date, will definitively help you break the ice.

A Float Date is a Relaxing First Date 

As we mentioned above, first dates can be stressful. Floating is relaxing; so at the end of the day, you are going to have a relaxing date. One hour to relax. The post-float experience is another opportunity to bond. The feeling of relaxation will be the perfect prelude for a conversation, for dinner, for a walk or for a wonderful time together.

   There is something sensual about a Float Date

Even though you will float in individual float pods in your own private suite, the silkiness of the enriched Epsom Salt water, the relaxing music or calming silence, the soothing lights or the mystery of the total darkness are all sensory and sensual experiences. Not to mention that after the float your skin is going to be smooth and soft to the touch.

A float date will give you the opportunity to be in touch with yourself, to think, to not think, to relax, to talk, to enjoy silence, to dream, to quiet your mind, to be in touch with your senses.

Be creative and original make your first date a Float Date



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Practice floating, practicing improves floating

Float Sessions 60 or 90 Minutes

Float sessions can be tailored to your preference; however, most float centres have adopted the 60 min or 90 min float session length. For first time floaters we find that a 60 minutes float session is more than enough, while experienced floaters may like to float for 90 minutes or even for several hours at a time. Floating is a practice and it takes time to master it.

60 minutes Float Sessions for First Time Floaters

Getting used to floating, even though it sounds very easy, does not require any physical effort, apart from getting in and out of the tank, but it requires practice to quiet the mind. When you first float, the first 10 minutes of the float session go by very quickly while you are trying to get used to your surroundings, you will probably try to open and close the pod door a couple of times to reassure yourself that you wont be trapped in, you may turn on and off the pod’s lights to see what works best for you, you may try some stretches and admire how great it feels to actually float without making any effort.

Float Sessions

As time passes, you get used to the pod, the lights, to the fact that you are floating and this is when you start trying to quiet your mind. At first, you can do it easily, you quiet your mind……  you are doing great! And then suddenly your mind starts raising again, and your float goes on like this. It may take a couple of floats and practice to quiet your mind. While all this happens, you have probably moved around and the water may be a bit cooler. 60 minutes is usually more than enough for a First Time Float.

60 or 90 minutes Float Sessions for the Frequent Floater

Float Sessions Once you have floated a couple of times and you are more used to the experience, you will probably not move around so much, you will slide in the water carefully when getting in, without getting any salt in your eyes, and you will start relaxing after having been in the water for just a couple of minutes, you will know how to control your mind and you will be able to quiet your mind more easily.

When you can control your mind and your mind is quiet, you will be able to really determine if you prefer a 60 or a 90 minute float session. People that float often and that have been doing it for a long time, can float several hours at a time. There have been floaters that have floated all night just taking a few bathroom breaks. Floating for 60 or 90 minutes is a matter of preference. Some floaters say that a 90 minutes float session is too long while others say that a 60 minutes float session is too short. Only by trying it will you be able to determine exactly what float session length you prefer.

Are you a 60 min or a 90 min floater?

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My First Float Won’t Be My Last


The First float is a mental exercise.

My First Time Floating

This is the story of my first float in a float pod. Not ‘floating’ as in swimming, but taking the time to float in Epsom Salts/the floating was the actual experience. My first float was so relaxing, interesting, and I even learned more about how to relax! I thought that to float you had to go to outer space or the Dead Sea! What? Let me explain. I am not usually one to try new things. For a long time though I had been curious about having a First float. Like a growing number of people in the industrialized world, I get nervous, anxious, and sometimes not feeling terribly great from the stresses of everyday life. I do what I can from exercise to meditation, but nothing has been really transformative. Furthermore, I am usually sceptical of remedies that promise a magic bullet. I am a busy person and I usually don’t have much patience for trying new things. However, floating in Epsom Salts was a very unique experience, and one I think more folks should be open to learning about.

I am not very spiritual or esoteric, but I do believe that there is something to Eastern philosophical practices of being mindful, and trying to be less attached to material or superficial things. Floating fits really nicely into this worldview. My first float was seeing the glass half-full.

I really enjoyed SensaFloat’s facilities and warm staff. I took advantage of the showers they have in the suites for their Float pods, and that helped me get comfortable for some alone-time in my first float.

The instructions on “how” to float given by the staff seemed simple enough. Getting into the pod, I will admit, felt a bit odd. In my first float, wondered what I was doing and why I hadn’t just gotten into a hot bath at home. The water was surpisingly warm, and the guided meditation that starts at the beginning helped create an ambiance of relaxation.

What was the first float really like?

I was really happy to find in my first float that I did not at all feel trapped or claustrophobic. The door of the pod was too easy to lift up and down, and the staff provided handy tools like a cloth and a spray bottle with fresh water to avoid salt from getting in my eyes. Floating, like actually being held up by the weight of the Epsom salts instead of my muscles, was extremely relaxing for my body.

However, relaxation doesn’t come easy. I read a lot on my phone. I watch videos and often have to write or be in front of a screen for work. That’s not even mentioning the myriad of apps on my phone that I use to connect with everyone from co-workers, old college roommates, family, and friends. Oh, and I am always getting news updates, because so much is happening in the world now. Being away from screens and electronics was absolutely liberating. However, my head would instinctively and reflexively fill that space up with common worries, concerns, or even just mundane day dreams. That was not so liberating.

My first float was a learning experience.

However, your mind and body do fully relax. Your body, as I mentioned, is able to almost fall asleep as the water replaces your muscles in doing the work of holding you up. Just being becomes easier. What the time, the darkness, and the complete and utter silence did offer was a moment of escape. When my worries came rushing in and my mind started racing, I had enough time to think about each one to exhaustion. I then realized that my mind was racing. This was actually a really great discovery. A key to mindfulness and concentration is having the power to be aware of your minds’ sometimes not-so-rational reactions, and then learning how to observe, sit with, or otherwise come to terms with these attitudes and thoughts. The silence and the time of floating forces you to do this in your mind, and then allows you to drift off (if you want) into a blissful sleep. In water. It was ridiculously comfortable and hard to explain over text.

Floating was a unique experience.  I only got fully relaxed towards the end, and the staff tells me that for folks with chronic conditions, the benefits of floating don’t come overnight/with just one float. However, it was an encouraging process. I want to be able to relax my mind further and treat my mind and body to not having to attend to anything for a good hour so as to recharge my batteries. For anyone looking for a similar escape or just another way to unwind in this stressful world, you need to try floating!

Written by Anonymous. 


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Insomnia? Cheating on your sleep? Cheat Time with a Nap Pod!

Getting Good Sleep Isn’t Easy

Insomnia, and other sleep disorders, are becoming increasingly difficult challenges that more and more people have to contend with. Sleep is an essential part of our daily lives. Since humanity began living in caves, to our highly technological and urbanized world, getting a significant amount of time at night for rest has been a cornerstone of human existence.

We need sleep to recharge our bodies and our minds. Like most animals, we are programmed to sleep at night. However, what we have to realize is that proper sleep, good sleep, requires comfort and time that is difficult to provide.

What do I mean? First of all, you need a comfy bed! This usually isn’t a problem but some folks don’t have the most comfortable places to sleep in.

Secondly, good sleep requires time. Unfortunately, life is constantly demanding more and more of our time. Kids, work, our relationships, chores, errands, our projects, our hobbies, having time to relax, time to party, time to exercise, time to meditate or float, our devices all dig in to the those finite 24 hours in the day. For example, Statistics Canada found that a third of Canadians are not getting enough sleep.

Whatever the case may be, time is a precious resource that we have constant demands on. We all know that we should try to get good sleep, but sometimes we want to work a little bit more, have a bit more time with our significant other or our families, and of course, we are often tempted to stay up by our devices and our screens.

Sleep more without having to make more time – Check out our Nap Pods! 

Furthermore, no matter how hard we try, and no matter how much we would wish it otherwise, there are only 24 hours in a day. With so much going on in our lives, how can we ‘make time’ for sleep, when we literally can’t ‘make’ any more time?

Any of you that have stayed up late into the night working on a difficult deadline know that if you go into a negative balance with your sleep, it will only be a matter of a few hours or days until your body punishes you for this. Staying up now and then isn’t terrible, but over time, the missed hours begin to add up.

Ok so we need more sleep, we can’t make more time for sleep, and most likely if we aren’t getting enough sleep, we are getting into habits that are unsustainable or are going to have unforeseen consequences. What can we do?

Well, as was mentioned in the beginning of this article, acquiring good sleep nowadays is a challenge.

Luckily, with our Nap Pods, you can have a 30 minute ‘nap’ session which will make your body and mind feel as though you just slept 3-4 hours!

Insomnia patients have turned to Nap Pods for help with their condition.

Insomnia can be helped with a power nap.

If you are unfamiliar with nap pods, below is a picture of one at our facility.

These are chairs that you comfortably lie in while music and sound massage your mind and body, relaxing you from head to toe. This neuromuscular massage has musical patterns that relax your central nervous system paired with symphony of calming music and soothing vibrations inducing sleepyness. The chair also has an ergonomic design for lower back tension, and provides a back massage. The Nap Pod sessions are great at relieving the stresses caused by insomnia, fatigue, anxiety, and depression. For more information on our Nap Pods, check out this link. 

The Nap Pods use psychoacoustics to give a neuromuscular massage. Equipped with a GSS transducer delivers vibro-acustic music that travels through your central nervous system relaxing you from head to toe. As a result of many years of research on the positive impact of music and continuous motion in the human body, the Nap Pod was developed as the first therapeutic relaxation that allows you to reach complete mental and physical relaxation in just 30 minutes. This Neuromuscular massage replaces the  tensions caused by stress, insomnia and fatigue, reduces cortisol levels that in turn reduce anxiety and depression.

Workplaces like Google, airports around the world, and many colleges and Universities in the US and Canada are integrating Nap Pods into how they do business.  After all, workforce or student body that is well-rested is a more productive one.

If you feel like you could use more sleep, but can’t make the time, let us help you make life a little bit easier; check out our Nap Pods and get some relaxation without having to sacrifice other commitments in your life!



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Getting Comfortable with Sensory Deprivation

Being more present is something we all can benefit from. Sensory Deprivation through flotation therapy is a unique opportunity for your body and mind. We live in a world that, for better or worse, demands our eyes, ears, fingertips and minds be constantly alert to an increasing amount of information. That’s to say nothing of the physical toll work and life take on our bodies. Especially with the Holidays just around the corner, we all need a break from our screens, and the stresses of the world on our senses. With Floating, you can enjoy silence. Your mind will enjoy the weightlessness of no calls, texts, emails, traffic, or sounds asking for its attention; your body will enjoy the actual weightlessness of floating, of completely surrendering its energy to the moment. You can take a moment to forget about an unchangeable past or an unknowable future by letting your senses be guided by the Float; to only think about the warm embrace of the water, to be present. 

At SensaFloat Spa, we know many people are only beginning to realize the benefits of Epsom Salt and Floatation Therapy. Although we are often hesitant to try new things, and floating is not for everyone. Our facilities are a bit different than most. Our pods make it terribly easy for almost anyone to relax, get comfortable, feel safe, and to float in their own way. Worried about tanks that feel more like a punishment than an escape? Our pods can customize your float so you can float in whatever way makes you feel relaxed!

Floating in our pods is a treat to your mind, soul, and body, not a chore.

We all have different bodies, sensitivities, and ways of thinking. Likewise, we are all going to have different responses to sensory deprivation. At SensaFloat Spa, we understand that one size doesn’t fit all.

That’s why our pods our customizable. Want silence? We can do that. Do you want guided meditation to let you ease into the float? Our pods can do that too!

You can turn the light on or off inside the pod. Giving your senses a break from our overstimulating environments doesn’t have to mean imprisoning yourself in darkness. For others, they may enjoy the calm of no light.

People also might enjoy the closing the pod door; other folks might prefer to leave the top open. Our hydraulic bars make our pod lids adjustable, and easy for anyone to move. Even better, whether open or closed our pods will stay at a warm temperature, similar to our body temperature.

Our sensory deprivation experience is completely customizable depending to your specific needs. You can limit yourself of light and sound as much or as little as your body and mind desire.

If you would like to try a float, give us a shout!



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Float Therapy


Locked inside a Sensory Deprivation Tank, Claustrophobic? Float without fear ……… of getting trapped inside. Some people are afraid of getting trapped inside a float pod or tank. Sensory deprivation, sometimes, is mistakenly confused with the image of a dark and scary place; as a result, there is a generalized misconception that the only way to achieve sensory deprivation is locking yourself in a box or tank. However, that can’t be further from the truth. As any other industry, floating has evolved, and without losing its essence, today float pods are user friendly and provide a very pleasant experience.

When we opened in White Rock, we were determined to provide sensory deprivation to the local area floater in state of the Art Float Pods where hydraulic arms, inside handles, pod inside lights, balance assist bars and non-slip bottoms ensure a relaxing experience.

Hydraulic Arms

Equipped with hydraulic arms, the top lid of the float pods at SensaFloat Spa easily open  using just 2 fingers. No need to struggle with a heavy door, no awkward movements. Just softly push up the lid and the top will smoothly start opening until it is totally open.

If You Choose to Float with the Top Close

If you chose to float with the top close, float without fear of getting trapped inside. There are no locks or latches risking that could malfunction and leave you locked inside. The pod has 2 parts, a top and a bottom. The top simply rests on top of the bottom. Both parts are connected at the back just like a sea shell. You will never be trapped inside, the door will never slam or shut close on you. The hydraulic arms support the weight ensuring a smooth and effortless closure.

locked inside a sensory deprivation tank

Float with the top completely closed

Locked inside a sensory deprivation tank

Easy to open / close top with hydraulic arms and handle

Inside Handle

Our pods have an inside handle in the top to give you extra grip and control over the top so you can open and/or close the lid by just pushing or pulling this handle. You can leave your top half way open too if you so desire.

It doesn’t make much sense to struggle opening or closing a heavy door after or during a relaxing float; It defeats the purpose.

Many people don’t even want to try floating for the first time because they are afraid of getting locked inside a sensory deprivation tank. At SensaFloat Spa we have easy to operate pods that allow you to safely and easily open and close the top. The hydraulic arms and the inside handle in our pods provide our clients added comfort and safety; as a result, You will never be locked inside a sensory deprivation tank at SensaFloat Spa.


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Practice Floating

Practice Floating, practicing improves floating! Practice Floating and the quality of your floats will improve with frequency. When clients come out of their first float not sure if floating is “their thing”, we tell them “The more you float the better it gets”. Floating reduces external stimuli letting the mind rest and allowing it to relax. You need to practice floating to achieve these results.

Floating is not for everyone. If floating is for you, remember it takes practice. As with any sport or hobby usually the first time is not the best.

Practice Floating, Practicing Improves floating in 4 Steps:

Practice floating, practicing improves floating. Experiences that involve the mind require going through 4 steps to fully achieve the desired results. These 4 steps are ideally reached in 3rd float sessions.

Practice Floating

Practice floating in this 4 steps

First: Mastering the technicalities. How to open /close the top, when to get in and out of the pod, even how to float. Once you master the technicalities, you are ready for the second step.

Second: Exploring the surroundings. Explore and familiarize yourself with the surroundings. Then and only then, will you begin to feel safe and comfortable in the new environment. Explore and know the water, the salt, the lights, the darkness, the music, the silence. It takes practice to learn how to “trust” the water. Trust the water to hold you up and that you won’t sink. Until you feel completely safe, it will be very difficult to relax. The survival instinct makes it hard to let go, rest the head over the top of the water and relax. It takes practice.

Third: Relaxing. Once you know what floating entails you will begin to relax and let go. It takes practice to enjoy sensory deprivation. We are not used to quieting the mind. This can prove to be quite challenging. However, once you master it, you are on the road to experiencing deep relaxation and fully enjoying the benefits of floating. That is the beauty of floating but also one of the reason why it is a practice.

Forth: Enjoying the benefits of floating. Now that you have practiced floating, you will be able to relax and to enjoy the benefits of reduced stimuli or sensory deprivation. Research has shown that while Floating and during deep relaxation there is increased production of endorphins and dopamines (the good hormones) while the production of cortisol the “stress hormone” is inhibited. Floating increases blood circulation, speeds the recovery from sports injuries, helps manage chronic pain, inflammation, fibromyalgia, insomnia and reduces blood pressure.

“Practice floating, practicing improves floating” is the rule to thumb to a great floating experience

Practice Floating, Practicing Improves Floating. If Floating Improves with Practice, When Will I Be Ready To Enjoy The Benefits Of Floating?

It often takes at least 3 floats to fully experience the benefits that floating brings to the mind and to body.

During the first float, most likely, you will be wondering what happens if I fall asleep?  What if I don’t hear the music? How can I be floating? I remember during my first float, I thought what if they forget about me? Many questions will pop up in your mind. When you practice floating, you know the procedures and you are able to ease into the float, quiet your mind and start enjoying the benefits of floating. The majority of people walk out of their second float saying, “this was a lot better than my first float”. By the time of your third float, you will really enjoy the practice and will be able to get the most benefits. This is true for most people; however, some individuals, especially those that meditate often and are more connected with their emotional being, will be able to relax from day one.

Practice floating, practicing improves floating

What is true for all floaters is that floating has a cumulative positive effect that increases as the number of float sessions increases. Just like any other practice, the more frequently you float, the more often your practice floating the better you will get at it, the quicker you will be able to relax and the longer the benefits will last.

Practice Floating, practicing improves floating  and practice will improve your floating experience.


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Floating? … Do You Know What You Are Stepping Into?

Ready to Float?

The cleanliness in the pod, shower and pod room will ensure that floating turns into a wonderful and relaxing experience. It gives you peace of mind and nothingness. Yes, sensory deprivation is about nothingness. So stepping into the Float Pod should be the least of your worries; however, it can prove to be a challenge if you are not sure what you are stepping into and you can’t see the bottom.

I can confidently say that there are 3 basic questions that most new floaters ask. How is your disinfection system? How do you clean the pods? And finally what can I do if I feel claustrophobic? I am not going to deal with this last question at the moment since I have touched on this subject in other blogs. In this blog I am going to concentrate on the second question: Cleanliness.

       White Bottom Pods

Cleanliness refers not only to the cleanliness of the float pod but also to the cleanliness of the showers, pod room walls, floors and any areas where floaters are going to be walking and showering. The water’s disinfection system is an automatic system that provides all the warranties but the how clean a pod is, depends on the everyday, detailed procedures and protocols followed by the person responsible of cleaning the pod and the pod room including the shower, walls and furniture after each floater leaves.

It is a fact, the salt gets everywhere: The pod’s exterior, the light and attendance controls, the door knobs, the chairs, the handles, the floors, the walls, everywhere. Only a very strict protocol of cleaning procedures can control the salt. Most likely nothing will grow in such a high content of salt, but as soon as you touch a wall you will fell if it is slimy or if it has been thoroughly wiped. An there is a trick to it, once the humid rug has touched the salt water, or any surface that has come in contact with the salt, it will spread the salt everywhere. Something very close to a nightmare.

And the Shower?

              Sparkling Clean Showers

Another of the major issues that we as float owners have to deal with are the showers. Only a sparkling clean shower will give you the confidence that you can have a nice pre and after float shower. A shower free of hairs will do the trick. The shower

However, I believe that the determining factor is the pod. The overall cleanliness of the room is very important but the pod and it’s water are the most important factors that will allow you to experience nothingness.

Cleanliness!!  Do you know what you are stepping into?

White bottom pods allow you to see what you are stepping into. You can see with the naked eye that nothing is floating over the top of the water, that the water is not greasy and that the bottom is completely clean.



Do you know what are you stepping into?

A White Bottom Float Pod!

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