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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an age requirement?

Yes. You must be 16 years of age to float, but must be accompanied by a parent. 18+ years of age or older, no parent required.


Can I float if I’m pregnant?

Pregnant women love floating! If you are in your third trimester, or have any concerns, please consult with your physician before coming in.


Can I float if I’m menstruating?

Yes. Just follow the same protocol you would for a swimming pool. We also have sanitary napkins available if needed.


What if I’m claustrophobic?

Being in the tanks is more like floating in outer space than being shut in a box. You’re always in control of your environment, and even people with extreme claustrophobia have reported having no problems with their time in the tank.


Do I get dehydrated from soaking for so long?

No- your skin doesn’t even prune up, but it does become silky soft afterwards. We offer water or tea after every float.


Can I drown if I fall asleep in there?

Nope. Some people fall asleep, but the water is so buoyant that you stay afloat. The worst that can happen is getting woken up by a bit of salt water in your eyes.


Is there anything I should do to prepare?

Don’t drink coffee for several hours beforehand (it can make your system jittery). Also, don’t shave or wax since the salt water can irritate your skin. Eating a light meal about an hour to 90 minutes ahead of time stops your stomach from sounding like an angry monster while you float. Other than that, there’s no specific preparation needed.


Do I need to bring anything?

If you have longer hair, you may want to bring a comb, or if you prefer to bring your own shower cap. Other than that, we provide everything you need (towels, robes, earplugs, body wash/shampoo…)


Do I need a bathing suit?

Nope! Your chamber is totally private and you float in your birthday suit! If it makes you more comfortable, you can float in your bathing suit!


Can I float if I just dyed my hair?

While there is no guarantee that the salt won’t strip some color from your hair, we recommend that you check if the water running through your hair in the shower at home is fully clear. If there is still some color coming out you should wait a couple of more days/showers.


I just got a tattoo, should I float?

Floating and fresh tattoos do not mix! Not only could floating with a fresh tattoo be painful (salt + open wounds = ouch) but the water solution could cause fading or discoloration of your tattoo and permanently ruin its aesthetic appeal. How long you should wait before floating depends on the tattoo and how quickly it heals, but tattoo artists/floaters we have talked to have suggested waiting 4-6 weeks.


Can more than one person float in a tank at a time?

Only one person per tank. Double-wide tanks do exist, but we think that they take away from the whole ‘sensory deprivation’ experience.


Do big people fit in the tank?

It’s seven and a half feet long on the inside, so unless you’re a giant then you should be fine. Also, people weighing over 400 lbs have floated without a problem.


Do I have to stay in the whole time?

There aren’t any latches on the tank doors, and you can get out anytime. That said, the 90-minutes usually goes by way faster than you’d expect (our average customer usually says it felt like 30-45 minutes long).


How long have you been in business?

Midwest Float opened on January 20, 2017


How long have float tanks been around?

The first float tank was developed in 1954. These involved full submersion in water and a breathing device that completely covered your face. The first lay down, commercial tanks were invented in the early 70’s.


Is the water clean?

Absolutely! Float tank water is generally cleaner, in fact, than most swimming pools or hot tubs because only one person uses them at a time, and they aren’t sweating or wearing sunblock. Additionally, we take keeping our water clean very seriously. The water in our pods is completely filtered through our high-tech filtration system and we have the added benefits of UV light and ozone purification which sanitizes the water between each float and all through the night.


How do you clean the tanks?

Between each float, the water is filtered for 15 minutes through a 1-10 micron filter, treated with ozone, UV light and Hydrogen Peroxide.

Contact Info

Address:
2120 SW Brandywine Ln

Suite 110

Topeka, KS 66614

E-mail:
desk@midwestfloat.com

Phone: 785-783-8307

Beginner's Floating Guide