How long have people been floating?
Floating started in the 1950's with Dr. John C. Lilly, a neurophychologist, observing people's reactions to total isolation from the outside world by implementing a dark, quiet soundproof tank.
Do I need to bring anything?
Nope. We provide everything you need. We have towels, shampoo, and soap for your showers, as well as a hair dryer if you need one. If you wear contacts, we do recommend strongly that you take them out and put them in your own case.
What if I'm claustrophobic?
The inside of the tank is like a warm tent: it is warm, well ventilated, and the door is unlocked. If you prefer, you can float with the door of the tank left open. There is also a light you are able to turn on and off inside the float tank. You are always in control of your environment. If at any point you feel overwhelmed, anxious, or just feeling off it is best to step out of the tank and take five minutes to stretch and take a shower. While in the shower imagine washing away this extra energy you are feeling and when finished showering get back into the float tank. This action seems to be a physical / mental reboot for most that do it and the remaining time in the tank is a completely different experience than the first half of the float.
Is there any risk of drowning?
The high buoyancy of the salt water makes it impossible for an individual to sink beneath the surface of the water which is only 11 inches deep. You are also able to sleep while you are in the tank very pleasantly. Without any outside stimuli you will reach deep states of delta and theta sleep / meditation states while floating. This access to deeper states of rest is what is unique to the float tank environment.
How is hygiene maintained?
The entire volume of water within the tank is filtered and passed through a UV system after each use. This water is treated with an environmentally friendly hydrogen peroxide solution. The hydrogen peroxide levels are measured through the day to ensure levels are maintained to the float industry standards. Our filtration system eliminates any bacteria or viruses from the water along with the high salt content of the floatation environment also plays a part that nothing harmful can survive within the tank. Epsom salt creates an environment where microbes cannot grow.
Can I bring a friend?
Absolutely! You can float together in the same tank (make sure you tell us that this is your plan before booking so we are able to talk and discuss tips for a successful tandem float). Currently Float Central has two float tanks so many will share the float experience with a friend or loved one. You can enjoy a cup of tea or refreshing glass of filtered water, or kefir water brewed by The Kefir Water People here in Bend in our cozy lobby while you talk about your experience or enjoy some quiet time to reflect writing or sketching in journals.
Are there situations in which I will not be permitted to use the flotation tank?
We will not allow you to float if you have any of the following conditions:
- Infectious skin or respiratory disorders
- Open wounds
- Epilepsy or serious mental conditions
- A high-risk pregnancy
- Have colored or permed your hair within 7 days (Natural Henna use requires use of a swim cap while in the tank)
- Under the influence of any drug or alcohol
- Currently menstruating
- Under 18 and over 16 without parental presence
- We expect you to inform us of any conditions for your own safety and the safety of other floaters! We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone at any time.
Will my skin get wrinkly?
No. The high Epsom salt content of the water means that the water will not draw the salt from your skin and cause wrinkles like a long bath does. Epsom salt has been used for centuries as a medicinal treatment for various skin conditions. It is non-toxic and is not harmful if swallowed (although it does not taste good!). Epsom salt is actually quite nourishing for the skin, which may feel silky smooth after your float session.
I'm pregnant. Can floating harm my baby?
Absolutely not. In fact, pregnant women probably get more relief from the float tank than anyone else. Just lying on a bed can be extremely uncomfortable for a woman in the later stages of pregnancy due to the massive gravitational strain placed on the body. The float tank is a wonderful haven for pregnant women. We do, however, recommend that pregnant women talk to their doctor before floating during the first trimester (. If you have any concerns about the effects of floating on your pregnancy, we ask you to consult and get permission from your physician before you float. We provide an inflatable neck pillow to be used under crossed arms to allow you to float belly down, there are other back and leg supports if needed.
Is this the same as a "sensory deprivation or isolation tank"?
Back in the early days, the 1950's and 60's, that is what this practice was called. Over time, things have evolved to become the gentle and relaxing floatation therapy we use today, the R.E.S.T. method (Restricted Environmental Stimulus Therapy) .
Where can I float if I'm not in Central Oregon?
Easy. You can find many wonderful float centers throughout the United States and all over the world through these websites.