What is Floating?
Floating is a transformational experience allowing your body and mind to free itself from stress, time and sensations while weightlessly lying in a perfect mixture of water and 1,000 pounds of Epsom Salt. Floating has been know to release muscle tension, induce inspiring thoughts and creativity, enhance the senses and activate neurotransmitters tapping into your peak performance and creating a calm mind and body to help you deal with the tasks of daily life. Floating also helps with insomnia and one hour in the pod is equivalent to 6-8 hours of sleep. The effects of floating can be felt immediately and have a time release effect that lasts for the next few days. Like meditation or yoga, the effects are cumulative, so the more often you float, the more improvement you see and the better you feel.
Float Therapy Benefits Include
- Stress Relief and Deep Relaxation
- Decrease in Neck and Shoulder Tension
- Faster Recovery From Exercise
- Improved Sleep
- Noticeable Reduction in Jetlag
- Easing Pregnancy Symptoms
Frequently Asked Questions
How many pods do you have?
Here at FLOAT in Sausalito, we have four Float Pods, each in a private room to help ensure you get the full sensory deprivation experience.
What should I bring?
We have full locker rooms here at FLOAT, and we provide robes, towels, and slippers as well as toiletries for your use before and after your Sensory Deprivation Float Session.
Do I need a swimsuit?
Swimsuits are optional, but most people float nude as the pod rooms at FLOAT are all private.
What if my hair is dyed?
At FLOAT Marin, we ask that you wait 48 hours after dying your hair before experiences a Sensory Deprivation Float Session. If you have a washout or temporary color in your hair, you should not float or use a swim cap, but please be aware that if your hair color damages the pod or the water, you will be responsible for the damage.
Should I avoid eating before?
You should not eat a large meal just before floating, but you should not be starving either. Luckily, FLOAT is located in Marin’s relaxing Sausalito just a short drive from SF, and there are many dining options to choose from for after your Float, Sauna and/or Cryotherapy Session.
Should I avoid alcohol before?
You should not float if you are buzzed or drunk. You will feel like you are spinning and would most likely feel nauseous. The Epsom salt in our Float Pods pull toxins from your body, so the effects of alcohol toxins are amplified. We would recommend Floating before a nice dinner in Marin, Sausalito or San Francisco which are all near FLOAT.
Should I avoid caffeine before floating?
At FLOAT, we want you to have the most relaxing experience possible during your Float Session, and as such we would recommend that you do not drink a lot of caffeinated beverages beforehand.
Can I float Pregnant?
Yes, as long as you are healthy and do not have any restrictions from your doctor. Many pregnant women have experienced sensory deprivation at FLOAT, and they find that there are many benefits to floating while pregnant and the feeling of weightlessness is a welcome relief from the pressure of carrying a baby. If you have any questions as to whether it would be ok, please consult your doctor beforehand.
What if I am menstruating?
At FLOAT, we ask that you follow the same procedure you would if you were going to a pool or hot tub for your float pod session.
How old do you have to be?
At FLOAT, we do not have a specific age limit. However, if you are under 18, we require a legal guardian’s signature on the waiver. We have had people float with age ranges of 9- 85, and have seen benefits for everyone from the anxious adolescent, high school football players and track stars to people with back injuries and insomnia. It depends on the person and what they are looking to benefit from more so than the age.
I’m claustrophobic; can I keep the lid open?
Yes, we have had many claustrophobic people in our float pods, and you can definitely keep the lid open or partially open. Some have found that closing the lid was fine as well and that the pod is more spacious than they had anticipated. You also have the option to keep the lights and meditation music on for the whole session, and we have an intercom inside in case you need to reach the front desk. Many of our guests, here at FLOAT, have found that floating helps their claustrophobia and anxiety and that walking out into beautiful and serene Sausalito adds to the relaxation effects.
How warm is the water?
At FLOAT, the water in our float pods is kept at 93.5 degrees Fahrenheit, which is skin temperature. You are meant to feel a sense of nothingness in the pod so that your body can relax and your mind can focus elsewhere.
How are the pods cleaned?
At FLOAT, we follow a strict sanitation schedule daily and add fresh water and Epsom salt to our float pods every day and deep clean every Monday where we change filters, scrub, sanitize, and make sure everything is in tip-top order.
How long is the session?
At FLOAT in Marin, our regular sensory deprivation float pod session lasts 60 Minutes, but we also offer 90 minute or double sessions upon request for an additional fee.
Can I get out before the session ends?
Yes, you can get out the float pods at FLOAT in Sausalito whenever you feel like.
Can I keep the lights and music on?
At FLOAT SF Bay Area, our Float Pods give you control over when and whether or not you turn off the music and lights during your floating session.
How do I know the session has ended?
When your sensory deprivation float session ends, the water will start circulating, and if you have turned the lights and music off, they will turn back on.
What if I fall asleep?
If you have fallen asleep, and have not noticed that your float pod session has ended, then our friendly FLOAT staff you will gently remind through the pod intercom that your session has ended.
This will be my first time there, should I arrive early?
Please arrive in Sausalito at FLOAT located in Marin County near San Francisco, about 5 minutes early to sign our waiver and to take care of payment for your Float, Cryotherapy and/or Sauna session.
Do you take Same Day or Walk-In Appointments?
Yes, depending on availability. Please give FLOAT Marin to check for an appointment or simply stop by Sausalito and check out our Float Pods, Sauna, and Cryotherapy Machine as well as our relaxing indoor waterfall.
Can you explain the process?
When you visit FLOAT in Marin’s Sausalito, you will be greeted by our friendly staff who will guide you through the process of signing the waiver and completing payment for your Sensory Deprivation Float Session, Cryo Session, and/ or Sauna Session. From there, you will start in our fully stocked locker room, where we provide robes, towels, and slippers as well as toiletries. You will shower beforehand with soap and shampoo only. No lotions or conditioners and then our FLOAT staff will show you to your room and explain the process of floating for 60 minutes in a float pod filled with water and 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt. After your float session, you will shower and proceed with your day, stepping out of FLOAT into relaxing and quiet Sausalito, a short drive from SF in Marin.
What should I expect afterward?
Many people that experience floating at FLOAT Marin, notice the effects immediately afterward, especially if they had turned off the lights and music in their float pod, opting for the full sensory deprivation experience. If you do choose to experience full sensory deprivation, then you should notice that your senses will be enhanced for at least the next few hours after floating. Lights will seem brighter, sounds will seem louder, and sensations will seem more pronounced. You will also notice a relaxation of your muscles as well as a decrease in anxiety throughout the next couple of days after you float session. Each time you float, especially if you float more often, you should notice an increase in the effects and an accumulation of the benefits.
Visualize Float Therapy