Floating Frequently Asked Questions

Is there anything I should do to prepare for my float?

Avoid alcohol and stimulants. Do not drink coffee at least 2 hours beforehand as it can make your system jittery. Eat a light meal about an hour to 90 minutes prior to your appointment. Also, it helps to be sufficiently hydrated before floating. We recommend not shaving or waxing 8 hours prior to your float as the salt water might sting. If this is your first experience with us, please arrive 15 minutes early to allow time for your orientation.

What about my hair?

If you have recently dyed your hair, make sure that the color is completely set before you float, typically one week after your coloring depending on hair color.  A good test is to make sure there is no dye residue washing out in the shower at home. If you notice any color, please reschedule your float for another day. If you cannot wait to reschedule and prefer to protect the hair, please bring a silicone swim cap and you are in the clear to float.

Floating reduces the longevity of keratin treatments and hair extensions. You might want to avoid floating if you have recently had any of these treatments. Silicone clip-in hair extensions are OK.

What is Magnesium Sulfate (aka Epsom Salt)?

Magnesium Sulfate is a mineral, which has been shown to help detoxify the body, strengthen the immune system, trigger the release of endorphins (happy chemicals) and provide relief from physical, mental, and emotional stress and fatigue.

When should I avoid floating?

We request that you do NOT float if:

-You have not been shown how to use the tank by a qualified person

-You are under the influence of alcohol or other drugs

-You’ve gotten a tattoo in the last 4-6 weeks

-You have open or bleeding wounds

-You suffer from incontinence or uncontrolled epilepsy

-You have been medically advised not to float

Do I need to bring anything?

If you wear contact lenses, please bring a contact case and solution as we recommend removing contacts prior to floating. Also, please bring a hair brush if you will be needing one post-float.

We provide everything else you will need for your experience, including: towels, robes, slippers, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, moldable earplugs, a hair dryer, cotton swabs, body & face moisturizer, and post-float alkaline water.

Our body wash, shampoo & conditioner are free from parabens, gluten, and harmful sulfates or artificial color and are not tested on animals.

Each room is fully private and you go into the tank nude so there is no need to bring a swimsuit. You may wear one if you would like, but most find the material against their skin distracting.

What should I expect?

When you arrive for your float, you will be taken to your own private float suite. Here you change out of your clothes and put in your silicone moldable earplugs, which are provided for you. If you wear contact lenses, you will remove them here.

Before entering the float tank, you will take a quick pre-float shower to remove oils and products from your skin and hair. The pre-float shower shouldn’t be too hot–the temperature of the Epsom salt water is approximately 94 degrees Fahrenheit, which is ideal for deep relaxation. If your pre-float shower is too hot, the Epsom salt water will feel a bit cool.

After your pre-float shower, you enter into the float suite. Our Chicago spa float suites are private and spacious, containing 1,000 pounds of pure Epsom salt that has been dissolved in a foot of water. This solution is so dense that when you lie back you float effortlessly.

Our float suites have interior lighting, and integrated audio systems that are controlled by you. You can choose to turn the lights off, leave them on, dim them down, or leave just the star lights on. You can choose to listen to relaxing ambient music while you float, mindfulness meditation, music from your device, or you can simply float in silence.

Once you step into the float environment you will lie back with your head at the back of the float tank. You can float with your arms at your side – palm ups or palms down – with your arms folded across your chest or belly, with your hands behind your head, or with your arms up in what we call “goal post position.” There is also a pillow designed specifically for the float environment that you can use if you need a little extra support behind your head.

After 60 minutes, the end of your float session will be indicated by an exit track and a progressive brightening of the lights.

You then carefully exit the float and take a post-float shower. This shower can be as hot as you like! Once you finish in the float room, you may transition to the beauty bar or into our relaxation/meditation lounge. The beauty bar is equipped with a hairdryer, qtips, and moisturizer so that you can get ready for your day. Our relaxation lounge is

Floating activates the parasympathetic nervous system (also known as the rest-and-recover or rest-and-digest response) and it’s beneficial to hydrate after a float. We provide you with post-float alkaline water and/or tea to help remind you to do so.

What are some tips for having a great float?

  1. Put your ear plugs in before you shower.
  2. Take a lukewarm pre-float shower so that the Epsom salt solution doesn’t feel cool in comparison.
  3. Dry off your face and hairline before entering the float tank so that you are not tempted to rub your face and risk getting salt water in your eyes. If this does happen, there is a spray bottle of fresh water you can use to spritz your eyes.
  4. If you feel any neck tension try using the float pillow.
  5. After you find a comfortable position, try to remain still. Many people report a blurring of the boundary between the skin and the water and air. However, each time you move, the Epsom salt solution might feel a little warm or a little cool in comparison. Once you remain still again, the temperature will re-regulate.
  6. Relax and let go of expectations. Floating is a highly personal experience. Some people fall asleep, others enter into a deep meditative state, some notice areas of tension and practice letting that tension go, others let their minds wander and daydream, others simply enjoy the unique sensation of feeling weightless. Just remember that there is no wrong way to float and that, over time, your floating practice will grow and evolve.
  7. At the end of your float, sit up slowly and push the Epsom salt water away from your face.

What if I am claustrophobic?

It’s OK. Many people are However, our Chicago float spa suites are very spacious and you are always in control. You can feel free to step out or stand up inside the tank at any time.  The light is controlled from inside, giving you total control to leave the lights on and/or the door open. It’s amazing when you close your eyes you feel more like you are floating in space than in a float room.

Can I drown if I fall asleep in there?

No.  Some people fall asleep but the water is so buoyant that you stay afloat.  The worst that can happen is maybe getting a bit of salt water in your eyes.

What effects does floating have on the mind?

During a float, you produce slower brain­wave patterns, known as theta waves, which are normally experienced only during deep meditation or just before falling asleep. This is usually accompanied by vivid imagery, very clear, creative thoughts, sudden insights and inspirations or feelings of profound peace and joy, induced by the release of endorphins, the body’s natural opiates.

Because of these effects, floating is used effectively in the treatment of depression and addictions, including smoking and alcohol. It is also used in schools and universities as tools to enhance learning

What effects does floating have on the body?

In the gravity free environment, the body balances and heals internally as all the senses are rested. Research shows that floating measurably reduces blood pressure and heart rate while lowering the levels of stress related chemicals in the body. Old injuries and aches, especially back pain, experience relief as floating helps with blood circulation.

Do I get dehydrated from soaking for so long?

No!  Your skin doesn’t even prune up and it becomes silky soft afterwards!

How long is the float session?

A float session is a full 60 minutes. Although you can get out earlier if you prefer, the 60-minutes usually goes faster than you would expect.

How is water hygiene maintained?

Between each and every float session, the entire volume of Epsom salt solution is filtered and disinfected. The float solution is filtered a minimum of 3 times between each float cycling 99.9% of the water through our filtration system. The solution passes through a micron filter, UV light chamber and an Ozonator. We also use hydrogen peroxide and test the water daily to ensure a sanitary environment. The benefits of this type of disinfection system is that it leaves behind no harsh chemicals.

Can I float if I'm pregnant?

Yes, however we do ask that you refrain from floating during your first trimester. Pregnant women have used floating to relieve the stress on their bodies for decades. By the reduction of external stimuli many pregnant women find floating helps them create a stronger bond with the unborn baby. If you are in your first trimester or have any concerns, please consult with your health care provider before booking a float.

Can I float while on my period?

Yes. Just follow the same protocol you would for a swimming pool. Note that due to hormonal fluctuations, some women may experience increased sensitivity to the Epsom salt solution at certain points in their cycle. Most of the time, if stinging does occur, it goes away a few minutes into the float. We do always have individual packets of petroleum jelly available that can be used to create a protective barrier on areas of sensitive skin.

Should I workout before or after a float?

We find it is better to get your hard workout in before your float. Floating reduces muscle tension, neutralizes the spine and helps the body recover more quickly.

What happens after my float?

For the new floater, your first float primarily involves getting your body accustomed to the new environment. Try to take notice of how you feel shortly afterwards and days following your float. Most people experience a boost of energy, enhanced awareness, deeper capacity to relax, and improved performance and creativity. It is recommended to float three to five times to initially understand the process of flotation and begin to reap its long-term advantages. The benefits are cumulative, which explains why flotation devotees incorporate this therapy into their everyday lives.

Infrared Sauna FAQ

How important is hydration? Do I need to drink water?

Most people do not drink enough water to begin with and now that you are using an infrared sauna and sweating, it is even more important to stay properly hydrated. Always drink plenty of water before, during and after your sauna session.

What do I wear for my sauna session?

You can go nude if you would like as more skin exposure is preferable, but be sure to put down a towel to absorb your sweat. Swimsuits or any lightweight apparel are ok as well. We recommend bringing clothing that are loose fitting and comfortable to put back on after your session.

Do you have towels?

Yes. We provide you with two towels. We recommend that you use one towel to lay on the bench and the other one to wrap yourself in.

How hot will the sauna get?

The ideal temperature for an infrared sauna is between 110°F to 130°F. The radiant heat is more efficient because it warms you, not the air around you. We recommend entering the minute that we turn on your session to enjoy full benefits of the infrared. If it gets too hot, simply open the door for a minute to let fresh air inside.

How will I feel during and after my sauna session?

Infrared saunas heat you gently and slowly, making it a relaxing experience for most people. You may find that you do not sweat for the first 10-15 minutes, or not very much at all your first time. With increased usage you will likely notice an increased ability to sweat more productively. After sweating you will feel great. You may notice glowing skin, diminished wrinkles, muscle and injury relief as well as a sense of relaxation.

What should I do after the sauna?

When you finish your sweat, it is important to relax and cool down while your body continues to perspire. Sit or recline with a towel or wrap around you for a few minutes.

Is there anyone who should avoid the sauna?

Pregnant women, individuals with pacemakers, those who have an inability to sweat. Nevertheless, you should consult your physician prior to using an infrared sauna.

Is it true I am still burning calories up to an hour after my session?

Yes. By increasing your heart rate and core body temperature by 3 degrees in your session, it could take up to an hour to return to normal. We encourage you to stay active before or after your session if you want to maximize the calorie burn.

How do you maintain the sauna?

We take cleanliness very seriously and ensure the suite is fully cleaned in between sessions with non-toxic cleaning supplies. Additionally, infrared heat kills 99% of bacteria, creating an inherently sterile environment.

Cryotherapy FAQ

What is Cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy is a quick, noninvasive process that exposes your body, or parts of your body, to extreme cold of up to -280°F through the use of gasified air from liquid nitrogen. Cryo Saunas are used for Whole Body Cryo and are aimed at reducing your overall skin temperature to between 30°F and 50°F, while maintaining a healthy core temperature. This sudden drop in temperature triggers the brain to go into “fight or flight” mode sending blood flow from your hands and feet back to your vital organs which may be why you feel pins and needles sensation in your extremities. When you exit the chamber and begin to warm up, your blood is pumped vigorously back throughout the body, creating a flushing effect.

This process accelerates the body’s natural healing ability by increasing the oxygen and nutrient supply into the bloodstream, thus reducing inflammation, relieving minor aches and pain, and alleviate sore muscles. Cryo can also trigger the autonomic nervous system sympathetic and parasympathetic to release adrenaline and endorphins, your body’s “feel good” hormones, as well as improve sleep, reduce stress, and increase metabolism.

How long is each session?

For Whole Body Cryo, the first time Cryo is usually 60 to 90 seconds to help you get acclimated with the cold. After that, we will work with you to determine the duration from 2 to 3 minutes for each session. You may end the session at any time. For Localized and Facial Cryo, each session lasts up to 10 minutes.

Who developed Whole Body Cryotherapy technology?

Whole body cryotherapy was originally developed in Japan for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. It has been researched and refined in Europe over the past two decades. Sports, Health and Spa professionals in U.S. have discovered then benefits of whole body cryotherapy.

Is nitrogen dangerous?

No, nitrogen is a friendly, non-toxic gas. Nitrogen composes 78% of the air that we breathe. The other components are 16% Oxygen, 1% Hydrogen and 5% other gases. Nitrogen is as common and safe as Oxygen.

What do I wear?

Clients typically wear their underwear inside the chamber. We will provide a robe for you to wear, which will be removed once you enter the chamber and the door is closed. We will also provide gloves and foot protection that must be worn inside the chamber. Only the clients, head, neck and hands will be visible to the Whole Body Chicago Cryotherapy technician, and the procedure will be done in a private room

Do I have to take a shower before and/or after the procedure?

No, you do not. This is a dry procedure that will not wet the skin.

Can I catch a cold from cryotherapy?

No. The immediate cold impact of the cryo session will stimulate the immune system and can actually help decrease the severity and frequency of future colds.

How often should I do cryo facials?

Depends on the objective of the treatment. For example, if the client has acne, we recommend performing a cryo facial 3 or 4 times a week. If a client is using it for beautification, then once or twice a week is ideal.

Can I exercise before or after whole body cryotherapy?

Yes, it is safe to do either. If you choose to exercise before whole body cryotherapy you will experience increased energy and greater recovery due to the reduction in inflammation. If you exercise after the cryotherapy you will experience a higher pain tolerance and more energy.

How can anyone tolerate the extreme cold?

Cryotherapy involves hyper-cooled air flowing over the skin surface so the process never freezes skin tissues, muscles or organs. The result is only the feeling of being cold. The air is completely dry and safe with the protective wear.

What are the risks of Whole Body Cryotherapy?

Whole Body Cryotherapy is very well tolerated and has minimal risks:

Fluctuations in blood pressure during the procedure by up to 10 points systolic (this effect reverses after the end of the procedure, as peripheral circulation returns to normal), allergic reaction to extreme cold (rare), and activation of some viral conditions (cold sores) etc. due to stimulation of the immune system. Protective clothing (socks, gloves, undergarments) must be dry in order to avoid frostbite.

Who should avoid the use Whole Body Cryotherapy?

The following conditions are contraindications for WBC: Pregnancy, severe hypertension (BP > 180/100), hypothyroidism, acute or recent myocardial infarction (heart attack: need to be cleared for exercise), narrowing of valves, crescent-shaped aorta and mitral valve, unstable angina pectoris, arrhythmia, symptomatic cardiovascular disease, cardiac pacemaker, peripheral arterial occlusive disease, venous thrombosis, acute or recent cerebrovascular accident (stroke: must be cleared for exercise), uncontrolled seizures, Raynaud’s syndrome, fever, tumor disease, symptomatic lung disorders, bleeding disorders, severe anemia, infection, cold allergy, acute kidney and urinary tract diseases, incontinence.

How will I feel afterwards?

During each session the body releases endorphins, which are your “feel good” hormones. The effects from each session last at least 6–8 hours. As with any new regimen, consistency is key and increased results will be noted with regular use. Many report a higher pain tolerance when exposure is pre-workout, and decreased inflammation is noted with a post- workout exposure.