About Flotation Philly

Step out into the world refreshed, renewed, restored.

The process for floating at Flotation Philly is designed with your comfort in mind.

  • Greeting

    Enter our float center and be guided to your private flotation suite.

  • Preparation

    Prepare your body for the sensory deprivation tank.

  • Relax

    Let go as your mind unplugs from the world, drifting to new heights.

  • Rejuvinate

    Step out into the world refreshed, renewed, restored.

What to expect

The process at Flotation Philly is designed with your comfort in mind. It begins the moment you enter the reception area. You will be warmly greeted by Flotation Philly’s staff, then guided to your private flotation suite. Once inside you will lock the door from within, adding yet another layer of comfort and security. Then prepare your body for the sensory deprivation tank with a quick rinse off in the shower to remove body oils. A bathing suit can be worn, if desired. We recommend you insert the provided earplugs to avoid the distraction of water in the ear.

Flotation Philly’s heated float tanks are 9-feet long, 5-feet wide and 4-feet tall. Our concentrated epsom salt bath is 10-inches deep and triple purified for your protection. A dim light is provided in your tank and can remain lit until you are comfortable. Shut the tank door behind you and turn off the light for complete isolation. Rest assured our float tank doors do not lock and open easily.

The process now shifts from preparation to the ultimate flotation experience. Allow 5 to 10 minutes to let go as your mind unplugs from the world, drifting to new heights. With no external distraction you can feel your body relaxing while your mind becomes more creative and focused. There is no light, no sound and no gravity – this allows our members to have the most tranquil experience of their lives. Falling asleep while floating is safe and a natural result of this deep relaxed state.

As your time comes to an end, music will start playing softly to alert you that your session is ending. At your own pace, carefully step out of your float tank and into the shower to rinse off the epsom salt. Towels and toiletries are provided for your convenience. Feel free to relax in our post-float decompression lounge before stepping out into the world refresh, renewed, restored.

First time floaters are always welcome at Flotation Philly!

First time floaters are encouraged to ask questions of Flotation Philly’s experienced staff at any point in the flotation process. Your comfort is always our ultimate goal.

First timers often want to know what the flotation experience is like. Seasoned floaters often say that the sensory deprivation tank allows the brain to take a vacation from the constant onslaught of stimuli from the outside world. There is simply no experience like it on earth. In the absence of light, sound, smell, even touch, you simply float away on a wave of warmth and peace, adrift in your own mind. While the first 5 to 10 minutes in the tank may seem to drag on slowly, once you settle in and let go, time simply flies by.

First time floaters often cite claustrophobia as an obstacle to floating. Flotation Philly’s heated float tanks are 9-feet long, 5-feet wide and 4-feet tall. Our concentrated epsom salt bath is 10-inches deep and triple purified for your protection. A dim light is provided in your tank and can remain lit until you are comfortable. Shut the tank door behind you and turn off the light for complete isolation.

First timers can rest assured that Flotation Philly’s staff is there to answer your questions and meet your needs for a comfortable floating experience.

Questions and Answers

What’s it like in the tank?

The tank is a large pod that looks like a large, enclosed bathtub. It is filled with 10 inches of water and approximately 900 pounds of Epsom salt. The high density of the saltwater is what makes you float and feel completely weightless.

The water is heated to 94°F, which is the regular temperature of your skin. There is an advanced heating and ventilation system in the tank that keeps this temperature constant, for your comfort.

The tank blocks out light and sound, allowing for complete relaxation and escape from external distractions.

Is the room private?

Yes, the room is completely private, and able to be locked from the inside. It is completely yours for the session. Each room has a tank, shower, bench, and toiletries for your convenience and to help you get ready to enter the world after you float.

What should I do to prepare?
  • Do not shave, wax, or tan the day of your float session. The high salt content will be very irritating to freshly shaved, tanned or waxed skin.
  • Avoid caffeine for at least 4 hours before your session as it may interfere with your body’s ability to relax and your heart rate being lowered
  • Do not apply any oil, lotion or perfume immediately before you float
  • Do not wear any hair products that cannot be easily removed in the shower before you float. If you have hair coloring that hasn’t set, you cannot float until that color is set and nothing washes out in the shower (approximately 72 hours).
  • Eat a light meal 60-90 minutes before your float. You don’t want to be hungry or too full when you float as both can be distracting.
  • Please use the restroom before going into the tank.
  • We suggest you remove your contact lenses beforehand, as the salt water may be irritating to your eyes. We have contact lens cases and solution if you forget yours.
  • Before you enter the tank you will shower, insert the provided ear plugs (if you choose to wear them), and cover any cuts with the provided petroleum jelly
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment time to ensure you are able to float for the full duration
  • Come in with an open mind and positive attitude and let us show you how to float it all away
Do I need to bring anything?

If your hair has special treatment that doesn’t allow for it to be submerged in salt water (ie, keratin), please bring a swim cap. Otherwise, we provide everything else – towels, ear plugs, petroleum jelly, toiletries, hair dryer, etc.

What if I’m claustrophobic?

This is a very common concern. We give you complete control over your experience so you can be as comfortable as possible. You can open the tank door at any time (or leave it open for the duration of your float), keep the lights on in the room, and get out whenever we need to.

The tank is 9ft by 4ft and does not feel enclosed or small once inside. In fact, many people say they feel like they are floating in outer space, rather than a small, enclosed area.

Can I float if I’m pregnant?

Yes! Floating provides a great relief from gravity, alleviating all of the weight of the baby off the mother’s body. When simply standing, sitting, or lying down is uncomfortable, being weightless provides great relief.

If you are pregnant we suggest you discuss floating with your physician beforehand. We do not recommend floating in your first trimester or late in your third trimester (once you are no longer allowed to take warm baths).

How is water hygiene maintained?

Each tank is filled with over 900 lbs of Epsom salt creating a salinity level and density greater than that of the Dead Sea. This makes it inherently sterile and anti-microbial where no living microorganisms can survive in.

Additionally, we have a filtration system that runs after each session, purifying the water. The water is completely filtered through a two-part filtration system, filtering the water completely through at least 3 times between each float. The ultraviolet light sterilization system used is the safest, most effective system available.

Is there anyone that can’t use the tank?

We will not allow you to float if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Allergies to magnesium, or anyone taking medicine, antibiotics, or water pills that have negative interaction or contraindications with magnesium
  • Epilepsy or serious medical conditions
  • Those who experience suicidal thoughts or tendencies
  • Infectious skin diseases, open wounds, skin rashes, or respiratory disorders
  • All children under 16, and children under w8 without parent or legal guardian consent
  • High risk pregnancy or pregnant women late in their 3rd trimester (consult your physician)
  • Infectious or contagious diseases (including the cold)
  • Individuals with kidney problems
  • Anyone intoxicated or under the visible influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Have gotten a tattoo, piercing, or hair dyed within 72 hours (ok after 72 hours)

If you’re pregnant or have any pre-existing medical condition, are taking any medication (prescribed or over-the-counter), especially those that may interact negatively with magnesium, or have any concerns about floating, please consult your physician first.

We reserve the right to refuse service at any time for the health & well-being of our spa and our clients.

Flotation Philly delivers the world’s most relaxing spa experience.

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