float center hygiene

Get NAKED!

Yes, I said it... JUST GET NAKED! :)

One of the questions we get asked almost daily at Anicca Float Club is,  "Do I have to wear a bathing suit in the float room?"  We realize that most news stories (with the exception of the Getting Tanked: One Writer's  60 minutes in Sensory Deprivation Vogue Story) depict floaters in a bathing suits. Even we are guilty of having pictures of people in swimsuits on our website so the nudity police don't slap us on the wrists.

However, when asked about wearing a swimsuit in the float room, our resounding response, "The only suit you need at AFC is your birthday suit!" You have your own private shower and your own private float room, no one will see you or bother you during your float session.  

When you are trying to deeply relax anything that creates any sensations on the body has the potential to distract from the experience.

  • Your swim suit will create pressure points on the body that will give your brain something to analyze during your float.  
  • Your bathing suit will definitely be a salty mess when you get out (something you don't want to have to fiddle with when you want to enjoy your post flow glow.)
  • Your suit has the potential to bring in dirt and bacteria from the outside world.

If you are really uncomfortable with the idea of floating in the nude you can always pick up a swim suit that you only use in the float tank or for a more economic option try Swimeeze. They make disposable tyvek swimsuits. If this is the route you prefer, definitely size up so that the suit is not tight or constricting on your body in anyway.

In a society where nudity is taboo and where people constantly feel shamed for just being in their own skin, the float room is the antidote. The float room is a judgement free zone. The float room is a safe space where one can let all that go and just BE. So go ahead, cultivate a little self love and relax in the skin the beautiful skin that you were given. GET NAKED and let's get floating already! 

From Childhood Pool Maintenance to Float Tank Maintenance

When I was growing up, we were very lucky to have a pool at our house.  Every spring, I eagerly awaited the Reinhardt Family tradition of uncovering the pool.  I would watch as my dad turned on the pump to remove the water that collected on top of the tarp. Next, he scraped off the heavy wet rotted leaves that had fallen onto the cover during the fall.  Finally, we (the kids) got to help! We would scamper around the pool pulling off the slimy water bags used to keep the pool cover in place over the winter.  We would drain them, hose them off and hang them over the fence to dry.  Finally, we peeled back the pool cover to reveal the half-full concrete hole in the ground, OUR POOL! :)

I always wanted to jump in, but the pool had to be filled, cleaned and most importantly SHOCKED to make sure it was safe for swimming.  Waiting the 3 to 7 days it took to accomplish all of this was agonizing for a 7 year old, but it was so worth it to splash into that water for the first time each spring. 

Having a pool is a lot of work. Every week, my Dad would vacuum, check the pH,  chlorine, clean the skimmers, add water and clean the inside of the pool around the water line as necessary.  When I was old enough and wanted to swim it was my job to check the pH, chlorine, skim and my favorite job to empty the skimmer baskets!  There was always a little frog (or two) that would make our pool their home each summer. I loved finding them and letting them hop back into the woods.

Little did I know as a child, when I was observing and learning how take care of a pool that some day I would own a Floatation Therapy Tank business that would require even more maintenance than a home pool!

Talking to our clients about floating I have learned that two of the top questions they have are: Will I feel claustrophobic?  How are the tanks maintained? 

Our float rooms are very spacious. They are 5 feet wide, 8 feet deep and 6.5 feet tall.  They have a glass shower door so you don't have to feel like you are in a closet, but our Float Suite has been light proofed so you can still have a true Sensory Deprivation experience once you turn off the underwater LED light.

At Anicca Float Club cleanliness is a top priority.  We follow the recommendations made by the Floatation Tank Association. We do everything possible to maintain the highest water quality for our clients. Every morning when we arrive at the Club the first thing we do is check all of our Float Rooms.  We qualitatively observe the water quality and then take several measurements: 
1) Temperature: The water temperature needs to be between 93.1 and 95.0 degrees. This is the range of skin temperature. Anything below this you will probably be chilly and anything above can be dangerous and uncomfortable.

2) pH  -  7.2 to 7.6

3) Alkalinity - 80 to 120 ppm

4) Water level -  9 to 10" (for our float rooms!) 

5) Specific gravity -  1.240 to 1.285 (We have floated with the density as low as 1.18, but it's a deep float. Anything above 1.30 and you run the risk of salt crystallizing in your equipment.)

6) Hydrogen peroxide residual (H202) - 25 to 100 ppm    

We skim the rooms to make sure our filter system has done its job to its fullest.  We also check the rooms between each float.  At the end of each evening we add hydrogen peroxide to maintain a residual of 25 to 100 ppm in the water. Once a week, the filters are changed,  the tanks get an even deeper deep clean and enzyme clarifier is added when necessary. 

Everyday the measurements are a little different. Floaters take out salt and water on their bodies. We adjust the amount of peroxide we add based on the residual. Like everything in this world, a floatation therapy system is dynamic.  Float tank chemistry is constantly changing and needs to be monitored and adjusted accordingly.

Our goal is to provide every client with a comfortable, clean and safe float environment!  Happy Floating!

 

Great Float Tank Maintenance Resources:

Float Tank Solutions: Owners Guide to Maintaining Float Tanks

Float Tank Association: 

Recommended Maintenance

Health Standard Introduction