With so many different brands of products available for float center owners to choose from, our hosts share which they use in their centers and why. But first, Lance tells a story of how kindness and goodwill has led to exciting news for The Float Shack! Next, Dylan shares the first SpeakPipe Voicemail the team has received… This is a special [Read more…] about Float Room Products
by Sandra Calm
with contributions from Emily Noren, Dylan Schmidt, and Graham Talley
Recently, the New York Times released a mostly positive article on floating… But the opening line mentions that the tank smelled “like a used gym sock.” Today’s guest post from Sandra Calm (co-owner of the Float Shoppe, my wife, who also happens to have a masters in nursing) walks us through why that darn smell appears, how to get rid of it, and, most importantly, how to prevent it from every rearing its ugly head in the first place!
No float center ever has to have a tank that smells like a used gym sock! Here’s an overview of the problem and easy steps to prevent or cure it.
What causes this smell?
Body oils, product residue, and skin cells are shed by each person who enters the float tank. Without getting too technical, these things contribute to the development of the characteristic locker room smell. Regular float tank maintenance procedures keep this problem away entirely. Here’s what you need to do! [Read more…] about Clean Looking and Smelling Tanks (A Comprehensive Guide)
If you operate a float center, than you have heard the question “Is floating while pregnant a good idea?” a thousand times, I’m sure. So is it a good idea? What are the benefits specific to a pregnant woman? Is there anything to be concerned about?
Important Note: Any woman who is going to float while pregnant should get the approval of their midwife, OB or other provider beforehand. There may be special considerations that your provider is aware of that we or you might never consider. So whenever someone asks if floating while pregnant is okay, please always let them know they should talk to their doctor first.
Womb Within Womb
The number one thing we hear from pregnant floater is that they experienced a ‘womb within womb’ feeling while in the tank. I can only imagine how much of a special experience that is. Describing this to potential floater who is pregnant is always very exciting.
We also hear all sorts of stories about different baby activity while floating. Whether its doing loops in their newly spacious home or simply having a zen moment with mom, it can all happen in the tank. Can you imagine how much stimulus is coming in to a baby all the time? To switch off all that sensory input isn’t just for you, little baby is also having a very unique experience as well! [Read more…] about Pregnancy & Floating
A few days ago I asked a customer about her first float and she said she didn’t remember it. I had posed the question to her so that she could help explain floating to a customer who was about to have his first float. It didn’t occur to me until hours later that forgetting your first float would be a fantastic way to get people in for their next floats. Trust me, this will start to make sense!
There are generally two types of experiences that people have with their first floats. One is an amazing experience where they are able to ‘let go’ completely, have a powerful spiritual journey, or in some other way are simply blown away by their float. The other is on the opposite side of the spectrum where the customer is mostly unimpressed. Often times this person had a busy mind during the entire float and was unable to ‘let go’ and/or only let go right before the music came on, or they had inflated expectations of what the experience would be based on previous research. [Read more…] about Forget Your First Float
I fell sick this week and was having trouble focusing on my writing. Coming up with a quality blog post felt out of my reach. Serendipitously I received a guest blog post from Graham at Float Tanks Solutions in my inbox. Please take the time to read this very thorough post on soundproofing your float rooms.
A Few Float Tank Mysteries
A woman got out of her float at Float On and told us that there was a loud clacking, like someone tapping on something occasionally. This was shortly after we opened. Now, we don’t wear ‘clacky’ shoes, Ashkahn wasn’t tapping percussively on anything in our shop (this time), and (as far as we knew) there wasn’t anything in the tank itself that should be tapping. We were stumped for weeks. It wasn’t until another customer described it as ‘sounding like high heels’ that we traced it to the hair salon next door, and the stylists walking on the tile they had put down.
We figured out a way to fix it, which we’ll talk about below.
Then there was the rhythmic thudding, which we again found to be our neighbor, the shoe repairman (considering why we opened a sensory deprivation center next to a shoe repair shop should give you a good idea of our inexperience and unbridled optimism at this point). We thought it was one of his huge machines, but it ended up being one of his tiniest: it wasn’t even loud in the shop, only in the tanks.
We fixed this as well.
Then there are the one offs, like the woman who got out because she thought she heard music when in fact it was just a sudden and very intense burst of hail against the ceiling vent. Or the time someone heard thudding which ended up being someone on our roof trying to burglarize our cannabis club neighbors (unsuccessfully). And at least three floaters a week describe sounds that only existed in their heads.
For everything we have fixed, there are twice as many mysteries that will probably never be solved. [Read more…] about A Primer on Soundproofing And Float Tanks