Frequently asked questions

Float Experience

What do i need to bring?


Just Yourself! We provide everything you need. You will not need a swimsuit, as the tank is located in a private room. We provide towels, specialised ear plugs and we have partnered with Faith in Nature to give you the most natural and gentle products for body wash and shampoos. You may want to bring a brush/comb and your own products such as deodorant and lotions. Please stay away from strong fragrances in consideration of others! If you use contact lenses, please remember to bring something to store them in while you float.




What do I wear during my float?


You can wear anything you want, but we would strongly recommend you wear nothing in order to get the full benefits. Clothing will only restricting the experience, however, lots of first time floaters will opt for a swimsuit or swimming trunks if they feel more comfortable wearing something.




What preparation does a float session require?


Next to none. Arrive 10 - 15 minutes before your session and everything from the room to the floatation tank wil be ready for you!




How long can I float for?


Theoretically as long as you want, but Soak floatation offers 60 minute (90 minute including showering) float Sessions as standard (please email us or ask at reception for alternative float times). We recommend a 60 minute first float to fully Immerse yourself within the experience. However more experienced floaters book multiple sessions that can last anywhere from 2 to 3 hours.




What should I expect after my first float?


We believe each individual experience is different, so it's hard to pin point a precise decription of what to expect. Some may feel heavy and extremely relaxed on leaving the pod, some are fully enegised whilst others having delta / theta sleep come out feeling rested and sometimes pain free or less aches and pain than pre float. However, all feedback we've recieved so far has been extremely postive.




How many people can float at once?


We only allow one person per pod at a time. We do however, have two float pods in separate rooms, so up to two people can float simultaneously. This can be great for couples or friends as they often come out will very different experiences and tales to tell!




Do I need a change of clothes?


Not Necessarily. It’s common for floaters to exit the tank, have a shower and put your clothes back on to resume your day where you left off. But should you wish to change, then by all means. Your room is completely private.





Float concerns

Im unsure about floating, can I come take a look first?


Of course! Contact us and we'll organise a time for you to come
and visit us to see the tank prior to comitting to a float session!




How clean is the solution?


The solution is fully drained out of Orbit at the end of every float, where it then passes through several filters. A powerful pump and the very latest in filtration technology are incorporated in the design of the Orbit Pump Unit. Orbits dual filters are fully effective to one micron which is an incredible 100 times smaller than a human hair!
Also the Epsom Salts are a natural disinfectant and create a hostile enviroment for bacteria, so it's next to impossible for bacteria to live in Orbits solution.




What ages can float?


From ages 18+




What if i can't swim?


Floating does not require an ability to swim and with such high levels of Epsom Salt the buoyancy is what will keep you floating!




What happens if i fall asleep?, can i drown?


The high buoyancy of the salt water makes it impossible for an individual to sink beneath the surface. Once you are settled in the tank, you will only be able to touch the bottom of the tank with a great deal of effort.




What if i'm claustrophobic?


This is a very common topic for first time customers, but it's not a problem. The inside is rather like a tent. It's warm, illuminated and well ventilated. The power assisted door enables you open and close it whenever you like and allows you to stop it at any point leaving it slightly or completely open. It's up to you!




Will I have enough air?


Yes, of course! The air inside, is warm and it rises by convection. There is a vent at the top for the air to leave, and the fresh air enters near the water line and around the lid. The ventilation system is a Full airflow design that is draught free.




Are there lights in the tank?


Yes! The Orbit tank has four LED's in its base and two more in its drain unit. The colours and timephase for these are changed in your preferences, prior to your float. There is also a button inside the tank where you can switch on the lights at any point during the float!




Can I accidentally turn over in the water?


Absolutely not. The water is very shallow, just ten inches deep. Also, it is much heavier than ordinary water because of the added Epsom salts,
so you float very easily and much higher in the water than in a swimming pool or another body of regular water. You float on your back with absolutely no effort, with no tendency to roll over, unless you do it on purpose. People often fall asleep in float tanks and there is no risk of rolling over.




Can I float if i'm pregnant?


It is considered that pregnant women probably get more relief from the float tank than anyone else. Just lying on a bed can be extremely uncomfortable for a woman in the later stages of pregnancy due to the massive gravitational strain placed on the body. The float tank is a wonderful haven for pregnant women. If you have any concerns about the effects of floating on your pregnancy, we ask you to consult and get permission from your doctor before you float.




Can I float if i'm menstruating?


Yes you can. We simply require you to take the same precautions that you would take when going to a swimming pool.




Do I have to stay in there the entire time?


Nope! You can open and leave the tank whenever you like. Simply open Orbit's door a few inches and it will open the rest of the way for you!




Who should avoid floating?


We do not recommend floating for epileptics or people who suffer from
heart conditions and ear Infections, unless you've been cleared to do so by your doctor.
You will be required to complete a form prior to your session to determine if floating is safe for you.




How regularly do you clean the tanks?


The Float Tank cleans itself and its solution everytime it fills up / empties so all we do is clean the room and inspect the tank ready for your visit, which is done between every float.




Will I get dehydrated from soaking in salt too long?


Your skin doesn’t even prune up, this is due to the high levels of Epsom Salts in the water. You do absorb a lot of Magnesium from the Epsom Salt, so we advise keeping hydrated after your first float.




Can I go about my day as usual after my float?


Of course. We advise that you take some time to relax after your expeience in our relaxation area. Take an opportunity to bring yourself back to reality or tell us about your experience. We'd love to hear what you think!




Can I float with an open wound or cut?


No. Getting into water with an open wound (including new tattoos) is never adviseable. From injuries to small nicks during shaving, the salt in the water will irritate these wounds. Practice smart float habits on days when you're floating and shave after the session or the next day.




Do you change the water after every float session?


Most float tanks keep the solution in them permanently and do not drain but are filtered between sessions along with using various other safety measures. For this type of pod it is not viable to empty the solution as it would need a new 500kg batch of epsom salts, H2O2 dosing, filling with huge amounts of water and then heating to 37 degrees. This would make floatation non viable as a therapy as it would simply cost too much per session for people that need it.




How does the Orbit float tank process the float solution?


Our pods are the the only float tanks that drain after every use so after/before every client, the solution is fully drained and emptied, filtering all of the solution each time. All other float tanks filter the solution in the pod so the water remains inside permanently. By emptying all of the salt solution and passing it through the processing, the pod ensures the user can be certain that the entire volume is processed both when being emptied and when being refilled for the next float session. During this process cycle all the solution is passed through the two special 1 micron absolute filters, through the super-efficient UV sterilising as well as being auto dosed if the levels of anti bacterial agents such as H2O2 are below the set safe level.




what safety measures are in place?


After each float, the inside of the pod is sprayed with a non toxic H2O2 spray above the water line. Externally, the high touch areas of the pods and showers are wiped down firstly with hot water to remove salts, dried, then medical grade alcohol wipes (70% isopropyl alcohol) are used on all of these touch areas. The same process is used in the bathroom and hair drying room. Before clients arrive, the external door handles are also sprayed with H2O2 spray. This is also done between floats. In the case of two clients arriving at the float centre, 1 of them will be asked to take a seat around 4m away whilest the other is at the desk signing their waiver (if theyre new clients). The iPad used to sign the waiver is also wiped using H2O2 spray and clients are required to use hand gel prior to touching it. On clients arrival, staff will wear masks and will continue to do so if they need to show clients into the float rooms and go through the float process. If this is needed, government guidelines social distancing is still adhered to due to the size of the rooms. After which the client is left alone. When the client is finished floating and exits the room, they and our staff are continually able to easily adhere to social distancing until such time the client leaves the building.





Our float tanks

What float tank do we use?


We use a new Floatation Tank called Orbit. For more infomation about Orbit please visit www.orbit-float.com




How does it work?


In short, Orbit pumps an epsom salt solution into it's fibreglass shell, which is about 25cm deep. Orbits power asisted door mechanism allows you to enter and close it with ease. This then creates the ultimate relaxing environment that gives you a sense of complete weightlessness and feeling of infinite space! All of this is completely customisable. Prior to your float you can choose what music you listen to and what light effects you wish to have in your float. However, to get the full benefit of the floatation experience, it is always best to go with full sensory deprivatation.




What is Epsom salt?


Epsom salt is magnesium sulphate. It is found naturally in many spa waters. It is very different from sea or table salt, which is mainly sodium chloride. Epsom salt has been used medicinally for centuries to treat various health issues. It is non toxic and won't harm you if you swallow some, but try not to as it has a very bitter and salty taste. We use it for two main reasons: it raises the density of the water, making it much easier to float, and it softens your skin. For More Information, Click Here





Other questions

Can't find the answers to your questions?


If you have a questions that we haven't covered in our FAQ's, please go to the contact us page and speak us to regarding any questions you may have.





Soak floatation

Who are we?


Soak Floatation is a floatation centre that uses the latest in float tank technology to provide one of the most relaxing experiences : Floatation Therapy




Where are we?


Soak Floatation is located in Teesside. Thornaby to be precise! Click here to go to our contacts page where you'll find a google map along with our address, phone number and social media contacts.




Why choose us?


Soak floatation uses the latest in float tank technology to bring the customer the best floating experience. Our Orbit tanks have been designed with the user in mind, to deliever the best float imaginable.





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