What do I need to bring?
The only thing you need to bring is yourself, an excited and open mind for what’s to come, and maybe a hairbrush. We will provide everything else you need to have a relaxing and enjoyable float experience. Please see Before Your Float.

So, no swimming suit?
That’s up to you, but we encourage you to float in the nude. Strings and ties may be distracting, and a clingy, wet suit might detract from the experience of sensory deprivation. Not only do you have a private room including a private shower, but you will also be completely in the dark when you Float Portland.

Is it safe?
Yes. The water in each tank is 8” deep, and it is nearly impossible to accidentally flip over. Because of the way the body lies on top, the water line does not approach the mouth or nose. You may exit the float tank at any time, and staff are always present on site to assist you. Epsom salt is a commonly used over-the-counter remedy for multiple ailments, and although we highly discourage it, swallowing the water is not dangerous. If the salt water gets in your eye, it is only irritating and can be easily flushed out with fresh water.

What if I fall asleep in the tank?
Some clients are so relaxed by their floats that they drift into a peaceful sleep. This is fine! You are truly feeling the relaxation effects of your session. The only danger is that you may turn your head and be awakened by the water.
The music that signals the end of your float gradually increases in volume, and is enough to wake up even the most sublimely relaxed of clients. We promise to play trumpets through the speakers of your float tank if our usual soft crescendo of music does not wake you up.

Is the water clean?
Yes. The incredibly high salt content of the water prevents bacteria and other microorganisms from surviving within the tank. In addition, we filter the water thoroughly, zap it with antimicrobial ultraviolet light, and use an odorless and safe disinfectant at an optimal level for sanitation. This is more than is done for any hot tub or swimming pool. As a result, the water is very clean. We also ask that clients use the showers in the float rooms before and after their sessions. Soap and shampoo are provided in the showers.

I sometimes feel claustrophobic. Can I still float?
Each person is entirely in control of their own space for the duration of the float. In our two traditional-style float tanks, the door is operated only by the user, and may be left open for the duration of the float if he or she chooses. Additionally, while floating in the dark, there is a uniquely spaceless sensation of floating in a vast space—far different from a restrictive feeling of being closed in. If this is not comfortable, we also have one open spa tank which was designed specifically for people with this concern. The Infinity float spa has no lid, and is basically a very large bath which is open to the rest of the room. The floating experience is not diminished because the entire room features extensive soundproofing and can be darkened when you are ready to begin.

I’m pregnant. Can I float?
Absolutely! Please check first with your midwife or obstetrician, but pregnant women in all trimesters enjoy the relaxation and physical relief of weightlessness found while floating. In the womb-like chamber of the float tank, mothers can feel an extra degree of closeness to their babies. We have heard rave reviews from pregnant women, and hope to provide this wonderful experience to more in the future. Stay tuned for our float babies program. : )

What other services does The Float Shoppe provide?
Our vision is for The Float Shoppe and The Float Shoppe Community Space and Yoga Collective to be comprehensive and well-rounded spaces offering an effective variety of alternative treatments and therapies. At the Float Shoppe, we offer yoga, massage therapy, acupuncture/Traditional Chinese Medicine, and counseling, in addition to floatation therapy. The Float Shoppe Community Space and Yoga Collective offers yoga, Qi Gong, workshops, and several spaces for use by holistic wellness professionals. Please contact us if you are a therapeutic yoga teacher, massage therapist, TCM practitioner, or other practitioner of the healing arts who is interested in joining us at either location.

Can I float if I dye my hair?
Yes! Floating with dyed hair is perfectly okay. Please wait a week after you dye your hair before floating to make sure that any extra color has had the chance to rinse out. There is a chance that recently-dyed hair may color the water in our float tanks. If you are unsure, please just ask! We’ve encountered this a few times, and so far, we’ve been able to figure out an answer…even if it means rescheduling for a little bit later.

I have dreadlocks...Can I float?
Yoga teacher Celeste says, “I float fine with my locks in a bun, but afterward I made sure to give them a good rinse and wash with vinegar water and Dr.Bronners – sometimes twice. It takes a while for locks to dry so I would suggest people bring a beanie to wear or use the hairdryer on their roots before they leave so their head isn’t cold. Salt water is supposed to be good for locks, helping them become tighter – so that’s a plus!” Bottles of each vinegar water and Dr. Bronners soap are provided and can be found in the showers.

I have a problem with my ear drum. Can I float?
Some conditions, such as a perforated eardrum, require that one does not submerge their head in water until the eardrum or other injury is completely healed. Please follow your doctor’s orders, and if you are unsure, then do not float until you have a clear answer that you may do so without risk of harm.

I just got a piercing or a tattoo. What do I need to know?
Please refer to the instructions you received with your piercing or tattoo regarding water submersion. You may need to wait a period of time before floating. Allow at least one month after you have received a new tattoo to consider floating in order to protect your art.

Do you have a cancellation policy?
Yes. We have a 24-hour cancellation policy. Should you need to cancel your appointment less than 24 hours prior to its start time, or if you miss the appointment, a fee of 50% of the full price of service will be charged to you. If you are coming in with a certificate for services, the certificate will be marked as used. In the case of an emergency or otherwise extenuating circumstance, the fee will not be charged. This policy does not apply to members of The Float Shoppe. This allows us to provide better customer service as well as a friendlier work environment for the practitioners who work alongside us. Thank you for your understanding.

If you have any additional questions, please contact us at
float@floatshoppe.com or (503) 719-4743.