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Floating Revealed: Why A Surprise Might Sink the Experience.

Updated: Apr 1

Surprise! Let’s go to a stranger’s house to strip naked, shower, then lay in a quiet dark box for an hour and a half. Ughhhh.....



Floating is one of the most peaceful, harmonious, and spiritual experiences you'll ever encounter. However, if you're thrown into it without proper preparation, it can turn into a legit nightmare. This post aims to dissuade you from keeping your guest’s float appointment a surprise for any longer than necessary.


We know that you have your guest’s best interest at heart. You've booked them a float with the hope that they will feel better, calmer, more at ease, and rested than when they came in. Floating can absolutely deliver on these promises, but not when the person is lying there wondering what the heck they are doing and why.


Floating is admittedly pretty weird. If someone has never heard of float tanks and the profound benefits the sensory reduced environment has offer, it's going to take them a minute to wrap their head around why someone would want to do something that sounds counterintuitive.


Although there are probably exceptions, in our experience, even the most avid floater would prefer one day’s notice so they could:


  1. Avoid caffeine and heavy meals. Coffee, tea, pop, energy drinks, cordyceps mushrooms – you want to avoid these and other stimulants before a float. It's loud and distracting when your stomach is grumbling because it’s either too full or empty.

  2. Avoid shaving. This is especially important for those who shave their heads or faces on a daily basis.

  3. Wear loose-fitting clothing. Have you tried to put on tights in the hot humid float room? It's usually preferrable to wear something loose, flowy, and super comfortable. Avoid difficult jewelry or footwear.

  4. Pack appropriately. If someone wears contacts they will need to be prepared in advance with their case and solution. Some people will feel better prepared with a hairbrush, fresh socks, deodorant, lotion, hair products, etc.


You should be aware of our policy, wherein a no-show or late cancellation (within 24 hours) may result in a $25 fee, the requirement to prepay next time, or the forfeiture of a float credit. Your guest may have a medical issue, lifestyle choice, or even just a large cut that precludes them from floating right now, and it would be best to discover that before the expiration of the cancellation period to avoid the penalty.


Although the session itself doesn't make for a great surprise, floating does make for an excellent gift. It's an excellent idea to purchase a Gift Card as a surprise, but we strongly recommend you don't book the session until they have indicated their readiness to do so. Floating is one of those things that needs to find you instead of the other way around.


The longer someone explores the idea, learns what it’s all about, and understands how floating could positively impact their lives, the more likely they are to enjoy the experience. They may want to read about other's experiences and testimonials, review the F.A.Q.'s, and check out the pre-float procedures. At oGoFloat, every guest needs to sign the waiver, watch the Intro Video, and take the salty quiz before their float.


Give your special human more than a float session; give them the opportunity to build a float practice personally tailored with their special interests and accommodations in mind.



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