Floating FAQ


COVID update

Are you open?
We’re closed until further notice whilst we relocate. Full details here.
What safety measures are in place?

Hand sanitiser at the entrance and a screened reception area. Staff will be wearing masks, please can you also wear a face covering.

We have a one-way system in place around the buiding. Staff will show you to your therapy room and explain how to use the pod whilst wearing gloves.

Enjoy your float and shower afterwards. To avoid staff handling used towels, please bring your own towels.

Put your mask back on when you leave your therapy room and follow the arrows back to reception.

To maintain social distancing, neither the Vanity Room nor the Relaxation Lounge will be open. Since we can’t offer refreshments at the moment, you may want to bring a drink with you.

We have reduced the number of float sessions available each day to give us time to deep-clean the therapy room and pod after each client.

And of course, our Orbit pods are the only floatation pods to completely empty and fill after every client. The water you float in is fresh, not filtered.

Orbit pods

Who are we?
Float UK is a Floatation Centre that uses the latest in float tank technology, to provide one of the most relaxing experiences: Floatation Therapy.

We are a sister company to the leading floatation tank manufacturer – ‘Orbit’.

Head to www.orbit-float.com for more information about our float tanks.


Where are we?
Float UK is located in Hertfordshire in a little village called Watton-At-Stone, located just outside of Stevenage.
Why Choose Float UK?
Float UK uses the latest in float tank technology to bring the customer the best floating experience.

Orbit is a tank that’s been designed with the user in mind, to deliever the best float imaginable.


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 and ear buds, plus shampoo and soap for the shower.

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 a 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, most 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 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 Float UK offers 30, 60 and 90 minute Float Sessions (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?

The team at Float UK believes each individual experience is different, so it’s hard to pin point an precise decription of what you will might expect. 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 three float pods in separate rooms, so up to three people can float simultaneously.


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

What is Epsom Salt and why is it used in flotation tanks?
Epsom Salt, named after a bitter saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England, is not actually salt but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulphate. Renowned as a natural remedy for a number of ailments, Epsom salt has numerous health benefits as well as many beauty, household and gardening-related uses.

The wonders of Epsom salt have been well known for hundreds of years and unlike other salts, Epsom salt has beneficial properties that can soothe the body, mind and soul. Some of the countless health benefits include relaxing the nervous system, curing skin problems, soothing back pain, easing muscle strain, healing cuts, treating colds and congestion, and drawing toxins from the body

How much salt is required and is it supplied by Orbit?
500kg (1102lbs) of Epsom Salt is required per Orbit – please contact us for which salt is certified for use with Orbit.

Delivery & Installation

I’m unsure about floating. Can I come take a look first?

Yes of course! Contact a member of our team and we’ll organise a time for you to come
and visit Float UK 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. Please don’t worry, you won’t smell like you just came out of a public swimming pool or a hot tub.

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 accidently turn over in the water?

No! 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?

Always consult with your doctor first!

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.

We do, however, recommend that pregnant women avoid floating during the first trimester.

If you have any concerns about the effects of floating on your pregnancy, we ask you to consult and get permission from your
physician before you float.

Can I float if I’m menstruating?

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


Do I have to stay in there the entire time?

No! 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 have to do is clean the room, ready for your visit, which is done between every float.

Will I get dehydrated from soaking in salt for 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 a float?

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

Our Float Tank

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!

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.

Other Questions

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Unit 1, Whitehall Farm, Walkern Road, Watton-at-Stone, Herts, SG14 3RP
01920 832 255  |  info@floating-uk.com

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