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Frequently Asked Questions

About Floating

What is REST?

It’s an acronym coined by a scientist that stands for “Reduced Environment Stimulation Therapy”. It simply means float therapy.

Why can’t I just float for free in the bathtub/pool/ocean?

The salt water concentration in our float tanks is the only place in the world that anyone, no matter the body type, can completely float without moving a muscle. Our water is 3x as dense as the Dead Sea. That amount of Epsom salt (1200lbs) simply wouldn’t fit in a bathtub.

Is floating just a trend?

While definitely on the rise, it’s far from new. Floating has been around for over 40 years and has been the focus of a lot of research.

How often should I float to get the benefits?

Single and first floats can often be profound. However, there can be a bit of a learning curve requiring a few floats to feel totally comfortable. Floating also has powerful cumulative effects and is becoming recognized as an essential part of an optimal ongoing wellness practice. Floating 1 to 2 times a month is amazing and once a week will supercharge your long term physical, mental, and spiritual health.

How will floating help me?

Modern life is stressful; traffic, deadlines, constant connection to technology, notifications, inboxes, not enough sleep… replenishing ourselves in body, mind, and soul is an essential part of modern wellness. Floating reduces stress, promotes relaxation, improves sleep, and gives us all a chance to unplug and recharge.

What makes Levity Pittsburgh’s favorite float studio?

We represent the highest industry standards of service, technology, luxury, and cleanliness. Our studio was created with local resources, makers, and designers; the entire experience was curated with your comfort in mind. The experience is supported by each member of our thoughtful and caring staff who ensure all your needs are met. From the moment you walk in, until the moment you re-enter the outside world – our goal is to help provide you with an excellent experience.

Is floating the same as sensory deprivation?

It is. Sensory deprivation and our float tanks are technically isolation tanks. Science is now showing that float tanks are actually a piece of sensory enhancement technology; a place where your entire system can focus on itself to cleanse, process, and reset.

My Float Experience

What should I do after I float?

Once you’ve showered and dressed, we recommend taking a few minutes to enjoy some fresh water and allow the experience to soak in. Just take a little time for yourself before returning to the outside world.

How will I know my float is over?

The music will gently fade back on to let you know it’s time to exit.

If I float for an hour, won’t my skin get all wrinkled?

No, the high salt concentration prevents this from happening. It leaves your skin quite soft and smooth.

Can I get out whenever I want to?

We suggest giving yourself the hour but if you’d like to get out; each tank has a free-swinging door you can open at any time. In other words, you are able to leave the tank whenever you’d like.

Why do I shower twice?

Before you float, you take a quick shower to remove body oils and products. After, you shower to remove the salty residue from your skin and hair.

Is it private?

Yes. Each float rooms contains a changing area, shower, and float tank. The room is your own private oasis while you’re here.

What about caffeine or alcohol?

Avoid both for at least several hours prior to your float.

What about eating and drinking before I float?

When it comes to eating, we suggest a light meal 90 minutes prior so you’re neither full nor hungry. As for liquid, hydrate normally in such a way that you won’t need a restroom break mid-float.

What if I’m running late?

Your time in the float cabin will be reduced as we still need to end your float at your appointed time to ready the room for the next guest.

What’s the parking situation?

We offer easy freeway access and abundant, well-lit street parking right in front of our studio on the quieter end of Murray Avenue.

Why do I need to arrive early?

Our attendants would like to have time to answer your questions and concerns, and most people like to visit the restroom before heading into the tank. We want you to enjoy your full hour of floating!

Obstacles/Concerns

I just colored my hair. Is it OK to float?

We recommend waiting at least one week to let the color fully set. We don’t want the salt affecting the color, or the color bleeding into the water. If the color is not rinsing out when you shower, it’s usually fine to float.

What if I’m menstruating?

Take the same precautions as if you were going in a swimming pool or hot tub.

What if I’m pregnant?

Floating is safe during pregnancy, but we must insist you consult your healthcare provider first. Many Moms are enjoying a break from carrying baby’s extra weight and an hour of deep relaxation. For more information check out this wonderful video about floating and pregnancy

What about tattoos and piercings?

If they’re new additions, just make sure they’re fully healed. Otherwise, the saltwater will sting.

What about shaving?

Ideally, don’t shave at least 8 hours before your float. The salty water can be irritating or itchy if you do.

What if I have cuts or scrapes?

The salt water can sting wounds, so we provide packets of petroleum jelly in each room to cover any problem areas.

What if I wear contacts?

You can leave them in or if you need to remove them for your float.

What if I fall asleep?

Many guests love to fall asleep in the relaxing world of a float tank. In fact, 1 hour of rest in the tank is anecdotally reported as the equivalent of 4 hours of deep restful sleep. Also, because of the high salt content, you will float safely whether you’re awake or asleep.

I can’t swim. Will I float?

Yes you will definitely float! Ability to swim is not necessary as absolutely everyone floats without effort. The salt water will support weight of 1000+ pounds.

What if I’m claustrophobic?

Our float tanks are incredibly spacious: 8 feet long and 4 feet wide – plenty of room to stretch out. Once inside without visual parameters the space becomes open and vast. Also, like a room in your own home, you can leave the door to your float tank open, and you can exit the tank whenever you wish to – you have total control over your comfort.

Policies

What is your cancellation policy?

We require 24-hour advance notice.

Are multiple float memberships and bundles shareable?

Yes. You’re welcome to share your floats with friends, family, and loved ones.

Is there a noise-level policy?

Yes. We kindly ask that you consider everyone at the studio as some guests may just be finishing their session of an hour of silence. If you would like to share with others by engaging in conversation, please do so mindfully. Also, please refrain from cell phone use as much as possible.

Can I float with another person?

Though our tanks are very spacious, they’re only meant for a single person to fully stretch out and enjoy the experience.

Technical Facts

What is the temperature of the water?

It’s 95 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the same temperature as the surface of your skin. It’s neither warm nor cold, but rather neutral by design. After a short adjustment time, you can’t tell where the skin stops and water starts – you really feel like you’re floating!

What’s the Epsom salt for?

The 1,200 pounds of USP Epsom salt dissolved in just 10 inches of water is what creates the effortless part of floating. No matter your size, when you recline into the warm water, your body will float like a cork.

How is the water purified between floats?

The high concentration of salt creates a very hostile environment for all sorts of germs and bacteria. But more importantly, the water is run through a filtration and purification process for 15 minutes before and after each float. Each system utilizes a large pool filter, food grade (35%) hydrogen peroxide, and a very robust ultra-violet sterilizer.

How big is the tank?

Our float tanks are 8 feet long and 4 feet wide. They’re spacious and you’re able to stretch out, sit up, and enjoy the feeling of weightlessness.

What Do I Bring?

What about my jewelry?

You may wish to leave jewelry at home and certainly remove prior to floating as the salt water might damage it.

Should I bring a bathing suit?

Large majority of guests (99%) float nude and the reason for the heftiness of our filtration system. Neat thing with floating is the water is warmed to the outside temperature of your skin. After an adjustment time, you can’t feel where the skin stops and water starts — you really feel like you’re floating! It’s just a sensation you wouldn’t experience with swimwear.

We do have a small population of regulars who float with trunks and share they feel great too. So really, it’s up to your level of comfort.

What do I bring?

We provide all the amenities needed for the experience; natural hemp soap that’s good for skin + hair, Mac’s silicone ear plugs, vaseline for any cuts, scrapes, or new tattoos and super fluffy towels. Some guests bring hair conditioner for after their float [the salt causes a ‘beach hair’ effect] but it’s certainly not necessary. You may wish to bring a hairbrush or comb, as those are personal items we do not provide.