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  • I had an amazing experience at Float On Friday night. I had looked into this zero gravity experience several times over the years but had never taken the plunge. My wife got me a gift certificate for ...  more »
  • This guys know what they are doing...Floating was just beyond anything that I could've thought. Very relaxing and unique experience, that help open my mind to a word full of opportunities.  more »
  • If you want to float this is your place. I found the people super nice and the facilities clean. It's very casual and friendly place. Nice winter time trip.  more »
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  • I've floated at about half a dozen places over the last decade. Float On is without a doubt the best float experience I've had. I don't know that it would be the first place to go for an initial float, it might be better to get a massage first for your first float just to give you a "push" into the right headspace. However for anyone that's floated before I can't recommend this place highly enough.
  • Staff was nice and helpful, and did a good job of explaining everything. The float experience however, was not what I expected. Maybe I was too excited to float, as I have GAD and everything I read and heard about floating was that it was great for helping people with anxiety. So maybe I had expectations to high, but I was really looking forward to the idea of sensory deprivation and the idea of finally getting my brain to turn off for just 90 minutes and finally get to relax for once. Unfortunately, I can't say that's how it went. I had moments of relaxation for sure and my body definitely felt relaxed afterwards due to the high epsom salt volume. The issue was, every time I reached a point of full mind and body relaxation, there would be a loud thud in the tank as if it was settling. This happened at least 4 times during my float and it always seemed to happen right when I finally started to "doze" off. There was another time I was right at the point of "dozing" off and along comes a loud semi truck and completely snaps me out of my relaxed state. Then near the end, when I started to "doze" again, boom music comes on and my time is up. At this point I just became somewhat frustrated, because I came here for a quiet and relaxing experience (sensory deprivation) in what was supposedly a sound proof tank, and had the tank settling noise disrupt my session multiple times, taking me out of the relaxed state almost as soon as I got in it, and then the stupid semi truck that came barreling by. Its frustrating to be constantly interrupted and unable to achieve a full state of relaxation due to noise interruptions, when you go to float for the very reason to relax! My session started at 11am and it was for a 90 minute float. Yet, I don't believe I got a 90 minute flow. Why? because after the float I was told I had about 20 minutes to shower and dress before leaving the room. TO make sure I was aware of the time I set a 15 minute timer so I could take a warm relaxing shower. Then on my way out I even spent about 5-10 due to purchasing a gift card (I know, why buy a GC if you didn't have a good experience? I'll explain that further below). I get back to my vehicle and when I turn it on my clock says 12:41pm. Mathematically, that doesn't add up to me receiving a 90 minute float, and honestly I wasn't even thinking about the time of the hour on my way out, I was just trying to take a relaxing shower and leave and didn't realize that it was only 12:41 until I got to my truck. I essentially received a 70-75 minute float, so that was extremely disappointing as well, as I didn't feel I got my fair time. If there is a reason for this, I fully understand, but even the staff said it would be a 90 minute float so I don't understand why my time didn't add up to a 90 minute float. If someone could offer me an explanation to this I would greatly appreciate it. Back to the gift card. I purchased it for my wife, as she has never floated and wanted to try it out. Just because my experience wasn't very good, doesn't mean hers will be, but I did inform her of what happened to me so that she doesn't get her hopes up in the same way I did. This isn't to say I won't try it again, as maybe it improves over time. However, I don't know how outside noises disrupting you while in a sensory deprivation tank gets better. Just sharing my experience of my float.
  • Really nothing negative to say. Very clean, good atmosphere, friendly staff. The experience was not what I had expected, but perhaps it takes a few times to get into. Either way, very relaxing and stress relieving.
  • I had an amazing experience at Float On Friday night. I had looked into this zero gravity experience several times over the years but had never taken the plunge. My wife got me a gift certificate for a 90 minute float and this was the night. I paid a lot of attention to my experience, I'm going to be pretty detailed but the bottom line if you don't want to read it all is that I can't recommend it highly enough! I think it could be a life changing experience for me and I hope you will take the opportunity to try it for yourself! The people and facilities at Float On were fantastic, so I certainly endorse them! I don't advertise this fact, but it is important that I share it here for putting this topic and my experience in perspective. I have a degenerative spine condition that has resulted in my having a 5 level fusion in my lower back. This means I have 5 vertebrae fused together as one using bone grafts and titanium screws. My first back surgery was as a middle schooler and I had a second in my early 20s. It also means that my normal state of being is one of pain. I have documented pain tolerance that is off the scale and I do quite well at living a mostly normal life. But, the simple fact is I have not experienced a moment without pain in nearly 40 years... until tonight... I called and made my appointment and spoke to a wonderful woman who took time to answer questions for me and help me choose the perfect tank. She gave me a couple of great tips, most profound was to bring fresh socks so after the experience and cleansing shower you aren't putting on socks you've worn all day. I took it one step further and brought comfy flannel pajama pants too to wear home afterwards. I arrived for my 9pm float about 15 minutes early and found a comfy chair in the waiting area where they provide tea and water. When the time came I had a quick tour of the space. The tips given me that helped the most were a series of techniques to relax the neck, which is often the hardest thing to do on a first float (and proved so for me). The floatation was effortless. The first 70 minutes or so of my float I learned and experimented with positions to gain progressively more relaxation. Roughly 70-75 minutes into the float I interlaced my fingers behind my head again. This time I had my hands resting on my head. I tipped my head back the furthest I had all evening, the waterline now just above the eyebrows. For me, this was the magical position! My neck took another step towards full relaxation. My back felt warm and that feeling flowed all of the way to my toes. The only feeling I can compare it to are the super strong post surgery epidural drugs controlled by buttons in the hospital. I'm sure it had to be a natural release of endorphins. I just kept my eyes closed, my head back, and drank it all in! It was an almost euphoric feeling. What felt like several minutes later about 80-85 minutes into my float something truly unprecedented happened to me. My neck had just a slight amount of pain but it really was minor and very localized. I was near total relaxation and had a strange feeling I just couldn't place or quantify from my back. It suddenly dawned on me that strange sensation from my lumbar spine was not something I was feeling, it was something I WASN'T FEELING! My back was 100% pain free! I'm not even sure I know what that is or what that means! It is something so foreign to me that I didn't even recognize it for what it was. It has been literally four decades since I've experienced such a thing. It was a mind blowing thought to process. I actually have tears welling up in my eyes just writing this right now! This experience was truly life altering for me. I hope it might encourage someone else to find a similar joy for themselves!
  • I stopped by to get some info and ended up enjoying a 90 min session. The staff was really nice and welcoming. The place is super clean, well organized, and professional. The float experience is an invitation to disconnect from everyday's chaos and focus on yourself. I'm coming back soon.