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  • Is there any reason I won't be allowed to float?
    YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO FLOAT IF: You are under the influence of drugs and alcohol. You are in your 1st Trimester of pregnancy. You are not confident getting out of the tank due to mobility issues. You are under 18 years old. You are generally feeling unwell. If 3 weeks before your appointment you have: Dyed your hair with semi-permanent, permanent, or henna Received any kind of fake tan or used bronzing moisturisers Got a new tattoo or piercing
  • What are the benefits of floatation therapy?
    Floatation therapy offers numerous benefits, including stress reduction, pain relief, improved sleep, enhanced creativity, mental clarity, muscle recovery, elevated mood, and a heightened sense of well-being. It’s a holistic experience for both body and mind.
  • Can pregnant women float?
    Like many things, floating is not advised during the first trimester or after 38 weeks. It is also not recommended too soon after giving birth, until you have fully healed. We would always recommend you consult your healthcare provider before coming to float. Many pregnant women find floatation therapy beneficial for relieving pregnancy-related discomfort and stress. Floating during pregnancy, with the uniform and gentle support of the water, can offer a comfort which cannot be found elsewhere. The feeling of weightlessness can give profound relief on areas such as the back and hips.
  • Is the water deep?
    Not at all, the water is only about 10 inches deep.
  • How does floatation therapy work?
    Floatation therapy takes place in a specially designed tank that isolates you from external sensory input. The tank is filled with buoyant Epsom salt water that is heated to skin temperature. You effortlessly float on the surface, experiencing a sensation of weightlessness. The tank is soundproof and lightproof, creating a serene environment free from external distractions.
  • What is Epsom Salt and why is it used?
    Epsom Salt is Magnesium Sulphate. It is found naturally in many spa waters. It is very different from sea salt or table salt which is mainly Sodium Chloride. Epsom Salt has been used for centuries to treat skin complaints. It is non toxic, it won't harm you if you swallow some (but it doesn't taste too good!). We use it for two main reasons. Firstly it increase its specific gravity to approximately 1.25–1.26. This high density allows you to float effortlessly on the surface of water in the tank. Secondly, it softens your skin and won't leave you wrinkly.
  • Can I float if I can’t swim?
    Yes absolutely! Floatation therapy takes place in shallow water, and you'll effortlessly float on the surface due to the high salt concentration. Swimming skills are not required to enjoy the experience.
  • What is the sensation like inside the floatation tank?
    Inside the tank, you'll experience a feeling of weightlessness, similar to floating in space. The water is perfectly calibrated to your body temperature, making it hard to distinguish between the water, air, and your body. This absence of sensory input creates a unique sensation of floating in nothingness, promoting a deep sense of calm and relaxation. The water has some texture too it, if feels silky, this is due to the high salt content.
  • How long is a float?
    Our float sessions are an hour long. This duration allows for ample time to experience deep relaxation and its associated benefits. Please allow time to have a shower and wash your hair after the float hour. *If you want to book a longer float you can book two sessions back to back. *
  • How often should I float to experience the benefits?
    The frequency of floatation sessions varies from person to person. Some people benefit from weekly floats, while others find monthly sessions sufficient to maintain the positive effects. Regular floating can enhance the cumulative benefits over time. Our float packages are designed for people who want to float on a regular basis as they make it more affordable than paying for each individual session separately. Have a look at them here.
  • What do I wear?
    Typically, individuals don't wear anything when they float to maximize the sensory-deprived experience and minimize any distractions. However, you may wear a swimsuit if you prefer. If you do wear a swimsuit make sure you give it a good rinse out afterwards due to the high salt content of the water.
  • What is floatation therapy?
    Floatation therapy involves floating effortlessly in a dark space filled with warm saltwater, providing sensory deprivation for relaxation and healing.
  • Is it claustrophobic?
    Not at all. Most floatation tanks are designed to provide a spacious and comfortable experience. We have 3 float rooms, and 2 of them don't have lids. We would recommend The Cabin or The Open Pod for your first float if you are feeling a little unsure. The Orbit is the only room that has a lid and you have full control over the lid, allowing you to keep it open, partially closed, or fully closed based on your comfort level. Inside The Orbit with the lid closed feels like a cosy cocoon and many people find the experience incredibly relaxing.
  • What if I fall asleep during a float?
    For most people the experience of floating is very relaxing. So if you fall asleep, that's awesome! If you do drift off, it’s perfectly safe, and the water is so buoyant that it is very difficult to turn over.
  • Do I have to float in the dark?
    No you don't. You control the lights within our tanks, so if you don't want to turn them off then you don't have to.
  • How should I prepare for a floatation session?
    It's recommended to avoid caffeine or heavy meals before a session. Ideally you will come to the session without any makeup on. You will be asked to shower before entering the tank to remove oils, lotions, and other substances that may interfere with the water quality. Additionally, it's helpful to approach the session with an open mind and a willingness to relax.
  • We've booked a float for two with a Mobiliser session, can we Mobilise at the same time?
    Yes you can, we have two rooms which both have two Mobilisers in.
  • I loved the Mobiliser! Do you sell them?
    Yes! The Mobiliser is available for sale from Back in Action both new, or ex-hire. For more info please click here.
  • Can I use the Mobiliser?
    There are a few conditions that mean you won't be able to use the Mobiliser. If you have any queries regarding this please give us a call on 0117 316 9619.
  • I have booked a Mobiliser session before my float, what time do I need to arrive?
    If you have booked a float and a 15 minute Mobiliser session, please arrive by 9:10am, 11:10am, 1:10pm or 3:10pm (20 minutes before your booked float time)
  • What is the Mobiliser? And how does it work?
    The Mobiliser is the most amazing way to relax yourself and your spine ahead of a floatation session. You don’t need to do anything but relax on a Mobiliser. It’s like combining a strong massage with a wave that moves up and down your body. It works by getting movement into the spine, muscles, and joints by using a set of rollers. A 15 minute session is just a £10 add on to the float and we highly recommend combining it with your float. Have a look at here at our Back In Action website for more information.
  • I'm pregnant, can I use the Mobiliser?
    No, we do not recommend that you use the Mobiliser system during pregnancy.
  • Can I rent the Mobiliser to have at home?
    Yes! The standard hire fee is £299 for a month. For more info click here.
  • What if I need to amend or cancel my booking?
    Cancellation or changes with less than 48 hours will result in 100% of the session being charged. If cancelling or amending an appointment while we are closed, please contact us as early as possible using our e-mail address, phone or voicemail system.
  • How do I book a float using a gift card?
    If you visit our online booking page here and follow the steps until you get to the checkout page and click the link that says 'Redeem a gift card'. You will need to have your long series of letters and numbers ready to enter into the box so make sure you have them to hand when you book. Enter your code into the box and click 'Apply' and this will apply the value of your gift card to the booking.
  • How do I book a session?
    You can book a session via our online booking system here. You can book multiple float sessions in the same booking.
  • I've bought a float package, how do I use it?
    When you buy a package with us, you will need to create a log in account. When you want to book a session using your package, you will need to log in to your account and then follow the booking steps like you normally would.
  • Is there disabled badge holder parking?
    For disabled badge holders, there is a loading bay at the front of the Back In Action store. It can be used for up to 3 hours. Please note that access to our float center is via stairs and a good mobility level is required for float tank access. Carers able to assist with access can float with you for free in our double-occupancy rooms.
  • Where are you located?
    We are inside the Back In Action store opposite the Royal Marriott Hotel on College Green. Back In Action 42-43 College Green Bristol BS1 5SH Simply come into the store and walk down the stairs on your right. If you're unsure please ask a member of staff in the shop for directions.
  • Where can I park?
    The closest carpark to us is College Street Carpark BS1 5UU or Trenchard St Carpark BS1 5AN. Please allow at least 2 hours parking for a 1 hour float session. The last thing you will want to do after floating is rush off to the car park before your parking runs out!
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