After me and my partner were left nearly 20 minutes sitting in silence, we were taken through to our float tanks, where a nice lady explained all. My partner went in to his room. I was quite surprised that my room was so cold, but assumed that it was part of the experience and that I would be lovely and warm in the tank. I showered and entered my tank, where I was shocked to find that it was really quite cold.
Whilst in the tank I was extremely disappointed. The water was possibly only 10-15 cm deep, and I kept bumping into the sides and touching the bottom of the tank. I could hear people walking past, and could even hear a member of staff explaining to a floater next door. After the music finished (which, by the way, I was not asked to choose) I lay there for approximately another 5 minutes and decided that things were no better; I really wasn’t enjoying banging my head every minute, so decided to get out. When out of the tank, I looked at what I can only assume was a thermometer on the side of the tank, which showed the tank as 29 degrees. I showered and tried to wrap up in what I can only describe as a un-fluffy, small, stained excuse for a towel. I got dressed and left my room, extremely disappointed.
I met my partner in reception to find out that he had had the same very poor experience. He told me that he had found hairs in his tank and that his shower had not even run hot water.
I am so upset and disappointed by some of the statements Floatworks make on their website, which couldn’t be further from the truth, in my eyes:
"Once settled it is only possible to touch the bottom of the tank with a great deal of effort" - I found it easy to touch the bottom; in fact, my legs and bottom kept touching the bottom of the tank and my arms and head kept touching the sides.
"... which is about 25cm deep" - No way, is all I can say!
"... designed to block out all external distractions, such as sights, sounds" - I could hear the lady talking next door.
"... big, fluffy, fresh towels" - I think small, flat, stained towels describes them better!
"The salt-water solution is heated to skin temperature (35.5 degrees C)" - The tank was cold. I did not have my own thermometer with me, but there is no way that the water was that warm.
"The water within the tank is automatically filtered between each customer" - If this is the case, why were there hairs in my partner's tank?
As for the photos on their website, I feel this just adds to what I see as false advertising!
by dani.bailey, 23 Aug 2011
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by Bloo, 11 Jun 2008
1) I found it to be generally a very good experience. I felt very relaxed (and very sleepy) after doing floating.
2) It seems it's better to visit in the mornings, since the float tank becomes quite hot by the end of the day (I guess becasuse it works for many hours without a stop), which makes the experience less pleasant.
3) I'd advise not to use float tank #7, since it becomes particularly hot and feels more like a sauna; (personnel know about it, but are reluctant to say anything unless you ask).
by egor, 09 Sep 2007
by White Rose, 22 Feb 2007
My experience couldn't have been more different. The staff were lovely, the atmosphere excellent and the floatation experience incredible (I'm still flying with overwhelming feelings of pure joy and the most profound relaxation). The centre was even dressed up for the day with love hearts and free sweeties everywhere. A truly memorable experience - I'll be going back again soon!
by Soozie Sue, 14 Feb 2007
by Beebabe, 26 Sep 2006
by Wong, 05 Dec 2005
The only minor negative, and I'm being picky here, is that I didn't find the surroundings very inspiring - the waiting room was a bit plain and the rooms are just a tank, a chair and a shower. That's all you need and I had no complaints - just don't expect an upmarket spa environment.
by mr_benn (20 reviews), 03 Dec 2004
As long as you're not prone to claustrophobia, I'd recommend this to anybody. On my first visit I remember thinking that it was somewhat mundane and boring until I left Floatworks and then realised that I felt ecstatic and totally wasted (in a good way). I spent half an hour blissfully wandering around looking at the Thames and Southwark Cathedral before feeling ready to face the hustle and bustle of London.
I'm sure everybody reacts differently, but I find that floating helps my general wellbeing in many ways and also helps me concentrate when I have problems to solve in work or my personal life. If I lived or worked nearer I'd be there every week.
by blah (5 reviews), 08 Mar 2004
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