You may have heard of the skin receptor neutral temperature that float centres preach. The sacred 35.5 degrees Celcius. It seems to be the temperature that most centres set their tanks’ water to. We even do it at The Float Spa: for someone’s first float, they will enter a pod that has a water temperature of 35.5 celsius, give a take a couple points of a degree.
Does that mean this is the temperature that is best for them? Not necessarily, and it is our job as responsible float centre to find out what temperature will make our floaters the most comfortable. The best way to figure this out is to ask! and this is what we do.
The majority of people will be completely fine with the temperature you have set for them. 35.5° does seem to be the best median temperature for the general public, but we are all different. Some people like the water warmer while others like the tank on the cool side.
Air vs Water Temperature
If we are asked to have the pod cooler or warmer, we make sure to find out if you are talking about the air or the water. Some people get cooler on the top side of their body and need the temperature of the room to be raised. Others would like the water temperature to be raised. Some people are just hot all over and would like the room temperature dropped along with the water temperature.
There are plenty of combinations to figure what is best, but it is all worth it to give the best float experience.
Different Day, Different Temperature
That perfect temperature that you experience while floating in the middle of December is probably not going to be the same perfect temperature in the middle of July.
Our bodies are different from day to day as well. Women seem to fluctuate more than men, in my own experience. I had a customer come in one day who wanted it warmer. I made the pod warmer and she said the temperature was perfect – she had a great float. I took the temperature of the tank and the settings I set the tank to and recorded them in her profile so she could have that temperature from now on. For her next float, we set the tank temperature to her preference, and after her float she said she got a little hot.
Some Floaters are Little Heaters
Occasionally, we will take the temperature after someone’s float and the temperature will have jumped up. The settings of the pod are the same, and nothing has changed. Some people’s own core temperature is so high that they just naturally heat up the tank.
Check Your Temperatures, Check Your Temperatures, and Check Your Temperatures Again
This has been one of the biggest practices for myself in providing great floats. Checking the tank temperatures regularly throughout the day and being on top of customer’s preferences has allowed me to give people the best experience possible.