FAQs

About our Ice Baths or Freeze Sessions:

Can I bring a friend for an Ice Bath?

Yes. All our rooms are private but we have a Private Group Room that allows for up to 4 pax at a time. You will be charged an additional $20 per extra person per session, for them to join you.

What do I wear for an Ice Bath?

All participants must wear swimwear whilst in the ice bath and sauna.

Why is there no ice?

Our ice baths uses an engine to regulate and maintain the very low temperatures so physical ice is not necessary. Ice is also not produced by the machine as it does not go below 5 degrees celsius.

How many people can fit in the ice bath?

Only person can go in the ice bath at a time.

What if it’s my first time doing an ice bath?

If it’s your first time doing an ice bath and you have any pre-existing conditions, please consult your health care professional prior to your first session. Our Educators will teach you basic protocols and breathing techniques to help you ease into your first experience.

Should I use the Ice Bath on a full stomach?

No, best to avoid eating large meals before your session.

Should I shower beforehand and after?

Both. Shower before to cleanse and wash off any make up etc, then shower afterwards to warm up again. We advise not to use too hot a shower post your ice bath, best to use room temperature water and gradually warm things up from there to avoid any damage, tingling or pain to the skin.

What is the temperature of your Ice Baths?

Between 10-14°C, for temperatures under 10°C, please write in 24 hours beforehand so our team can prepare that for you.

Do I need to put my whole body in straight away?

To start out, you may want to first expose your feet and lower legs. As you get comfortable, you can move further into the ice bath so the water comes up toward your chest.

What should I do if I feel light headed afterwards

Take your time, be careful getting out of the bath. Ring our alarm bell if you need assistance. Take your time once out of the ice bath, take a seat, take a deep breath if needed, and drink some water and/ or warm tea provided to help settle yourself.

Is there anyone who shouldn’t use an Ice Bath?

There is a common misconception that Ice bath is only for athletes. Ice baths are suitable for all body types. However, please check with your doctor if you have:
1. Any cardiovascular or vascular condition
2. Any uncontrolled medical conditions
3. Cold allergy
4. Severe sensation impairment

About out Saunas or Sweat Sessions:

Should I use the Ice Bath on a full stomach?

No, best to avoid eating large meals before your session.

Should I shower beforehand and after?

Both. Shower before to cleanse and wash off any make up etc, then shower afterwards to warm up again. We advise not to use too hot a shower post your ice bath, best to use room temperature water and gradually warm things up from there to avoid any damage, tingling or pain to the skin.

What is infrared heat?

Simply stated, infrared is a light wave next to the colour red on the electromagnetic spectrum that is invisible to the human eye but felt as heat. In fact, you’ve likely come in contact with infrared before since it is commonly used in incubators for newborns, heat lamps and toasters.

Is the sauna at max temperature when I enter?

You will actually start your session when the sauna cabin temp is 45-60 degrees celsius and let your body warm up along with the cabin air temperature. For Sweat & Freeze sessions the sauna can be raised to 80 degrees celsius. The heater panels are already emitting far infrared energy at maximum capacity and your body is receiving all the infrared energy it can absorb. Take your time and enjoy yourself.

Far Infrared ‘soft’ heat is calming and relaxing, just like feeling your body soak up the warmth of the sun on a cool day, and as your body becomes more accustomed to raising your core temperature on a regular basis you will sweat twice as much and detoxify more compared to a traditional sauna.

Is there anyone who should not use the Sauna?

Saunas are not advisable for women who are pregnant, anyone with a pacemaker (unless approved by a medical doctors) or anyone with an inability to sweat.

How do you clean the saunas?

The good news is, infrared heat kills 99% of bacteria for a naturally sterile environment. But at Soma Haus, we go a step further and clean each suite with non-toxic cleaners. Our saunas are also made of Cedarwood which are anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.

Will using the Sauna help me lose weight?

If your goal is to lose weight, Infrared Sauna is a beneficial tool as it increases our metabolic rate, which helps us lose weight gradually in the long run. You will weigh less when you first step out of the Infrared Sauna. However, this weight loss is due to a loss of water in your body and will be back to normal once you rehydrate (as we should!). You can slowly increase the frequency of infrared use (as tolerated) to help aid you in your long-term weight-loss program.

What do I wear in the Sauna?

All participants must wear swimwear whilst in the ice bath and sauna.

Is the Sauna Private?

Yes, your sauna is located in a private suite where you can relax uninterrupted. We also have a Private Group Room that allows for up to 4 pax at a time. You will be charged an additional $20 per extra person per session, for them to join you.

Floatation Pod FAQs

Will I be able to float?

You will definitely float due to the 300kg Epsom salt dissolved in the water. The water is below knee length and you are in control of your experience. The pod does not lock shut too. You are able to open it, stand up and step out anytime. The buoyancy of the water makes sinking an impossibility, so even if you fall asleep you will still be floating. The Epsom salt will not cause your skin to wrinkle when in the water for so long.

Is there anyone who shouldn’t float?

Floating is generally very safe for all. However, you should avoid floating if you have one or more of the following conditions:
1. Uncontrolled epilepsy or history of seizures.
2. Drugs or alcohol intoxication.
3. Skin/infectious disease.
4. Serious open wounds
5. Are currently menstruating
5. Serious psychological conditions.
6. Any medical conditions that are untreated or uncontrolled. (High/Low blood pressure Or Allergies)

Please consult your doctor first if you are ever in doubt. You will be requested to sign a detailed waiver form before your first float.

Can I float when I am pregnant?

Of course! Floating may be one of the most relaxing things you can do to enhance your pregnancy experience as it is a brilliant way to relax in a weightless environment, particularly in the 3rd trimester when movement, sleeping and wellbeing can be a struggle. If you are in your first trimester or have any concerns, please consult your physician before coming in.

How is the water cleaned?

We keep our pod and water clean in 4 ways:
1. There is a water filtration system that helps to filter and recycle the water between each session. The water is fully filtered 3 times for at least 15 minutes between each float
2. Hydrogen peroxide: oxidising agent that works similar to chlorine but is more environmentally friendly, no smell and is safe to use
3. UV light: is effective killing the bacteria, used in conjunction with hydrogen peroxide during the cleaning cycle
4. Ozone: helps as an additional disinfectant and is run during the cleaning cycle

Furthermore, the high concentration of salt makes the environment very inhospitable for bacteria to grow

What should I expect for my first floating experience?

1. When you come in for your first floating session, you will be greeted by our friendly educator, who will guide you through the onboarding process and answer any additional questions you may have.
2. Afterwards, they will orient you to a private room with a pod, shower and bathroom amenities, where you have complete privacy.
3. Swimwear is optional and we recommend going nude so that you can experience full relaxation.
4. You will then enter the pod, where the water is heated to the same temperature as your skin to further reduce sensory stimulation.
5. Lie on your back and start floating. Do expect some time adjusting to the environment as floating, like many things, does take a bit of practice. Everyone’s experience will be different as we all have unique minds and bodies.
6. Once you get the hang of floating, just close your eyes and imagine you are weightless. You might start to lose the sensation of the water touching your skin, giving you the feeling of floating in the vastness of emptiness.
7. You are in control of your experience, you can step out at any time, you can choose to keep the lights on or off, or you can keep the pod open. Just remember to breathe.
8. Once your time is up, you can start to bring yourself back to the present and step out of the pod when you are ready. You can use the shower to wash up and our educator will check in with you outside.

For more information about your first float. Read our Journal.

Are there any height and weight restrictions?

Due to the amount of salt, it will enable all body types to float naturally and easily. If you are tall or have a bigger frame, you may bump into the sides more than the average person initially. But with time, you master the ability to centre yourself easily in the pod.

Will floating help me sleep better?

The floating effect is physiological, your body will respond even if your brain and mind is busy. The relaxation response is automatic, it is an evolved response to floating, common to all humans, it will work even if your brain remains active in the float, as it can sometimes.

Regular float sessions that help with the relaxation response can help regulate sleep patterns, allowing your to sleep better during the night.

Can I float on a full stomach?

Normally food is not recommended. If you have to, have a lighter meal couple of hours before the session. Definitely no caffeine, alcohol or energy drinks. Water is perfectly fine!

How many times do I need to float to feel results?

Many people experience significant benefits on their first float, however like any form of active wellness, consistent and repeated usage amplifies the results. We find that after your second or third float, you’ll be able to relax both physically and mentally and you’ll really start to feel how awesome floating can be. For chronic conditions more sessions will likely be necessary as it can take time to resolve underlying issues effectively. To get the most out of your float experience, we recommend pairing it with some of our bespoke treatments. Approach our Educators for more.