If you’ve never floated before, don’t worry, we were all first-timers once. Rest assured, this is going to be one of the most relaxing and rewarding experiences you’ve ever had, and there’s nothing to be nervous about. Here are a few tips for you to ensure a great float.
BEFORE YOU ARRIVE
Avoid shaving or waxing about 24 hours prior to floating, to avoid any unpleasant sensations on open wounds. Aim to have a meal about 3-4 hours prior to floating, or a light snack 30-60 minutes prior, so you don’t get hunger rumbles while you’re trying to relax. If it’s your first time floating with us, aim to arrive about 15 minutes early for checking in.
WHEN YOU ARRIVE
As part of your check-in, a float facilitator will have you take a seat in our lobby while you watch a short introductory video. This gives a brief overview of what floatation therapy is, what you can expect during your float session, and some tips on how to make the float more comfortable and enjoyable to your tastes. After the video, you will be given a tour of the studio and shown to your private float suite.
THE PRE-FLOAT SHOWER
We ask that all guests use the private shower in your suite prior to getting into the float tank, washing with the unscented shampoo and body wash, no conditioner. This minimizes any excess dirt, oil, or bacteria getting into the water. Pro tip: inserting ear plugs before getting in the shower will help keep annoying water droplets out of your ear during the float. Once you’re clean, dry your face and climb on in to the tank!
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT DURING YOUR FLOAT
You will have the option to have music played at the beginning of, or all throughout, your float – it’s your call. The same goes for the LED light inside the tank, which can be controlled or turned off with a remote. We believe the best experience comes from total nothingness, i.e. no lights or sound, but this is up to you and what you prefer. What’s most important is that you feel comfortable.
Now lie back on the water, and you will immediately float – you don’t even have to try, you just do. You’ll notice how comfortable the temperature is inside the tank. The water has been heated to the temperature of your skin and in balance with the air temperature; this creates a state of symbiosis where, in total relaxation, you can lose sense of where you end and the water/air around you begins.
Now you just relax. If you’re familiar with meditation, this is the perfect environment to practice in. If meditating isn’t your thing, it’s cool, try counting 100 slow in-and- out breaths. Try focusing on that task at work that you’ve been trying to solve. Try brainstorming new ideas for that project. Naturally in time, your brain will enter what’s called the Theta State where brain activity slows as if you were daydreaming or about to fall asleep. Before you know it, time will just pass.
AFTER YOUR FLOAT
When your float session is ending, you will hear soft music come on (or change if you’ve been listening throughout) and a voice will let you know that it’s time to exit the tank. Take one more shower to wash off the salt, redress yourself, and that’s it!
What you do next is up to you, but we urge you to not go rushing right back into your hectic life too quickly if you can help it. Spend even just a few minutes reflecting on how you feel, noticing the colors and smells of the world. The post-float afterglow is a beautiful experience, and we’re happy to help you make the most of it.
Ready to experience it for yourself? Cross the Rubicon and book an appointment today!