FLOAT TIPS & BEST PRACTICES
Avoid shaving before your float. Any cuts or lesions will be distracting due to the Epsom salt sting. If you do have any small cuts or areas of sensitive skin, we’ll provide you will Vaseline to apply beforehand.
You must eat a meal 1-1.5 hours before you float! If you do not eat within this time frame with sufficient carbs, and proteins, you will be cold. If you are fasting, do NOT float. Everyone is different, and you will have to figure out what foods work best for your pre-float meal.
Be sure to use the washroom prior to showering before you float. Talk about a distraction while in the tank.
Avoid caffeine and other stimulants before floating. The float tank is trying to reduce stimulation and elicit the ‘relaxation response’; stimulants like caffeine and nicotine will have the opposite effect.
Getting active before your float is a great idea. Yoga, running, and resistance training are all activities that pair well with floating. Your muscles and fascia will be loose and flowing with blood which helps to cleanse and repair your tissues. By using up any excess energy, your body will naturally ease into a deeper state of relaxation and meditation. Think of your float as the ultimate Savasana!
In the Float tank
Your breath can be an amazing tool for calming the mind and relaxing the body. Try to slow everything down with some deep, long breathes; once you settle into your experience try less to manipulate the breath and more just observing it.
There is no “right” way to float. The most important thing is to get comfortable. The two main positions in the tank are with your arms at your side or with your arms over-head with your palms up. The arms up position is recommended to anyone who has neck or back concerns because it brings the spine further into alignment. Play around with the two to see which feels better for your body. When you are comfortable in your position, try to remain still and mindfully relax all of each body part from head to toe.
Avoid excessive movement in the tank; it will prevent full relaxation and therefore many benefits of floating. Also, the more you move, the more likely you are to get salt water in your eyes and/or mouth. The tank’s strong Epsom salt solution has an unpleasant taste and will sting the eyes. If this happens, slowly exit the tank and rinse your mouth and/or eyes in the shower.
IT TAKES THREE FLOATS TO GET THE “FULL EXPERIENCE”, COMPLETED WITHIN A MONTH
Many people can easily sink into the depths of a float session on their very first try. However, we are all formed by our life experiences a little differently and for others it make take 2-3 floats before a deeper connection is made, this is normal.
Once you’ve cleared your first three floats, done within succession, then frequencies of floating suggested are:
- 1 float a month is the bare minim to maintain your float practice
- 2 floats a month for busy lifestyle to manage stress stress
- 1 float a week for best results (sleep, stress, recovery)
- 2 floats a week for most effective chronic pain relief, stress, post concussion, mindfulness progress
Everyone is differet, and depedning on the indidvual this varies. We encourage floaters to find the best day and time to float, and be consistent with thier float practiec. Example: sleep/insomnia is suggested to float later in the day/night. Stress managment, it depends, typically after work/ days off. We suggest experimenting to see what works best for each individual. If you have a specific purpose we suggest trying Exercise, journaling , walking creative work or anything else pre-floating.