26 Jul Avoid These 3 Things Before Going For a Float
Opening a float centre is a big responsibility. Not only are there constant business ramifications to consider, but your clients need to have a clear understanding of the process at all times.
As a sensory deprivation tank expert, it’s your duty to inform clients what activities they should avoid before floating. They need to know you’re providing a safe environment for them. Part of that comes from your own knowledge of floating and the things you should always avoid doing before a session.
Help clients navigate the potential dangers tied to activities that may make their float tank experience an awful one.
Say No To Stimulants
We all need a little pick-me-up sometimes. A little something that gives you that extra edge to start your day and meet challenges head-on.
While there’s certainly nothing wrong with grabbing a cup of coffee, it can have a severe impact on floating. It’s no secret that caffeine can make you more than a little jittery, especially if you consume a lot. The point of being in a float tank is to ease your mind and help promote relaxation — you see the issue here?
Caffeine has a half-life of 2.5-4.5 hours, but it can stay in your system longer as well depending on the person. Having a coffee, energy drink, or soda containing caffeine before your float tank session can have a negative impact on your session. If you’re in real need of a drink along those lines, always go with a decaffeinated option.
Nicotine, be it in a cigarette or tobacco chew, has a similar effect. It won’t relax you and (if you’re smoking) it doesn’t smell good for other clients who use the float tank afterwards.
Save Your Shave
Not following this tip won’t only impact your relaxation, it can hurt — a lot.
As anyone who has opened or is opening a float centre knows, Epsom salt is one of the most important ingredients of a sensory deprivation tank. Since it’s so important, that means there’s a lot of it that goes into a float tank during a session. It helps to relax muscles and allows for a better overall soak.
That said, Epsom salt is not so great on open cuts or freshly shaved skin. If you’re planning on shaving, wait 6 hours to shave your face or legs before hopping into a float tank and 12 hours for any other part of the body. The Epsom salt can cause your freshly shaved skin to become irritated and even sting.
Not only would having open cuts in a float tank be extremely painful, it’s also very unhygienic.
Monitor Your Meals
Having way too much or too little to eat before an exercise can be disastrous. Floating in a sensory deprivation tank might not be an athletic endeavour, but you still need to listen to your body.
A heavy meal right before you head into a float tank is a big no-no. You don’t want to feel bloated and potentially sick in the tank, do you? This takes away from the relaxing environment and sense of weightlessness you’re trying to create.
Eating too little can also be an issue. You don’t want to be laying in a float tank thinking about how much you’d love a hamburger right now. Make sure you eat an easily digestible meal 1.5-2 hours prior to your float session. Your stomach will thank you.
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