05 Jul How to Make the Most of Your Float Time
Anyone who tells you they hold the one surefire secret to maximizing your time in a float tank is probably lying or has no idea what they’re talking about.
Floating is an objective experience that is different for everybody. There’s no right or wrong way to do it. Each person who spends time in a sensory deprivation tank will come to contrasting conclusions on how their time is best spent.
That said, there are things experienced floaters do to optimize their time. These aren’t rules, but rather tips that people who have spent plenty of time floating do to make the most of their experience.
Open Your Mind
One of the biggest mistakes you can make as a first-time floater is coming in with preconceived expectations about your sensory deprivation tank experience.
Don’t immediately assume your floating experience will be the same as your friend who told you it helped with their stress levels. If you’re looking to de-stress, don’t become hellbent on following the exact same strategy as someone else who had a positive experience.
Be open to being in the float tank and just see where your mind goes. For some people, that can mean trying to mend muscle pain while others are looking for deep meditation. It can also be as simple as having some personal time to relax without anyone else around.
The possibilities can be endless, but you have to understand that the experience is only going to be what you make it.
The experience of being in a float tank can really test your discipline and patience.
Staying still while floating for an extended period of time isn’t easy for everyone to do. Most first-time floaters won’t be able to immediately shut off and lay completely still right away.
Much like exercising, think about it in terms of setting goals for yourself. This week, you may only be in a sensory deprivation tank for about 30 minutes, but try increasing that time by 5-10 minutes each week or two.
Don’t think that you have to float for a minimum of 2 hours in order to get the best experience either. Do as much as you can for the first week and then slowly go up from there, if you want. That way, you won’t get discouraged and your body and mind will find it easier to adapt to the gradual increase.
Practice Makes Perfect
Strange as it might sound, even floating takes some experience to truly master.
Figuring out how floating works best for you takes time and multiple trips to a sensory deprivation tank. As highlighted earlier, there is no right or wrong way to approach your floating experience. However, you have to have some degree of belief and commitment in the process.
Things like coming in on an empty stomach, avoiding caffeine before a float, and hydrating are all helpful, but they won’t do much if you’re not in the right mindset. Before you even decide to float, you have to understand that it will take some time to get better and every single person’s journey is different.
If you’re ready to take that first step and see what the power of floating can do for you, take a look some of our incredible float tanks. Contact us for more information, we’re always happy to help!