06 Sep How-to Prepare for Your First Float
Today, we’d like to share some tips and tricks to properly prepare for your first float. We’ve covered a few frequently asked questions in the past, but many people often wonder what they need to know before their first therapy session.
Please keep in mind that this list has more to do with procedural steps – things you should remember before and after your float. If you are concerned about your well being, check out our post on how to float. Without further ado, here’s how you should prepare before your first float.
Before Your float
Tip #1 – No Caffeinated Beverages
Try to avoid coffee or other caffeinated beverages a few hours before your float. The jolt of energy will only succeed to distract you. Sensory deprivation is all about entering into a relaxed state of mind. In addition, too much liquid may end up sending you to the bathroom.
Tip #2 – Have a Light Snack
Make sure to have a snack a few hours prior to your float. There’s nothing worse than an appetite inside of a float tank or a growling stomach breaking the silence. Similarly, too much food will have you feeling bloated. Try to find a good middle ground.
Tip #3 – Avoid Shaving
Recently shaved skin can cause a lot of irritation for floaters. We recommend you save your shave until after.
Tip #4 – Bathroom Break
Take a trip to the washroom before you enter into the float tank. Trying to hold it in while you are in the middle of a session will totally take you out of the experience.
Tip #5 – Keep a Towel Close
Just before getting started, you will need to shower PRIOR to the float to rid of any chemicals before entering the tank. Once you are done, make sure your towel is in arm’s length of the float tank. There’s a good chance you’ll get salt in your eyes – especially when you’re adjusting as a first time floater – and you’ll want to be able to wipe your face at will.
Tip #6 – Earplugs
Put your ear plugs in before you pre-shower, and dry your face after the pre-shower to ensure droplets don’t annoy you and cause you to touch your face with salty hands!
During Your Float
Tip #7 – Time
Try not to think about time, it will only distract you from the full experience. Floating is meant to be immersive, so if you find yourself getting hung up on when your session might be over, try to recollect your thoughts.
Tip #8 – Breath
Remember why you’re here. Besides closing yourself off from the rest of the world, you are meant to relax. Focus on your breathing and settle down your mind. Reach out and hold the sides of the tank and wait for the water to settle down, while you are centering your body in the float tank.
Tip #9 – Float
If you’re worried that you won’t physically be able to float, those thoughts will be forgotten almost immediately. Floating comes naturally to almost all human beings, and the amount of Epsom salt in the water ensures that you will be stable. Take a look at our blog posts, entitled “How do you Float” for more information.
After Your Float
Tip #10 – Shower
Once you’ve left the float tank, take a quick post-float shower to wash off all the Epsom salt stuck to your skin. This will leave you feeling fresh and smooth.
Tip #11 – Enjoy Yourself!
Get dressed and enjoy the rest of your day! This is a great time to grab a bite to eat, do some reflecting and anything else that’ll keep you basking in that post float glow. The last thing we can say (and maybe the most important) is to have fun! Check out our blog for more info on float tanks, sensory deprivation and the benefits of floating.