18 Aug Floating Side Effects You Need To Know
Whether you’re opening a float centre of your own or just looking to unwind in a float tank, you need to be in the know when it comes to potential side effects.
Relax, there’s no reason to hit the panic button. Spending time in a sensory deprivation tank is still one of the best forms of relaxation there is. However, you should be vigilant so your float tank experience doesn’t get bogged down with generally avoidable issues.
While side effects obviously vary from person to person, there are some common issues most people have found. It’s important to understand these side effects in order for you to have a more enjoyable overall floating experience.
Feeling a Little “Out of It”
Spending time in a sensory deprivation tank is exactly what it sounds like — it deprives the senses. There’s nothing to see, hear, or touch for however long you choose to be inside. It’s because of this that some people can feel disoriented when they get out of a float tank.
Of course, this feeling is only temporary. It’s almost like taking a long nap in the middle of the day then waking up to find that it’s still super bright out. It’ll take a couple minutes to readjust and get your bearings. There’s no need to rush into any extraneous activities right after a float tank session either, give yourself a little time to fully recover.
On much rarer occasions, some people have gotten sick in a float tank. Attributed to a number of potential issues, including disorientation, there have been cases of nausea or vomiting. While this has happened, many people who have experienced this before didn’t have the same experience later.
The best thing you can do in order to prepare yourself for these potential situations is to ensure you are well hydrated with a clear head before entering the float tank. It might sound almost too easy, but doing these things will help quell whatever stresses could cause disorientation or nausea. Again, it’s important to keep in mind that these are only temporary sensations with no long-term damage.
There are also cases of people feeling tired and unmotivated after a float tank session. While some people feel refreshed and ready to take on the day, others want to fall asleep. It’s a good idea to give yourself a little extra time to relax in whatever capacity you need after you’re done a float session.
Okay, here’s where a little common sense goes a long way. Since float tanks are full of Epsom salt and salt is not good for open wounds — those two things don’t mesh that well.
If you have things like a cut, scrape or hangnail, jumping into to an Epsom salt-filled float tank can create a burning discomfort that may be painful at times. There are special ointments you can use to protect your skin against the salt that most float centres provide. With that in mind, it’s never a good idea to go into a float tank with any open wounds.
That same Epsom salt can also cause skin rashes if you’re not properly rinsing after a float tank session. Taking a nice shower afterwards can go a long way in getting rid of any salt that’s potentially stuck on your skin or in your hair. Give yourself adequate time to shower up after spending time in a sensory deprivation tank to avoid any skin abnormalities.
Now that you know how to get around the side effects, are you ready to share your knowledge at your own float centre? Give us a shout for more information about opening a float centre and our incredible float tanks. When you’re ready, let us help you get started!