1.) It’s an experience that’s both new and familiar. None of us can remember what it’s like to be in the womb, but I have to imagine rocking in the warm water of the tank in silence is as close to being back there as it gets. Not only was I incredibly soothed, I felt a bit like a pre-cog from Minority Report, which is something I’ve never been able to say before. And don’t worry, if you suffer from claustrophobia, you can leave the lid open because we’ve designed the room to be dark even with the lid open and if you want, there’s color and light therapy as an option too.
2.) We could all use a break from screens. Doing two hours of anything with complete disconnection from social media seemed feasible (I do sleep after all), but I found myself counting down the minutes in my head at the beginning of my session. Once I started slipping deeper and deeper into relaxation, I became unaware of time, and began to confront the highs and lows of the past year and channel positive energy toward what’s to come—it was a spiritual and mental detox. Before I knew it, the pump had kicked on and the water started circulation which was how I knew it was time to get out.
3.) You’ll feel pain relief in areas you didn’t even know you had pain in. It only took a few minutes of floating for my shoulders, legs and lower back—the areas where I experience the most tension regularly—to become tight. But by the end of the session, the constriction was almost nonexistent and I felt even better and less stiff the day after.
4.) Your skin and hair will thank you. The slippery salt works wonders on your skin and hair. It’s important to keep in mind that you should drink a lot of water and have a light snack beforehand. As with working out, you will feel quite thirsty and ready for a meal once you’re done.
5.) You’ll have the best sleep of your life afterward. I fell asleep the instant I hit my mattress that night and slept soundly throughout the night and into the next morning and woke up feeling restored and rejuvenated the entire next day.
Once the float is over I believe it’s best to schedule even an extra 5-10 additional minutes after your float to let your mind refocus can make a huge difference. Instead of rushing off to your next task, let your mind ease it’s way back into the real world by giving it just a few extra minutes after each session.
6.) Ease Back Into Technology
The last thing you need after an hour of relaxation is to read about your neighbor’s latest drama on Facebook or listen to radio clip about our failing economy. When it comes to technology immediately after your float, either shut it off or turn the volume down.
7.) Stay Hydrated & Watch What You Eat
Floating is not only therapeutic but it’s also a great tool for detoxifying your body. Drinking water helps to continue flushing out any toxins in the body. Also, try and avoid drinks such as coffee or soda, which can actually dehydrate you more.
Then there’s the saying, “you are what you eat.” Therefore, after a float when you are feeling refreshed and energized it’s best to eat healthy foods that support your mood, rather than eating a candy bar that’s filled with sugar and is bound to make your mind crash and body feel sluggish.
8.) Avoid Strenuous Activities
For the next day to two, try and take it easy to preserve that energized and refreshed feeling. If possible, avoid hiking or long distance running and instead try incorporating some yoga or stretching to reconnect with your body and mind.
9.) Journal and Take Time to Reflect
It’s important to acknowledge and write down how you’re feeling for the next couple of days after your float session. Maybe you finally got a good night’s sleep for the first time in a while, or you’ve noticed an improvement in your overall mood. Taking time to journal and reflect on your feelings will help you determine what’s working in your floating routine (and maybe even what’s not).
10.) Build On Your Momentum
Learning to calm your mind and let go is a discipline that takes time and practice. By combining floating with other relaxation techniques at home such as deep breathing or guided meditations, you can begin take your relaxation to the next level and may even be able to achieve a feeling similar to a float outside of the tank.
And what’s the obvious next step? Invest In More Regular Floats
Now that you’ve gathered all the benefits and you know where to get your float on, there’s no excuse not to incorporate floating more regularly into your routine. Not to mention that the effects of floating are cumulative — the more often you float, the better it is for you!
We hope these tips help you to extend your post-float bliss, allowing the wonderful effects of floating to carry over into your every day life.
And if you’ve never floated (or haven’t in a long time), schedule your float today!