A Perfect Float: 11 Tips

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The Perfect Float

A perfect float  takes practice. Floating requires preparation and repetition to be mastered. A very small change or adjustment can make the difference between enjoying the best experience of a life time or not understanding why floating is becoming a trend.  Best practices and tips are followed in all industries and, even more so, when large amounts of salt are involved. The Benefits of floating in enriched Epsom Salt water are many; however, just because we are floating in enriched Epsom Salt water some floating tips are essential in order to have the  perfect float.

Preparing for the Perfect Float:

– Do not drink caffeine or any stimulant drinks within 4-6 hours before the float

– Refrain from shaving your legs, face, underarm and groin a least the day of the float to prevent small cuts or scrapes that may become itchy or irritated when in contact with the salt.

– Eat a light healthy meal before your float to prevent feeling hungry or too stuffed while floating.

Healthy meal before a float

Healthy meal before a float

 

Before the Perfect Float:

Women with a dry face

Dry your face thoroughly

-As soon as you get out of the shower and before getting into the pod, dry your face thoroughly  to avoid getting and itchy face or trying to remove a drop of water from your eye/face after having touched the salty water. You want to avoid  getting salt into your eyes.

– Avoid getting salt into your ears; even though there is no harm in it, some people like me, find it rather uncomfortable. Put your ear plugs in and ensure they have a good fit before getting wet. That is, before getting into the shower and, of course, before getting into the pod.

– ALWAYS use the hand towel provided to touch your face.

-Take a cold/ lukewarm water shower before getting into the pod, to remove oils and fragrances. This will ensure that you feel the pod’s water temperature comfortable.

Man taking a cold/lukewarm water shower

Cold-lukewarm water

During your Perfect Float:

– Use the Halo provided. It will help you release the tension from your neck and have a more relaxing experience.

Man floating with his head supported by a halo

Halo provides support

– If you feel you are becoming restless try changing positions, moving your arms, Woman in still position with hands over her head placing your arms over your head, moving your hands, palms up and down, crossing your legs, or giving yourself a big stretch like when you wake up in the morning. Once you find a  comfortable position stay still.

– If you feel you can’t quiet your mind and your thoughts start wondering from place to place. Concentrate on your breaths: In an out……., in an out….., just think about your breathing; count your breaths, 1,2,3,4,5…, repeat a word or mantra over and over again. Any of these methods will relax your mind and take the focus away from distracting thoughts. The more you practice the easier it will become.

Still woman floating away

Stay Still

– Once you are in control of your mind and body, stay STILL. If you remain still very soon it would be hard to determine where the water and the air meet.  Besides, the more still you remain the less heat will be lost and you will maintain a comfortable body temperature. It may take you a few times to reach this point but it is worth and you will be on your way to get all the benefits of a perfect float.

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7 Relaxing Activities to Help You Wind Down

Too much stress can negatively impact your health. You might experience so much stress that it ruins your sleep, or maybe it exhausts you to the point where you start burning out and can’t enjoy anything anymore. Research has demonstrated that getting relaxation time can profoundly reduce stress, but the benefits extend beyond the time that you’re relaxing. Here are a few relaxing activities that can help you decompress from your day.

Relaxing Activities
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Take Time for Yourself

According to an article in Psychology Today, taking some time for yourself can improve concentration, increase productivity, and even positively benefit the relationships in your life. Your “me” time doesn’t need to last for hours. If there are certain tasks that you can delegate or postpone, try to do that for the sake of getting some time alone. Being alone allows you to do whatever you want, whether it’s treating yourself to a home spa day, read a few pages from a book, or playing a cell phone game for 15 minutes.

Do a Skin Care Treatment

Research on the brain-skin connection shows that stress can exacerbate some skin conditions and have a detrimental effect on skin aging. Look into some skin care treatments that you’ve been interested in trying. If you’re doing an at-home spa experience, you can experiment with different kinds of mud face masks or Korean sheet masks. Having clean skin can relax you.

Hot Rock Massage

To contribute to the spa life, try out a hot stone massage. Hot stone massage therapies can help with pain management, joint flexibility, and even sleep. You can even do a hot rock massage yourself by purchasing stones or a hot massage kit online. The stones can be heated in a crockpot. Ask a friend to place the stones on you, or you can place them on yourself, although it will be tricky. A hot rock massage can help relax your muscles and give yourself a break.

Listen to Relaxing Music

Listening to music can have a very beneficial stress-relieving effect for people who are disabled or have a mental illness. Find music you love and allow yourself to relax into it. You can also try new music that is meant for meditation or some white noise music that allows your mind to wander. Whatever you listen to, make sure it allows your thoughts to go in a positive direction.

Float Therapy

Sensory deprivation is a method that allows you do get detached from everyday stresses and news of the world. A float tank is typically filled with water and enough epsom salt to help you float without assistance. The lights are off and you can retreat into a state of meditation.

Take a Warm Bath or Shower

Taking a warm bath is not only a good way to relax your mind and help your body unwind, but also a simple way to burn some extra calories. It can even be a small technique that helps you manage blood sugar levels. If you don’t have a bath, try a shower. Some people enjoy bathing in the dark, as it allows them to relax even more.

Take a Quick Power Nap

Short naps are one way that experts suggest you can boost creativity, improve cognition, and generally live a healthier life. A short power nap can start with just closing your eyes for a short period of time. This will help you learn how to take quick naps that rejuvenate you.

Winding down and decompressing can be a great way to help you deal with the everyday stress of life. Try doing the more time-intensive activities in the evenings or on the weekends, but try to find ways to relax every day.

Melissa Howard [email protected]

Head of Prevention Outreach

StopSuicide.info

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Float Away Your Concussion

A Concussion is the most common type of traumatic brain injury. Most concussions occur while practicing a sport, recreational activity, falling or by being involved in a car or bicycle accident.

ConcussionConcussions are caused by a direct blow to the head causing the brain to shake back and forth quickly; as a consequence, Concussions affect brain function and can cause serious symptoms that require treatment. Most Concussions are usually not life-threatening.

Anyone who suffers a concussion should seek advice from an experienced health care practitioner immediately.

Concussion Symptoms

Some symptoms may include:
• Memory problems
• Confusion / Difficulty concentrating
• Drowsiness /Dizziness
• Double or blurred vision
• Unequal pupils size
• abnormal eye movement
• Headache
• Nausea or vomiting
• Sensitivity to light or noise
• Balance problems
• Slowed reaction to stimuli
• Irritability
• Loss of coordination / Problems walking
• Seizures
• Draining of blood or clear fluid from the ears or nose
• an inability to wake up (also called a coma)

Concussions lead to cognitive & emotional symptoms

Concussions cause temporary loss of brain function leading to cognitive, physical & emotional symptoms; these symptoms vary depending on the person and the severity of the injury.  Loss of consciousness doesn’t always occur. The long held belief that a person that recently had brain injury shouldn’t sleep, relates more to the ability to evaluate if the person’s cognitive functions are deteriorating than to the act of sleeping itself. Being unable to awaken someone would be indicative of an extreme situation of unconsciousness.

If you or someone you know experiences any of these symptoms after an injury, seek immediate emergency medical treatment or call 911.

Concussion Recovering

Treatment for a concussion depends on the severity of the concussion. Surgery may be required when there is bleeding or swelling of the brain; however, most concussions are treated with Cognitive Rest because it gives the brain time to heal.

Cognitive Rest is the pillar for concussion recovery

In order to give the brain sufficient rest, bright lights and loud noises need to be limited.  Sunglasses and earplugs could be worn to block out unnecessary stimuli. However, not only the outer world must be quietened, the inner world needs to rest too. Meditation is one of the best methods to quiet the mind. In addition, support from friends, family and therapy are also helpful when recovering from a brain injury.

Flotation Therapy

Flotation Therapy / Sensory Deprivation is one of the best alternatives to help heal a brain injury.

Floating for concussions

Cognitive Rest helps heal a concussion

The name says it all!

Sensory Deprivation

First of all, while floating in a tank/pod filled with water and Epsom Salts, the brain is deprived of stimuli (light and sound) thus contributing in this way to the healing process. In addition, a quiet and tranquil environment where zero gravity can be experienced is the perfect place to meditate. therefore. floating is an easy, relaxing and fun way to help heal from a concussion."<yoastmark

The benefits of floating are endless. Dr. Dan Engle analyses in depth how Floatation Therapy aids in recovering from concussions in his book “Concussion Repair Manual”. Many Navy Seals are using Float Therapy on a weekly basis to help them heal from brain injuries. The acute reduction of sensory input and perceptual processing that occurs during a float session is what Doctors recommend to help heal from a brain injury / Concussion: Cognitive Rest.

SensaFloat has state of the art pods that allow the floater to customize the float choosing to have soothing lights, no lights, music, guided meditation or total silence. As a result, cognitive rest is achieved for 60 minutes allowing the brain to work on it’s healing process.

(disclaimer: Sensafloat Spa is not citing any clinical study regarding concussions)

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The Mental and Physical Benefits of Having a Hobby

For many Americans, finding a way to relieve stress and anxiety is imperative, but it can be difficult to find the time, the money, the energy, or the right activity. When you come across something you truly enjoy doing, however, none of that matters, and when a hobby makes you happy, it greatly benefits your physical and mental health. Not only do many hobbies help you get active and social, they also help reduce stressors that can lead to depression and other mood disorders, allowing you to focus on what’s most important in your life.

Having a hobby also helps manage your day, which is important for individuals who are living with PTSD, extreme anxiety, or a substance abuse disorder. When you know what comes next, you can prepare and plan for it, eliminating the risk of a surprise down the road. A hobby can also keep you mentally engaged and can prevent boredom or brain-fog.

Keep reading to find out more about hobbies and their effect on your physical and mental health.

 

Anxiety Stress

A hobby can relieve Anxiety Stress Photo via Pixabay by Free-Photos

Get active

There are many different types of hobbies, and the ones that get you outside are some of the best. Spending time outdoors can help you get fit, boost your mental health, and learn how to cope with stress in a healthy way, as well as help you sleep better at night. If you enjoy being active, look for ways you can get outside and have fun, such as doing yoga on the beach, going for a hike, or simply heading to a local park with your dog for a run.

Or don’t

Sometimes, the best stress relief is simply doing nothing at all. In recent years, much has been discovered about the benefits of sensory deprivation as it relates to mental health. Float pods, an enclosed sound- and light-proof  “room” filled with body-temperature salt water is a great way to clear the mind and get connected to the body.

Work on your home

Many people enjoy putting time into their homes, whether it’s decorating or doing some landscaping on the weekends. Gardening and landscaping are great hobbies because they provide a creative outlet while helping you stay active. DIY projects are very popular these days, and often can be done in the span of a weekend without breaking the bank. Go here for some great project ideas that will keep you creatively fulfilled.

Get social

Having an active social life is important for individuals who have battled substance abuse, seniors who live alone, and those who suffer from social anxiety. It can be hard to put yourself into social situations when they are uncomfortable, but having a hobby that you can share with other like-minded people can really help you learn to open up and create a bond with others. Whether you want to join a club or group or simply enjoy the company of others while you practice something you enjoy, having a hobby can help you get there.

Earn extra money

Some hobbies allow you to earn extra money while doing something you enjoy, and having another source of income can greatly reduce stress and anxiety, especially if you are a single parent or are struggling to make ends meet. Whether you want to sell handmade items on a site like Etsy or start putting your artwork out into the world, there are many ways you can make money from your hobby.

Taking up a hobby can help you enjoy life, feel better physically, boost your mood and mental health, and keep you social, all of which can have profound positive effects for the long-term. Whether you want to get creative or start practicing a sport, finding a way to incorporate something you enjoy into daily life will help you tap into a happier, more well-rounded version of yourself. Talk to your friends and family and garner their support once you’ve found a hobby you enjoy; they may even want to join you!

By Melissa Howard

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Choosing Life and Wellness: Suicide Prevention and Improving Emotional Health

Sometimes people can feel such utter despair that ending life feels like the only option.  It can happen to anyone of any age group, social standing or background.  It’s vital to be aware of the warnings in order to prevent tragedy.

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Immediate help.  If you or someone you love is considering suicide, please reach out for help immediately.  There are crisis centres throughout Canada available to help you at any time, day or night.

Warnings.  Every day, eleven Canadians choose to end their lives.  Additionally, some studies show that 210 Canadians attempt suicide and survive.  Every time someone makes this desperate choice, there is a ripple effect among their family and friends.  The National Institute of Mental Health explains you should be alert to these warning signs which indicate someone may be considering suicide and it’s time to seek help:

  • Creating a will and putting affairs in order
  • Giving away personal belongings, especially those which were once highly valued
  • Seeking resources such as information online about how to kill oneself
  • Gathering pills, a gun or similar instrument
  • Talking about wanting to kill oneself or a desire to die
  • Expressions of hopelessness or having no reason to go on living
  • Talking about being burdensome to others or feeling trapped
  • Expressions of feeling intolerable pain, either emotionally or physically
  • Expressions of rage or vengeful thoughts
  • Becoming isolated from family and friends
  • Sudden or increased abuse of substances
  • Significant changes in sleeping or eating habits
  • Acting in a self-destructive manner, like dangerous driving or unhealthy binging
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Saying goodbyes to family and friends
  • Acting unusually agitated or anxious

 

If you fear someone is considering suicide, talk with that individual in a manner that is caring and nonjudgmental.  You don’t need to worry that you are planting thoughts of suicide in your loved one’s mind.  What you are doing is engaging that person, expressing compassion, and opening lines of communication.

Risk factors.  Some professionals point out there are factors that heighten risk of suicide, such as mental health conditions, chronic health issues, stressful life changes such as a job loss or a divorce, death of a loved one, and a history of childhood abuse.  According to some research, one of the biggest risk factors is previous suicide attempts.  Also, many people who attempt suicide have a substance such as alcohol or opiate in their systems, and those with a family history of suicide are more inclined to make an attempt.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).  Many people suffer with depression triggered with the change of seasons.  This is thought to be connected to changes in daylight, and sufferers often feel lethargic, depressed, and hopeless.  The disorder is referred to as Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD.  Usually it occurs during the dark, cold winter months and symptoms improve as spring arrives.  It can affect one’s sleep patterns, eating habits, moods, and focus.  Redfin explains there are a number of ways to manage the symptoms, such as light box therapy, plants, and mood-boosting room colors.

Improving emotional wellness.  For those at risk of suicide or showing signs of depression, talk therapy or behavioral therapy are appropriate and common choices.  Some people may require medication which should be prescribed by a physician.  In addition to traditional therapies, floatation therapy is a viable option for those suffering with issues such as anxiety, depression, stress and pain.  In fact, some research reflects not only are those issues relieved, optimism and sleep are greatly improved.

Prevent and improve.  If you or someone you love is considering suicide, it’s vital to get help.  Be aware of the warnings and risk factors, and reach out.  Look for ways to improve wellness and prevent tragedy.

Written by:

Melissa Howard

[email protected]

Head of Prevention Outreach

StopSuicide.info

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Hydrotherapy Float

Float Therapy is a form of Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy Float or Float Therapy is hydrotherapy and by definition, hydrotherapy is a form of treatment considered alternative medicine that involves the use of water, at varying temperatures. When trying to manage chronic pain Hydrotherapy  is a good option. Therefore we can safely say that Hydrotherapy float uses water properties therapeutically. Records indicate that Egyptian, Greek and Roman civilizations used hydrotherapy combined with essential oils and flowers in their baths to relief and manage pain. We can safely say that all cultures, at one time or another, have used water to treat illnesses.

 

Water is healing, refreshing, relaxing, soothing and comforting. From a very early age, we learn that a soak in a warm bath can work wonders not only for the body but also for the mind and soul. Hydrotherapy Float or Float Therapy has all of the properties and characteristics of hydrotherapy. It uses water to provide healing, relaxation and well-being. Hydrotherapy, done at health centers, spas, public baths, clubs or homes, takes many forms, floating being one of them.

Humans and animals have enjoyed the relaxing feeling provided by water for centuries.

Humans & animals enjoy relaxing in water.

Types of Hydrotherapy

Some of the more common types of Hydrotherapy are:

Hydrotherapy Pool Exercises:  Considered useful to help alleviate back pain, arthritis, and musculoskeletal related conditions. These exercises, usually guided by a physiotherapist, take advantage of the gentle resistance provided by the water as well as of the fact that the water allows you to exercise without fighting gravity.

Steam or Turkish Baths: Useful to release impurities and relax; these steam rooms are filled with warm, humid air.

Watsu:  A practice where the therapist uses massage techniques while the person floats in a warm water pool.

Sitz Bath: Used to help with hemorrhoids, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and menstrual cramps. The individual sits in one tub submerging the lower part of the body with the feet in another tub. One tub containing cold and the other containing warm water.

Wraps: Used for colds, skin disorders and muscle pain. The body is wrapped in cold wet flannel sheets, then covered with dry towels and then blankets. The body warms up and dries the wet sheets.

Contrast Hydrotherapy: Can be practiced in the shower or in pools. The technique consists on alternating cold and warm temperatures.

Compresses: This method of hydrotherapy is widely used. Towels are soaked in warm and/or cool water and then placed on a particular area on the body. Cool compresses reduce inflammation and swelling, while warm compresses promote blood flow and ease stiff and sore muscles.

Warm Baths: The most commonly used home baths. Relaxing soaks in warm water tubs. Essential oils, flowers, Epsom salts, mineral mud, or aromatherapy oils, are added to create a more relaxing feeling.

 

Water Birth: It is believed that the warm water eases the pain associated with labour.

Hydrotherapy

      Sauna: Water sprinkled in hot rocks produces dry warm air

 

 
Hydrotherapy Float or Float Therapy: Known as Sensory Deprivation relieves stress and anxiety. Enriched Epsom Salt water (full of Magnesium), heated at skin temperature allows individuals to float experiencing zero gravity and deep relaxation.

Hydro-Massage: Given through jets in a Jacuzzi

                                                                                                        

Hydrotherapy Benefits:

  • Osteoarthritis / Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Stress
  • Reduces muscle tension and relieves pain. The weightlessness felt under water relieves tension in the limbs, supporting aching muscles and facilitating movement. Hydrotherapy stimulates the release of endorphins “Nature’s pain killers”
  • Rehabilitates injured muscles. Warm water raises the body temperature, increasing blood flow around the circulatory system and alleviating pain. Improved circulation helps heal injured tissues, damaged muscles or joints.
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Encourages detoxification.
  • Relieves stress
  • Recovery After Athletic Activity

Benefits Of Hydrotherapy Float or Float Therapy:

  • Stress and anxiety relief
  • Pain management
  • Inflammation
  • Sleep disorders
  • Arthritis pain relief
  • Sports injuries
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Menopause
  • Depression

Hydrotherapy Precautions and Contraindications:

Cardiovascular disease or high blood pressure, fever, acute injuries, kidney disease, certain forms of cancer, pregnancy, very young children or the elderly.

Hydrotherapy Float / Float Therapy is  a type of Hydrotherapy; as it’s benefits and practice become spread throughout the world, it is becoming the practice of choice for many illnesses with extraordinary results.

Hydrotherapy Float / Float Therapy / Sensory Deprivation

 

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Keep Warm During A Float – 6 Tips

You need to keep warm during a float to be comfortable and be able to relax and enjoy the float. If you feel cold while floating, I can certainly conclude that you didn’t enjoy your float much, and relaxing was almost impossible. If it was your first float, it is not what you expected and, most likely, you are not going to give it another try.  There are 3 temperatures that are going to determine whether you perceive the temperature cold or warm: one is your body temperature, the other one is the air in the float room and the 3rd one is the water that surrounds your body while you are floating.  If you feel cold while floating there are 6 tips that will help you keep warm during a Float.

Tip # 1. To Keep Warm During A Float. Let us know beforehand that you get cold easily

Keep warm during a float

Let us know your choice of water temperature

Keep warm during a float by letting us know  that you would like to have warmer water during your float session.  We can adjust the temperature to your liking. Many people float with the water temperature heated higher than the commonly accepted “skin temperature”. Body temperatures are different and so is the way in which people perceive it. Have you seen that some people are always cold while others don’t seem to ever wear a jacket? Well everybody perceives temperature in a different way. When calling to book your appointment, let us know, we will write it in your profile and you will have warmer water every time you decide to come in for a float.

Tip # 2. To Keep Warm During A Float. Don’t take a warm/ hot shower before your float

Take a cold shower before the float

Take a cold shower before the float

Regardless of where you float, you will be asked to take a shower before your float to remove any oils, perfumes and/or lotions from your skin before you enter the float tank. If you take a warm or hot shower the difference in temperature is going to make you feel cold once you step into the float tank. Remember, the water in a float tank is heated at skin temperature, or maybe a couple of degrees higher, but never as hot as a hot shower.  Take  a cold shower or shower with the coldest water temperature you can take.

Tip # 3. To Keep Warm During A Float. Stay Still, try not to move a lot

If you feel cold while floating, try to stay still. Our bodies adapt to different temperatures, but if you are moving around a lot, you are not giving your body enough time to adapt to the water temperature. In addition, the more you move, the more the water will get cold. Just ask yourself what do you do when you want to cool a cup of coffee? You stir around the spoon. Same principle applies to the water inside a float tank.

To keep warm during a float

Close the lid

Tip # 4. To Keep Warm During A Float. Float with the lid close

If you want to keep warm while floating, keep the lid of the float tank close. Leaving it open will make the water get cooler faster. Floating with the lid close will keep you in a cocoon-like environment that will keep you feeling warm and comfortable. If you definitively want some fresh air, open the lid just a bit, and inch or so will do the trick.

Tip # 5. To Keep Warm During A Float. Move towards the inside of the tank

Isolation tank

Move towards the inside of the tank

An easy way to keep warm during a float is to move your body towards the inside of the tank specially if you have to lid completely open or even if you have it open just a couple of inches. Usually, the water on the inside of the tank is warmer and you will be moving away from any fresh air or draft-like air.

Tip # 6. To Keep Warm During a Float. Do not splash water on your chest or belly

If you feel that the part of your body that is outside of the water is getting colder, do not splash water on top of it, trying to warm up. This water will evaporate and you will feel cooler. Stay still and bear it for a couple of minutes, your body will adjust.

to keep warm during a float

Do not splash yourself

Floating takes practice and it may take you a couple of times to get used to the water temperature and to floating

 

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First Date Idea… A Float Date

First date what a stressful pair of words.  A First date is supposed to be fun but sometimes the stress before the date takes away the fun of the date itself. Thinking what to do on the first date, where to go with the person that you really like or that you are about to meet can be very stressful. Dinner, movies, going for a walk are common activities people do during first dates; however, if you are ready to be creative, and to take it to the next level, go on a float date.

First Dates are Unforgettable and so is Floating

One thing is for sure, your date is never going to forget you, their first date with you and their first float in other words they will never forget their first float date. They will always remember that their first date with you was a float, and every time they go floating in the future, they will remember that they went floating with you, even more so if it was their first float. You will leave an unforgettable memory in your date’s memory box.

A Float Date during your First Date is a Perfect Way to Break the Ice

Sometimes, finding something to talk about during a first date is difficult. You try asking several questions and if you don’t spark the other person’s interest within the first few tries, you, and them, are going to feel awkward and the conversation could get cold easily; however, once you say “Let’s go on a Float Date” you open the door for a variety of reactions and lots of talking.

If they don’t know what floating is, you will have a wonderful opportunity to share your experience (if you have floated before) or lots to talk about (if you haven’t floated either). Take this opportunity to explain everything you have read and know about floating. What an ice breaker.

Maybe they had heard about floating and were looking forward to trying it. Wow, you hit the jackpot! You found a common interest and something to talk about. Make sure you read about floating, listen or at least familiarize yourself with Joe Rogan and one of his podcasts.

Another possibility is that they don’t show any interest in the idea. It is valid, and should be acknowledged. This will allow you to know them better. Knowing why they are not interested, maybe they are afraid, or not adventurous enough, and trying new things makes them feel uncomfortable?

If they had already floated, a float date will just be wonderful. Lots to talk about, they will  share their floating experience.

Another reason why a float date will break the ice, is because there are preparations and some planning involved in a float date. Having common interests and planning an activity creates bonding.

Mentioning a float date as an option for a first date, will definitively help you break the ice.

A Float Date is a Relaxing First Date 

As we mentioned above, first dates can be stressful. Floating is relaxing; so at the end of the day, you are going to have a relaxing date. One hour to relax. The post-float experience is another opportunity to bond. The feeling of relaxation will be the perfect prelude for a conversation, for dinner, for a walk or for a wonderful time together.

   There is something sensual about a Float Date

Even though you will float in individual float tanks in your own private suite, the silkiness of the enriched Epsom Salt water, the relaxing music or calming silence, the soothing lights or the mystery of the total darkness are all sensory and sensual experiences. Not to mention that after the float your skin is going to be smooth and soft to the touch.

A float date will give you the opportunity to be in touch with yourself, to think, to not think, to relax, to talk, to enjoy silence, to dream, to quiet your mind, to be in touch with your senses.

Be creative and original make your first date a Float Date

 

 

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Practice floating, practicing improves floating

Float Sessions 60 or 90 Minutes

Float sessions can be tailored to your preference; however, most float centres have adopted the 60 min or 90 min float session length. For first time floaters we find that a 60 minutes float session is more than enough, while experienced floaters may like to float for 90 minutes or even for several hours at a time. Floating is a practice and it takes time to master it.

60 minutes Float Sessions for First Time Floaters

Getting used to floating, even though it sounds very easy, does not require any physical effort, apart from getting in and out of the tank, but it requires practice to quiet the mind. When you first float, the first 10 minutes of the float session go by very quickly while you are trying to get used to your surroundings, you will probably try to open and close the pod door a couple of times to reassure yourself that you wont be trapped in, you may turn on and off the pod’s lights to see what works best for you, you may try some stretches and admire how great it feels to actually float without making any effort.

Float Sessions

As time passes, you get used to the pod, the lights, to the fact that you are floating and this is when you start trying to quiet your mind. At first, you can do it easily, you quiet your mind……  you are doing great! And then suddenly your mind starts raising again, and your float goes on like this. It may take a couple of floats and practice to quiet your mind. While all this happens, you have probably moved around and the water may be a bit cooler. 60 minutes is usually more than enough for a First Time Float.

60 or 90 minutes Float Sessions for the Frequent Floater

Float Sessions Once you have floated a couple of times and you are more used to the experience, you will probably not move around so much, you will slide in the water carefully when getting in, without getting any salt in your eyes, and you will start relaxing after having been in the water for just a couple of minutes, you will know how to control your mind and you will be able to quiet your mind more easily.

When you can control your mind and your mind is quiet, you will be able to really determine if you prefer a 60 or a 90 minute float session. People that float often and that have been doing it for a long time, can float several hours at a time. There have been floaters that have floated all night just taking a few bathroom breaks. Floating for 60 or 90 minutes is a matter of preference. Some floaters say that a 90 minutes float session is too long while others say that a 60 minutes float session is too short. Only by trying it will you be able to determine exactly what float session length you prefer.

Are you a 60 min or a 90 min floater?

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My First Float Won’t Be My Last

 

The First float is a mental exercise.

My First Time Floating

This is the story of my first float in a float tank. Not ‘floating’ as in swimming, but taking the time to float in Epsom Salts/the floating was the actual experience. My first float was so relaxing, interesting, and I even learned more about how to relax! I thought that to float you had to go to outer space or the Dead Sea! What? Let me explain. I am not usually one to try new things. For a long time though I had been curious about having a First float. Like a growing number of people in the industrialized world, I get nervous, anxious, and sometimes not feeling terribly great from the stresses of everyday life. I do what I can from exercise to meditation, but nothing has been really transformative. Furthermore, I am usually sceptical of remedies that promise a magic bullet. I am a busy person and I usually don’t have much patience for trying new things. However, floating in Epsom Salts was a very unique experience, and one I think more folks should be open to learning about.

I am not very spiritual or esoteric, but I do believe that there is something to Eastern philosophical practices of being mindful, and trying to be less attached to material or superficial things. Floating fits really nicely into this worldview. My first float was seeing the glass half-full.

I really enjoyed SensaFloat’s facilities and warm staff. I took advantage of the showers they have in the suites for their Float tanks, and that helped me get comfortable for some alone-time in my first float.

The instructions on “how” to float given by the staff seemed simple enough. Getting into the tank, I will admit, felt a bit odd. In my first float, wondered what I was doing and why I hadn’t just gotten into a hot bath at home. The water was surpisingly warm, and the guided meditation that starts at the beginning helped create an ambiance of relaxation.

What was the first float really like?

I was really happy to find in my first float that I did not at all feel trapped or claustrophobic. The door of the tank was too easy to lift up and down, and the staff provided handy tools like a cloth and a spray bottle with fresh water to avoid salt from getting in my eyes. Floating, like actually being held up by the weight of the Epsom salts instead of my muscles, was extremely relaxing for my body.

However, relaxation doesn’t come easy. I read a lot on my phone. I watch videos and often have to write or be in front of a screen for work. That’s not even mentioning the myriad of apps on my phone that I use to connect with everyone from co-workers, old college roommates, family, and friends. Oh, and I am always getting news updates, because so much is happening in the world now. Being away from screens and electronics was absolutely liberating. However, my head would instinctively and reflexively fill that space up with common worries, concerns, or even just mundane day dreams. That was not so liberating.

My first float was a learning experience.

However, your mind and body do fully relax. Your body, as I mentioned, is able to almost fall asleep as the water replaces your muscles in doing the work of holding you up. Just being becomes easier. What the time, the darkness, and the complete and utter silence did offer was a moment of escape. When my worries came rushing in and my mind started racing, I had enough time to think about each one to exhaustion. I then realized that my mind was racing. This was actually a really great discovery. A key to mindfulness and concentration is having the power to be aware of your minds’ sometimes not-so-rational reactions, and then learning how to observe, sit with, or otherwise come to terms with these attitudes and thoughts. The silence and the time of floating forces you to do this in your mind, and then allows you to drift off (if you want) into a blissful sleep. In water. It was ridiculously comfortable and hard to explain over text.

Floating was a unique experience.  I only got fully relaxed towards the end, and the staff tells me that for folks with chronic conditions, the benefits of floating don’t come overnight/with just one float. However, it was an encouraging process. I want to be able to relax my mind further and treat my mind and body to not having to attend to anything for a good hour so as to recharge my batteries. For anyone looking for a similar escape or just another way to unwind in this stressful world, you need to try floating!

Written by Anonymous. 

 

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