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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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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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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Practice Floating

Practice Floating, practicing improves floating! Practice Floating and the quality of your floats will improve with frequency. When clients come out of their first float not sure if floating is “their thing”, we tell them “The more you float the better it gets”. Floating reduces external stimuli letting the mind rest and allowing it to relax. You need to practice floating to achieve these results.

Floating is not for everyone. If floating is for you, remember it takes practice. As with any sport or hobby usually the first time is not the best.

Practice Floating, Practicing Improves floating in 4 Steps:

Practice floating, practicing improves floating. Experiences that involve the mind require going through 4 steps to fully achieve the desired results. These 4 steps are ideally reached in 3rd float sessions.

Practice Floating

Practice floating in this 4 steps

First: Mastering the technicalities. How to open /close the top, when to get in and out of the pod, even how to float. Once you master the technicalities, you are ready for the second step.

Second: Exploring the surroundings. Explore and familiarize yourself with the surroundings. Then and only then, will you begin to feel safe and comfortable in the new environment. Explore and know the water, the salt, the lights, the darkness, the music, the silence. It takes practice to learn how to “trust” the water. Trust the water to hold you up and that you won’t sink. Until you feel completely safe, it will be very difficult to relax. The survival instinct makes it hard to let go, rest the head over the top of the water and relax. It takes practice.

Third: Relaxing. Once you know what floating entails you will begin to relax and let go. It takes practice to enjoy sensory deprivation. We are not used to quieting the mind. This can prove to be quite challenging. However, once you master it, you are on the road to experiencing deep relaxation and fully enjoying the benefits of floating. That is the beauty of floating but also one of the reason why it is a practice.

Forth: Enjoying the benefits of floating. Now that you have practiced floating, you will be able to relax and to enjoy the benefits of reduced stimuli or sensory deprivation. Research has shown that while Floating and during deep relaxation there is increased production of endorphins and dopamines (the good hormones) while the production of cortisol the “stress hormone” is inhibited. Floating increases blood circulation, speeds the recovery from sports injuries, helps manage chronic pain, inflammation, fibromyalgia, insomnia and reduces blood pressure.

“Practice floating, practicing improves floating” is the rule to thumb to a great floating experience

Practice Floating, Practicing Improves Floating. If Floating Improves with Practice, When Will I Be Ready To Enjoy The Benefits Of Floating?

It often takes at least 3 floats to fully experience the benefits that floating brings to the mind and to body.

During the first float, most likely, you will be wondering what happens if I fall asleep?  What if I don’t hear the music? How can I be floating? I remember during my first float, I thought what if they forget about me? Many questions will pop up in your mind. When you practice floating, you know the procedures and you are able to ease into the float, quiet your mind and start enjoying the benefits of floating. The majority of people walk out of their second float saying, “this was a lot better than my first float”. By the time of your third float, you will really enjoy the practice and will be able to get the most benefits. This is true for most people; however, some individuals, especially those that meditate often and are more connected with their emotional being, will be able to relax from day one.

Practice floating, practicing improves floating

What is true for all floaters is that floating has a cumulative positive effect that increases as the number of float sessions increases. Just like any other practice, the more frequently you float, the more often your practice floating the better you will get at it, the quicker you will be able to relax and the longer the benefits will last.

Practice Floating, practicing improves floating  and practice will improve your floating experience.

 

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