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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Getting Comfortable with Sensory Deprivation

Being more present is something we all can benefit from. Sensory Deprivation through flotation therapy is a unique opportunity for your body and mind. We live in a world that, for better or worse, demands our eyes, ears, fingertips and minds be constantly alert to an increasing amount of information. That’s to say nothing of the physical toll work and life take on our bodies. Especially with the Holidays just around the corner, we all need a break from our screens, and the stresses of the world on our senses. With Floating, you can enjoy silence. Your mind will enjoy the weightlessness of no calls, texts, emails, traffic, or sounds asking for its attention; your body will enjoy the actual weightlessness of floating, of completely surrendering its energy to the moment. You can take a moment to forget about an unchangeable past or an unknowable future by letting your senses be guided by the Float; to only think about the warm embrace of the water, to be present. 

At SensaFloat Spa, we know many people are only beginning to realize the benefits of Epsom Salt and Floatation Therapy. Although we are often hesitant to try new things, and floating is not for everyone. Our facilities are a bit different than most. Our pods make it terribly easy for almost anyone to relax, get comfortable, feel safe, and to float in their own way. Worried about tanks that feel more like a punishment than an escape? Our pods can customize your float so you can float in whatever way makes you feel relaxed!

Floating in our pods is a treat to your mind, soul, and body, not a chore.

We all have different bodies, sensitivities, and ways of thinking. Likewise, we are all going to have different responses to sensory deprivation. At SensaFloat Spa, we understand that one size doesn’t fit all.

That’s why our pods our customizable. Want silence? We can do that. Do you want guided meditation to let you ease into the float? Our pods can do that too!

You can turn the light on or off inside the pod. Giving your senses a break from our overstimulating environments doesn’t have to mean imprisoning yourself in darkness. For others, they may enjoy the calm of no light.

People also might enjoy the closing the pod door; other folks might prefer to leave the top open. Our hydraulic bars make our pod lids adjustable, and easy for anyone to move. Even better, whether open or closed our pods will stay at a warm temperature, similar to our body temperature.

Our sensory deprivation experience is completely customizable depending to your specific needs. You can limit yourself of light and sound as much or as little as your body and mind desire.

If you would like to try a float, give us a shout!

 

 

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