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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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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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