first time float tank therapy
New customers should plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to their first appointment in order to allow time to complete minor paperwork, receive instructional information, tour the facility, and ask any questions prior to the float. Floating is a very simple practice, we just want to show you some basic things, tell you what to expect, and get you on your way. Repeat customers do not need to arrive early.
the floating experience in a nutshell
Once you have arrived and gone through the brief check in process, you will be taken back to your personalized float room. At that point, you will enter the room, undress, rinse in the shower, enter the tank, and float for 60 minutes. Once your float session has ended, the tank will notify you that it is time to exit the tank. You will then shower again, feeling free to use any of our various body wash, shampoo, and conditioner products, and dress. You will then exit the room, and can choose to either relax in our post-float lounge prior for as long as you’d like, or proceed through the simple check-out process, all the while basking in what many call the “post float glow.”
While this all sounds easy, and it should be, here are a few quick pointers about the floating experience.
how to prepare
- Some floaters avoid shaving/waxing, excess tanning, or any other activity that may increase the sensitivity of the skin for 12-24 hours prior to a float. Shaving the face is rarely an issue however, as the face does not generally sit in the water. Individual preferences and tolerances apply.
- Don’t allow hunger or thirst to prevent you from being able to relax and enjoy your float. Having a small meal an hour or two prior to the appointment is probably ideal for most people.
- Also avoid going into the tank dehydrated, which is just good practice in general. Everyone is different, so please pay attention to your body and use common sense.
- Avoid caffeine or smoking prior to the session if this would impact your relaxation. Please pay attention to your body and do what is best for you.
- Use the restroom as needed prior to floating.
- If you have recently dyed your hair, please refrain from floating until the color has completely set in, which can take 1-4 weeks.
If you have any other questions or concerns, please see our FAQ or give us a call to speak to an employee.
what do i bring?
- Dress as comfortably as you can, keeping in mind that you will be undressing and dressing before and after your float. However, for those customers that come to the center in business attire, this is not a concern, as each float room has a personalized changing area
- If you wear contacts, it is highly recommended that you remove them prior to floating. If so, please bring contact lens solution and any other necessary equipment.
- A swim suit is not needed, as we encourage customers to float nude. Each customer has their own float room, featuring a tank, shower, and changing area. If you prefer to float in a suit, please bring one. For more information on this, see our FAQ page.
- Bring a comb or brush for your hair, as well as any other vanities or toiletries not already provided at the center.
what do we provide?
- A personalized float room all to yourself, including state-of-the-art float tank, shower, and changing area
- Shower supplies to include a selection of high quality body washes, shampoos, and conditioners. These products were chosen with great care, and with the health of our employees and customers in mind.
- Fresh shower towel
- Fresh wash cloth for use inside the tank if you get water in your eyes
- Ear-plugs for use in the tank. These are optional, and many customers choose not to wear ear-plugs while floating.
during the float
While we recommend that customers simply lie in the tank and relax, we realize that everyone is different, and there are some best practices and recommendations for use during the float session.
- Body Position – Floaters generally choose to have the arms down and at the side with palms facing up or down, or arms over head with the palms facing up. The water will generally pull the arms into one of these positions. Some floaters will cross the arms over the stomach or chest, but generally it is best to let the water in the tank support the arms.
- Breathing – Inside of the soundproof tank, this will often be the only thing a person hears. For those that have learned to do so, breathing techniques can be an amazing tool for calming and relaxing the mind and body. Breathing through the nose and not the mouth is definitely a best practice, both in and out of the tank. That’s what the nose is for!
- Being Still – The more calm and still you are in the tank, the better. The body may shift around in the tank, and floaters can sometimes touch the sides of the tank with their arms or even feet. Do not overreact to this, rather let your body naturally find the center of the tank, which it will. Floaters usually figure this out shortly after starting their first float.
- “Trying” to Relax – Don’t try too hard to do anything or bring expectations into the tank. Just be aware that it is a unique environment, and that your body knows what to do. Some float in order to meditate, some float simply for relaxation and pain relief. It will be more enjoyable if you let the experience be what it is for you, and know that it might be different every time you float.
- The Eyes – It is often best to not try too hard to force the eyes closed, rather keeping them open is often a good technique, as there is nothing to look at, and they will close naturally as you relax into the session.
after the float…
The tanks will notify you that the session is over, at which point you will get out of the tank, shower, dress, and exit your room. At this point, some customers choose to check out and leave the center, while others prefer to stay and use our post-float lounge area in order to relax, or talk to other customers and staff. Many floaters are in a state of euphoria or deep relaxation after a session in the tank, and as such many prefer to extend this well-deserved period of relaxation by enjoying some of the amenities of our post-float lounge, as detailed below:
- Filtered water and other beverage options
- Healthy snack options
- Comfortable seating
- Books and periodicals on a number of subjects
…the day after
The benefits of floating extend beyond your time in the tank. Notice how you feel in the day or days following a float. Do you sleep better, feel less affected by situations in life, or carry a better mood? Have certain aches and pains subsided or gone away? Do you have less craving for negative factors in your life? Do you feel sharper at work or play? With more practice and regular floating, these benefits will build and accumulate, which is why we encourage our customers to float, and to float often.