Floatation tanks have been around since the late 1950s and recently have started to gain some serious popularity both in the US and Europe. Lying in the dark, upon skin temperature water that’s so salty that you float effortlessly leads to complete mental and physical relaxation. Floating in this zero-gravity environment removes pressure from the body and allows blood vessels to decompress and your circulation to flow more freely.
Research conducted in the US and Sweden indicates that floatation brings about extensive benefits, these include; reductions in stress, chronic pain, headaches, depression, anxiety and insomnia while lowering blood pressure and improving skin health. Additional studies demonstrate that regular sessions can “reset” stress response hormones such as cortisol, ACTH and improve the sense of well-being with these positive effects being detectable days and weeks later.
So how do you get the most from your float time?
In a series of 3 blog pieces, we are going to break it down for you. In today’s post we’re going to focus on preparing you before you get into the pod…
BEFORE YOUR SESSION
- If you feel apprehensive, call up in advance and ask to have a look round before committing yourself to a float session. Once you have seen the size of the pods, you should feel more at ease! Also, it will give you chance to ask any questions you have about floatation – Our knowledgeable staff have heard just about every question you could think of, so nothing will seem silly!
- Once you’ve booked your session, allow at least an hour and a half to two hours for your session. The session maybe only 60 minutes for the actual float, but allow additional time for showering, changing and to prepare yourself for the outside world again. At Time to Float we don’t rush you out of the building, rather allow you time to relax in our post-float chill out area, until you feel ready to rejoin the real world! and embrace it fully. This will help you reap the rewards and benefits of true relaxation.
- Don’t shave or wax on the day of the float. The Epsom salts infused water will almost certainly irritate tender skin.
- Eating a light meal a couple of hours before your float session will ward off any tummy rumbles! Eating a large meal just before you float can cause noisy distractions as well…
- Avoid stimulants such as caffeine and alcohol on the day of your session. We want you to relax and be able to ‘let go’, and a nervous system that is wired because of caffeine is never going
- set your intention before you float. If you want to meditate or have a health issue (or anxiety) that you want to address, the mind has a funny way of working things through in the background. Even if you just want to relax and sleep (its perfectly safe to do so, if you’re lying on your back) giving yourself that permission may help your subconscious to relax.
- Be prepared. Be like a cub scout – take out your contact lenses, put in your earplugs and have a quick shower. (If you put your earplugs in before your shower there’s less chance of them falling out during your float). Cover any cuts and scratches with a thin film of Vaseline and dry your face before entering the pod.