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October 3, 2019

Your First Float: How to Prepare Yourself for Your First Float Tank Therapy Session

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According to studies, the average adult in the US checks their phone every 12 minutes.

In a world of always-on connections and instant access, it’s hard to let go of the urge to pick up our phones. One of the best ways to escape from the pressures of modern life (and modern tech) is through a float tank therapy session.

Float tank therapy removes all distractions – even your clothes! With nothing else to distract your attention, you can focus on your own thoughts in the most comfortable and relaxing situation you’ve been in since you were born.

If you’re thinking about trying out float tank therapy, here are a few tips to help you to prepare.

Don’t Sweat It

A float tank is meant to help you to escape some of the worries of the real world. The last thing you want to do is add to them by worrying about the float tank experience itself.

So try to not get too bogged down in thinking about what it will be like, or worrying unnecessarily about what will happen during your experience. Instead, approach it with an open mind; don’t have any preconceptions but instead, just let the experience happen.

Dare to Bare

You’ll get the most out your experience if you remove as many distractions as possible.

Even the feel of a swimsuit against your skin can distract you from your contemplation. It’s recommended that you enjoy the float tank in your birthday suit.

You’ll be in your own private tank or room, but if you’re still feeling awkward about getting naked, try walking around the house in the buff before your appointment to get used to the sensation.

Analyze Your Fears

Many people put off trying a float tank because they’re scared that they’ll feel claustrophobic, or are worried that they won’t be able to float.

If this applies to you, then sit down and have a good think about exactly what is that you fear. If claustrophobia is a concern for example, then try to think about what you can do if those feelings do arise. Take a good look at how large your tank actually is before you enter, and remember that image when you’re inside.

If you confront your fears in advance, you are far less likely to be put off by them.

Don’t Eat Too Much

It’s not recommended to have a heavy meal before your session, as you’ll spend most of your time listening to your body digesting!

By the same token, don’t starve yourself beforehand either as a rumbling stomach can be equally offputting. Try having a light meal well before your appointment so that your stomach will be as relaxed as you are.

Definitely Don’t Drink Too Much!

Sessions in the float tank can last an hour or even longer.

If you drink too much before you come, you may find yourself only being able to think about one thing during your session: your bladder.

Try to avoid caffeine before your session too. You don’t want to go into the float tank feeling totally buzzed on a double espresso. Caffeine is also a diuretic that will increase your chances of needing to urinate.

Expect a Settling In Period

The first time you try a float tank, expect it to feel a little odd.

This is like no experience you’ve ever had before – other than being in the womb. It’s natural that to start with things may feel a little peculiar, but you’ll soon find that you relax and settle into the process.

Take the time to get used to the sensations and the rest of your session will be much more relaxed.

Be Prepared for Your Body to Tense Up

You might expect that your mind that would the part of your body that is most impacted by the experience, but many people often find that their muscles will also tense up at first.

This is perfectly natural. Our bodies are not used to being so perfectly supported. Some muscles that are almost always in tension such as our back and neck muscles can take a while to get used to the fact that they don’t need to do any work.

Once your body becomes accustomed to the sensation, you should find your entire body feels as relaxed as it can be.

Allow Time After Your Float

Make sure that you build in plenty of time after your session. The last thing you want is to have to rush off to an appointment straight after you climb out of the tank.

To get the full benefit of your float tank therapy, you should take plenty of time to enjoy the relaxed state that you will find yourself in after the session. Bring a book or a magazine, or just lie back and relax.

The only thing you should need to worry about after your session is when you can book the next one!

Are You Ready to Try Your First Float Tank?

If you think you’re ready to try your first float tank, then we’re here to help.

We offer a range of options if you’re looking to float for the first time. As well as the traditional sealed float tanks, we also offer our open float room for those who may suffer from claustrophobia.

We also have two cabin float pools with seven-foot ceilings which are ideal for couples floats. Aside from float tank therapy, we offer cryotherapy, saunas, massage, and more.

If you would like to know more about the services we offer, feel free to get in touch.

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