Floating or visiting float tanks seems to be all the rage now. The benefits of floating are to put your body into a deep relaxation state. This can help the body recover from stress, improve focus, relieve pain, and stimulate your natural endorphins.
Recently, my massage therapist suggested that detoxing my body within the float tank would be a great way to prepare for my next massage. I decided to give it a try. If you’ve ever thought about trying out floating, here are my tips based on my own recent experience, for the floating newbie.
Tips For A Fab Float Tank Experience
The Process. There’s a process to do when you get into the tank: remove all clothing and items, pre-rinse shower, get in tank and shut door, and then post shower. I feel like when this was being explained it felt like a lot of steps!
You Go in Naked. This is definitely a birthday suit occasion. Make sure you take off everything – jewelry and hair elastics included. All clothing is left outside.
Float on Your Back. Don’t make the newbie mistake that I did by trying to roll onto your front. Stay on your back and keep your face out of the water. The copious amounts of salt in the water will make it effortless to stay like this.
Warmth. The tank usually starts off feeling cooler, and it warms up while you are in there. Ensure the door is shut tightly and it will warm up quickly.
The claustrophobic moments. Lowering yourself into a dark tank seems like a really weird thing. Most tanks are equipped with a small light inside, typically by your right hand which you can turn on or off. Try leaving it on for the first few minutes while you get acclimated to the tank. Some people will keep the door open, however, consider the previous points on warmth.
Empty your mind. Although this is a sensory deprivation tank, this is easier said than done right? Let your thoughts float away. Focus on your breathing and give yourself the space to just BE. This is way harder than I thought it would be. You have no concept of how much time has passed while you are in the tank. Maybe a minute, maybe an hour.
Scratches and abrasions. If you’ve got a plethora of scratches or abrasions, take a pass. A friends’ daughter went into the tank with many wild rose scratches from a hike and the pain from the salt getting into her wounds was bad. Reschedule your appointment if you have many of these.
Post-float shower. Consider bringing your own travel-size essentials for the shower afterwards. You need to rinse your hair & body well to remove all salt. You will probably feel like adding a little soap or shampoo to the mix too.
Post-float fashion. After my float, I felt wonderful and my body was relaxed. I wanted nothing more than to put on loose or baggy clothing afterwards to be comfortable. This isn’t a time for skinny jeans.