Do you feel like there is always noise around you and within you? Do you just want to have an hour of pure alone time? Then floatation therapy is your ideal solution to your problem!
What exactly is floatation therapy?
It involves lying in highly-salinated water about 30cm deep inside a floatation tank. The salt-water solution is heated to the temperature of the surface of your skin. Once the float tank or room is closed, the water then heats up the air inside and it becomes almost impossible to distinguish which parts of your body are in the water and which aren’t. The buoyancy of the water makes you feel completely weightless and every single muscle in your body can finally relax.
The absence of outside stimulation enables you to focus on just your mind and body, and eventually, you can achieve the theta state. The theta brain waves are present during deep meditation and light sleep. In this state you may experience deep relaxation, vivid visualisations, insight, inspiration and creativity.
If this sounds appealing to you, then read the step-by-step guide to your first float:
1) Find your nearest floatation centre
With more and more centres opening up across the world, finding a place to float shouldn’t be a problem. There are now centres in: USA, Canada, India, UK, Taiwan, Spain, Australia, Holland and even New Zealand.
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2) Book your float
When booking your float make sure that you leave yourself plenty of travel time so you don’t have a stressful time getting to the float centre, any stress immediately before will make it more difficult for you to relax once you are floating.
3). Prepare for your float
- Don’t have caffeine on other stimulants on the day of your float. If you must have it, do so at least 3-4 hours before your float.
- Make sure you’re not hungry or too full.
Keep well-hydrated throughout the day.
Don’t shave on the day of your float, as this will leave your skin sensitive and will likely sting at the touch of the highly salinated water inside the tank.
Arrive at the centre about 10-15 minutes before your appointment, as they will likely ask you to complete a first-time client form. This will also allow you time to have a glass of water and unwind from your workday/traffic/home life.
4). Listen to the instructions
After you complete the client form you will typically be taken to your room for instruction on flotation therapy and getting the most out of it. This will take about 10 minutes and will give you a good idea of what to expect from your float and what to do before, during and after.
5). During the float
The first few minutes are usually spent getting used to the sensation of being weightless and finding a comfortable position. To do so, It’s important to relax your neck and trust that the water will support your head. To help you do so you may want to move your arms up by your head, facing up.
Once you settle in, your mind will come into play a little more and you might find that it’s either nice and clear and relaxed immediately, or that it’s really busy and it’s hard to let go of your thoughts. You may also begin to feel bored and restless.
If you don’t relax immediately we recommend you concentrate on your breathing. Calm deep breaths concentrating on inhaling and exhaling. If your mind begins to drift elsewhere, you may want to pursue that thought further or gently bring your attention back to your breathing. Eventually you will reach the Theta state mentioned earlier.
Try not to force anything that doesn’t come naturally. It may take you a couple of floats to reach that coveted Theta state, until you figure out your body and mind and let go completely. It’s important to be patient with yourself.
6). After the float
Rinse off, have a glass of water or some relaxing tea and try to have a relaxing rest of your day.
Among the benefits
You may find that the quality of your sleep improves after your float session since you absorb a lot of magnesium through your skin, which helps you sleep.
Read more about the benefits of floating here.