Floating into Bliss: A Guide to Starting Your Sensory Deprivation Journey
October 5, 2022
Floating therapy is an excellent way to unwind, relieve stress, and rejuvenate the mind and body. It’s a unique environment unlike anything you’ve experienced before, so it’s important to prepare and give yourself time to get acclimatized to it. If you’re considering trying float therapy for the first time, here are some tips to help make your experience as enjoyable and beneficial as possible:
- Prepare ahead of time: Before your float therapy session, ensure you’ve eaten a light meal, are well hydrated (not too much), and refrained from using caffeine or alcohol. You’ll also want to shower beforehand to remove any oils or lotions from your skin.
- Set your intentions: Take a few moments to set your intentions for your float therapy session. Whether you want to focus on relaxation, mindfulness, or reducing physical tension, having a clear idea of what you hope to achieve can help you get the most out of the experience.
- Communicate with the Staff: If you have any concerns or questions about the float therapy experience, don’t hesitate to communicate with the staff. They can provide guidance and support to help you get the most out of your float therapy sessions. There are often adjustments that can be made or additional tools they can provide to make your floats more comfortable for you.
- Get comfortable: The water in the float tank is heated to skin temperature, so you won’t feel hot or cold. Once you’re in the tank, take your time getting comfortable and adjusting to the sensation of floating. You can use the salt water to support your neck and head, or you can simply lie back and let yourself float. Many centers have neck pillows that make it easier to support your neck and head as well.
- Experiment with Lighting and Sound: Some people prefer to float in complete darkness and silence, while others may prefer a soft light and calming music. Experiment with different lighting and sound options to find what works best for you.
- Let go: Float therapy is designed to create a sensory-free environment, so try to let go of any distractions and simply focus on the present moment. You may find that you naturally drift into a meditative state, or you may choose to focus on your breathing and the sensation of floating.
- Don’t be afraid to experiment: Everyone’s float therapy experience is unique, so don’t be afraid to experiment and find what works best for you. You may prefer to float in complete darkness, or you may enjoy having a soft light on. You may choose to listen to calming music, or you may prefer to float in complete silence.
- Stay hydrated: After your float therapy session, it’s important to drink plenty of water to help rehydrate your body. The high concentration of salt in the float tank can dehydrate you, so make sure you drink plenty of water before and after your session.
- Allow yourself to Adjust: It may take a few floats to fully adjust to the sensation of floating, so be patient and allow yourself time to get used to the unique environment. We recommend that you try at least 3 sessions within a month or so in order to fully experience the benefits that floating can offer, as they begin to compound over time with regular practice!
- Reflect on your experience: After your float therapy session, take a few moments to reflect on your experience. What did you learn about yourself? What did you enjoy about the experience? How did you feel afterward?
By taking the time to get used to the unique environment of sensory deprivation, you can fully embrace the benefits of float therapy and experience deep relaxation and rejuvenation. Whether you’re a seasoned or a first-time floater, these tips will help you make the most of your float therapy journey as a transformative experience.