Floating isn’t just about getting into the float tank and letting go. To experience the benefits of floating, you need to cultivate certain habits. If you’re still new to floating, it’s easy to set lofty expectations; thinking that every float will help unlock an out-of-body experience or produce a life-altering insight while in the tank. Floating in a float tank can be incredibly beneficial, however, inadequate preparation can take away from the overall experience. If you don’t take the necessary steps to prepare, you could find yourself fighting incessant thoughts or straining to reach a relaxed state – unnecessarily prolonging your entry into that highly desired Theta wave mindscape. It may sound strange, but mastering the art of floating requires practice and dedication! By forming a few straightforward habits, you can guarantee more dependable and higher-quality floats.
To ensure a seamless experience, it is paramount to arrive ahead of your float appointment. If you don’t arrive ahead of the time of your float reservation, consider yourself tardy. If you’re rushing in the door, you’re likely to carry this tension into the float tank. When you’re under stress, your heart rate and respiration will naturally become more rapid. You’ll probably also be aware of the thudding pulse in your chest, as well as the sound of each breath that comes in and out. When this occurs, experienced floaters will intentionally control their respiration, slowing it and taking in deep breaths. The better option is to be proactive by arriving to your appointment early so you have some time to unwind from your commute before entering the float tank.
We know it’s hard to resist that morning pick-me-up, but if you’re serious about floating and getting the best out of your session, avoid stimulants. The effects of caffeine or energy drinks can linger for hours after consumption. This interferes with relaxation and can make it difficult to float effectively. Even if you only had one cup two hours before your float appointment, this may be enough to disturb the quality of your experience. Instead, opt for calming herbal teas like chamomile or lavender while fueling up on nutritious foods like fruits, oats, and nuts. If you neglect to eat prior, be sure to bring a snack with you after the session as it is typical that your hunger awakens due to the intense relaxation which stimulates your digestion.
Hydrate After Your Float
After your float session, it is essential to replenish lost minerals and electrolytes. Float tanks are highly saturated with Epsom salts, which can cause you to rapidly lose vital nutrients from your body. When this happens, some floaters may experience headaches or fatigue as a result of dehydration. To avoid this, drink plenty of water after stepping out of the tank and if possible, opt for coconut water or a sports drink like Gatorade or Powerade. This helps to restore depleted levels of minerals like sodium and magnesium – both key players in helping you to recover quickly after your float!
Float with Intention
Before entering the float tank, it is important to set an intention for your session. It may help to write this down on a slip of paper or in your journal ahead of time. This will keep you focused and can prevent unnecessary distractions from interfering with your practice. Consider what specific areas you’d like to work on during that particular session, such as stress relief or better sleep. No matter which objective you choose, make sure that it’s something attainable and measurable; something you can actively work towards while in the tank.
Set a Plan for After Your Float
To further amplify the benefits of your float session, strategize what you’ll do for the rest of your day. After spending time in a float tank, you can expect to feel invigorated, creative, and free from pain. These moments are sure to inspire lasting joy! Now is the ideal opportunity to flex your problem-solving muscles and let your imagination run wild through creative writing or thinking! For those suffering from pain, this is a fantastic opportunity to get some exercise; floating opens up the possibility for movements and activities that may have been hindered in the past. To help the effects of a float take hold, it’s best to relax and allow yourself to soak up all the benefits after your session. Choosing a hectic post-float schedule may not be the wisest decision.
Make Floating a Habit
Everyone’s experience with floating is unique, so it’s important to be persistent and patient. Floating can take time to get accustomed to, just like any other activity or hobby that you may pick up. Give yourself the chance to develop a genuine relationship with your float tank in order for it to become an integral part of your self-care routine. With consistent practice, you will gradually increase your understanding of how best to use the space and what works best for you specifically. Before long, you’ll find that you are looking forward to each float knowing all the wonderful results it brings!
Float with Qi Massage & Natural Healing Spa
At Qi Massage & Natural Healing Spa, we are proud to offer our clients the best floating experience by providing them with a comfortable and luxurious setting. To schedule your float today, contact us today! We are sure that you won’t regret it – after all, regular floating can provide immense benefits for both your mental and physical health! Allow yourself to cultivate deep relaxation through this unique practice – come give it a try at Qi Massage & Natural Healing Spa!