Float Guide

Your first floatation therapy session

Thank you for your purchase. Please read the following carefully in order to get the most out of your visit. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Please phone us on 01792 476 307 to make your booking, be ready to provide us with your certificate number.

When booking please allow around 2hrs for the experience. This will give you plenty of time to use our relaxation lounge after your float, where you can use our massage chairs & help yourself to some herbal tea.

If you find it hard to relax and switch off, or have never tried relaxation techniques such as Meditation or Yoga, we would strongly recommend that you float with us later in the day or in the evening, you will find it a lot easier to let go and relax into the experience.

  • We would also advise not drinking too much coffee or energy drinks before your visit as the caffeine will hinder your ability to relax.
  • You should try and eat a small meal around an hour 1/2 before your session.
  • Do not shave or wax on the day of your visit as the salt (350 Kg’s per tank) will sting your skin.
  • Please remember to bring your gift voucher & a towel with you for your appointment.
  • We provide shower gels and shampoo and also have a room for hair drying/makeup etc.
  • If your wear contact lenses you will need to remove them before floatation so bring anything you may need for storage with you.

The basics

  • The water is kept at 35degrees, this is skin-receptor neutral, which means you lose track of where your body ends and the water begins.
  • Your ears stay just below the water, and the tanks are insulated against sound. (ear plugs are provided)
  • After you shut the door and turn off your light, you will float in total darkness.
  • For an hour or so the outside world is gone, and amazing things happen.
  • It turns out that when you are not fighting gravity or constantly taking in information your body has a lot of extra resources at its disposal. Your mind is free to mull things over without distraction, your brain pumps out dopamine and endorphins, and your body gets to rest, de-stress and heal.
  • Epsom Salt / Magnesium Sulphate:
    Magnesium ions regulate over 300 biochemical reactions in the body through their role as enzyme co-factors.
sketch of what to do when floating

What to expect

  • It’s New to you Floating for the first time is a new experience, it is unfamiliar and may take some getting used to.
  • Awareness You will be aware initially of your breathing and your heartbeat, this is a good sign! In the absence of external stimulation, this awareness will actually help you to relax.
  • Tension During the relaxation process you may be aware of the areas of your body that hold more tension and resist relaxation. Old injuries are often cushioned by the body’s tightening of the surrounding muscles.
  • Time Time may become distorted, seconds may seem like hours or minutes like seconds.
  • Your Mind You may find your mind sets up an incessant chatter, making lists, thinking about what if this or that happened, or what about dinner, or what did they mean when they said that… Your mind is trying to keep itself in ordinary reality, it is resistance, and it is perfectly normal. It is like sitting down to meditate for the first time. One way to deal with the busy mind is to accept it and observe it, knowing that it will stop when it’s ready, or you can concentrate on your breathing, inhaling, exhaling, inhaling…
    What often happens though, is that after some initial resistance the mind surrenders, and floaters enter a deep and powerful quiet place.

FAQ’s

  • Is this like the film altered states? No, you are not submerged in water; you don’t eat ritualistic mushrooms, and only a small percentage of floaters turn into proto-human monkeys.
  • What if I am claustrophobic? People with claustrophobia consistently report no problems with floating. You’re always in control of your environment, and all of our tanks are over six feet tall.
  • Can I drown if I fall asleep? Nope. Some people fall asleep, but the water is so buoyant you stay afloat. The worst than can happen is getting woken up by a bit of salt water in your eye.
  • How are the tanks kept clean? The water is fully filtered three times between each float, including the use of a brominator.
  • Can I bring a friend? Absolutely. You can’t float together (because that would be weird) but we have a total of four tanks.
  • Isn’t this just new-age mumbo jumbo? Floating has been around for over 40 years, and has oodles of published research to back it up. No mumbo jumbo here.

Post Floatation

  • Always sit for at least twenty minutes in the lounge area after floating, (but rest there as long as you want) this gentle transition back to the outside world is very important if you wish to gain the maximum benefit from your float.
  • It does take at least three floats to really begin to get the most out of floating, you will probably find your second and third floats quite different from the first, some reasons for this are;

    – Relaxation is much deeper and more immediate.
    – You become more familiar with staff and procedures here and so you feel more at home.
    – There is an accumulative effect of previous floats.
    – There is a hair dryer available to use and fruit teas available.
    – We encourage questions about the floating experiences that you may have and understanding the experience can be as important as the experience itself.