Everybody has questions to ask. Please take good notice of the information given in this section – you will most probably get a fairly complete idea of the floating process.
When you go into the floatation tank for the first time, please open and close the door several times before you lie down. Feel how light and yielding it is. There is complete darkness inside the tank, but after the session is over you will find the door by feel at the drop of a hat. If you are trying to get out and the door doesn’t open, that means you have mistaken a wall for the door.
The salt solution
There are about 10 inches of water with 800 pounds of Epsom salts dissolved in it in the tank. It is such a dense solution that when you lie down on your back it will immediately push you up to the surface like a cork. Your face will be above the water and your ears in the water. To avoid the salt solution getting in your ears you can use the earplugs and it is especially advised to do that if you have ever had problems with the ears (otitis, etc.) before.
The body position during floating
Try to find the optimal body position for floating for yourself. Your hands can be behind your head, on the chest, on the hips, or stretched out along the body. If your neck is tense, you can relax it by putting your hands under your head or by using the inflatable pillow.
Air does penetrate the floatation tank
The floatation tank is not airtight, there is enough air for normal breathing. The built-in ventilation system pumps in fresh air from the room. To facilitate your breathing, lie down with your head being at the other end of the entrance: that is where air comes into the floatation tank.
In case you have cuts, scratches or you have just shaved, you will for several minutes feel some burning. Open wounds should be plastered or smeared with Vaseline.
Just before you go in
Take off jewelry and contact lenses. Have a shower and wash your hair with a shampoo, dry your face. Now you are ready for a floating session.
The end of the session
In an hour you will hear a signal letting you know that the time is up. After several minutes the water filtration and purification system will start working. If you missed the sound signal then the second signal telling you that it’s time to go out will be the fluctuation of the salt solution that you are lying in. First, sit up with no hurry, then stand up, wipe off the rest of the water with your hands, and get out of the tank.
Having got out of the tank, go to the shower booth. Wash off the salt thoroughly and wash your hair with shampoo.
Set up a goal
ПIt is good to form an intention before each floating session, articulating what exactly you want to achieve through it. For instance, you can focus on finding zones of excessive tension in your body or mind. You will most probably set your own goals that you will be working at during the floating session. It is a real journey, unique for everyone. It is better to live it as an existential experience with no expectations.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I have to prepare for a floating session?
Floating is maybe the easiest pastime you can imagine. The only things you have to remember are:
- If you shaved or had epilation a couple of hours before floating, you will feel burning for several minutes. Postpone the procedure for a little later and you will feel more comfortable.
- If you wear contact lenses, be sure to take them off to avoid unpleasant sensations in case salt gets in your eyes.
- It will be harder for you to relax if you had a lot of strong coffee before the session.
Can I eat before floating?
You can, but in moderate quantities. If you had a big meal most of the time you will be listening to the rumbling in your stomach. The same will probably happen if you are hungry. A light snack will do.
Who could be called a typical floater?
There are no typical floaters. People of all ages and professions equally enjoy floating. The only quality they have in common is the great mood after the floating session.
Are there any contradictions?
We do not recommend floating to people suffering from epilepsy, to suicidal people, to those who have open wounds and infections, as well as to those in a state of alcoholic or drug intoxication.
Are there any side effects?
There are no side effects in the full meaning of the term caused by floating. However, beginners sometimes fell some nausea after the first session. It is in fact a good sign – it means the body is getting rid of stress and toxins. In most cases the unpleasant sensations do not come back.
Can pregnant women do floating?
All pregnant women who have gone into the floatation tank talk about their experience with great enthusiasm. As the baby grows the pressure on the loin, the knees and the whole locomotive systems grows with it. At the late stages of pregnancy women often feel a lot of discomfort and pain, even when lying in bed. When they find themselves floating in imponderability, they find the longed-for relief.
How is the floatation tank’s hygiene sustained?
There are practically no pathogenic organisms that are able to survive in such a saturated salt solution. Also, after every person the water goes through a modern filtration and sterilization system supplied with an ozonizer and an ultraviolet emitter. The result of the process is the salt solution having less bacteria than the usual drinking water. Its purity is also sustained by clients having a shower before each session.
How does salt affect hair and skin?
Epsom salts have many healing properties among which is eliminating toxins through skin and strengthening hair.
Can I use a rubber hat?
You can, but your hair will most probably get wet anyway and you will be bothered by the pressure of the hat on your head during the session.
Do I need to wear a swimming suit or other clothes?
It’s up to you. If you want to leave some clothes on remember it should not be too tight, there should be no pressure on the skin because it will be bothering you.
What if I sink?
You won’t. The solution containing 880 pounds of Epsom salts will push you to the surface like a cork no matter what your weight is. You face will be above the water and your ears – under it.
Is it possible to drown in the floatation tank?
No, it isn’t. The salt solution is so much more dense than the body that it does not allow a full immersion. After you have made yourself comfortable on the surface it will take you a lot of effort to reach the bottom of the tank.
Can I get struck by electricity?
No, you can’t. All electricity units are fully isolated.
Are there any rules of correct floating?
There is only one rule: the correct way is when you feel comfortable. Every person chooses his/her most comfortable position: arms stretched out along the body, crossed on the chest, on the stomach, or behind your head. You can lie down with the head in the opposite end from the door or the other way round. You can shut the door or leave it open. Try different ways and find the best floating way for yourself.
Can I get claustrophobic?
People who are afraid of the floatation tank because of claustrophobia probably think that they will be not only in a closed but also in a locked from the outside space. However, you can easily enjoy floating with an open door. You are in full control of the situation, you can turn on the light, open the door and get out whenever you feel like it. It is also important to say that there is hardly any better place to “work” on your claustrophobia.
Can I fall asleep in the floatation tank?
Yes, people sometimes do fall asleep during the session and some people actually even go into the tank for a good sleep.
Is it dangerous to sleep in the floatation tank?
It is completely safe. The only thing that might worry anyone is the possibility of turning around. However, even those who never sleep on the back say that they fall asleep on the back in the tank with great pleasure. In the salt solution with its density being much higher that the density of the body it is extremely hard to turn around without knowing. Anyway, if this does somehow happen you will immediately feel the burning in the mucous membrane of the nose, mouth and eyes and will immediately wake up.
Is it possible to do floating for two people together?
We don’t recommend that. Floating is a very personal experience and the presence of another person will be distracting.
How long does the floating session last?
It usually lasts for one hour. For some people forty minutes are enough. Others think that the session should be two-three hours long to give a good result. The optimal way would probably to stay in the tank until you feel like getting out.
What will I be feeling during the session?
Nobody knows that because everyone’s experience is absolutely unique. Usually people feel relaxation, calmness, deep concentration and activation of creativity. We prefer not to go too deep into detail describing a possible experience in the flotation tank to avoid programming the expectations of the future floaters. And the point is not only that your own experience will be different from the experiences of other people, but it will also be different each time you float.
How many sessions do I need to achieve a good result?
We see floating not only as a healing procedure with a final goal but also as an existential experience on the verge of infinity. Those who can grasp the floating potential during the first session come back again and again. Others need to do 3-5 sessions to develop a taste for floating.
Will I be able to go back to my usual occupations after floating?
It is best to plan your day so that you would not have to hurry anywhere after floating. Many people try to prolong the feeling of calmness and fullness that floating gives them before immersing themselves in the habitual fuss.
How does the cumulative effect of floating show itself?
Those who practice floating regularly say that there is a cumulative effect of regular floating. Relaxation is an art that one can learn and constant practice is necessary for maintaining a good shape.
Is that what they call “sensory deprivation”?
The term “sensory deprivation” comes from the field of scientific research that studies the activity of all the human systems in the conditions of complete isolation. This term can hardly describe such an in every respect pleasant process as floating. For many people the word ‘deprivation’ which comes from the verb ‘to deprive’ has a negative connotation. However, during floating the sensory organs stay fully active and some rest from being constantly bombarded by various sensory stimuli will do them only good.