Most people can safely use floatation tanks to relax and eliminate tension and strain throughout the body, but there are a few times you should skip floatation. Individuals should avoid floating if they are intoxicated, have a contagious illness, have a known incontinence problem, or an open wound (including new tattoos).
Read on for some helpful answers to questions people may not be comfortable asking.
Don’t Sabotage the Experience
Most people consume alcohol or drugs to escape reality in some way. Beyond the simple safety issue of mixing swimming or floating with consciousness-altering substances, this is unnecessary when experiencing a sensory deprivation tank. The tank is designed for one to get away from the world. Additionally, skipping the morning dose of caffeine or nicotine can improve the experience. Finally, be certain to eat an appropriate meal before entering the tank. Though you should avoid being too full for comfort, you don’t want a grumbling stomach to detract from your tank time.
2. Don’t Disqualify Yourself
For those people who suffer some form of incontinence, being in water can be a real challenge. However, it doesn’t have to be. With the proper swim-gear to hold an ostomy pouch in place, there is no limitation in place beyond self-imposed restrictions. Consult an expert for ways to prepare for water activities and enjoy the calm, relaxing benefits a floatation tank offers.
3. Skip the Razor
Getting into water with an open wound is never advisable. From injuries to small nicks during shaving, the salt in the water will irritate these wounds. Practice smart habits on days where floatation therapy is scheduled. Shave the next day!
4. Shower to Enhance the Experience
Cleansing skin of dirt and oil promotes magnesium absorption while in the tank, so a shower beforehand is not only better for the tank, it’s better for the client. A quick shower after floatation is important, too, as it rinses off the Epson salt used in the tank.
5. Ease Into It
A sensory-deprivation tank is a unique experience. If you are new to the benefits of floatation, schedule a shorter float time. We’re confident that it won’t take long for you to enjoy all that floatation can offer. Be sure to follow the recommendations from the center for optimal experience.
Follow these steps to help Northwest Float Center guarantee your next appointment is just what you need.