If you’re already a floater, you may have started to wonder how to make the most out of your sessions. When’s the best time to schedule a float? Should you set up a regular float schedule? By asking yourself a few simple questions, you can find the best solution for your lifestyle and daily routine.
Do You Float for Relief From Chronic Pain?
This is perhaps the situation when scheduling regular floats can be most helpful. Just as you would schedule sessions with a chiropractor or physical therapist, make floating a regular, planned part of your routine. What time of day and how often depend on a number of factors, such as:
What Type of Condition (if any) Are You Treating?
If you’re suffering from chronic pain due to a past injury, your needs may be fairly regular. Most often, affected muscles tighten over time and need to be relaxed on a regular basis. Talk with your doctor or therapist to determine how often your relaxation sessions should occur, but once you decide how far apart they should be spaced, you can schedule your sessions in advance.
Do You Use Floats for Stress Relief?
This is another good reason to schedule regular floats, but depending on your needs, more sporadic sessions may be better. If you tend to have a work-related low level of stress, a float at the end of each work week can do wonders at restoring your tranquility and preparing you for the week ahead. If, however, you find you’re prone to less predictable bursts of high-stress, finding a center with a good walk-in policy will help you more.
Are You an Athlete?
If you’re an athlete or dancer, use floating to recover from workouts, matches, or performances. If this is the case, consider planning your floats around your training or work schedule. You may need the restorative benefits of floating after a game to help you get back to training faster.
Do You Float for General Well-being?
Do you just float to be good to your body? If you aren’t using your floating sessions as a direct response to work, injury, or stress, you can still benefit from scheduling your floats in advance. It’s easiest to put self-care on the back burner when there’s nothing (such as pain or debilitation) pressing you to make time for yourself. Take the initiative and plan time for your well-being in advance.
If you’re still not sure what’s best for you, contact your local float center and talk to the professionals there. They’ll be able to help you find a system that will fit you and your lifestyle best.