If you’ve felt stressed lately or experienced unexplained aches and pains, you may have sought several solutions, including floatation therapy. While most people are excited about their first floatation therapy appointment, they may be anxious about how to prepare and what to expect. Today, we’ll give you a basic primer on preparing for the unique and uplifting floatation therapy experience.
Avoid Alcohol and Caffeine
Avoid alcohol and drugs before you enter the float tank. Controlled substances already alter the senses, and mixing their influence with floatation can cause you to panic in the floatation tank, faint, or vomit. You may also begin to experience a hangover in the tank if you drink before a floating session. Since caffeine is a stimulant, you’ll want to avoid sodas, coffee, chocolate, and other caffeinated substances before your session as well. These substances increase adrenaline, which makes it harder for your brain to calm down during a floating session.
Do Not Shave, Wax, or Leave Wounds Open
Most floatation therapies use about a thousand pounds of Epsom salt per tank to help therapy-goers float. The salt will irritate freshly shaved or waxed areas, so leave your body au naturel for a session. Band-Aids will come off in the water, so use liquid bandages for any recent wounds. We provide single use packets of petroleum jelly that act as a liquid bandage, if needed. Do not float if you have an open wound or rash; bacteria will compromise the tank’s cleanliness and may cause disease.
Remind Yourself Why You are Floating
Before your appointment, remind yourself why you are floating. Whether it’s because of a stressful job, a recent painful event in your family, or generalized anxiety that’s difficult to get rid of, knowing why you need floatation therapy will help keep you open to the process. It may help allay some common fears such as claustrophobia as well. Once you know the stressful things you’re trying to avoid, it will be easier to consciously tell them to leave your mind during an appointment.
Shower Before and After Floating
Showers help relax the body, which enhances the overall floating experience. They also keep floaters safe from bacteria. Always shower after floating since you will be covered in salt solution. Otherwise, your skin can become red and extremely itchy. Try not to take a very hot shower, as this can make the water in the tank feel cooler
Do What Feels Comfortable
Potential floaters may have fears or anxieties associated with the procedure, such as being naked or feeling claustrophobic when the tank door is closed. You can float with the tank door in any position you like. While a closed door will enhance sensory deprivation, it’s not required. You’re also not required to float naked; you can wear a bathing suit or comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. Consider floating with as little clothing as possible though, since waterlogged clothes may disrupt your experience.