How to Prepare for Your First Float

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If you have never experienced floatation therapy before, it can be a little daunting. Knowing what to expect can relieve your anxiety and make it easier to try something completely new. Here’s what to anticipate.

Walking in the Door

When you walk in the door at Northwest Float Center, you’ll find a clean, well-lit lobby area with friendly staff. The staff will greet you, check you in and show you around the facility.

You have more than 75 minutes to simply relax. Floatation therapy is one of the best ways to rejuvenate your physical, emotional, and spiritual selves all at once.

A staff member will take you to your private floatation therapy room. In addition to your floatation tank, each room has a shower, a seating area, and room to change. The staff member will show you the tank, explain the procedure, and answer any questions. When you’re ready, he or she will leave you alone to relax.

During Your Float Session

  • Shower in lukewarm water to get your skin ready for the temperature in the tank.
  • Cover any cuts with waterproof Band-Aids.
  • Insert ear plugs to keep water out.
  • Ease into the tank. The lights will turn off automatically.
  • Keep your towel handy in case you get salt water in your eyes.
  • Get into a good float position. You’ll be able to move around to find what’s most comfortable.
  • Relax and focus on your breathing.
  • Don’t worry about time. Music will play when it’s time to get out.

What happens while you’re inside varies from person to person. If it’s your first time, it may take time for your body to realize you can’t sink. The salt water solution makes you buoyant, but it takes your body a few minutes to trust what your mind already knows.

Many people accustomed to life’s busy pace, at first wonder what they’re going to do for all that time. When you free your mind from sensory input it starts to unwind. Some people find their mind solves problems without actively concentrating on them because it’s so relaxed. Others feel like they’ve been in a meditative state or had a long nap.

After Floatation Therapy

Music will gradually fade in to let you know when your session is over. Exit the tank and shower to rinse off the salt water. Here are some of the benefits you’ll notice after just one session.

  • Relaxed muscles
  • Less anxiety and depression
  • Better, more restful sleep
  • Softer hair and skin
  • Relief from chronic pain

Relieve stress, relax your mind and rejuvenate your body through floatation therapy. Contact Northwest Float Center today to find out more.

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