You’ve decided to try reduced environmental stimulation therapy (REST) and are excited to experience the touted benefits, such as relaxation, reduced stress, and decreased muscle pain. The day of your appointment is fast approaching, and you’re starting to wonder what you should and shouldn’t do before your treatment.
Here are some tips to get you ready for an incredible first float:
- What to bring. After your floatation therapy, you’ll take a shower and might want to bring some toiletries for afterwards. Most float centers provide towels, earplugs, shampoo, and conditioner. Bring anything else you need.
- What to wear. The preferred method of dress when floating is nude, so your birthday suit is all you need. The feeling of clothing against your skin may distract you from the full sensory isolation experience.
- When to eat. You don’t want to feel hungry or too full during your experience. Having a light meal beforehand will help ensure you can enjoy your float without being distracted by stomach grumblings. It’s also important to stay hydrated, which is why the float center provides water. You can bring your own if you choose.
- Extras. Some people like to listen to music while they float, although it isn’t recommended for your first experience. If you’re concerned you’ll have difficulty relaxing your neck during your first session, you might bring a small floatation device to tuck under your neck. You can always bring a friend so he or she can experience a first float, too.
There are a few things you want to avoid before you float:
- Shaving is a no-no. Avoid shaving up to four hours before your float – your skin could sting for up to ten minutes.
- Seal small cuts. Using a liquid bandage or Vaseline is recommended for sealing any small scratches, scrapes, or cuts. Just like going to beach, the salt water will sting these areas.
- Don’t wear your contacts. To avoid a problem with salt water getting into your eyes and affecting contact lenses, it’s best not to wear them in the tank.
- Avoid caffeine. Caffeine will interfere with your ability to relax, so skip that cup of coffee or tea.
- Don’t drink and float. Although you might drink a glass of wine at the end of the day to unwind, alcohol may hinder your floatation experience. The same goes for smoking or other drugs.
Each floatation experience is an individual one. It’s best to have an open mind and let yourself experience it uninhibited and expectation free. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to ask. The friendly staff at Northwest Float Center is more than happy to help.