How to Prepare for your first Float

If you’re new to floating, you may be a little unsure about what to expect and how to prepare. We have you covered. This guide will have you walking into your first float like a pro! You will get the most from your time in the float tank with just a little preparation.

Prepare for your float

Avoid caffeine or any stimulants 4-6 hours ahead of your float. That can interrupt the relaxation response! 

Have a bit of food on your stomach.  A snack or small meal 60-90 minutes ahead of time can reduce the chances of your belly growling, which turns out is a super loud disruption when you're in the tank. 

Don't shave the day of your float.  Shaving can irritate skin which can be rather ouch-y when you get into the 33% salt water solution.  

Consider some transition time into your plan.  Coming straight from a long day at work, or hurrying to make it on time through traffic may leave you feeling frazzled.  We encourage people to stack their float with another service to help them relax and prepare for their float.  

We often get asked what to do before or after a float and we do have a few suggestions.

Pre-float is a wonderful time for a massage.  In fact, I think this is one of the best things you can do before your very first float.  It helps you go into a new experience already relaxed!  

You can also consider just 15 - 20 minutes using the NormaTec Leg Pulse Recovery system, the MUSE Meditation headband or some time at the Oxygen Bar before your float.  All these are very reasonably priced, especially for our float club members!

Cryotherapy is an amazing therapy offered, but it does give you a boost of energy that you may not want right before a float.  We recommend using cryo on a separate day then your float.

Sauna is a beautiful compliment for post float and will allow you to keep the relaxation vibe going strong. But, pre-float it will raise your skin temperature and could make you feel chilly during your float experience.

Make sure you bring everything you need.  Which may be nothing!  Your float tank is in a private room with a shower.  No swimsuit is necessary and we supply paraben-free & sulfate-free bath products, towels, earplugs, bathrobe, spa slippers, q-tips and even some vaseline should you have a small cut that needs to be protected from burning salt-water. 

After your float, we do have a room where you can prepare to go back out in the world.  It is stocked with a hairdryer and a few essentials, but you may want to bring hair styling products and makeup should you need to get ready for a day or evening out.  

We also encourage people to bring a journal or book.  The relaxation lounge is a perfect place to decompress after a float.  You can grab some water or prepare a cup of hot tea and plan for time to let the experience settle into your bones.  Or you can go to the Kombucha taproom for some post-float refreshment!

Some also plan for a massage post float.  With your muscle tissue soft, it is more pliable for the massage therapist and requires less time warming the tissue before getting in for deeper work.  

Things to consider

Remember that floating is a journey. Seriously consider committing to a three float series.

I dreamed of being elegant and graceful like the yoga peeps I see. It took me awhile, but I finally got the nerve to sign up for a yoga class. I was sweaty, I fell over (and almost took out a whole row of yogis), and I did not come out of that class graceful or lithe. But I knew that one class wasn’t enough. I signed up for a month and got a little better. Six months later, my movement was much more fluid and I loved the way I stretched and moved my body into new unexplored poses.

It’s the same with floating. One float is not enough to judge. The first float your brain is confused by the lack of signals from the central nervous system. It starts creating its own input and you can feel a little restless or not able to shut your mind off for the first float. But when you buy a three series, we encourage you to come back once a week or once every other week and see the change from the first to the third float. Just like everything else in life, it is a beautiful process that unfolds and goes deeper with each float. Using some of the tips above will help you have the best float possible! We hope you love it as much as we do!

Have you recently colored your hair? 

If you have recently colored your hair and after washing, the water does not rinse clear, you'll need to wait to float.  Hair dye can color the water and stain the tanks so we ask that you wait until your dye is set and excess is completely out before making your float appointment.

Do you wear contacts?

If you wear contacts, you may want to bring a contact case or wear glasses.  If salt water gets in your eyes during your float, having contacts in makes it difficult to rinse water out quickly.  We have contact solution for you in our prep room should you need it.  

Should you even float?

Floating has some great benefits for many people, but there are some people who shouldn't float.  We have a good list on our float page that you can check out.  If you have any concerns about floating or if you are under a doctor's care for any type of issue, always consult with them before your first float.  If they have questions about floating or what it entails, we are happy to answer questions or talk to medical staff!  

Got more questions about floating?  Let us know.  We are happy to answer them.  You can contact us from our website or give us a call at 615-933-1116!  We frequently answer questions over on Facebook and Instagram as well.  

We look forward to getting you floating soon!