1. Breathe Deeply
Consider spending 10-15 minutes before your float preparing to relax, before it even begins.
The Float Pod will inherently relax you, but what better way to get the most out of your float than going into it already more relaxed?! It’s that much easier to let go if you set the stage.
Breathe deeply and consciously, close your eyes—this helps the brain to begin producing the more relaxed “alpha” waves which you pass through on your way to the “theta” waves produced in the most restorative part of a float.
Once in the Float Pod, you can increase your level of relaxation right away by becoming aware of your breathing, and if it is rapid or sporadic, slowing it to a more long and rhythmic pace.Tuning into the breath is a great way to become more present to the moment, as the breath is always here and now.
2. Ditch Caffeine (for a little bit)
It’s recommended that caffeine be avoided leading up to a float. That cup of coffee might fuel accomplishing your to-do list, but can be a huge distraction when you’re trying to minimize external factors.
Avoiding caffeine prior to a float allows the body to really relax, and can help to quiet busy minds—caffeine and other stimulates do just that: stimulate.
The deepest floats arise from the least amount of stimulation—outside, and inside. If possible, consider avoiding caffeine the entire day of your float!
Every aspect of our bodies operates better when we are hydrated (we are, after all, around 65% water). If we’re struggling to remain hydrated, it only makes sense that reaching deep states can be less obtainable.
Keeping water intake high following a float is always crucial, but starting the day off on the right foot by hydrating leading up to a float is even better.
Because floats allow you to deeply tune in and relax, showing up well hydrated can ensure that no focus is lost to dire thirst!
4. Avoid Touching Your Face
At some point we all learn it: it’s near impossible to touch your face while floating. The no-salt-in-eyes success rate is…very low.
In-pod itches can be a momentary distraction, but refraining from touching your face at all while in the Float Pod is the best way to make sure your entire float is as deeply relaxing is it can be. Pretend you can breathe into the itch, you may find this helps to relieve it faster.
It can be easy to forget in our relaxation that we are floating in 1,200 lbs of epsom salt—but for the ultimate float, keep those hands underwater!
5. Extend Your Relaxation
Our mind’s tend to jump on us as soon as they’re given a chance—telling us its time to be “productive”.
But the good news is, our minds belong to us, and we can choose to do differently than they may suggest.
Instead of quickly hurrying back into the world after floating, consider extending your float with time to reflect and soak in the experience.
For clients, consider brewing herbal tea and offering a guestbook or journal to write in—this not only gives them a space to express and explore their float, it also gives you a beautiful collection to look back on.
Reading through these entries can keep you close to the heart of floating, and remind you of the profound and unique possibilities of a float!