Optimize the healing power of sensory deprivation in our warm and welcoming floatation tanks with these beneficial tips and recommendations.
~ prepping for your float ~
Preparing for your float goes beyond just showering before hopping in. By creating rituals, pre-float, you enter the tank with intention and make the most of the space and time you've lovingly set aside for yourself.
"You can’t just hop in and expect to get the ultimate and defining experience (if there is any); there is always a bit of skill and a bit of willingness involved. Venturing out into the unknown territories of the mind is just like any other skill, in that practice is essential."
~ Excerpt from Floating Through Innerspace
~ FLOATING POSITIONS AND TOOLS~
We encourage people to discover subtle, conscious movement beneath the water’s surface. Each beautiful body is unique and thus all depends on what you personally need.
There are options to thoughtfully travel this waterscape creating new interpretations and finding what best supports you in that moment.
The space between lying on our backs to mindfully floating on our stomachs to incorporating float tools to assist with neck tension is your space to explore. There really isn't a perfect way to float; it is your way of floating that makes it so.
LYING ON YOUR BACK
There are many different positions to explore, specifically the way in which we place our arms.
Try any position between arms out and down beside the hips to all the way up to hands interlaced behind the head and anything in between.
- FOR DECOMPRESSION of the spine and neck, try Cactus (arms bent at the elbow with hands beside the head), open heart space with hands above the head or fingers interlocked behind the head.
- IF INNER CHILD SHOWS UP and needs comforting, place hands one on top of the other over the chest to facilitate a feeling of security.
FLOATING ON YOUR STOMACH
There is an option! Flip over mindfully to explore this space. It can be an incredible for opening the sacral space, pregnant mamas and creating a new experience.
NECK & SHOULDER TENSION
This is so common - as many of us try to take on the weight of our world – that we are happy to provide a variety of neck support options for use in the tanks. With multiple float sessions you should notice a decrease in tension with muscle relaxation and increase trust in the environment.
Below is an overview of all the neck support options and the basics of how to use them.
- Floatease (blue): Not only do we love this play on words, we also love the way it creates even more length in the spine and neck as it supports more of the head than the neck. Look for the blue halo that cradles the back of the cranium!
- Standard neck pillow (grey): If you’re craving more natural curvature of the neck this pillow is for you. The best way to use this one is by flipping it like a "U" andplace your head in the opening with the “arms” supporting the sides of your head.
- Pool Noodle: Most of you have seen the pool noodle, a tubular foam object, generally used to float in pools or lakes. These can be excellent for placing along your spine, across the shoulders, low back, knees or even under the feet. This one can definitely be combined with any of the other options!
- Nek Doodle (green): This option tends to prop your head up and brings the chin slightly more toward the chest and will keep you in direct alignment with the water.
As floating is your practice, it is limitless. Trust your self. Claim that space and make it your own.
It is so good to be curious while floating. Ever wonder about the other side of the tank? Sometimes it can totally transform your float in a new direction by switching it up and floating with your head at the other end of the tank than you usually do. It is like flipping your pillow at night to the "good dream side". Try this out next time you float and let us know about the experience!
"Don't be afraid to let go of the ego. On this float, I found my ego really trying to hold me back with thoughts like - "it is hot in here, you can't breathe, why are you doing this"...etc. At first, it was difficult to let this voice go but soon I found peace. I opened my eyes, calmed my breath and let go. If this happens to you, don't judge the ego, simply observe it as its voice will pass because like all things, it is impermanent." ~ Tank Wisdom
Open to calmness. Trust. Breathe. Let Go.
~earplugs...to wear or not to wear ~
Some floaters love the feeling of full aquanimity with the water and choose to go without earplugs. While it is highly recommended to use ear plugs, there is definitely room for personal choice.
If you choose not to wear ear plugs during your FLOAT, make sure to rinse your ears with both warm water and vinegar during your post float shower to encourage all the salt and water to come out. Vinegar is the antidote to salt...hence why the partnership works for salt and vinegar chips :) Otherwise you may be left with dry salt and an under water feeling in your ears for days afterwards. If this appears, try this technique at home or give us a shout and we can help you with other options including ear candling services.
~eyes wide open ~
It's one of the craziest things, floating with your eyes open. It's the same darkness with eyes open as it is when they are closed. Within the paradox of the tank you can actually "see" in the dark. In theta state, we can access different parts of our brain allowing the activation of our right hemisphere which controls our creative processes. This can enhance our float journeys with some super intuitive visuals from within.
"I thought it was cool because with these visions it didn't matter if my eyes were open or closed. It was still just as vivid through my mind's eye." ~Nick T.
Go on, give it a try next time you float and let us know what shows up for you!
How often do we operate outside ourselves and forget to connect to our center of power through our breath?!
This is a key factor while floating. The reflective space of thefloat environment can show us right away our default setting for our breath....you may recognize this space as the sensation of stuffy and the minds projection "I can't breathe". A good breathing technique will calm the mind, relax the body, relieve stress and act as a bridge to push past the moments created by shallow breathing allowing effortless access to the theta state.
Here is a simple BREATHING technique to try out next time you float:
1. Allow your body to find its instinctual rest position in the tank
2. Interlace your fingers and rest your hands on your belly. Close your eyes and mouth.
3.Draw awareness to your breath. Be curious by what it is telling you in it's depth, it's pattern, anywhere in the body where it may skip over or get stuck.
4.Take the lead with a few slow, deep breaths through your nose, sending the breath into your core and belly. Breathe out slowly and deeply through the nose. Feel your hands draw toward you, belly contracting.
4. With your next breath, lengthen your inhalation to a count of five. Feel your hands move away, feel the expansion.
5. Exhale slowly to the count of 10. Feel the belly contract.
6. Repeat this breath nine more times; inhaling for five, exhaling for ten.
7. When you’re finished release your hands and return to natural belly breathing. Feel the peaceful return of flow restored throughout your body.
Allow the breath to take you to the place of permission to do less and be more. To find patience for the space in between the voice and clarity to show up and to find your way back to you.
~FLOATING AND YOUR NEW INK~
So you just got tattooed...
How long should you wait until you can float safely?
What is a good amount of time? Well, speaking from personal experience it is definitely NOT the same day or within a few days afterwards. No, not even if in your head you believe that you are an amazing inventor and could create this floaty device and wrap up your tattoo in a waterproof bubble with all good intentions. No,not even if you have the best excuse like it is a full moon float with your soul twinsie. It feels like submerging a road rash in highly intensified salty water and then inviting Mr.Slashy McStabber to join the party. Trust me...it is everything in the realm of not awesome! And in all seriousness it can wreck your tattoo.
It is best to wait until 1 week after the scabbing heals (approx. 3-4 weeks) on your wicked new ink. Biggest reason is that if the scabs soak up the water and can start to peel off, pulling color/ink out in the process.
NOTE: As always, it is advisable to talk to your artists about good practice for tattoo care
The most important part of your whole float may be the post float integration. This is where you have the time for reflection; what showed up for you; what is the mirror you are being shown. Create a wholeness to your float experience and enjoy the post float chill lounge. Show up early to vibe in the space. Afterwards, stay as long as you wish. This space is for you.
~ask for what you need~
Working on some amazing intentions towards personal growth?! We want to help. Let's customize your floats to support your path. Ask us about guided meditations in the tank, sport coaching strategies, write your intentions on the wall, pull cards for guidance, it's endless. Have other thoughts, let us know. We are into everything you!