When the weather heats up, everything seems to slow down. As I write this, the weather is so humid it feels like I'm walking through soup.
Storm fronts roll through every other day. Joints swell and heads ache. My brain feels foggy and unfocused.
And all this is happening at a time I want to be present and focused.
But in summer it can feel a little anti-intuitive to come and float in a warm room. During this time of year we keep the water temps a little lower, but we have a few other tips to make your summer float a great experience!
1. Dress for floating. There’s nothing worse than putting on jeans, stockings or any constricting clothing after a float in a warm, humid room. Dress as simply as possible in loose clothing. T-shirts, sundresses and even pj’s are acceptable post-float clothes. Cotton clothes are a plus as they breathe and are cooler than synthetics.
Still find it uncomfortable to dress afterwards? Put on your robe and make your way to the restroom where it's cooler. You are welcome to change in there as well.
2. Stay hydrated. Your body uses water to help regulate its temperature. If you aren’t hydrated, you could feel warmer than usual.
3. And along the same lines, avoid caffeine and alcohol on the day of your float. Caffeine can contribute to keep you from getting fully hydrated (and leave you less than relaxed or taking an trip to the restroom, interrupting your float time). Alcohol sends blood to the surface of your skin, making you feel warmer than usual temporarily.
4. Stick a bottle of water in the freezer a few hours before your float. Bring the bottle along to your float! In the tank room, the ice melts slowly providing you with super cold water to sip on and a handy ice pack to cool your skin.
5. Keep your shower temperature on the cool or tepid side. Warm showers will warm up your skin temperature. Tepid showers are healthy for your skin and will help you feel more comfortable once you’re in the tank.
Floating is a powerful tool that helps us explore ourselves a little deeper, make shifts in thought and insight and ease pain. It keeps us moving forward when we feel stuck.
Don't let summer slow you down!