7 tips to help you get the most out of your first float

Painting by Float Nashville floater, Penny Tyler.

Painting by Float Nashville floater, Penny Tyler.

Considering your first float?  Here are some things to take into consideration before you book your first one.

Give some thought to the time of day you schedule your first float.  You may feel a bit anxious as you go into your first float.  After all, no matter how much research you’ve done, you’re not sure exactly what you’re getting yourself into.

Give yourself the best chance of quickly getting to that relaxed state.  Choose a time of day you naturally dip into a lull.  Using myself as an example, when I wake up in the morning, I’m already making a mental to-do list before my feet touch the floor. 

While years of floating have made it a bit easier to do a morning float, I find I have to fight my monkey mind a lot more during those times.  However, come 5:00pm and later, I’m a little more relaxed and able to turn my attention inwards.  I’m a much better night floater.  What time of day works best for you?

Make a reservation.  From time to time a lucky coincidence happens and we can accommodate walk-ins.  But that’s rare.  If you plan to walk in and take a chance, keep in mind that all our appointments run on the odd hours beginning at 9am and the last one starting at 9pm. 

Along those same lines, plan ahead for your float.  We are happy to book you same day, but if you want a specific tank at a specific time or you need multiple tanks, it is much better to book ahead of time. 

Some good guidelines are one to two days in advance earlier in the week and three to four days in advance for the weekend.  You can easily see what we have available by booking online.  Or simply give us a call Tuesdays through Sunday. 

You may also want to keep in mind that at the time of this writing, we have shortened hours on Mondays so give us a call on Sunday for a Tuesday float or use the online booking system to make sure you are on the schedule for Tuesday.

We require a Visa, Mastercard or Discover to hold your appointment, but it is not charged at the time of booking. Once you’ve floated and are ready to check out, we will ask you how you’d like to pay.  You can choose the card with which you made your reservation, or pay with cash, gift certificate or a different credit card.  No problem!

But please remember that we do have a 12 hour cancellation policy and should you cancel within this time frame and we are unable to fill your spot, you will be responsible for the missed appointment.  This policy is stated in your confirmation and reminder emails as well as on our site, please refer to it if you have any questions.

Avoid stimulants the day of your float.  These can really interfere with your ability to relax and make your time in the tank less than pleasant.  Get the most out of your float by planning your day around it! 

If you need that cup of coffee in the morning to get going, then plan an afternoon or evening float so you have time to get that caffeine out of your body. 

Come early!  Take the time to get to Float Nashville 10-15 minutes early.  Give yourself time to relax, use the restroom, fill out paperwork and check out the community float journals.  It doesn’t hurt to take a few nice deep breaths and get used to your surroundings before your float.

And of course, it guarantees to get you to us on time even if you get stuck waiting for what we refer to as “the world’s longest train” passing through the railroad crossing near the office.

Your first float is important and taking these seven things into consideration will help you ease into this amazing therapy. 

Are you a regular floater and have another tip to share?  Please add it below in the comments.  The more you share, the more our community benefits from your experience.

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Reconnecting after your float

Everyone reacts differently to their time in the float tank.  Some people are quiet, sleepy, introspective.   They sit quietly in the corner, look through a book and keep to themselves.  Others feel renewed and are energetic.  They want to talk and share what they experienced.

The time when you come out of the float room is sacred. Integration back into the world is paramount.  No matter how you emerge, don’t miss the chance to bask in everything you just experienced.  Recognize it so you can carry it with you back out into your every day world.

 Many people mention when they first come out of the tank they feel very “raw” and very aware of everything around them and within them.  While our float center is small, we try to create areas to accommodate what you need when you come out of the tank. 

If you need your space or some quiet, sit in the chairs closest to the tank rooms.  We take this as a cue you need some quiet time to yourself.  There’s usually a blank sketch book, journal and various writing and drawing tools near the chair, but if not, feel free to grab a beverage and snag a book off the coffee table. 

Take it to your chair and share what you need to whether anonymously or not, with other floaters who have and will come through our door.  Take your time.  When you’re ready to check out, stop by the front desk and let us know.  We won’t bother you until you approach us. 

Some people want, no, need to talk when they come out.  Sitting on the couch in the front part of the lobby and striking up a conversation with others in the area or whoever is manning (or wo-manning) the front desk is welcomed.  It’s not unusual to see Mark make his way out from behind the desk, sit down and prop his feet up on a stack of 50 lb Epsom salt bags to chat. 

Grab the guitar if you like and strum a bit (quietly, please to honor those around in the small space).  Peruse (and add to) the journals sitting out.

When you’re ready to head out, just let us know.  We’ll take care of it and you will be on your way, ready to take on the world! 

And sometimes you just need to leave right after your float.  And that’s okay!  Grab some tea, coffee or water to go, check out at the front desk and be on your way.  But do yourself a favor and take the time to look around you.  Find the beauty, the ideas, the inspiration you missed before you unplugged and spent some time in the dark.  Take the new found peace with you.