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.