Whether you’re a first time floater or a pro, here are some helpful tips to get the most from your float:
1. Don’t shave or wax on the day of the float as the salt may sting.
2. Don’t eat for at least 2 hours prior to your float session.
3. Avoid stimulants such as caffeine and alcohol on the day of your session.
4. Prepare yourself: take out your contact lenses, put in your ear-plugs and have a quick shower. (If you put your ear plugs in before your shower there’s less chance of them falling out during your float).
5. Lie back gently, so as not to splash around and create too many waves.
6. Have confidence that the Epsom salt solution has been designed specially to take your weight, so trust it and let go of the muscles. The water will support you!
7. Try and melt yourself physically and mentally in to the silky, soft warm salt solution.
8. Don’t expect to relax straight away and then get stressed that it’s not working – it can take time for all your muscles and for your mind to slow down. Most people need three float sessions within a month before they can learn to fully appreciate just how profound floating can be.
9. Avoid touching your face and splashing about as the salt might get in your eyes or up your nose.
10. Floating with the light on is OK if you can relax better that way (you can always close your eyes). Don’t plunge yourself into inky blackness on your first visit if you are anxious; remember that you have control of the light switch which is beside you.
11. Find a central and still position within the pod so you’re not moving and bumping against the sides. If you do touch the side then don’t push off as you’ll just shoot across to the other side and bump yourself again – it’s far better to pull away whatever part of your body that is touching.
12. Focus on de-stressing by breathing slowly, deeply and rhythmically and visualising yourself somewhere you normally associate with being relaxed.
13. If your body becomes restless while floating try stretching like you’ve just woken up out of bed. Also, switching arm positions to: palms up, palms down, by your side, above your head, or behind your head will also help.
14. If your mind becomes over-active while floating try asking yourself, “What will be the next thought I will have?” You might be surprised to learn that when you wait for that next thought to come, it doesn’t.
15. Soothing sound tracks can be played if you want – they can help to relax.
16. Allow yourself some recovery time. Don’t rush off to your next appointment the moment you get out of the tank if you want to get maximum benefits.
17. Try enhancing your sense of well-being or relaxation by using an aromatherapy shampoo in your after float shower.
18. You might feel emotional, euphoric or slightly disorientated. Take time out to explore your responses, let them pass and balance yourself. Whenever you get tense, focus on the relaxation you enjoyed while floating.
19. Drink a lot of water afterwards to make the most of the detoxification process.
(Extract from I-sopod article)