What to expect
What to expect in a Float Tank
Many people have some concern before they use the tank the first time. This usually stems from the thought or the idea that YOU won’t be in control of the situation, but in this situation you are totally in control. You can go in and out of the tank as you please. You can use the tank with the door completely open, you can keep it partially open, or you can close it. You can float with the light on or off and the same with the music. There is no particular way to use the tank that is more correct than another. Any way you use the tank, that is comfortable for you, is correct.
When you get to the tank, slide the door across a little and you will feel it is very easy to move. If you close the door with the light off when first inside the tank you may feel disoriented as it is completely dark. That is why we recommend you leave the light on until you lay down and get settled in before turning it off.
As the tank is a humid environment condensation forms on the roof. To lessen any drips of water falling on you while you float, please wipe over the surface of the roof, with the cloth provided, before you lie down. You will need to slide the door over to get to the surface which will be over your face. You will still have the light on while you are doing this.
Familiarisation with the Controls
When you are first in the tank just take a moment to familiarize yourself with the position of the light button the volume control for the music. This will lessen you fumbling around when you are in your relaxed state. (Show the floater where switches are located).
The Tank is Not Airtight
The tank is designed so that it is not airtight. You’ll have plenty of air. To keep the tank air fresher, an air circulation system brings in additional air from the room.
325kgs of Epsom Salts
There are 30 cms of water in the tank with 325kgs. of epsom salt dissolved in it. When you lie back you will float like a cork. Your ears will be under water. There are earplugs available if you would like them, and we recommend them if you have ever had ear problems.
Buoyant Body Positions
You can experiment with the best body position for you. For example, hands behind head, on your chest, along your sides. If you have tension in your neck you can relieve it by clasping your hands behind your head or using a head float. There is also a pillow available for your use if you prefer.
Keep the Salt Out of Your Eyes!
If you get any salt water in your eyes you will be uncomfortable for a few minutes. To avoid getting drips of salt water in your eyes, push your hair back on your forehead when you change from lying down to sitting up. Also keep your salty hands away from your eyes. If you do happen to get salt in your eyes, use the hand towel to wipe your eyes.
Last Stop Before Boarding
Remove your metal jewelry and contact lenses. Shower, shampoo, rinse thoroughly and dry your face before you get in the tank. If you have cuts or scratches or have recently shaved, there may be stinging for several minutes. If you have any open cuts use the resin spray or vaseline to seal them after your shower and before you get in the tank.
Then get into the tank. When your session time is up the music will restart as a signal to let you know. Some people don’t hear the signal and if you don’t hear it, you will feel the gently moving water as your signal to get out – this is the filtration system beginning to clean the tank. Sit up, stand and squeegee the solution from your body before getting out of the tank.
Your body will have salt water all over it which is very slippery. As you don’t want to drip everywhere and risk slipping over towel dry before making your way to the shower to clean off. The bathroom has all the amenities you need.
Reflects Your Life
At the beginning of each float you can set an intention for what you would like to accomplish during your float. You may also use your float to observe where you hold tension in your body or your mind. You will develop many of your own ways of using your floats. We don’t say more because we don’t want to spoil your own adventure.