Your First Float
The nice thing about floating is you just have to show up – you can’t do it wrong! Watch the video below, or read on to get an idea of what to expect for your first float.
ArrivalWe’re located at 543 Seabright Ave., on the corner of Logan street across from Linda’s Seabreeze Cafe. There’s metered parking right in front (25c for 30m), or free street parking in the surrounding side streets. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early so we can get you floating on schedule.
You’ll be greeted by a staff member to get checked in. If you didn’t already create an account on the booking website, we’ll get your contact info and an acknowledgment of our guest agreement. Then, we’ll show you to your private float room, walk you through the float process, and will be happy to answer any questions you might have.
After our briefing, we’ll leave you in privacy to get ready for your float. Shower thoroughly (no products), dry off, then cover any cuts or scrapes with petroleum jelly, put in earplugs (optional), step into the tank nude and close the door. Lay down and get comfortable, the music and lights will slowly fade. Feel free to experiment with different body positions or the provided neck pillow to find how to feel the most comfortable. After that, just float!
The light and music will gently fade back on to signal that your float is over. Sit up slowly, careful that salt water doesn’t drip into your eyes. Open the door, and you may want to pause for a minute to acclimate your senses. Watch your step as you exit the tank, making sure to use the hand rails. Shower one more time to rinse off all the salt, then dry and change back into your clothes. Then, head down the hall to our lounge area, choose a comfy chair, enjoy a cup of warm herbal tea, have a snack, peruse our book selection, add to our board of float quotes, close your eyes and reflect, and bask in your post float glow!
Some simple tips to get the most out of your float:
* Stimulants – we recommend avoiding stimulants like caffeine or nicotine prior to your float.
* Eating – try to aim for not too full, and not too hungry. A light meal an hour or two before floating is usually perfect.
* Shaving – don’t shave for 12 hours (face or body) prior to floating, otherwise the salt might sting for a few minutes.
* Hydration – make sure to stay hydrated before and after your float to keep your brain in top condition.
* Body position – most people prefer either their hands over their head, palms up, or their hands at their sides, palm down. Experiment with both and see which works best for you. You may also want to brace yourself on the sides of the tank to start to find a position in the middle of the tank where you can relax without bumping into the walls.
* Just breathe – different people prefer to use their time in the tank for different things, like meditation, practicing mindfulness, visualization, listening to music, repeating a mantra, body awareness, etc. If you’re not sure what to do, we recommend just trying to focus passively on your breath without judging or trying to control it. Just let go and sit with the stillness.