One of the most common questions I am asked by people who have never floated before is, How do you float? What do you do in there? and I had some of the same questions myself before my first float.
After you sign in at Float On and given an orientation of the space, asked to use the loo, take out your contacts, cover up small cuts and grazes, you’ll be in your own room equipped with your own shower, amenities and pod.
Once you’re in the room, put your earplugs in and have a shower with our pre-float unscented shampoo/soap. This will take off any oils or perfumes you may have on that can affect your float. Next you dry your face and hairline before turning off the room light and stepping into the pod.
You’re in control! You can leave the pod lights on (soothing blue or chakra rainbows) and have the pod lid open or closed. While I was pregnant, I often kept the soothing blue lights on because every time baby was moving, I wanted to see my belly move. I would also keep the lid open on days my body temperature was running higher from the pregnancy. There’s also music that plays at the start of the session and as you float more, you can choose guided meditations for your floats too.
With 500 kilos of epsom salt, you’re total bouyant and your body, your neck and head will float effortlessly. Some positions to try with the arms would be at your side, over your tummy or my personal favourite, in a W shape.
Once you’ve figured out your ideal floating position, then what? Well, I can’t really tell you because I’m not in your head or your body but what I can tell you is that if you have a meditation practice, it’s a shortcut into that blissful headspace. If you don’t have a meditation practice, this is the easiest way to access meditation. I recommend focusing on the physical feelings for the first timers, feel the water around your skin from toes to head and then bring your focus into your ears. You’ll notice the sound of your own breath and just count your breaths until your mind shifts and wanders.
At the end you’ll hear music in the pod to bring you out of the session. Carefully sit up (this is usually when I get salt in my eyes even after two years of floating) and have a hot shower with our post float products. If you have long hair, shampoo 2 or 3 times!
Finish up in the powder room and enjoy post float bliss with water and tea before you step back out into the city sounds. You might experience what I call an alert calm (You are clearly chilled out in your body and mind and everything else is also loud again but it doesn’t bother you at all).
Knowing how to practice breathing exercises and having completed a mindfulness based stress reduction course (MBSR with Julian Chase) www.mindfulnesshk.com has definitely given me more tools to use while floating. I highly recommend this course for anyone looking to give meditation a real go and wanting to apply it to their daily life.