1) Pay attention to your float attendant
When you first arrive at East Coast Floats, you will be greeted by a float attendant who will check you in and show you the ropes. The float attendant guides you into a float room and explains the necessary steps to float. Take it from me, paying attention is crucial. My first float was awesome and relaxing, however, I ended up with water in my ears for over a week because I forgot to put my earplugs in before rinsing off in the shower. I was so excited about the float that I wasn’t concentrating on what my float attendant was saying. My advice is to listen carefully because what she/he has to say is important and will affect how enjoyable your float is.
2) Let go of any pre-existing expectations
If you’re thinking about floating, you have probably already done some research or heard about float therapy from a friend. Upon your first float, it’s possible that you may have certain expectations, like drifting off into a psychedelic abyss where you forget about everything, or you may think you’ll finally be able to meditate. Both of these actions could certainly happen, but something else could happen too. You could be floating in the tank, wondering how much time has passed, or if you’re floating in the right position. Before my second float, Melissa from East Coast Floats told me to just let go of all expectations. She said that if your mind starts to feel restless, just tell yourself you’re floating in complete darkness because your body needs magnesium. This is something to remember because it takes a few floats for your body and mind to get used to sensory deprivation. If you get restless, just remind yourself that your body needs to soak in 1,000 lbs of Epsom salt to achieve maximum magnesium levels.
3) Take a THOROUGH shower after your float
Once out of the tank, showering is a complete must. Within just 30 seconds, the salt on your skin will start to dry and you will begin to feel and see how salty you really are. Salt will be in your hair, your ears, EVERYWHERE! After my second float, I thought I had floating down to a T until I left the facility and realized I still had SO MUCH SALT in my hair and on my face. I didn’t wash my hair because I figured I would do that at home. Bad idea. Every time I moved salt would fall from my face and hair. I felt crusty but SO ALIVE! Newbie tip #3: take a thorough shower.
Sensory deprivation is a new and exciting thing. It’s something you’ve never experienced before, therefore you’re bound to make a few harmless mistakes in the beginning. My first and second floats were exploratory. I was getting used to floating- physically and mentally. My THIRD float, my most recent float, was the best! I knew exactly what I was doing, my mind shut down and I was completely comfortable. My last little bit of advice for all you newbies is to schedule 2 or 3 floats within a short period of time. Each experience gets better and better!