The Floating Experience
Floating is a wellness and healing technique that allows a person to be entirely free from gravity and external stimulation in a completely safe and relaxing environment. This allows the mind to slow down and the body to relax to a level that is virtually impossible to achieve in any other setting. The water in the tank is kept at body temperature, which is skin-receptor neutral, meaning you are able to lose track of where your body ends and the water begins.
Noise from the outside does not reach you and your ears are just below the water line and the rooms are designed to restrict outside sound.
There is a light inside the tank that you are able to turn on if needed.
There is an option of music for the first 10 minutes of your float to help settle you into the float.
The door to the float tank can be left open or propped open if you feel overwhelmed by the experience. I recommend working towards closing the door completely knowing you are in full control and can open the door at any time. There is not a right or wrong way to float but we provide a safe and clean environment for you to explore the space within.
For an hour and a half the outside world is gone. Once you lay back in the 11" of water and 850 pounds of Epsom salts you lose sense of time, space and gravity. When your body is not fighting gravity or constantly taking in external information, it has a lot of extra resources at it's disposal. Your brain pumps out dopamine and endorphins and the rest of your body gets to rest, de-stress and heal. Current studies have shown 35% lower cortisol levels in 60 minutes of floating. The default mode network of your brain or resting state is lowered.
What does it feel like after a float?
For some it feels like your body keeps floating, feeling light on your feet, some feel their body and everything feels a bit heavy, all of your senses may heightened, feelings of well-being, calm and centeredness and clarity. There are similar feelings that everyone share but everyone has wildly different experiences. The most important part when walking out of Float Central after your float experience is to take time after to connect with nature instead of your mobile device. Take your shoes off and feel your feet on the earth, this is the my recommendation for one way to enjoy your post float glow.
What should I expect for my first float?
It is best to not have expectations, floating can be challenging for some in ways never thought of. If you are expecting one thing you may not be open to what is being shown to you at the time. Below are a couple of videos that are super informative about preparing for your first float experience. The first video is a great introduction about floating by the TrueREST Float Spa. Although our float tanks are slightly different than the TrueRest, the video is superbly done and provides fantastic information about what to do before, during and after your float. The second video talks about what the float experience can do for your mind and body.