We have 10 recommendations that we feel can help you to get the most out of your float.
At least if you feel the need to just spend some time chilling out, the option is there. You may feel quite alert and ready to get back into your daily life. However, having to rush somewhere after a Floatation Tank session will certainly break you out of your relaxed state! Give yourself plenty of time to get wherever you need to be after your float, so you don’t have to deal with the stress of rushing, or being stuck in traffic. Being so relaxed, you probably won't even care about the unimportant little things that may have stressed you pre-float!
Even though you have just spent an hour or more relaxing, sometimes it is really nice to be able to gently come back to reality, which may take longer for some than others. It's really nice to give yourself permission to just sit and BE! No reading, just close your eyes and rest. You are welcome to stay as long as you need to. We are always happy to make you a cuppa, so you can gently bring yourself back from your dream-like state.
Put off texting, talking on your phone or using a computer after your float.
Unless you absolutely HAVE to, avoid using your phone or any other electronic devices for as long as possible if you want to prolong the deeper state you are in. After a blissful hour (or more) in the float tank, with no external stimulation, when you come out of the float room and sit in reception, you are in a deep state. As soon as you use your phone, you will break this state, bringing you back into a more alert frame of mind.
Put off consuming caffeine and cigarettes as long as you can. The endorphin release you have just experienced can really help break free of addictions, if you want to. Enjoy feeling relaxed, and if you are too relaxed to drive, allow yourself the time to gently come back into your body. Have something to eat if you need to ground yourself and re-energise. Make sure you drink plenty of water after you float too!
If you can, avoid stressful situations immediately after your float. Also, avoid high levels of stimulation, as this can create stress after a float. You may feel fine, or you may feel sensitive to stimulation as noise may appear louder, lights brighter etc. You may wish to have no music as you drive home, or gentle music that is not overly stimulating. How you respond to stress/stimulation is very subjective, so check in with how you are feeling and listen to your body’s responses.
After a Floatation Therapy session, you may notice that you are quite hungry! This is a normal response to your body being in a relaxed state, or “Rest and Digest” mode. If you are starving, we have healthy and delicious raw vegan naked treaties at reception, which are all organic and super satisfying as a snack. We are also quite close to Ivanhoe, which has numerous café’s around.
We are located right near Darebin Creek, bike paths and parks, so you can easily enjoy a stroll amongst nature, or sit and meditate in nature. This is a wonderful way to ground and "earth" yourself and gently re-connect with your environment.
Sometimes during your float, you may come up with ideas, solve problems, have visions or have other thoughts/experiences that you don't want to forget! It's a great idea to write these things down or even draw them... whatever works for you! Keeping a journal of your float sessions is a great way to not only remember your experiences, but also helps you on you when you come in for your float so you can enjoy some time afterwards expressing yourself on paper.
When you feel ready to re-connect with others, make sure that you connect with friends who are positive and supportive. Try not to share too much of your personal experience if they have not floated before, so that if they wish to try Floatation Therapy, their experience will be free of expectations.
Continue the post-float relaxation in whatever way you enjoy! Whether you feel like having a nap, putting on some beautiful smelling oils, relaxing music... whatever feels good, and whatever works for you.