Whilst it may be difficult to skip the morning coffee, or to avoid smoking cigarettes, if you can it is best to avoid any stimulants before you float, as this will interfere with your ability to go into a deep relaxation. People who have stimulants such as caffeine before they have a session in the float tank, struggle to mentally relax and experience the deeper states of relaxation that Floatation Therapy offers. Caffeine has a half-life of 2.5-4.5 hours, but depending on how much you have, caffeine metabolism can vary so could be longer in some people.
If you must, make sure you allow plenty of time between when you shave and when you float, otherwise you will have to deal with the sting of the super-salty water which can be irritating and distracting to any open skin for up to around 20 minutes of your float! When shaving your face – wait 6 hours or longer, and when shaving any other part of your body – wait 12 hours or longer.
We love coloured hair – it looks great! Just not so great when it’s in the water inside our Floatation Tanks… In fact, you MUST NOT FLOAT with hair colour that is still washing out when you have a shower. It is a very expensive exercise to clean up the tank and the water inside it if hair colour leaches into the Floatation Tank! If you choose to float with coloured hair, you are responsible for any extra costs associated with cleaning or repairing damage, so it is best avoided! When you have NO colour washing out of your hair, it is safe for you to float.
If you eat a heavy/large meal, or if you don’t eat at all, you will be spending a good part of your float listening to the sounds of your digestive system… which can be kind of funny and interesting… but can also be annoying if that’s all you can focus on. It is suggested that you eat a light, easily digestible meal 1.5-2 hours before your float session to satiate your hunger and allow time for digestion.
Whilst you may have come across information about other people deciding to get high before floating, we do NOT condone the use of alcohol or drugs at inner outer health (Floatation Tank Melbourne) – before or during your session! This is for both your and our safety. When you come in for your first float, you will sign a statement that includes your agreement to adhere to this for every session at inner outer health (Floatation Tank Melbourne). If we suspect that you are under the influence of either alcohol or drugs, you may be asked to leave, which would be disappointing for us both. On a lighter note, there is really NO NEED to consume any consciousness-altering substances, because one of the benefits of floating is an all-natural high from those wonderful brain chemicals called ENDORPHINS! These wonderful pain-relieving and feel-good neurotransmitters can leave you with a feeling of increased wellbeing both physically and mentally.