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Getting The Most Sensory Deprivation Out Of Your Float Tank Experience

Leo Niva

Float therapy is a sensory deprivation technique in which you sit in a tank filled with water and allow yourself to float in complete darkness and quiet. The point is to remove external stimuli that could stress you out and allow you to relax as completely as possible. However, what you do and eat before the session and what you wear may affect how well you relax in the tank. To get the most out of your sensory float tank experience, plan ahead. 

Reduce the Chances of Irritation and Itching

The float therapy tank water often has mineral solutions mixed in, and these can irritate skin that's been recently shaved. You also want to avoid wearing moisturizers and skin cosmetics on the day of the float therapy as they can leach into the water.

Swimsuit vs. No Swimsuit

Swimsuits make some people more comfortable (because they prefer to be at least partially clothed) but distract others, who prefer to have as little non-water material touching them in the tank.

The issue of whether or not you wear a swimsuit in the tank is decided both by your preferences and the therapy center's policies. If you want to wear a swimsuit, wear one; no one should demand you avoid wearing one. If the center's policy is that you can't wear one, find a different float therapy center.

The same is true for the reverse situation: If the center's policy requires you to wear a swimsuit in the tank, and you don't want to wear one, you need to find a center that allows you to go without.

What You Eat and Drink

Eat and drink lightly the night before and the day of the therapy. You don't want to feel sluggish or have any digestive issues while in the tank. (Do you really want intestinal gurgling to show up when you're just about to fully relax?) Eat nutritious meals that don't give you stomach upset and do drink water. You want to avoid dehydration because the headache and other issues that dehydration can cause can distract you from the float therapy experience.

Postpone if You're Ill

If you're feeling any symptoms of illnesses or allergies, however mild, it may be better to postpone your flotation session. However, do discuss this with the float therapy staff. You do want to stay home if you're actually sick. However, if you have allergy symptoms that you can muffle easily, you might be able to still do float therapy.

The problem is that, if you're dealing with sniffles or irritated eyes, for example, you might be too distracted by the symptoms to really get the most out of the float tank. And if you've taken medication that makes you light-headed, being in a tank full of water may not be the safest situation. However, if all you need is a non-drowsy antihistamine to make you feel normal, that could be OK. But again, talk to the float therapy staff.

Contact a local float therapy service for more information. 


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