If you live along the Australian coastline, you’re probably not far from some form of water like the ocean, a swimming pool or even your own bathtub.
Floatation therapy is simply floating in the water as a form of relaxation.
Over the last two years, I have been blessed to try a handful of floats in the Brisbane city. The first time was the hardest as everything is a little new and you don’t know what to expect.
I prefer open float room over float tanks. They are more like a bathtub that perhaps two people could fit in. Try not to drink alcohol for two days beforehand, or arrive dehydrated.
What to Pack for a Float
It’s best to pack minimally for a float. You can leave your jewellery and valuables at home if you like. I like to take a backpack with two pairs of inexpensive togs, easy to put on clothes, spare underwear, my own hairbrush, a couple of hair ties, and a reusable water bottle.
Optionally you might like to add your glasses case, swimming goggles, custom swimming earplugs, a swimming cap, kaftan, thongs or easy to put on shoes, and a compact towel.
What to do When you A
rrive at a Float
It is best to arrive at least 15 minutes early. It is not ideal to be hurrying around trying to find a carpark or worrying about your appointment time. This extra buffer will allow time for you to fill in the paperwork, set up an account and have a short orientation.
The information in the orientation is essential – you’ll need to know what each button does and figure out what your routine will be.
Decisions about your Float
For each float session, you’ll need to decide:
- Do you want to complete silence or music? Do you want music at the beginning and
- Do you want to wear swimwear?
- What are you going to think about?
- How are you going to move your body?
- What do you want to achieve out of each session? (e.g. Physical body relaxation might be enough).
After your Floatation Therapy
Hopefully, you are feeling refreshed and new, so head home at a leisurely pace. Don’t forget to rehydrate with plenty of water gradually over the next 24 hours. You might even sleep deeply or have a nap.
I hope you’ll take to floatation therapy like ‘a duck to water’.