The First Time: 10 Tips to Make Your First Float Marvelous

The reasons to float are many, but it all starts with that first one, which can be tricky for some and as easy as breathing for others.

Let's go over 10 practical tips that'll help you have a marvelous float, the first time.

Each float means something different to everyone. A regular floater might come in for pain relief one day, and wind up needing relaxation from a stressful week the next float.

Tip 1: Book Your Appointment at the Right Time for You

Seems easy, right? Make the phone call, set up a time and anxiously await your float day. But let's back up a little. Floating is all about you, it's all about your me-time, so it only makes sense to book a float on a day that works best for you, not because it's conveniently placed between Activity A. and Activity B.

You know how it feels to rush through something or not give it your all because your mind is focused on your next objective? The same thing happens to many floaters when they schedule their appointment right before another activity. Give yourself time and space so you can be wholly present during your float and not concentrate on making supper, or going back to work as soon as you leave.

Tip 2: Lay Low on Energy Food

I used to love my morning coffee. It was warm and soothing, and I looked forward to it every day. Do you know what drinking and eating caffeinated/sugary things taught me? Not to float right after I consumed them.

Yes, it's true, natural and artificial energy foods and drinks are a major boost for us when we need them, but they're your float time's worst enemy. Take it from an experienced floater, you don't want to be all jittery during a float, especially not during your first float, when it's truly important for you to unwind and relax.

Tip 3: Don't Shave

Do you know what's in the water of a float tank? Yep, 1,000 pounds of Epsom Salt. It's what keeps you floating effortlessly. That wondrous salt is also what stings if you have sensitive skin and you've just shaved. Avoid shaving for 24 hours before you float, my friend. You'll thank me for it.

Tip 4: Arrive Early