The best part of owning and operating a float center is seeing the transformation of our customers pre and post float. More often than not, the "before" face rarely matches the "after". First time floaters have visited our center nervous, excited, worried about claustrophobia and sometimes skeptical of how or even if this crazy floatation thing will really work for them. We've seen them all! I can tell you right now that I've never had two people feel the exact same about their float experience. Our loyal floaters will tell you that they've never had any two floats that were the same. Each float is and will be as unique as you are.
But what makes a float good? What can I as the owner, and you as the floater do to help ensure the best float possible?
How YOU can get the most out of your float?
Say NO to caffeine
Avoiding caffeine for a few hours before your float will help you quiet your mind. You never really know how much goes on in your mind until all external stimuli is taken out of the equation. Adding caffeine on top of that will make it much more harder to relax properly.
That's right. We said it. Expect...nothing. It will be the best nothing you've ever felt! Often, especially for first time floaters, they have this idea of what will happen. Maybe you talked to your friend and they told you all about the crazy mind trip they went on while floating or maybe you watched a bunch of videos on floating, heard all the testimonials from others, and thought "Ya! Now I know how I'm gonna feel!". The thing is, we are all different. A person's float is as unique as they are. The less you expect will happen during your float enables you to truly let go. Once we let go and throw all expectations out the door, that's when you will start your own unique journey in floatation therapy.
Turn OFF your phone
We are so glued to our phones these days. Every ping from the endless stream of notifications sends us mindlessly grabbing for our phones to see what we may be missing out on. Sometimes we even check our phones mid conversation with a real human being! We believe you deserve a break from all the screen time. Turning off your phone during your float session is a way to signal your brain and yourself that this is your time; dedicated to you and your health. Nothing can pull you out of a blissful Theta state faster than a ping from your phone.
When we float, it can be easy to get distracted by the laundry list of things you need to get done and the weird things your mind will throw at you. "Gotta go grocery shopping later. What are my plans tonight? When is this Theta state coming? Why did I say that in the 3rd grade? I'm going to sing every song Leta Ford ever sang!..." So, when your mind wanders to something distracting and unproductive in the moment, try to recenter yourself again. Take deep breaths, focusing on your breathing and the present moment. Know that you are doing something special and healthy for your mind, body and spirit. If you don't fall into a Theta state, that's ok; all that wonderful Magnesium is doing wonders for your brain, muscles, joints, and heart. All the other laundry list of things can wait. You will get to the grocery store later and rock out to Leta Ford the whole way; right now though, it's all about you.
Being under the influence in the Pod is a recipe for disaster! Being drunk or high can take away from the full experience that floating has to offer, cause you to not make the full connection of mind/body and may in fact cause the float to be worse. Our brains are amazing, exquisite super computers. Although rare, some have reported auditory and/or visual hallucinations while floating sober. Imagine seeing or hearing something your own brain made up sans drugs/alcohol?! Give your brain a chance to show you what it's capable of; avoid drugs/alcohol before your float.
How do WE help you get the most out of your float?
We have PROOFED everything!
Before we even opened our doors, we thought diligently about the environment that we were creating for you. It's not just as simple as buying a float pod, filling it with water and salt, and plugging it in. No sir! The key thing about floatation therapy and how it works so well is the effort put into ensuring all external sounds, noises, temperature, etc is just right so your beautiful brain can have a break from processing outside stimuli. We have spent countless hours salt proofing, sound proofing, and light proofing the pod rooms as well as our lobby wall so you can have a zero distraction float.
The MOST relaxing music
We play music 8 minutes at the start of your float and then again for about 6 minutes at the end of your float. The music we chose for the beginning of your float session wasn't picked by us just from pure luck. This song has been studied by neuroscientists and was created by a group of musicians, neurologists and sound therapists. It has also been dubbed "the most relaxing song on Earth" because it has been shown to decrease stress and anxiety levels by a whopping 65 percent!
We don't judge
We consider our center here at Healing Waters very sacred and special. The space we hold is open for all types of people that walk through our door. We want you to know that our center is a space of love, acceptance, and non judgement. You will find a simple, yet beautiful, sticker on our front door as you enter with the word "SPACE" as an indicator that we have teamed up with Project:SPACE and are dedicated in joining the movement to deepen human connection. We also want you to know that this is a place of profound healing and insight and a tool to guide you in finding your truth.
We provide (most) of it all
We provide you all that you will need for your float session including, towels, earplugs, shampoo, body wash, conditioner, make-up wipes, q-tips, hairdryers, lotions, and deodorants. The only thing we don't provide, but suggest that you bring, is a contact case if you wear contacts and a hair brush. Feeling nervous before your float? Need something more between your float appointments to keep your post float glow going? We have relaxing Hemp Honey or Charlotte's Web CBD Oil for you to purchase to help you with that!
When you're here, you may notice that it feels like you are the only one in our center. I'll let you in on a little secret; we did that on purpose. We wanted to create a space that was sacred and personal for all that entered. A lot of mixed feelings, strong emotions, and profound moments come from floating. Also, we understand that it's important to just "get away" from it all. That's why we opted to have a bigger gap between clients. You can truly be yourself, no judgements. This is your time and this is your space to rediscover yourself and heal your body, mind, and spirit.
While this is a short list of how to get the most out of your float, it's important to remember that every float will be different. You are what makes the session, you bring into the Pod what you want to get from it and you hold the key to unlocking your personal float journey. Let us know your thoughts. Are there any tricks you use to get the most out of your float? We'd love to hear from you!
Living here in the Tetons, we have the luxury of being surrounded by nature and outdoor adventures. We appreciate wildlife and see breathtaking views on our daily commutes. We witness the stars on clear nights, a spectacle city-dwellers enjoy only on vacations to places like Idaho and Wyoming.
Our rural surroundings make our daily lives unique and interesting, but we’re prone to the same distractions and addictions as those in more urban areas. We post GoPro footage of our epic powder sessions online, we pose for selfies and “humble brag” photos on social media, and we love our technology just as much as the next person.
Even in the mountains, it’s difficult for us to fully unplug, unwind and just be.
About a year ago I Googled float centers nearby and found Salt Lake City to be one of the closest locations, so I was beyond excited when I learned a few months ago that Healing Waters was opening in Jackson. It is one of only two float centers in all of Wyoming.
What’s the big deal?
Researchers continue to discover benefits of sensory deprivation tanks, but a brief overview of common ones includes:
I can say I personally experienced all of the above durg my first float session. I’m pretty sure I even nodded off to sleep during the 90-minute experience!
What’s it feel like?
It took me three floats to come up with an apt description for the sensation of being in the tank. The tank itself is large enough that you don’t feel claustrophobic, yet small enough that you don’t feel exposed (you’re in your own private room inside the tank). The tank is filled with about 10 inches of water mixed with 800-1,200 pounds of epsom salt (magnesium sulfate).
Athletes and cleansers often take epsom salt baths at home to relieve muscle tension and to draw toxins out of the body (the general amount is about four cups per bath). There’s enough epsom salt in the float tanks that you’re buoyant without effort. You lie back and the salt in the water holds you there, suspended. Some say it feels similar being in zero gravity. Others compare it to the experience of being in the womb.
I just finished a book called “The Universe Has Your Back.” It’s about surrendering to something bigger than ourselves (whatever that is for you), setting intentions and trusting you’re right where you need to be on your personal journey through life. Lying in the float tank during my third session, I realized that floating, for me, feels just like that. It feels like the Universe (literally and spiritually) “has my back” for those 90 minutes of quiet and darkness. You don’t have to do anything. In fact, that’s the point! All of your muscles have the opportunity to relax in the tank, and you’re allowed to slip into a meditative state that can refresh your energy and give you perspective.
I enjoy the darkness of the tank as well. It’s rare that we experience complete darkness, and in the tank it’s completely black. Eyes open, eyes closed, it’s just dark. As someone who stares at a computer screen most of the day, the darkness feels soothing and much needed.
Should I float?
That’s up to you. You can review Healing Waters’ FAQ page here. Gina and Bryan are incredibly nice and can answer any other questions you may have.
As for me, I recommend floating to all of my friends and coworkers at this point. I aim to float a least once a month (and hopefully more!). I can feel the difference after just three floats, and the calmness you experience immediately after the float stays with you for another day or two.
If your New Year’s Resolutions included unplugging, meditating or working on any aspect of mind, body, spirit health, you might just want to try it out.