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Pre-Float Checklist: Before Your Session

Prior to “Takeoff”

Before any pilot takes off into the wild blue yonder, they meticulously go through a list of actions – their pre-flight checklist – in order to guarantee a smooth and effortless passage from point A to point B. In that spirit, we propose our own set of actions to contemplate before ever setting foot in your tank, to make the most out of your float experience. So before your next float, consider following:

Your Pre-Float Checklist

  •   * These are fun and easy to remember
  •   * They require minimum effort on your part
  •   * They are essential to help maximize the float experience

1.  Check Your Baggage

State of Mind: Floating is a great state changer, and it can be a profoundly relaxing and joyful experience. If you’re in a not-so-good mood prior to your float, floating can help alleviate that – but to maximize your enjoyment, try to enter into your float with a positive state of mind. Arrive at the facility 15 minutes before your appointment (30 if it’s your first float) – and plan ahead for things like traffic so that you won’t be frazzled when it’s your time to kick back and relax. It’s hard to feel chill when you’ve been fighting through traffic on the 210 – so give yourself plenty of time for the trek. Put another way, your attitude equals your altitude! We see what we did there.

2. Watch Your Fluids

Food and Drink: if you’re floating in the morning, try and forgo that daily caffeine ritual and go into your float sans coffee. If the goal is to bring your heartbeat down and relax, it’s not that easy if you’ve got three cups of java coursing through your system. Likewise, it’s far better to have a small snack prior to your float, rather than a full meal. A piece of fruit, a slice of toast, a power bar – anything you might eat or drink to tide you over between meals should do the trick. ALSO, there’s nothing worse than diving deep into a float, and then having to exit the tank 1/2 hour in because you drank a Big Gulp right before your appointment. Timing is everything!

 3. Plot Your Course

What’s Your Goal? It’s sometimes helpful to enter into your float with a goal, such as a problem that needs solving, or a question that needs an answer. The float tank is a powerful environment for deep thinking and profound introspection – so set an intention beforehand, and you just might be surprised by what you discover. 

4. Silence Your Electronics

Better Yet, TURN IT OFF: The float tank is one of the last places on Earth where you can truly be alone with your thoughts, so take advantage of that and SILENCE YOUR ELECTRONICS! Trust us, it’s no fun getting deeply relaxed and “in the zone” on a float… and then hearing the CHIRP CHIRP CHIRP of your phone as it beckons to you on the bench outside your personal float tank. (While your float chamber will shield you from most sounds, certain ambient sounds can sometimes sneak through – and your phone can be one of them.) 

Do you have any another other pre-float activities of your own that you’d like to share?  Post your comments below, we’d love to hear from you. Happy Floating!

You are now free to float about the cabin.