Your Floating Experience
- Create an account with us online (click here), to access various prices and packages.
- Book your float, choose which day and time works for you, this can be done online, by phone or on The Float Spa App available by iPhone app (download this here) or Android app (download this here)
- Show up, please arrive 15 minutes prior to your float, to allow you to start the relaxation process and enjoy your welcome drink.
- If you are driving please gauge for traffic, especially during peak hours, parking is available on the street and priced at £1 per hour – if you are new to Brighton & Hove be aware that the Pay & Display Machines do not take cash and it’s best to download the Pay by Phone App and register for this service in advance. (App Store) & (Google Play)
- If you are taking public transport please review your route, Third Avenue is accessible from many buses including 1,1A, 2, 5, 5A, 5B, 6 , 21, 21A, 46, 49, 60, 71, 93 (Brighton & Hove Bus Times)
- We will be providing you with all the necessary information prior to your float.
- Shower prior your float – Shampoo, conditioner, body wash and towels will be provided, lay back and enjoy your float.
- After your float, rinse off the Epsom Salts, get changed, use the hairdryers provided within the Vanity Room.
- Enjoy a post-float homemade sorbet and some Organic tea, sit, relax and reflect, if you are to ready talk and share your experience.
We would recommend you using the bathroom prior to floating, to avoid any unnecessary distractions.
Please try to avoid caffeine before you float. The stimulation you experience from caffeine is the exact opposite way you’ll want to go when you are in the tank. It is likely by the end of your float you will not feel like you need your fix.
Floating when your stomach is full can be uncomfortable, on the other hand floating when your are hungry can be distracting. We would recommend having a light, easily digestible meal 1.5 to 2 hours before your float.
Dehydration any time is not great for your brain and even more so whilst you are floating, we do provide you with plenty of ice cold water to ensure you have the best experience in the tank.
We do find performing physical activity (yoga, cardio, or resistance training) before you float enhances your floating experience. As your body has expended pent-up energy, muscles and tissues are loose and flowing with blood, your mind is clear and calm. Floating in this state can potentially create a deeper state of meditation.
Due to the high concentrate of Epsom Salts in the water this can cause a stinging on any cuts or lesions. Therefore we would recommend men avoid shaving at least 6 hours before you float and women avoid shaving at least 12 hours before your float.
If you have a cigarette just prior to the tank, it may stimulate you. You may find that during your float any cigarette cravings are suppressed.
Best Practices in the pod
Your breath is the most effective tool for calming the mind and relaxing the body. Try to breathe primarily from your nose. At first, you can consciously take deep breaths, but once you settle into your experience try less to manipulate the breath and more just observing the breath. Don’t worry your body will always remember to breath. If you have practiced any meditation or breathing techniques, floating is the perfect opportunity to use them.
The most important thing is to get comfortable. At first try to position your body in the middle of the tank and try to avoid bouncing from side to side. Everyone’s body is different an often the back of the neck is an area of tension. Let your head fall back a little and your neck will relax, don’t worry about your head it will not sink. If the first position isn’t comfortable, try to move around until you find a more comfortable position, here are two of our favourite positions – With your arms at your side, palms down or Arms over-head with your palms up.
When you have found a position which is comfortable just lay, some experienced floaters ‘let go’ almost instantly. However for new floaters laying still in unknown surroundings can be daunting. There is no set of rules to advise what is the best to do in the tanks, we just advise to not force things. Try not to do anything. More importantly don’t expect something to happen.
You may become aware of your breathing – this is a great sign. In the absence of external stimulation, this awareness will help you to relax and ultimately ‘let go.’
Being physically still after finding a comfortable position you and remaining there combined with stilling your mind either through breath awareness or a focus word (mantra) can lead you into a state of holistic stillness. This is when the body is in a state of healing.
Without external stimuli, feel your arms, legs, torso, head, as intensely as possible. Cultivate as much sensitivity to these parts as possible. Feel the energetic uniformed consistency of these parts and observe them without judgment, without limits. Observe your thoughts, emotions and sensations.
It is recommended you float a minimum of 3 times before deciding if it is for you. It takes a couple of sessions to become comfortable with the newness, let go and realise the benefits. Once you realise the benefits, the cheapest way to float is with a membership.