Everything you need to know before your first float. 

Some people have some concerns before they use the tank the first time.  These may include being alone in the dark, drowning, not having enough air, claustrophobia, and others.  The fears are usually the thought or the idea that yYOU won't be in control of the situation, but in this situation you are totally in control. You can go in and out of the tank as you please.  You can use the tank with the door completely open, you can keep it partially open or you can close it.  There is no particular way to use the tank that is more correct than another.  Anyway you use it that is comfortable for you, is correct. 

Open the door to the tank to feel the weight of it; it is very light.  When you close the door while inside the tank, it will be dark and that may be disorienting. When you get in and before you lie down, open and close the door, noticing how it feels different from the other surfaces.  If you try to open the door and it doesn't open, it's not the door. 

The tank is not airtight

The tank is designed so that it is not airtight. You'll have plenty of air. To keep the tank air fresher, an air circulation system brings the air in from the room. The air enters at the rear of the tank. You may prefer to have your head at that end. 

800 lbs of Epsom salt

The tank environment is humid. There are 10 inches of water in the tank with 800lbs of Epsom salt dissolved in it.  When you lie back you will float like a cork. Your ears will e under water. There are earplugs available if you would like them and we recombined them if you have ever had ear problems.

Buoyant body positions

You can experiment with the best body position for you. For example, hands behind head, on your chest, and along your sides.  If you have tension in your neck you can relieve it by clasping your hands behind your head or using the head float provided. 

Keep the salt out of your eyes!

If you get any salt water in your eyes you will be uncomfortable for a few minutes.  To avoid getting drips of salt water in your eyes, push your hair back on your forehead when you change from lying down to sitting up.  Also keep your salty hands away from you eyes.  If you do happen to get salt in your eyes, have you towel where you can easily reach it, and use it to wipe your eyes.

More ouch!

If you have cuts or scratches or have recently shaved, there may be stinging for several minutes.  If you have any opens cuts use a liquid bandage to seal them. 

Last stop before boarding

Remove you metal jewelry and contact lenses. Shower, shampoo, rinse thoroughly and dry your face before you get in the tank. Then enter the tank. 

The end

To signal the end of your session, the pump will turn on letting you know to get out. Sit up, stand and squeegee the solution from your body before getting out of the tank.  Step directly into the tray in front of the tank. 

Post float

Your body has salt water all over it which you don't want to drip everywhere. Shower, shampoo well, and dress. The float room and bathroom have the amenities you need. 

Reflects your life

At the beginning of each float you can set an intention for what you would like to accomplish during your float. You may also use your float to observe where you hold tension in your body or your mind. You will develop many of your own ways of using your floats. We don't say more because we don't want to spoil your own adventure.

Expectations

"When I bought the tank I expected to have experiences similar to those that Dr. Lilly writes about. When I finally got into the tank, all I found was those expectations and nothing more.  No visions, no 3D objects before my eyes, no leaving my body, no other entities, no infinite space, no nothing. At first it was quite a shock, but actually, this is what the tank is all about- revealing to you your own assumptions, which are usually so implicit that you don't even know they are there"- George P.