Before You Float In Coquitlam

There are a few things we’d like to share with you prior to floating just so you’re aware of them. We advise to follow as many of them as possible to get the best experience out of your time with us at Cloud 9 Float Spa. Every experience in a float tank is different; especially when comparing to another or researching to try and discover what you are signing up for. The experience is yours to have and the more relaxed you come in, the more you’ll get out of it.

Before-you-float Checklist

Prepare for your first float to make it an effortless experience

Skip shaving

The epsom salt in our tanks can cause a distracting sensation on freshly shaved skin, so we recommend that men shave at least 5-8 hours before a float. Women should shave at least 10-12 hours prior to floating.

Eat lightly

Feeling too full or hungry can intrude on the peace and relaxation you are searching for when you float. Try eating a meal of natural fruits and vegetables 90 minutes before you arrive for a balanced approach.

Avoid smoking if you can

The stimulating nature of cigarettes could disrupt the tranquillity of a float, but everyone floats in a different way. You need to find the right combination for your needs.

Drink water

Being fully hydrated can enhance the floating experience as it fuels your mind and increases awareness.

Postpone the caffeine

Similar to smoking, caffeine stimulates your body and specifically your heart. The purpose of floating is to relax, detox and slow down. Save the cupped lightning for after your float – you’ll understand why afterwards.

No fresh hair dye/colour

No fresh hair dye/colour at min 48 hours before float

You are here and ready to go. There are a few minor details left to address before your begin your float session. The only thing to be mindful of now is your state of mind. The more relaxed and calm you allow yourself to be, the better your experience. Let go of everything going on in your world and just prepare for a break. You may not know what that means or entails – but we promise, its amazing. Once you begin, trust that you are safe and focus on your breathing. Don’t try to do anything, just surrender and let go.

Washroom

Make this a priority to avoid a hasty intermission or accident.

Shower

When you arrive, you will be given a tour so you are familiar with where you are. Once you are in your private floatation room, we ask that you take a quick 5 minute shower. Try your best to wash off all deodorant, perfume/cologne, makeup, gel, and other body products.

Earplugs

After or before your shower, Insert earplugs before floating. Ensure a tight seal to prevent water from getting in your ears.

Scrapes and Cuts

We provide Vaseline in the shower for your convenience. If you have any areas with broken skin, use Vaseline to prevent the salt in a cut stinging sensation.

Floating Suggestions Before You Dive In

Breathing is your tool to a relaxed and calm mind. When in the float tank, allow your breathing to pass through your nose. Start with deep breathes and allow your body to settle. Eventually you will be able to let go and observe – your body will always remember to breath, there is no need to control your breath.

Being comfortable in the tank can be accomplished with two real positions:
1. With your arms at your side, palms down.
2. With your arms over-head, palms up.
Play around with the two to see which feels better for your body. Also, try to position your body in the middle of the tank to avoid “ping-ponging” from side to side. To do this, brace your arms and legs against the sides of the tank to position your torso in the middle, and once you feel the water to be calm, slowly and evenly retract your limbs back to the mid-line of your body. Try not to generate any momentum from either side so that you remain in the middle and avoid the distraction of bumping into the side. Once you like your position and feel comfortable try to remain still and consciously relax all of your muscles.

Let go. Don’t “try” to do anything in the tank, don’t force something to happen, don’t expect something to happen. You will not fall asleep necessarily; just be present. Repetition of a focus word such as “peace”, “relax”, or “let go” spoken in your mind in unison with your exhalation can help at first, but the message here is to just let go of conscious control.
After floating you’ll know what zen means.

After exiting the tank, you can expect to feel lighter and relaxed, with a mind that seems noticeable less cluttered. You will exit with a heightened sense of awareness and what is described as “laser focus”.
Be mindful after your float is complete:

  • Shower again, rinse body and shampoo/condition your hair.
  • Be sure to rinse out your ears thoroughly.
  • Observe.

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