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5 Tips for a Great Float Tank Experience

October 20, 2015



For my birthday this year I was given a gift certificate for a float at Float North County.  I had never heard of such a practice, nor of said institution, and I was surprised to learn of its location in Solana Beach--right in the Lomas Santa Fe Plaza (that sleepy old shopping center where We R Fabrics resides).


My curiosity piqued, I scheduled an hour float with owner Glen and made my way over.  I envisioned a dark warehouse, or perhaps a giant cave with strange people moving about in the shadows.  To my delight, I discovered that Float North County is a bright and clean place of relaxation.  Owner Glen gave me a thorough walk-through and made me feel very much at home.  


Fast forward a couple months and I’m on float number 8 and I cannot get enough.  Benefits I have been experiencing after emerging from the tank are: sounder sleep at night, more relaxed muscles (especially lower back and neck), and really smooth skin (from the epsom salts and magnesium).


Everyone needs to try floating.  Here are my 5 tips to get the most our of it:

  1. Pick the right time to float.  After a workout or yoga--yes.  After a long day of work, or at night before going to sleep--yes.  After coffee or a few beers--no.

  2. Keep your eyes open or closed.  It doesn’t really matter since you won’t be able to tell the difference anyway.

  3. Enjoy the silence.  This might take a minute to get used to.  Our hyperactive, overstimulated minds are not used to utter silence.

  4. Try different positions.  One thing I love about floating is there is no wrong way.  Everytime I go I discover a new position.  I’ll leave it to you to experiment, but arms akimbo or crossed over the chest Dracula style are a couple fun ones.

  5. The floating experience gets more profound each time you go.  The second time I floated I went much deeper way more quickly than the first.  Now when I float I am able to drop right into the stillness.  My personal post-float relaxation factor is growing--I’m noticing more clarity and creativity when I emerge.


Float on, my friends.


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