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What to Expect When You Float

Floatation therapy, often known as sensory deprivation tank therapy, has gained popularity for its ability to promote relaxation, reduce stress, and enhance mental clarity. If you're preparing for your first float, it's essential to know what to expect and how to maximize the benefits of this unique wellness experience.

Preparing for Your Float Session:

1. Book in Advance: Float spas like ours at Capitol Floats tend to be busy, so it's advisable to book your session in advance. This ensures you get the time slot that suits your schedule. We recommend booking on a day where you can buffer the session with at least 30 minutes before and after (an hour or more works great too!) so you aren’t rushing to or from your appointment and can get the most out of the relaxation.

2. Pre-Float:

Before entering the tank, you’ll want to put in your earplugs and take a thorough shower. This helps remove oils, lotions, and any impurities from your skin, ensuring the tank's water remains pristine. Putting in your ear plugs first ensures that they have a good fit with no dampness around your ears. This way, you won’t have to touch your face at all when you’re in or near the salt water.

3. Cuts and Scratches:

Inspect your body for any cuts or skin irritations that might sting when exposed to the Epsom salt-infused water in the tank. We will provide you with a small amount of vaseline which you can put over any irritated areas before they are exposed to the salt.

4. Eating and Drinking:

Refrain from heavy meals and caffeine before your session. Doing your session on an empty stomach or only having a light, balanced meal is preferable. Afterwards, you’ll want to be sure and hydrate!

What to Bring:

1. Your Birthday Suit :)

We recommend you to float in the nude, as its more comfortable and actually cleaner! But if you prefer, you can wear a swimsuit for added comfort. You’ll be in your own private space so do what is comfortable to you.

2. An Open Mind

Come with an open mind to this new experience. Floating is unique, and keeping an open mind will help keep you open and receptive to the many benefits floating has to offer, both body and mind.

Don’t worry about bringing a towel, earplugs, shampoo, conditioner or soap– we will provide all of those essentials here at Capitol Floats. We even provide swim caps if you'd like!

What to Expect Inside the Tank:

1. The Tank:

Each sensory deprivation tank is a lightproof, soundproof, and temperature-controlled room. Inside, it's filled with warm water and Epsom salt, creating buoyancy that makes you feel weightless.

2. Sensory Deprivation:

The tank is designed to eliminate external stimuli, creating an environment of sensory deprivation. This deprivation allows you to disconnect from the outside world and focus on your inner self.

3. Floating Experience:

Once inside, you'll naturally float on the surface of the water, experiencing a sensation of effortless weightlessness.

4. Light and Sound:

You have the option to control the environment within the tank. Most people choose to make it completely dark and silent, but we have music and lights you can choose from, if you wish.

How to Maximize Your Float Experience:

1. Relaxation Techniques:

Practice deep breathing, mindfulness, and progressive muscle relaxation. This helps prepare your mind and body for the sensory deprivation experience.

2. Visualization:

You can enhance your float experience by visualizing serene environments, pleasant memories, or positive affirmations. This can contribute to a sense of inner peace and relaxation.

3. Focus on Breath:

Focusing on your breath can help you stay present and calm during your session. Pay attention to each inhale and exhale.

4. Mental Preparation:

Understand that it's normal to have various thoughts and emotions during your float. Instead of dwelling on them, let them pass without judgment, allowing yourself to fully embrace the experience.

Post-Float Ritual:

1. Rehydration:

After your float, be sure to drink plenty of water. The Epsom salt can be dehydrating, and staying hydrated is essential.

2. Take Your Time:

Plan your schedule so you have at least an hour both before and after your float session. This way, you won't feel rushed and can enjoy the post-float afterglow.

3. Journaling:

Consider journaling your thoughts and experiences immediately after your session. This can help you reflect on your insights and maintain a sense of clarity.

4. Avoid Heavy Tasks:

Don't schedule strenuous or mentally demanding tasks right after your float. Give yourself time to ease back into your daily routine.

Benefits and Afterglow:

Physical Benefits: Many people report relief from muscle tension and aches after a float session.

Mental Clarity: Sensory deprivation can promote mental clarity, relaxation, and a heightened sense of well-being.

Long-Term Benefits: Regular floating sessions can lead to cumulative benefits, including reduced stress, improved sleep, and increased creativity.


Sensory deprivation tank therapy can be a transformative experience, providing deep relaxation and profound introspection. By preparing adequately and being open to the process, you can make the most of your first float and set the stage for ongoing well-being.

So, go ahead, book your float session, and embark on this journey of self-discovery and rejuvenation. Your first float is just the beginning of a more relaxed, centered, and balanced you. Enjoy the float!


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