I went with no expectations. I deliberately did no research, read no reviews, looked at no images or looked at scientific evidence for or against Floatation Therapy.
When I arrived at Float in the Forest I came, as they had asked, with nothing but an open mind. Greeted warmly by Shari and Will I felt comfortable and intrigued. Little details like the line of slider sandals by the door suggested immediately that this was a place to leave preconceptions and worries at the door....
After completing a short questionnaire Shari showed me through to the Relaxation Lounge was simply furnished and decorated providing an area where you are encouraged to ‘come to’ after your flotation session. Comfortable seating, books, Pukka teas and water made it feel like a little bit of spa luxury.
The process was then explained to me, from being fully clean of all make up and products, to how the floatation session would be, tips and advice were calmly and serenely given. For those like me who are superb at smiling sweetly and taking nothing in there is a simple, beautifully designed instruction sheet on the wall of the floatation room to help.
So the time soon came when I was alone in my fully private room. Mood lighting (for which you can choose your colour), a rainfall shower, designer chair and of course the floatation tank. When you first enter the room you can’t help but gasp. It really is a sight to behold; space age doesn’t even begin to describe it. The pod is much larger than I imagined, it is sleek, gloss white and has its own lighting system.
When I have told people I’ve been the first thing most people say is ‘ooooh but I’m claustrophobic, I couldn’t do that’. All I can say is go. Give it a go. It isn’t claustrophobic at all, it is like a huge, glamourous bath pod with soft music that lulls you in to a relaxed mode at the start and beautiful lighting, which you can leave on, or once you have become accustomed to the space turn out to leave you in complete darkness.
Emerging from the pod after the session I felt lighter, I felt as if my every muscle had been relaxed more than it ever has been. My mind was still reasonably busy, but I was perhaps a little over excited about it all and maybe got a little carried away with the rainbow lighting. But my overall feeling was a sense of complete relaxation and peace. Yes peace (please let’s forego the hippy jokes here….).
My anxiety manifests itself physically in my neck and shoulders. The pain of often unbearable but I have learnt to live with it. Along with the general feeling of worry that hovers over me like a cloud. I can’t even start to profess what it was about this session that changed this, but something did. So, will I be returning to Forest Float? Absolutely. And this time I am looking forward to being completely switched off, relaxed and pain free. Despite the naysayers, I can’t argue with how I felt.
What is it?
A floatation tank is basically a giant pod filled with water and Epsom salts, which allow you to float. Filled with 400-450kg of Epsom salts, also known as magnesium sulphate this allows you to float unaided, almost like you are floating in space. The water is the same temperature as your skin, and feels like silk.
The tanks are said to have many mental and physical health benefits, and are used for all kinds of reasons. Some people use them to soothe sore muscles, while others use them for therapy, as they offer a deep sense of relaxation.
Your body is evenly supported by the water with no pressure points and no discomfort, causing your blood pressure to drop slightly. The tanks offer a sense of complete relaxation. As they’re completely isolated, you’re given the ultimate ‘me time’. You are in total isolation, with nothing to see, hear, or feel. There’s nobody to disturb you, meaning you can focus solely on relaxing your mind.
For more information, visit www.floatintheforest.co.uk