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Don't Make These Mistakes during Your First Float Session!

Updated: Mar 6

Floating for the first time can be a transformative experience, but it's not uncommon for newcomers to encounter a few pitfalls along the way. We've collected a plethora of "first-timer floating mistakes" and we want to be positive that you avoid making them too.




Here are some of the biggest mistakes people make when floating for the first time:


  1. Expecting Immediate Results: While many people experience profound relaxation and mental clarity during their first float session, others may require multiple sessions to fully acclimate to the experience. Expectations of immediate, life-changing results can lead to disappointment or frustration. It's important to approach floating with an open mind and a willingness to explore the process at your own pace. Try not to have any expectations, as floating is such a unique experience.

  2. Overthinking or Trying to Control the Experience:  One of the key benefits of floating is the opportunity to let go of control and surrender to the present moment. However, some first-time floaters struggle to quiet their minds or resist the urge to overanalyze the experience. Trying too hard to control the float experience can hinder relaxation and prevent you from fully immersing yourself in the sensory deprivation environment. We've had a few instances where a client stated that they were "bored" so they tried to flap around and occupy themselves during the last half of the float- which defeats the purpose of the float in the first place.

  3. Failure to Properly Hydrate: Floating in a saltwater solution can cause dehydration, especially if you're not accustomed to spending extended time in the water. Failing to hydrate adequately before and after your float session can leave you feeling fatigued or lightheaded. Make sure to drink plenty of water before and after your float to maintain optimal hydration levels.

  • Make sure to avoid drinking caffeine beforehand, as it may cause you to be too jittery to enjoy the full float session.

  1. Disregarding Pre-Float Preparation: Preparing for your float session is crucial for maximizing relaxation and comfort. Arriving at the float center late, consuming caffeine or heavy meals beforehand, or neglecting to use the restroom can detract from the overall experience. Take the time to prepare both mentally and physically before your float to ensure a smooth and enjoyable session.

  2. Not Communicating with Staff: If you have any questions, concerns, or specific preferences regarding your float experience, don't hesitate to communicate with the staff at the float center. Whether it's adjusting the water temperature, requesting additional towels, or seeking guidance on how to enhance your float experience, the staff is there to assist you. Failure to communicate your needs or preferences can lead to suboptimal float experiences. Our staff will go through a pre-floating consultation with you to ensure you get all of your questions answered. Here are a few additional mistakes that we've seen:

  • Ear plugs: some first-time floaters forget to put in the ear plugs and get water in their ears, which distracts from the experience.

  • Swimsuit fabric can be distracting: while you can wear a swimsuit during your float, we recommend floating without clothing. The fabric may cling to your skin once it gets wet.

  • Don't touch your face: resist the urge to touch your face during your float, as you could get the salt water in your eyes.

  1. Focusing Solely on Physical Relaxation: While floating is renowned for its ability to induce deep physical relaxation, it also offers profound mental and emotional benefits. Some first-time floaters make the mistake of focusing solely on the physical sensations of relaxation, overlooking the potential for introspection, creativity, and emotional release. Be open to exploring the full spectrum of experiences that floating has to offer.


By avoiding these common mistakes and approaching your first float session with an open mind, patience, and a spirit of curiosity, you can fully embrace the transformative potential of the float experience.


The first time you experience a float pod session, it's usually not the "best" session you could have, because of the unknowns, and not knowing what to expect makes it harder to relax into it.


We highly recommend floating 2-3 times before you fully decide what you think about the experience.


As we conclude this blog, we hope you learned some things about what to expect and what NOT to do during your first float. Schedule your first float with us today. We look forward to having you!

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