the driftwood experience
It is our mission to provide you with the facilty to experience Floatation Therapy in a safe and welcoming setting. There are no stupid questions here at Driftwood so don’t be afraid to ask. There is nothing on earth quite like the sensation of floating in the dark while all sensory information is removed. We understand that trying a new experience for the first time can be quite daunting, especially something as unique as floating. We know this because we’ve all been there ourselves. The good news is that floating is quite likely to be one of the most relaxing things you will ever do and any anxiety you may have had will very quickly melt away.
Over the last five years we have introduced thousands of people from all over the North East to the wonderful benefits that Floatation Therapy offers.
Since we hosted our first float in September 2016 we have witnessed many times over the transformative effect that floating can have on people’s lives.
We love floating, that’s why we are here and it is our mission to provide you with Floatation Therapy in the best way possible so that you will love it too.
pre float tips
Welcome to driftwood
Please arrive 15 minutes before your booking time to allow for orientation.
The Float Room
You will enter your own private float room where you will find everything you need.
The Float Tank
The tank is large and easy to access, there are lights which you control from inside the tank, there is a constant supply of fresh air and music to ease you in and out of your float.
Tips To Have Your Best Float
Plan ahead. Give yourself enough time to get to your appointment, so you’re not huffing and puffing as you walk through the door. Try to arrive 15 minute early and take a moment to collect your thoughts. There’s nothing worse than rushing into your float – you’ll likely spend most of your session just trying to calm your central nervous system down and may find it difficult to relax.
Dry your face before floating and avoid touching your face with your hands. After your first shower, we recommend drying your face prior to entering the float tank. This can help minimise any itchiness as the water dries. When you get in, try your darndest not to touch your face as your hands will be coated in the silky saltwater. If you can, also try to ignore any itching sensations as oftentimes they will go away on their own if you don’t buy into it. If you’re unfortunate enough to get saltwater in your eyes, you’ll know right away! Use the water bottle on the right side of the tank to wash it out and the nearby washcloth if you need to touch your face for any reason. The best way to avoid all of this is just to not touch your face at all.
Get comfy. We all hold stress differently in the body and it can take some time to get use to the buoyancy of the water, especially during your first float. Once you’ve closed the lid and lie back, have a play with different body positions to see what will work for you. Try putting your arms by your sides (palms can be facing up or down) or overhead in a cactus-like shape. The latter tends to be what most people prefer but you can position your arms wherever feels best for you. If your neck is holding tension and won’t relax, you can use the neck pillow which you’ll find propped on the right-hand side of the float tank. This can act as a headrest, giving your head and neck a bit of extra support for a more comfortable float.
Lie Still. Once you figure out how your body wants to be positioned, do your best to remain still during your float. The more you move around, the more water will move you from wall to wall (Pong anyone?). Also, you’ll maintain a more comfortable body temperature by lying still – eventually you won’t even feel where the water and the air meet, it feels like you’re floating in space!
Be Curious. Floating is an extremely intimate experience. Your intention prior to entering will be personal, each encounter unique – the possibilities are endless. Most people tell us their primary reason for trying floatation therapy is to welcome more rest and relaxation into their lives. And while the float tank certainly offers this, there is so much more to explore!
Your first float will likely be interesting: do you like lights on or off, do you prefer music or silence, where does your body like to be positioned? There is a lot of newness to take in and you can spend most of the hour just figuring out your environment. But once you get the hang of it, you can start to examine all the contributing variables that influence your float experience. For example, how does time of day affect your float? What about floating after eating or on an empty stomach? Does floating during a full moon make a difference? The questions never end.
Be inquisitive and open-minded, but don’t let your analytical-self take too strong a hold. Become absorbed in what positive psychologists
call flow or the zone, allowing yourself to be immersed in the feeling of energised focus, full involvement and enjoyment of the process of floating.
post float tips
- Plan relaxed time before and after you float. Trying to squeeze a float into a hectic schedule kind of defeats the point. Float when you can forget about time and schedules, just for a little bit.
- Reflect and debrief. A float facilitator will be present to greet you after your float and offer you refreshments and a chance to debrief. Do not feel compelled to chat with us if you are feeling introspective and dreamy after your float session-we get it! Also there’s no rush. We might need to prepare the float room or orient new clients after your session but feel free to hang out in our lounge for as long as you wish.
- Stay hydrated and watch what you eat. Try to avoid caffeinated drinks which can dehydrate you more. After a float when you feel energised and refreshed it’s best to eat healthy foods that support your mood.
- Prolong your digital detox. You just spent at least an hour off y our mobile (hopefully). Why spoil your introspective, stress-free state of mind by reading about how much your friend still hates their job or another traffic jam in the news. Enjoy an extended break from the grips of technology and experience a connectedness with yourself. Some of our floaters even leave their phone with us at the front desk, to ensure there are no interruptions or urges to scroll immediately pre-or post-float. But if you couldn’t resist taking a few selfies or snaps in the float room then please tag us on Facebook and Instagram @driftwoodfloatspa
what happens after you float?
While the feeling of floating is phenomenal, the real benefit is the long tail of effects after you float. When your central nervous system and brain are given a chance to fully, totally relax they do what they naturally always want to do; increase beneficial neurotransmitters such as endorphins, serotonin and dopamine and, decrease “fight or flight” stress chemicals, such as adrenaline and cortisol.
Some floaters describe a state of being “high” right after their float; for others the effect can last up to a week. For many, this adjustment of neurochemistry over time minimises or eliminates symptoms of many chronic conditions.
Check in with your body and mind during the days that follow your float and see how you’re feeling. It’s different for everybody and you are the best judge of how floating is helping you. All it takes is mindfulness.