We all know I’m not a morning person. That’s exactly the reason I thought booking my last couple floats first thing in the morning would help me relax into the float even faster. I mean, all I had to do was roll out of bed, throw on a toque, drive to the studio and hop in the tank. There’s not much time to fully wake up and get my brain working. Wrong.
For some reason, I had a much more difficult time fully easing into the float and shutting off that monkey mind that just keeps chattering. The fine fellas at The Float Shack recommend trying various times of day to see what works best for you, because of course everyone is different. My first float was around noon, and I felt like I relaxed into a fairly deep state during that time. I’m interested to try a later afternoon or early evening next to see how I fare. That will be my plan for the next time I have a few spare hours in my schedule to get some deep relaxation going. Ever since that first float I’ve been really craving that stillness that stuck with me for the few days afterwards.
That stillness definitely was not present the morning I went for a float on the verge of a nasty head cold. Knowing the healing properties of the salt water, I had my fingers crossed that it would cure what was ailing me. Wrong again.
Between the post-nasal drip tickling the back of my throat and the continuous hypnic jerks I was experiencing, I was not enjoying my float as much as I had hoped. The amazing thing about floating is that your sense of time is completely thrown off. After my fifth hypnic jerk (the twitch you experience before falling asleep), I gave up and got out only to realize that I was only 15 minutes away from the end of my float.
I experienced this again the next weekend during my early morning float. After finally falling into the partial sleep state it seemed like I was waking up again only minutes later. The music wasn’t yet playing to tell me my time in the dark was over so I tried to ease back into it. I couldn’t shake the restless feeling so I got out early, again to see that I only had about 15 minutes remaining. I then learned that the more you get used to floating, the longer your sleep cycle will get so your body isn’t waking up before the end of the float. It’s really cool chatting with the fellas afterwards and learning all these little tips and tricks that make your experience all the better. Sometimes if you’re lucky, they’ll even make you a fancy brewed coffee to enjoy in their serene space after your float.
Even though I’m not a morning float person, those chill vibes are always a good way to start the day off and remember to take life a little slower.