What’s better than floating?

How about free floats?

Introducing our new Unlimited Unlock Program, an exclusive members-only benefit that awards free floats after paying for 6 within a month-long period. In honor of unveiling this new perk, we’re spotlighting member Zachary Sofia — the first person to achieve the Unlimited Unlock status. Read on for a special interview with Zach, where he discloses his journey into floating, helpful introductory tips, and advice for first-time floaters.

Uncharted Waters Float Center: Where did you hear about floating?

Zachary Sofia: Originally, I heard about it at Proctor Chiropractic. I’m a client there, and when I asked them about floating, they referred me to Uncharted Waters.The cabins are large here, and are therefore better suited for people with claustrophobia. Although Northwest Float is more convenient because of its location, I decided to give Uncharted Waters a try — this is where I had my first float.

UWFC: And you fell in love with it right away?

ZS: Pretty much, yes.

UWFC: What inspired you to want to give floating a try?

ZS: I was diagnosed with ADHD as a kid; I went to special schools for it and it was a challenge for me. People say ADHD goes away when you become an adult, but it doesn’t go away — it’s not just something you outgrow. I have anxiety as well, and I really wanted something to help with that and my insomnia as well. I was really concerned that I wouldn’t be able to float because of the anxiety and ADHD so I went online and researched, and found people complaining about how floating didn’t work for them. I noticed they had only tried it once — I’ve heard people say you can’t judge it based on your first session alone. Jonathan said to give it at least three tries to see benefits because you won’t always feel them after the first float.

At first, I was just amazed that I could do it! In the videos I had watched, some of them made it out to be much more intense than it actually is. What I realized is that I could go at my own pace, get out early if I needed to, and work my way up to doing a full float session. What I noticed was that I felt the after-effects and enjoyed that. I think there are a lot of benefits for floating; they just vary from person to person.

UWFC: What do you enjoy most about floating? What keeps you coming back for more?

ZS: I think that for me, floating is an escape. I like the fact that I can fall asleep, be alone in my own thoughts, and I love the way I feel afterwards. Not only is there a ‘glow’, but you get the sense that everything is going to be okay.

UWFC: Have you noticed any positive differences or alleviation in symptoms since you began floating?

ZS: I feel a calmness afterwards, get better sleep, and notice that, in a way, there is a meditative and spiritual aspect as well. I sometimes think about things that happened a long time ago, but my memory has improved — I can recall things more clearly while floating as opposed to being somewhere else. It helps me escape inside of my mind, and although sometimes I may experience a barrage of thoughts, it doesn’t stress me out. I also sometimes fall asleep while floating, and find that very restorative. I come out of the tank feeling recharged for my day.

UWFC: Do you find that the way you feel after a float lasting longer and longer as you continue to float regularly?

ZS: Yes – I do feel like there are residual effects. But you definitely have to treat floating like your medicine or meditation. What I mean is, you have to treat it therapeutically. If you’re floating to help with anxiety, ADHD or depression, you can’t just do it once a week. I would say two to three times a week, if possible. You need to do it enough to really see the benefits.

UWFC: Do you have any advice for people who are considering float therapy?

ZS: Consistency — you need to have that if you want results. I would say do some research to try to find the center that is the best fit for you, and try it at least three times. I would also say to give yourself at least 30-45 minutes in the cabin initially, and increase gradually until you’re able to stay in for the full amount of time. Sometimes it’s helpful to wear goggles or tie your hair back, and to dry off really well after the pre-float shower to ensure you don’t get water in your eyes. I also prefer to use the inflatable donut while floating to help with support. You’ll also want to figure out your individual preferences for floating (evening vs. daytime floats, lights on vs. lights off, etc), and try not to go in with high expectations.

UWFC: What makes Uncharted Waters the ideal float center for you?

ZS: I really enjoy coming to Uncharted Waters. I have floated other places, but I enjoy this place the most. It has a non-corporate vibe, and they will work with you to get the most out of your float. They know which cabin I like, and I feel like they actually want me to come here — I feel like we’re friends even though it is a business. I like the lounge, the cabins bigger, and there are personal toilets. You don’t realize how nice that is until you go somewhere that doesn’t have them. There are a lot of things about this place that makes this experience better.