The relaxation centre is a 5 minute walk from South Quay DLR stop. Postcode: E14 9TS
Festus, the host, was very welcoming. The reception area was homely and cosy-nice bit of music playing. There was also a selection of teas you can help yourself to.
Before you start your floatation therapy, If you have any questions, don't refrain from asking them, even if you think they might be irrelevant or silly. When I arrived, Festus encouraged me to ask me any questions that I had-this helped me to relax and put my mind at rest.
When you start your flotation session, Festus shows you the room and explains everything that you need to know.
You are to have a shower before and after the float. You have a shower before to ensure that the tank is kept as hygienic as possible. You have a shower after the experience to wash off any salt that is on your skin. Towels, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner and deodrant spray are all provided.
Any valuables you have are all secure because you lock the door from the inside of the room that the floatation tank is in. (The tank and shower are in the same room.)
After you shower, you get into the tank-it looks futuristic and resembles a pod/egg shape. The water is at a perfect temperature-not too hot or too cold. You lie down, there is relaxing music playing. You float and the music eventually fades. The music later returns to signal the end of your session.
When you are ready, you can press a button to close the lid of the tank. There is also a light switch to turn off the light that illuminates the pod.
If it's your first time, I recommend you use the floating cushion that is provided. This supports your head and neck. It makes it even more comfortable this way.
I also advise that you wear the provided earplugs-this reduces sound and also prevents salt entering your ear which may otherwise be slightly annoying later on in your day.
Take care with the water-try not to touch your eyes whilst in the tank. If the salt water does come into contact with your eyes, it may sting a little.
Don't feel that you have to keep your body still or in a particular position. Adjust the way you lie so that you feel as comfortable as possible. This will ensure that you can relax as much as you can.
So, the actual experience-very relaxing, the hour I was in there passed quickly. When it's your first session, your body is becoming used to the unfamiliar environment. I expect it will take about 2-3 sessions until you can start to let go. The whole centre is very clean, the showers work just fine and the host is accommodating. In short, my first session in the tank was therapeutic and relaxing.
My intentions for the floatation therapy are to relax and in time, start to turn off my conscious and instead enable my subconscious to assume a more dominant position. (youtube search: 'joe rogan flotation tank'-that is pretty much my motivation for trying this out!)
I am looking forward to my next session. I'll write another review after my second experience.