Float in the Forest
Float in the ForestBeyond relaxation
Float in the Forest is a floatation centre in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire.
Floatation (or ‘floating’) is a type of relaxation therapy.
You float on the surface of warm water saturated with Epsom salt, in a comfortable environment where sound and light are minimised. Imagine relaxing in a giant bathtub that you can sleep in with peace of mind.
Float in the Forest provides a wonderful floatation experience, with the added benefit of emerging into a beautiful natural environment.
Float in the Forest is temporarily closed
Everyone’s wellbeing is our top priority, and for that reason we have taken the difficult decision to close Float in the Forest for the time being.
We would like to make very clear that we have had no specific cause for concern at our centre, and that our decision to close is precautionary.
Please find out more on our blog about temporary closure here.
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You can still buy float gift cards online here. (We will be extending all gift card expiry dates by the number of days that we close.)
Float your hero!
We wanted to do something special to recognise the amazing people who are going the extra mile to keep things running for everyone else in their community, especially the most vulnerable.
We would like you to nominate your local hero, so that they could win a free float. They might be NHS staff or they could be doing outstanding work in the community in a variety of other different ways. One float hero will be chosen at random every fortnight from Fri 17th April until we re-open. We will be sharing their inspiring stories in our email newsletter and social media for a bit of positive news. Make sure you sign up for updates! Find out how to nominate your hero here.
We can’t wait to hear about all your inspiring heroes… good luck!
What our customers are saying
Escape hectic daily life and let your tensions dissolve into weightless relaxation. This is time which is yours alone, free of the demands of others. Above all, the calm comfort of floatation soothes away stress and anxiety. At last a space to truly rest the body and still the chatter of the mind.
Floatation reduces blood pressure and improves circulation. Levels of the ‘stress hormone’ cortisol are reduced. You are bathed in salts of the essential mineral Magnesium. Furthermore, your muscles, joints and bones are released from the effects of gravity.
Sufferers of chronic pain from many conditions including Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, and back pain have gained relief by using floatation for pain management. Muscle tension and joint pain are reduced through being unburdened by the buoyant water.
The deep rest of floating dissolves fatigue, leaving you feeling truly refreshed. Not only can a single float feel as restorative as a full night’s sleep, but certainly floating also improves sleep patterns, offering relief from insomnia and the ability to ‘reset’ jet lag.
Sports recovery is boosted by floatation as a result of lactic acid broken down faster, allowing you to train smarter and get back to doing what you love sooner. Likewise rehabilitation times from injury are reduced, and what’s more, proper recuperation keeps you at the top of your game. Enhance your performance and visualise your success.
Floating can give profound relief from the physical strains of pregnancy due to the buoyancy of the water. An opportunity to practise breathing techniques and relax. Not only is this a real rest for you and your baby, but also a chance to build a profound connection together in a peaceful and supportive environment.
Floating is a doorway to deeper meditation. The reduced sensory input and weightlessness removes distractions, empowering you to quiet your mind with ease. As a result you can switch off your mind and be present, and make it easier to do so in your every day life.
The float environment puts the power to reprogram unwanted behaviours in your hands. Consequently, this is an opportunity to abandon your addictions. Through regular floating you can insert a pause between the stimulus and the habitual response, giving you an opportunity to act from somewhere authentic.
You are the frontier of unlimited possibility, free to experiment without constraint. Travel through time. Explore the multiverse. Hang out with transdimensional entities. This is your space. What’s more, this is your adventure. Have fun and enjoy!
Discover a space of peaceful reflection, while free of all distractions. This environment fosters true focus: for improved decision-making, effective problem-solving, deeper insight, and freedom of mind. Certainly here is the clarity you need to make real progress.
First of all, business floatation packages offer team-bonding and brainstorming opportunities. Focus on your business problem or idea with a fresh new perspective. Furthermore, floatation membership provides options for happy, healthy and productive employees.
Find a calm mind, free of distractions. You can give full attention to learning, absorb knowledge more quickly, and understand more deeply. Similarly, the more challenging the concept, the more useful you will find floating.
Break creative block. Open a channel to the wellspring of your innate creativity. Calm the inner chatter and find peace of mind. Open yourself to inspiration, and maybe meet your muse in the garden of your mind.
Floatation could be called a spiritual technology. The floatation pod removes a lot of work from us, and frees us up for the real work. Though deliberate work in the pod we can establish an experiential connection with our selves in the broadest sense, and uncover a way to be of service to our greater self.
Enjoy the sensations. Revel in the time alone. Wallow in that post-float feeling. Combine your float with other activities and treatments. Bring a friend along. Above all, floating doesn’t have to be serious, and you don’t need an excuse to enjoy yourself.
What the press say
“The Epsom salts in the water make you incredibly buoyant, so there’s no pressure anywhere. It’s perfect for people who have back pain, people suffering from things like fibromyalgia, those recovering from sports injuries or people who want to relax their mind and switch off for an hour.”
8th May 2018
'Lie back and float off to a world of relaxation’
“Shari Vandervelde and Will Griffin have been given planning permission to convert a Whitecroft industrial unit into a stress-busting ‘Float in the Forest’ centre”
Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Review
9th May 2018
“Float in the Forest will be one of the only places in the country where you can take part in flotation therapy before emerging into picturesque woodland”
3rd Dec 2018
“The ripples of relaxation shimmer long after the float and many feel as if they are walking on air afterwards.”
Monmouthshire & Brecon Living (p54)
“In two weeks time Shari Vandervelde and partner Will Griffin are to open a floatation centre in the heart of the Forest of Dean so you can have dip before going back to nature”
10th Feb 2019
“Speaking exclusively to SoGlos, Shari Vandervelde explained that the layout was very important. ‘We want people to feel like the further they step into the centre, the more relaxed they get.”
21st Feb 2019
“After just one session I reluctantly climbed out of the pod reminded of those rare blissful mornings when you are emerging from a happy dream that you don’t want to end, even though you know you have had exactly the right amount of sleep to feel reinvigorated.”
2nd March 2019
'6 mini adventures around Bristol & Bath to mark 200th anniversary of Robinson Crusoe’
“the aim is to find your zen”
7th May 2019
'Float centre buoys up charity’
“A new floatation centre where people can literally cast their cares adrift has presented a medical ambulance service with £150 raised from its launch day.”
Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Review
22nd May 2019
“For people like me on the go, rushing through life at a hundred miles an hour, flotation provides a pod of tranquillity that forces your mind and body to unwind, relax and just be.”
10th July 2019
Check out the latest Float in the Forest blog posts:
Constantly moving, thinking, doing.Unable to press pause in a world where we are constantly connected. A time without social media and a million apps open in the mind and on our lifeline seems inconceivable… for it is not merely just a phone now… When was the last...
The third winning hero! Our 'Float Your Hero' competition recognises amazing local heroes every other Friday during the period that the float centre is temporarily closed. The heroes have all been nominated by someone who admires what they do for their community, and...
Floating – a journey into self discovery My floating journey started 1 year ago when the Float Centre in the Forest of Dean first opened. I was sceptical and nervous as I suffer from claustrophobia but from the moment you enter theCentre - Shari and Will owners and...
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