Float in the Forest

Beyond relaxation

Welcome to Float in the Forest!

Float in the Forest is your new floatation centre, in the Forest of Dean in 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.

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What our customers are saying

  • A superb experience! First class floatation centre (and I've been to a few)... beautiful location, friendly and knowledgeable staff, an absolute joy to visit.

    The layout feels more spacious than other floatation centres I've been to. A very, very peaceful atmosphere and loads of room to chill out, enjoy the art and a complementary herbal tea afterwards.

    Feeling transformed after my float. So relaxing and revitalising at the same time (sounds contradictory, but you'll know what I mean once you've tried it). Looking forward to my next visit!

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    Marc Price
  • Completely relieved any discomfort I have been feeling during the late stages of pregnancy, particularly the swelling and the aches and tingling of carpel tunnel. Very relaxing experience. Lovely venue, very clean ❤

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    Jade Coimbra
  • Extreme relaxation, floating, who knew !

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    Ade James
  • what an amazing experience I had at float in the forest. Shari are very lovely and know they're stuff and. The whole place is so warm and inviting and the float is a wonderful experience so calming and no distractions from anywhere. I highly recommend float in the forest and will definitely be returning.

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    Sam Bridle
  • The most relaxing and comforting experience ever. Not only were the facilities clean and warm and extremely calming, the staff were beyond friendly and helpful. The float itself was like nothing I've done before. Its hard to explain the calming effect it has but I found it really helped my anxiety and I came away feeling lighter and completely refreshed.

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    Katie Brown
  • calm peaceful environment. made to feel very welcome. everything I needed to know was explained so I was put at ease.
    First float but I have two more booked.
    Thoroughly relaxing but in a way that's hard to explain. You need to try it.
    I have a painful condition and found that an hour of weightlessness was wonderful and gave me a virtually pain free hour. The next hour spent relaxing and drinking turmeric tea (there are plenty of other choices) was brilliant too.
    two whole hours to myself in a safe calm space.
    Try it.

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    Nancy Mitchell
  • Susan Donne
  • Wonderful warm welcome from Will & Sheri, followed by a wonderful float. I’ll definitely be back for more.

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    Sandi Cooper
  • Really lovely experience. I was sceptical at first but totally turned around. Amazing facilities and really really lovely people. They made our experience very personal and we weren't rushed out after we had finished in the pods but allowed time to chill out and have a cup of tea on a comfy sofa.

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    hannah walters
  • Two days ago I had my first ever float. I loved it and have to say it was amazing. Will and Shari who run the center put me at ease straight away and gave me a really good explanation of what to do and how things work. The pod itself was really cool looking and everything was spotlessly clean.
    I had worried that I might feel claustrophobic but this just wasn't the case and I even felt happy to turn all the lights off. ( I would definitely recommend doing that).
    The experience was really interesting and for someone who can't meditate for the life of them a truly unique, calming and centering experience.
    2 days later. I am still feeling great, less little aches and pains. Clearer head.
    I am booking my next one for 2 weeks time.

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    Ian Barnes
  • This was a great experience! We visited whilst away for a short break and would definitely recommend it. It was very relaxing and we'll definitely try to find a float locally. We hope to visit again on our next trip to the Forest of Dean. Great service too.

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    Carolyn Wales
  • Incredible place perfectly designed for the welness of the mind, body and spirit 😉
    Will and Shari are beautiful humans inside and out and they make you feel welcome and cared for from the moment you walk through the doors. If you haven't tried floating before, you will get spoiled as this is easily one of THE BEST places in the UK.
    Can't wait to be back! 😀

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    Anna Surowiec
  • I highly recommended Float in the Forest..... I was a little dubious of floating at first and also worried about feelings of claustrophobia but Will and Shari made you feel very welcome and at ease in explaining how to get the most from your experience and yes you are totally in control of it . I have had 2 floats now .... just a great feeling of letting your whole body relax from the stresses and strains of everyday life and definitely very beneficial for physical and mental wellbeing . I have been converted with more booked ..... bring them on. Thank you 😊🐾x

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    Lisa Morris
  • Genuinely loved the experience, definitely worth a visit, the team are absolutely lovely and we weren't rushed through, we were given time to relax at our own pace.

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    Hannah Walters
  • An enlightening new experience, with everything explained really well to make one feel at ease with the weird and wonderful practice of floating. Can’t wait for my next float! Thank you for giving me a chunk of truly me time, relaxation, pain relief, calm.

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    Emily Victoria
  • Great experience, very relaxing and run by a very friendly couple who take the time to go through things with you. Loved it and will be back 😁

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    Maria Hunt
  • Just had my first float - it was lovely so relaxing. Looking forward to my next visit . If you’ve never tried it give it a go and have a couple of hours just “ floating “ .

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    Susan Donne
  • amazing experience I'm feeling so relaxed now

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    Ange Howells Holder
  • I had my first float today and it was so relaxing, Shari explained the whole set up very well and made me feel at ease.

    I’ve already booked to go back in a few weeks 😍😍😍

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    Julie Heycock
  • The pods are high tech and the floatation itself was incredibly relaxing. Afterwards it was great to have a chill out space to relax in before I ventured back into the world of sensation. I would highly recommend Float in the Forest 5 stars.

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    Andy Squiff
  • Never having had a 'float' before I was a little nervous for what I was about to encounter. The guided tour and instructions/guidance provided by Shari shortly after I arrived reassured and relaxed me through her professionalism and obvious enthusiasm for what was to come. An incredible 'me' experience that truly relaxes you in a world where this is becoming more and more difficult to find. Give it a go, an amazing relaxant and no need to worry about feeling claustrophobic, I promise!

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    Rachel Bate
  • It’s lovely and relaxing, already booked two more each for my wife and myself

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    Tim Taylor
  • very clean, tidy and friendly people, would highly recommend to even the most nervous "non-floater"

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    Philip Vandervelde
  • It took me several minutes once I entered the flotation pod to adjust to the fact that I was not floating in a swimming pool. I did not have to make any efforts with my muscles. It was great to experiment with different body positions and still remain floating. It was very soothing and gave me a feeling of being cocooned.
    Time passed really quickly and afterwards it was good to curl up on a comfy sofa with a hot drink.
    I think the most amazing benefit was when I left the centre. I drove off to a lovely part of the forest and sat outside in the sun. I felt re-energized, calm and happy. It was like I had been refreshed. I definitely felt different!
    I would recommend this to others.

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    Audrey Owen
  • Wow, I had forgotten what an amazing experience this is. Not only that, Shari and Will have made this place amazing with lots of attention to detail. I feel so good and will be going again.

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    Carol Skolimowski
  • Will and Shari were so lovely and accommodating during our visit. The centre is absoultely beautiful and homely. As soon as we walked in we felt like we had just arrived home. Everything was explained fully and the attention to detail was outstanding. Our floats were incredibly relaxing, the relaxation area heightened our level of relaxation with herbal teas and a colouring book that I quickly tucked into. Pure delight! Anyone living or passing through the Forest of Dean must visit Float in the Forest. You would not want to miss out! 🙂

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    Tina Cordova
  • I have now completed two floats at ‘Float in the Forest’ and I am so eager to share my very positive experience. At both visits, I was given a warm welcome by Shari & Will who patiently listened to and answered any questions that I had, and very comprehensively explained the many benefits of floating. Having been offered a very welcome glass of water I was led into the floating room where Shari ensured that my every need was catered for, choice of music, coloured lighting extra towel & fabulous natural shower gel, shampoo etc. for use in my pre and post float. I was then able to float in perfect bliss for an hour in my pod. Post -float, I was able to re-beautify in a dedicated room with great facilities . At no time was I made to feel rushed, and I actually spent quite some time relaxing with herbal tea and chatting to a fellow floater. This is a lovely Spa venue, extremely clean with tasteful furnishings and exciting art work on display. Shari and Will are a delightful couple who appear to make your enjoyment and relaxation their mission. Definitely recommend this to all relaxation seekers.

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    Karen Hopes
  • I genuinely cannot recommend highly enough the float in the forest experience. The place is incredible and they give you every thing you could possibly need for the most relaxing comforting feeling in the world. It's like being in the womb! I need to go back. I have been more calm today than I have in months. It has helped with my anxiety no end. I'm going to get a massage as well next time.

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    Katie Monkman
  • Excellent news!!! This treat is 300m away from Bramley Lodge!!! We cant wait to give it a try!!!

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    Bramley Lodge
  • Lovely welcoming people, a fabulously relaxing float in a spotlessly clean pod and a gorgeous aromatherapy massage.

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    Julie Lord
  • Had an amazing float at Float in the Forest, it felt like home when I walked in. Will and Shari are very knowledgeable and explained everything clearly. I love the i-sopods and the rooms are great, with different options to change the lights in the rooms! Post float I could relax in the chillout area with great tea's, it was good to be able to talk about the experience with them. Highly recommend and I will be back soon!

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    Michael Cordova

Find out more about floating

Find out more about floatation, the benefits that many people get from it, the answers to some frequently asked questions, take a look at our blog, and much more.

Why float?

Deep Relaxation

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.

Improved Health

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.

Pain Relief

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.

Sleep Better

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.

Enhanced Performance

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.

Pregnancy

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.

Meditation

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.

Freedom from habits

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.

Consciousness Exploration

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!

Mental Clarity

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.

Business

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.

Learning

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.

Creativity Unleashed

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.

Self Work

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.

Fun

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.

Check out the latest Float in the Forest blog posts:

Float stories – Angharad

"I left like a new woman", by Angharad Does this look like the face of a stressed out woman? A woman on the edge of some sort of episode? One that's installed two hot tubs in the rain, driven across country at breakneck speed, was 40 minutes...

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Now open!

Your float centre is now open Wow - what an amazing few weeks we have had since our last blog! It was Float in the Forest's soft opening on Tuesday 19th February 2019, and we've had 69 people float with us in the first two weeks! We really...

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The float pods are in!

Float in the Forest fit-out blog Tues 5th Feb 2019   THE FIT-OUT IS APPROACHING THE END The majority of the fit-out has been done now... exciting times! The plumbing, ventilation, carpentry and second fix electrics are all now finished. ...

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Your muscles let go of tension

Your mind can switch off

This is time which is yours alone

Stress drops away

Anxiety dissolves

Sleep patterns improve

Pain is relieved

Recovery is accelerated

Improved performance is yours for the taking

Unlimited possibilities are opened to you for creativity and adventure

Calm is yours to embrace

The deepest relaxation you will ever feel, the closest to weightless you can be on this planet.

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