Float in the Forest

Beyond relaxation

Float in the Forest

Beyond 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.

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We are fully open

…and you can book right now to float for any reason, including just for fun!

If you have a gift card or package please see our FAQ about extensions due to periods of government restrictions.

Rest assured that floating remains a low risk activity, and that we continue to follow procedures to best protect your health. You can read more in this blog.

We look forward to hosting your float soon!

Trip the light fantastic!

We are excited to offer you a mind-blowing immersive light therapy…. the Lucia hypnagogic light machine for your transcendent delight!

A unique combination of lights is used to produce amazing states of consciousness. Behind closed eyelids the light conjures beautiful visions in your mind’s eye, and stimulates feelings of wonder, clarity and peace.

We have just a few light therapy sessions available on Thursday 5th August 2021… find out more on our therapies and packages page.

Even if you can’t make this date, let us know you’re interested in the light sessions and we can keep you updated on any future dates.

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
  • A wonderful welcoming atmosphere, everything explained clearly and it makes you feel very special. A lovely personal experience, that relaxes and felt like they had thought of everything.

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    Louise Penny
  • Such a relaxing time, so calm and would definitely go again!

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    Michelle Tobin
  • very welcoming indeed. lovely people. very clean and comfortable. was a nice way to break up a day. I look forward to the next time I'm able to go.

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    David Nelson Jenkins
  • Great experience. Peculiar but emerged serene soft and calm. Energised but still

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    John Stone
  • Wonderful warm welcome from Will & Sheri, followed by a wonderful float. I’ll definitely be back for more.

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    Sandi Cooper
  • Everything from the lovely Will & Shari to the experience itself. I will definately be going again. Perfect

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    Izzy Bowen
  • A wonderful stress busting relaxing experience. I would highly recommend a float. Maybe as a gift experience ❤️

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    Donna Gauntlett
  • Very professional and welcoming. Very clean and highly recommend! Lucky to have this facility on our doorstep.

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    Jamie Simonds
  • As the first disabled person to use their accessibility suite, I can highly recommend it. Lovely friendly staff made sure I had everything I needed (thanks Will 😊). The room itself is level entry, has plenty of room for a wheelchair, and is a wet room with shower. If you need support with changing or personal care, the room is big enough to accommodate a second person to help you. Getting in and out of the floatation pod is similar to getting in and out of a bath, so if you need help with that you'd need help here too. The actual float itself was blissful! The combination of heat and weightlessness was soothing for my pain, and was beyond relaxing. I will definitely be going again!

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    Emma Louise Bosticco
  • Went for my first float and it was so surreal it made me feel amazing and completely de-stressed. The team there were very welcoming and it was very quiet and tranquil
    If you haven’t already tried it then I 100% recommend you do!

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    Jamie Webb
  • 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
  • Myself and my 18 year old went for a float and both really enjoyed the relaxation it offers. My son in particular who has an issue with his spine enjoyed the feeling that the buoyancy of the salt water gave him. Taking the pressure off of his spine. Very profesional service from start to finish, and we felt safe at at ease for the whole time we were there.

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    Dee Kay Pea
  • I have had 2 floats so far and have felt amazing after each one. Shari and Will evoke a lovely sense of calm and have really given great thought into providing everything needed for a lovely experience.
    I plan on floating regularly to help with joint pain and migraines and look forward to my next session!

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    Michelle Llewellyn-James
  • Such a relaxing experience and an aid to pain relief 😊

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    Lynn Essex
  • spotlessly clean. welcoming owners. not rushed & very clear instructions. The float itself was stunning, very relaxing & helpful for some muscular issues. Am definitely going again.

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    Elaine Thornberry
  • 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
  • very clean
    very friendly
    very relaxing

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    Jess Ledyear
  • I had a great experience for my first ever float. I wasnt sure if I would close the lid fully or want to be in total darkness. well I did both and felt totally safe and thoroughly enjoyed the darkness and much preferred to having light.
    Will did an awesome job of explaining the session, what to do, what to expect... felt totally relaxed and prepared. I moved around a bit and stretched out some tense and aching limbs and then almost nodded off toward the end of the session. I took advantage of the quiet time after the float and read more about floating and the benefits. I will definitely be floating again. A big thank you to Shar & Will

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    Sally Rall
  • This was my first ‘floating’ experience and it really did exceed my expectations. It was incredibly relaxing and I came out feeling calm & rejuvenated!

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    Catherine Whitcombe
  • Took my first float today! Great experience! Felt total relaxation and complete inner peace that carried with me... can’t wait to return to Float in the Forest again soon!!!

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    Steve Brookbanks
  • Fantastic place, so peaceful, well worth a visit, give yourself 2 hours. Thus must be the first hour I have spent, doing nothing 🙃 thanks for the warm welcome.

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    Kathy Higgins
  • Absolutely brilliant experience, so relaxing. Will definitely be back!

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    Jenny Astridge
  • friendly, helpful staff. always pleased to see you, nothing is too much trouble

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    Owen Carter
  • Fantastic experience. Would recommend anyone thinking about it to go for it!

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    Jack Cole
  • Highly recommended. I’ve used them on 4 occasions now and each time has been great.

    It takes me beyond relaxation and I think it’s helping with my Covid recovery.

    Worth every penny.

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    David Garcia-Cote
  • Extreme relaxation, floating, who knew !

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    Ade James
  • Fantastic relaxing experience, especially in pregnancy. Facilities were lovely and clean and Shari and Will were really welcoming and helpful. Highly recommend!

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    Kate Taylor
  • 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
  • what a lovely place! I had a lovely welcome from Will and Shari who showed me round and turned my apprehensions into eagerness to get in and experience my first float! the float was wonderful, time to myself with no distractions of any sort. I have already ordered my next 2 floats.

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    Caroline Jones
  • This amazing new float centre has everything you need to walk in, stressed as you like, and come out feeling relaxed and ready for anything.

    From the beginning, Shari and Will’s enthusiasm for the centre has shone through. They worked hard to set up Float in the Forest and are the most welcoming hosts. In their quiet, calm way they explain how the float session works and what to expect. The reception, bathroom and float rooms are spotlessly clean and the relaxation room is a calm space where you can sit quietly and ‘come to’ after your float with a cup of fruit tea.

    On my first float, feeling brave and wanting to embrace everything the pod had to offer, I slipped into the silky, warm water, pulled the lid down and turned off the light. It was strange to experience true darkness with my eyes open or closed. The soothing music which introduced the float soon faded away and I took a while to calm my breathing and drift off into a dream-like state, the only noise being the ripples of water when I moved and I was not sure if I could hear my heart beating, or was it just that I was more aware of it? By the end of the hour when the music began again I felt as relaxed as if I had had a massage, with all tension gone.

    A lovely shower after the float, to rinse off the salt, was the best excuse to use some wonderful shower products! Then finally, before returning to the world again, a drink and time to enjoy the comments in the guest book and compare experiences. Just perfect.

    Thank you Shari and Will, a wonderful experience 😚

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    Julie Allen
  • Float in the Forest was so lovely! very relaxing and helped with my fibromyalgia! would highly recommend to anyone needing time out to completely relax!

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    Ruthie Hamblin
  • A lovely and deeply relaxing experience and definitely different to what I have ever experienced in a good way 😊
    Very friendly and and helpful staff, who guide you through your experience step by step.I would always highly recommended Float in the Forest 💕👌

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    Angela Philippi
  • I was a bit skeptical at first, as this was a gift from my wife. I'm quite a big guy and the thought of squeezeing myself into a small space although not cloustraphobic, did make me think will I have enough room. I needn't of worried the space was ample I could stretch out entirely. I just had 3 hours sleep as I finished a night shift and thought I would sleep drown not wake up etc. In fact I had quite the opposite sensation I felt very relaxed but alert like my brain and flicked the on off switch my body just needed to enjoy the rest of the day rested. I recommend this to the most skeptical to try as I was quite surprised at what a difference I felt afterwards.

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    Colin Walsh
  • Such a magical way to relax....its like floating in space. I can thoroughly recommend this a a way to unwind and de-stress.

    its easy to book online plus Will and Shari really put you at your ease.

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    Alison Hennessey
  • What an amazing experience. Totally relaxed body and mind, as well as helping aches and pains! Had a wonderful welcome with great customer service. Will be back! 😊

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    Shell Lambert
  • The most relaxing but surreal experience! I experienced my first float earlier today and it’s safe to say I will return, it’s hard to explain to someone what it’s like but I would definitely recommend it just to see. Very relaxing and great stress relief! Thank you so much 😊

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    Amie Callicott
  • 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
  • Such a wonderful experience! So relaxing, and Shari and Will are so lovely and welcoming. All safety measures taken care of. Would thoroughly recommend!

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    Tyler Heselton
  • Amazing relaxing experience. Highly recommended! Give it a go!

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    Sue Wardell
  • Some call it deprivation of sight and sound but Its the luxurious rest from sight and sound for me. Just letting my body be supported by and merge with the water, uncertain of the meeting point between the two. Time to truly drop into rest as I drift between different levels of relaxation. Each visit provides a slightly different experience.
    Feeling cared about by Shari and Will and confident that they have prepared everything to provide the highest standards of safety, cleanliness and the wonderful float experience. All the above with care for our planet too.

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    Carolyn Thomas
  • 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
  • We enjoyed our second float recently and it is absolute bliss...a journey into the unknown, an escape into oneself...each time, each individual a different experience...as Will says..."you may not get what you expect but you will get exactly what you need."

    So true...looking forward to the next one and so grateful to this lovely pair for working so hard to make this available 💜🙏

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    Kate Holly
  • If you are looking for total relaxation of mind and body then a float is what you need. It’s quite difficult to describe the experience of weightlessness and calm felt whilst floating.
    It’s not something I’ve ever felt to that depth before. A truly unique experience that I would highly recommend. Thank you Shari and Will x

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    Adele Mitchell
  • I was very impressed with my £50 for an hour appointment. the time went past really quickly as I was so relaxed and they provide you with natural toiletries and towels etc so all you need to bring is your swimming suit. I will definitely be going back again in the future, the staff are really knowledgeable and helpful and make the experience totally enjoyable and relaxing.

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    Kerrina Clarke
  • Great place to relax and unwind in these stressful times!

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    Thomas Humphries
  • 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
  • Thanks so much for a wonderful float experience. It was my first float and I felt so relaxed, very important when you're 6 months pregnant. Sherrie gave me a fab induction tour and explained everything. Everything was immaculately clean and I felt very welcome. See you again soon 🙏

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    Sianne Donovan
  • Very clean, clear explanation and a really enjoyable experience.

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    Alison Blasdale
  • Great experience!
    I don't do much relaxation stuff, as I find it hard to do. But it was so easy to get into that much needed zone.

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    Mark Brooks
  • I went to Float in the Forest for the first time yesterday and had a wonderful experience. An hour of complete calm, quiet, rest and weightlessness did wonders for my achey body and racing mind. The centre is exceptionally clean and comfortable and the staff are welcoming, friendly and informative. I felt amazing afterwards and will definitely be going back. I highly recommend it.

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    Joanna Clark
  • I loved it, afterwards my body felt totally relaxed and my mind felt energised. I was more refreshed than if I'd had several good nights sleep in a row, one good nights sleep is practically impossible for me so reaching this level of relaxation in one hour is pretty close to miraculous!

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

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    Philip Vandervelde
  • 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
  • Brilliant experience, will definitely go again that's for sure! Will and Shari welcomed us warmly and made us feel comfortable before and after our float. I was so relaxed from the float I felt like I was on another planet! What an amazing place to have in the forest of dean, much needed! thankyou, Jess

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    Jess Adshead
  • First time floating, but not my last. Shari and Will were very welcoming and the centre was absolutely spotless, with care taken to ensure hygiene, social distancing and your comfort. Instructions were very clear, as I wasn't sure what to do, with an introductory video and reminder in the float room itself. The float itself was just amazing, so relaxing and physically soothing that I was still feeling the effects 12 hours later and into the next day (today). Thank you so much Float in the Forest, can't wait to come again!

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    Emily Trenwith
  • This was everything I expected and more!
    Sari & Will were lovely, very friendly and couldn’t be more helpful.
    The communal areas were modern and comfortable.
    The pods were just amazing. The hour seemed to fly by and at the same time stand still. Very relaxing and soothing whilst in the pod.
    Coming out my skin feels amazing and I feel strangely relaxed and energised at the same time.
    I would of liked the option of the music on continuously & think some additional aroma, menthol or jasmine etc would add another dimension to the experience.
    Will definitely be coming back soon. 💖

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

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    Bramley Lodge
  • If you’re looking for total relaxation and to shut the world out for a time (and let’s face it most of us will want to at the moment due to the current situation) this is the experience you need. Total peace and calm. Just wonderful. Highly recommended!

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    Sarah Gladwin
  • Though treating my mum to a float experience was delayed for obvious reasons earlier this year, it was so great to finally go along to Float in the Forest - Shari and Will have done everything to make everyone feel very well looked after - so clean, so welcoming, and ultimately, such a relaxing experience, we will be back, thank you!

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    Juliet Jessop
  • Wonderful experience, left me feeling calm, relaxed and rejuvenated. Run by a friendly, knowledgable couple. Definitely recommend

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

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    Tim Taylor
  • I suffer with back problems & have had acupuncture & seen osteopaths for years, all of which has definitely eased my pain for a period of time. However, since being introduced to the world of floating, I can honestly say I've never felt better. The whole experience is a joy. Shari & Will are so friendly & welcoming & I was a little nervous before my first float, and they definitely helped put me at ease. I now float monthly & rarely have issues with my back between each float. I simply cannot recommend this place & the whole floating experience highly enough

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    Corrina Ferns
  • Absolute disconnect from the real world. Just what I needed. Super friendly, relaxing atmosphere. Felt like I'd had a whole day at a spa when I came out.

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    Abigail Simpson
  • This is what relaxing and wellness is all about. I had not had a float for 2-3 months due to lockdown, but managed one this week.

    Within 5-10 mins I was fast asleep, totally relaxed.

    I can't recommend enough. Will and Shari go out of their way to make you feel safe, and ensure you can get the most from your float.

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    Alan Heycock
  • 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
  • First time floating and had an amazing time! Staff was lovely, felt I was treated really well and no worries or anxieties about anything. A perfect experience!

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    william thompson
  • 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
  • Always welcoming and a great atmosphere to relax in!

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    Rob Robbins
  • Our first time trying floating. What an amazing experience. From the second we arrived until we left we felt welcome, informed and safe! The environment is clean and fabulous. The pre visit video informative and clear. My son and I booked to float at the same time. We will be back!

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    Helen Randall
  • After wanting to try floatation since I found out Float in the Forest was being built, I finally made time for looking after myself.
    Total relaxation. I feel full of energy and all my little aches and pains have disappeared. I will definitely be returning. What an experience!

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    Helen Snowdon
  • Amazing experience . Never felt so relaxed.

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    Laurence Meir
  • Can not recommend having a float with these guys enough! Every time I have visited it’s like walking into another world free from stress and chaos of daily life.

    (COVID update) Yes it’s a tad bit distanced now and you need to move on before the next appointments but that’s still loads of time tone joy post float bliss.

    Any questions you could have pre float are answers on there website and you can message if you can’t quite find an answer. Theses really simple and easy video to follow to learn all about what will happen which takes away the first time nerves. And should you forget there’s a simple guide in the pod room itself, which yes I re read every time.

    I can’t say how you will find your float but you’ll find what you need.

    If your reading this questioning where to go, go in just try it!

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    Tash 'Orange' Hill
  • 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
  • I have been having regular ‘floats’ at Float in the Forest since they opened.
    It is a fabulous resource for the Forest.
    I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a way to relieve their stress and tension, as it will quickly help them to relax. The facilities and float pods are spotlessly clean and everything is arranged for our convenience.
    Chilling out in the comfortable lounge area is a wonderful way to transition between the bliss of the float and getting back into the driving seat to go home!
    Many thanks to Shari and Will (and to Helen who gave me a lift back to my car!) 😊

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    Sousa Hari
  • An hour of complete peace, escape into your own world in mindful reflection. Relax the senses and heal the body. The most amazing experience and it is a must for this busy world!

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    Toeknee Louise Stanton
  • I've been to Float In The Forest multiple times and am always very impressed with firstly how welcoming and friendly Will and Sherri are, but also how relaxed and comfortable I feel once I leave. The experience is unlike anything else out there and I'd highly recommend to anyone who suffers with anxiety or have any muscle aches and pains like I do. The float is incredibly calming and soothing for the body and mind, you truly feel weightless and all stresses and worries just float away. I can't wait until my next visit!

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    Samantha Dyer
  • I cannot recommend highly enough for everyone to try a float in the forest! A friend recommended I try it. Both Shari and Will were incredibly welcoming. They explained everything to me and made me feel that there was no hurry at all. They were very intent that I should enjoy the complete experience.
    The facilities there are immaculate snd attention to detail just perfect. They provide gorgeous products to remove make up, shower and wash your hair. Soft towels are also provided. There is a lounge to sit down in after your float with herbal teas to enjoy as well.
    I didn’t know what to expect once in the pod but I didn’t expect to feel quite so relaxed and free of aches and pains afterwards. Not new to mediation and mindfulness but not regular in my practice either. I found floating for just an hour totally rewired my busy mind and reminded me of all the benefits of taking some time out to keep trying to find space every day to do some.
    I felt amazing after my first float. Like I had been transformed into a much more chilled me.
    I’m going back for more. And recommend to everyone I know!

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

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    Julie Gibbons
  • 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
  • A fantastic experience. Any uncertainty was put at ease by the communication running up to my 1st appointment and with all of the website information available. No stress about parking, met and welcomed on my arrival. Spotlessly clean and organised throughout. The experience of floating was literally out of this world. To be pain free from back &hip pain for a whole hour was bliss. Definitely recommended

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    Pippa Talboys
  • This was my first time floating and it was an amazing experience, so relaxing. Any aches and pains just melted away. I would highly recommend this wonderful experience and if you've never tried it, then give it a go and see for yourself what a fantastic restful experience flotation is!

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    Kathryn Bennell
  • Amazing experience..lovely service from the minute you walk through the door till you float back out! Left feeling very zen & relaxed!

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    Shell Smith
  • My first float with these guys yesterday and it was amazing! The rooms are pristine and they’ve thought of everything. I highly recommend it for easing some of your aches and pains - it worked for me!

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    Tracey Joy
  • Beautiful surroundings, the centre was calm and peaceful. Lovely chat with the owners before commencing my 2nd float.
    The float itself was incredible and left me feeling calm and mentally clear ready to face the world after a few stressful months.
    Definitely recommend to anyone suffering physically or mentally.

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    Cara Sims
  • This experience was a revelation, both the time floating and how I felt afterwards. Will and Shari are so considerate, everything has been thought of. The room you use is a very relaxing, neutral setting and the pod is shiny, white and inviting. When you step in the water it is silky and warm, you choose how to experience floating and off you go! Being weightless and without the usual everyday distractions you quickly feel utterly at ease. I underestimated how 'zoned out' I was the first time, both when I got out of the pod and again driving home - I felt like I was moving in slow motion. This is why the relaxation room is the perfect follow-up to the float. How do I feel afterwards? Utterly gorgeous and more flexible in mind and body. I have a history of chronic fatigue and it definitely brought up my energy level. Am I a convert? Oh yes! 🥰🥰🥰

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    Kate Hirst
  • My first visit, a Mother’s Day present for my daughters, and I was a little apprehensive. I was greeted by Shari on reception who is the co owner.she definitely put me at my ease, showed where everything was and explained how it all worked.
    It took me about 10-15 mins to feel comfortable in the pod but then I was so relaxed I fell asleep!
    Give it a try, you might be surprised.

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    Linda Weatherley
  • Amazing experience, took away all stress and tension, very high standard and attention to detail, felt really looked after during the visit, can't recommend enough

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    Lisa James
  • Who would guess that there is a little bit of heaven right here in the forest! Well, I found it a few weeks ago, courtesy of a Birthday gift from my husband (he really knows what I like).
    So, just had my second visit - yes, had to go back if only to see if it really was as good as I thought the first time.
    It was totally just as I thought, the most effective method of relaxation I have found. The peace and quiet, tranquillity and serenity, friendship and calmness, and all in beautiful, clean, warm and welcoming surroundings.
    That feeling of leaving all stress, anxiety and depression outside, of being completely at one with the yourself and the world - priceless!
    Thank you Will and Shari, see you again soon. x

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    Suzanne Milden
  • Really enjoyed my first float yesterday. I’ve got a spring in my step today! Very relaxing and serene place to visit! 🤩

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    Liz Trigg
  • 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
  • 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
  • What a peaceful experience to float silently for an hour. A well run friendly place to go switch off for a while.
    Thank you.

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    Marion Neumaier
  • Fantastic, well run, absolutely spotless, professional, experienced and informative ! Would highly recommend!

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    Ross Hopkins
  • I’ve just been for my first float thanks to a birthday gift from my parents.
    Oh wow! It was the most amazing experience and I will definitely be back, I feel so calm and relaxed, my back/neck and shoulder ache has gone and my stress levels have gone right down.
    You have to try it to fully appreciate the feeling of an empty mind and not knowing where your body is anymore.
    Thank you so much Shari and Will.

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    Nikki Knight
  • My first float was bought as a Christmas present - 2019! Third time lucky due to various lockdowns, and I enjoyed my first float - and hopefully not last! Thanks for a fab time - if you’re not sure, just go for it!!

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    Ann Woosnam
  • 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 Martensson
  • wonderful calming experience helped by the friendly atmosphere as soon as you walk in.

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    Evelyn Williams
  • Wow!!!
    This was my first float and I wasn’t sure what to expect.
    Shari showed me round the relaxation room and the float room and explained everything to me.
    I felt at ease and I knew exactly what to do with the lid and lights etc.
    I wasn’t aware I had relaxed so much I had fallen asleep until I sneezed and made myself jump!! Absolutely amazing and relaxing. I’m coming back again soon.
    It’s a fabulous place and I can’t recommend it enough.

    Thank you!!!!

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    Kerry Cawkwell
  • A lovely Calming experience can fully recommend this special 😊

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    Bryan Hennessey

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Awards

SoGlos awards 2020 Finalist
Forest business awards finalist 2020
Recommended on TripAdvisor

Check out the latest Float in the Forest blog posts:

Sonya’s float story

Sonya’s float story

Hello everyone, Why do I love floating? The main reason is because it is what it is: FLOATING - no weight, no stress, nothing else to do, no one else to consider - just like a trip through the white clouds. I always come away relaxed, refreshed with renewed energy and...

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Alaster’s float story

Alaster’s float story

Out of this world relaxation My watch buzzes urgently with an insignificant notification. My phone chirrups its retort, reminding of things neither urgent nor significant. A short pause, then a further beep alerts the arrival of a message also in need of no urgent...

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Becci’s float story

Becci’s float story

When I first went to float, I was anxious. Of course I was – of all the things I can do well, anxiety is right up there. But why was I anxious? I was concerned about privacy for one, mainly because I was a teenager in the 80s and could recall the horrors of the...

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What the press say

Monmouthshire Living

'Floating into freedom’

“being in the water is like lying on the most comfortable mattress imaginable… In the days since the float I’ve noticed my body has felt much more relaxed and my neck less tense…”

Monmouthshire Living Magazine (p51)

June 2021

'Reawaken your senses and enjoy the benefits of floatation in the Forest of Dean’

“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.”

Lifestyle Magazine

10th July 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

'6 mini adventures around Bristol & Bath to mark 200th anniversary of Robinson Crusoe’

“the aim is to find your zen”

Circus Journal

7th May 2019

'I tried floating in the Forest’

“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.”

Gloucestershire Live

2nd March 2019

'EXCLUSIVE: First look inside Float in the Forest’

“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.”

SoGlos

21st Feb 2019

'Sensory weightless floatation tanks that wash away your stress are coming to Gloucestershire’

“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”

Gloucestershire Live

10th Feb 2019

'New paths to wellness’

“Let your worries float away, quite literally”

Prime (p39)

Feb 2019

'Slow it down – these wellness retreats will ease you into the new year’

“The ripples of relaxation shimmer long after the float and many feel as if they are walking on air afterwards.”

Monmouthshire & Brecon Living (p54)

Jan 2019

'20 best spa days in the UK'

“it’s set to relax you so much that an hour-long float will feel like a day-long retreat.”

i-news

6th Jan 2019

'Where to go on holiday in Feb 2019'

“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”

Independent

3rd Dec 2018

'Floatation tank centre opening in Forest of Dean’

“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.”

SoGlos

8th May 2018

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

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