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.
Update after the government announcement on Mon 22nd Feb:
We are hoping to re-open fully (so that anyone will be able to float regardless of their reason) from Wed 14th April.
Until then we will continue to provide floats for physical and / or mental health reasons only. Scroll down to learn about the health conditions which floatation helps. If you need to float for health reasons, you can book your health float here.
We are not opening the calendar for general bookings from 14th April yet, in case things change. If you would like to be informed when you can book a float for any reason, please make sure you have signed up to our email list, which you can do here.
All gift card and package expiry dates will be extended by the duration of the current restrictions, so no-one will miss out.
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.
Wondering what to get Mum for Mother’s Day?
You could give her peace, quiet and relaxation with a float gift card!
We do gift cards for 1 float, 3 floats, or 2 simultaneous floats.
All gift cards will be extended for the duration of the current government restrictions, so if she wouldn’t be floating for health reasons, she won’t miss out.
Get your float gift cards here:
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.
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.
What the press say
“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
'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”
7th May 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
“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
“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
“The ripples of relaxation shimmer long after the float and many feel as if they are walking on air afterwards.”
Monmouthshire & Brecon Living (p54)
'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
“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
“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
Check out the latest Float in the Forest blog posts:
It's our second birthday! This has undoubtedly been a strange year, but with wonderful bits too, and we are pleased to be celebrating our second birthday. We are so grateful to all those who have floated with us, and we have loved being able to float you! To celebrate...
Protecting your health We have all learned a lot about the coronavirus and COVID-19 over the past few months. Knowledge can dispel fear. We have taken scientific advice from expert sources, and are doing some things a little bit differently in order to best protect...
Having a busy mind Hi I'm Shari, and I have a very busy mind. It has a tendency to go over and over things if I'm not careful. Maybe you can relate to this. I only started experimenting with meditation quite recently, and like a lot of people, I thought I wouldn't be...
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