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Float in the Forest's Blog

Float in the Forest’s blog

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 – most of any pains anywhere in the body, e.g. muscles or joints, have gently been released and quite literally forgotten. When did they leave? Can’t tell exactly, but they sure are gone.

There is also an element of adventure to to Floating, as it facilitates experiences as different as complete mental and physical relaxation with lights and music as well as deep introspection and contemplation in total silence and darkness – a rare space to come by in these days of speed, noise and almost constant communication with others. Once I even found it difficult to establish wether my eyes were open or closed!

Just floating

So: all I need to do is show up, lie down and let things happen – knowing that I will feel so much better afterwards.

What could be easier than that?

And then there is the Where and How: After floating in various other places in the world, including in “Float-Pods” in the Australian bush near the ocean, I am happy to say that the Float in the Forest venue is up there with the best of them! Why? There is an energy of tranquility and peace, combined with clean and state of the art facilities. And – of course, there are Shari and Will, whose combined experience and care makes me feel welcome and in safe hands.

For me Floating is the most comprehensive re-fuelling I can think of!

Sonya

Tranquil purple float pod
Alaster’s float story

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Becci’s float story

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Jake’s float story

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Book Review:  Floating in Quiet Darkness

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Rachel’s float story

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Floatation delivers health benefits

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Float with guidance

Float with guidance

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The Float poem

The Float poem

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Opening 8th July!

Opening 8th July!

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Fifth float hero!

Fifth float hero!

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Have you noticed?

Have you noticed?

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Fourth float hero!

Fourth float hero!

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Sarah’s float story

Sarah’s float story

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Third float hero!

Third float hero!

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Lisa’s float story

Lisa’s float story

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Second float hero!

Second float hero!

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Meet Sara

Meet Sara

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First float hero!

First float hero!

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Anna’s float story

Anna’s float story

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Float your hero!

Float your hero!

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Kate’s float story

Kate’s float story

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Temporary Closure

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Coronavirus: keep calm

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Meet Monique

Meet Monique

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Jo’s float story

Jo’s float story

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Meet Lauren

Meet Lauren

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Meet Katy

Meet Katy

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Meet Karen

Meet Karen

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Float stories – Angharad

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