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Sarah’s float story

Sarah’s float story

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 time it simply rang for someone wanting to talk?

It’s hard to remember a time when life’s achievements and events didn’t seek for online approval, quantified by likes. Yet it is so vital to our very existence. In daily life we assume a multitude of roles; employee, employer, parent, child, partner, taxi driver, referee to our children’s squabbles, peacekeeper as they ensue, policing their homework and counselling their troubles, the cook, the cleaner, the tooth-fairy, father Christmas. It’s no wonder that we find it so hard to switch off, each day pretending life is good, whilst deep inside our shoe our sock continually slides further down.

How was I supposed to take an hour out simply for me? How would I resist the temptation to check my phone, for I cannot remember the last time that I sat for 10 minutes on the sofa without my laptop on my knee, pretending I was not still working. When ones idea of hell is a cinema, with no alternative but to sit and watch, no book to read, no writing or way out but to sit. Could I even be still for this long? How long would an hour feel like? Too long surely… As a parent I cannot remember the time when even sliding off and locking the bathroom door behind me was peaceful time alone, hearing the arguments from a distance, the perpetual knocking from someone in desperation, calls from afar needing food, money or a yell for the last location of their homework.

Would the tabs in my mind close? How long is an hour if I start to count?

The darkness blankets me, the water an extension to my body. I press the x on one off the tabs and the rest seem to shut down. Maybe it’s a restart, or maybe …..

Floating, gently spinning through what seems like space. Totally weightless in body and mind. Like that moment of comfort when you feel your body drifting off to sleep, the warmth and safety cocooning you. There is no pain, no aches, no niggles, just perfection. Drifting, lying on a lilo in still tropical waters the water supports my body. Time stands still. My mind is still. It is just me. No one can find me here, no interruptions. Nothing. It all dissolves away around me, seeping into the water from my weightless body. I cannot tell if my eyes are open or closed, if I am asleep or awake, for it does not matter in this moment of perfection.

Letting it take me to a place I had never been, safe in the knowledge that my body and mind would look after me.

Floating, Escaping, Stillness, Restoring, Recharging, Revitalising, Resetting…

Third float hero!

Third float hero!

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...

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Lisa’s float story

Lisa’s float story

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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Second float hero!

Second float hero!

The second winning hero! We are holding a competition to recognise amazing local heroes, throughout the period that the float centre is closed. The potential heroes could be be NHS staff or they could be helping their community in many other ways at this difficult...

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Meet Sara

Meet Sara

Hi Sara, how did you come to be an artist? Having worked in the media and hospitality for many years, it wasn’t until 2000 after a back injury that art became my primary focus. Now as a Contemporary Artist I am lucky to have exhibited in London and Bristol as well as...

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First float hero!

First float hero!

We have a winning hero! We are proud to be holding a fortnightly competition to recognise amazing local heroes. These heroes might be NHS staff or doing other roles to help their community at this difficult time. The heroes have been nominated by someone who is...

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Anna’s float story

Anna’s float story

I can’t count how many times I have spoken to someone about floating… It’s easily a 3 digit number by now. Many people‘s responses to my limitless enthusiasm for floating are more like: ‘I would not survive in my head for an hour’, ‘Why would you want to be closed in...

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Float your hero!

Float your hero!

Find positivity in amongst chaos These are undoubtedly difficult times. Although the float centre is closed at the moment, we are still busy behind the scenes working on projects and new ideas. We wanted to do something special to recognise the amazing people out...

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Kate’s float story

Kate’s float story

What does floating mean to me? If I had to sum it up in a single word, it would be freedom. I could talk about all the usual stuff - peace and quiet and taking time for myself and relaxing and achieving a deeper meditation - which is all fantastic and well worth...

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Temporary Closure

Temporary Closure

Your health is our priority 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...

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Coronavirus: keep calm

Coronavirus: keep calm

Here is our statement about 'coronavirus' Take it seriously but keep calm There has been a lot of media coverage of the COVID-19 or 'coronavirus' lately, so we wanted to take this opportunity to let you know the facts about how we protect your health at Float in the...

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Meet Monique

Meet Monique

Who is Monique Oliver? I am a self-taught professional artist and qualified/experienced educator based in the Forest of Dean.What do you do? I discovered paint pouring 5 years ago after several years of ill-health. All of my work is poured directly onto canvas from...

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Jo’s float story

Jo’s float story

   My story starts by the day I visited Float in the Forest on their Open day.... As we entered the reception we were greeted by Shari who gave us such a warm welcome, we were taken through into the rest area where the magical moment started.  She then took us through...

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Writing competition!

Writing competition!

It's our first birthday! We are coming up to our first birthday, which is hard to believe. What an amazing year it has been - this weekend we will cross the 1600 floats mark! We are so grateful to all those who have floated with us, and we have loved being able to...

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Meet Lauren

Meet Lauren

Meet therapist Lauren Malone We'd like to introduce you to Lauren Malone.  Lauren is a hypnotherapist and coach.  She has been supporting people to make significant changes in their lives from Float in the Forest since July 2019.Master Practitioner Lauren has always...

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Meet Katy

Meet Katy

Meet therapist Katy Davies Introducing therapist Katy Davies, who has been providing awesome therapies at Float in the Forest since August 2019, so we thought it was about time to tell you a bit more about her! From sport to sport massageKaty...

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Meet Karen

Meet Karen

Meet therapist Karen Hopes Introducing Karen of Karen Hopes Aromatherapy, who makes the gorgeous moisturiser bars and melts we are now stocking in the float centre... As a child, Karen remembers soaking rose petals in water in jam jars to make ‘perfume’....

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Float stories – Angharad

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!

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!

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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Getting closer!

Getting closer!

Float in the Forest fit-out blog Fri 18th Jan 2019 Ventilation In our last fit-out blog, we mentioned that we were starting work on the ventilation system for the float centre. We've been having fun putting this system together - it's made progress, with...

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Float in the Forest fit-out blog Fri 4th Jan 2019Time for paintingWe hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Year break.Over the festive period our construction team took some well earned time off.  This meant we could get stuck into painting the float...

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Getting quieter

Getting quieter

Float in the Forest fit-out blog Fri 21st Dec 2018 Lots of progress Since our last blog lots has happened in the float centre fit out, and we have been so impressed with how hard the team are working. The first fix electrics are now done, and...

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Getting warmer

Getting warmer

Float in the Forest fit-out blog Fri 23rd Nov 2018 New ceilings in the float centre The basic building has very high ceilings, which would make it a hard space to heat. Your float centre is going to be a cosy and comfortable place, so we are...

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Christmas shopping

Christmas shopping

Dare we mention the 'C' word? Ok, so maybe it's still a bit early, but we're getting in the festive mood! We'll try not to overdo it for those of you who aren't ready yet. Getting festive It's possible that you're starting to think about...

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The walls are up!

The walls are up!

Float in the Forest fit-out blog Thurs 8th Nov 2018It's amazing how much can be achieved in under 2 weeks, when you've got the right team. Signage Before the fit-out began, we had our lovely signs created and installed, thanks to Pete at...

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What if I get claustrophobic?

What if I get claustrophobic?

"What if I get claustrophobic?" Concerns about getting claustrophobic are probably our most frequently asked question. Sometimes the question comes in different forms, for example: "How big is the pod?""Are you shut in it?""Are you locked in?""Will I be able to get...

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Can’t I just float in my bath at home?

Can’t I just float in my bath at home?

"Can't I just float in my bath at home?" When some people hear that floating involves Epsom salt, they wonder whether they can't just recreate the experience at home in their bath.   So we would like to ask you the following questions: ...

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How long does a float last?

How long does a float last?

"How long does a float last?" The length of a float can vary between different float centres.  But the most common in the UK is one hour, and that's how long a standard float is at Float in the Forest.  You may not be used to dedicating this...

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Take your own route to the flow state

Take your own route to the flow state

"Sick of being left holding the spare water bottle, puncture repair kit and warm post ride clothing?? Come and relax instead at Float in the Forest... The antithesis of a black ATB bike ride!"   These words came from a wise friend of mine, and they got me...

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We got the keys!

We got the keys!

Float in the Forest venue updateWe got the keys! Here is a sneak peek at what will become your floatation centre... Make sure you're signed up to our email list, to be kept updated on progress towards launch. We can't wait to host your float!...

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