Alright, so that title seems weird but I had no idea what else to call it.
So an acquaintance of mine, has owned a Float studio for a few years now & has bugged me over the years to stop by and give it a try. So finally I did.
Normally I would just de-stress with some yoga or exercise or something like that, but I have had so many talks with him about it that I was like I might as well try it. Plus, I wanted to see if it could help reduce some of the pains i’ve been having (thanks to sitting on the couch for most of the day), even see if it could help me with my stress & anxiety.
What is Floating:
Flotation therapy is simply floating in a tank designed to remove excess stimuli, which in turn helps the body reach a restorative state. The tank itself is filled with highly saturated Epsom salt water that makes the physical body completely and effortlessly buoyant. Floating sessions can last 30, 60 or 90 minutes and are conducted in body-temperature water in a personal tank in which no light or sound can enter, creating a warm, serene, and relaxing environment for mind and body. Float tanks are also known as isolation tanks or sensory deprivation tanks.
I found a whole lot of benefits of floating, so here are a few that have been consistently mentioned. Also, i’m sure the more you float the more you’ll notice changes or improvements.
Here are some benefits to floating:
- Relieves pain
- Boosts immune function
- Enhances mental clarity
- Improves sleep
- Alleviates stress
- Reduces depression and anxiety
- Speeds up rehabilitation and recovery
- Improves circulation
My Float Session:
So I had an appointment for a 60 minute float. Once I rinsed off, put in some ear plugs & got settled it actually felt great, I felt so relaxed right away & the salt water really makes you feel weightless. I unfortunately didn’t realize I had a cut or two until I got into the water & my goodness, did those things sting! But overall it felt great, the tension I was holding seemed to relax and even disappear. Unfortunately I think it was 30 minutes in maybe 40, it’s so hard to tell in those tanks. I started to feel super restless, very bored, then it didn’t help that I got some water in my eye which was so not fun. So after getting the water out, I tried my best to lay back down & get back to relaxing but then I started to feel super warm & just nauseous, so it as time to call it quits. So after shower off the salt & getting the what felt like 1000 pounds of water out of my hair, it was time to head home. I was a little embarrassed I didn’t last the whole 60 minutes but I like to think I got close, thankfully they weren’t offended if you leave early, they really do encourage that you last as long as you can, but if you can’t last that’s okay too. Apparently it takes a few times to get used to & all that. Thankfully as I was pulling out my wallet I found out they comped it for me, which i hate to say was a total relief because there is nothing worse than paying for something & not lasting the whole time or not enjoying it, but it’s also me & I felt horrible that he comped it.
Am I glad I tried it? Yes, at the end of the day, i’m glad I tried it & got to see what it was all about.
Would I try it again? Probably not, it just wasn’t for me & I didn’t notice a difference other than my ear has been sore since but hopefully that goes away soon!
Have you tried float therapy or floating?
Have you tried anything crazy to help reduce your anxiety or stress?