Sensory Deprivation Therapy
So, what is this Floating?
Well, floating is just what you’d imagine it to be. It involves climbing into a super futuristic looking tank of water that quite resembles EVA from that adorable Disney movie ‘Wall-E.’ “Eeeevaaaa”…..awww!
Now, this isn’t just any ordinary water. The water found in these tanks is fortified with Magnesium (Epsom salt) to make the water super saturated. The team at Float Station pour over a thousand pounds of Epsom salt into their tanks, which in turn, creates a zero gravity type experience. Click here to read about the many health benefits of Epsom salt baths.
*Side Note* – This is not cheap, and requires a credit card on file that they charge upwards of $1000 if you become TOO RELAXED.
At the very core, the purpose of floating is to lessen external stimulus and return your body to a natural restorative state. Floating and its therapeutic benefits have been likened to that of Yoga and Meditation, which is what initially sparked my curiosity.
Well, that and the supposed perk of a 60-minute float that simulates a 2-week vacation! You have to admit, that sounds pretty sweet.
This post is a hybrid Blog/Vlog so if you haven’t already, give the video a watch to hear about the benefits from the owner of Float Station.
As I climbed into the water, I very distinctly remember uttering “baby…” in an undertone; at body temperature, this water felt NICE.
Keep in mind that floating in any sense of the word, to me, is foreign. If you put me in water, I sink to the bottom like a rock with another rock tied to it. So, this feeling of effortlessly floating in itself was notably relaxing.
Within a few minutes, the music and soft blue light which illuminated the tank began to fade. The first thing I took note of was my acute ability to hear my heartbeat, which is quite calming. I then remember turning my attention to my breath, and that’s all folks!
*Side Note* – I took a power nap earlier in the day, so I wouldn’t go into this experience drowsy.
After what could have been 10 min or 10 days I remember being aroused by music, blue light, and soft water jet propulsion on my feet. I laid there for a few more minutes, unmoving, trying to figure out if I had fallen asleep or had just experienced Samadhi.
For a number of days my headspace felt very clear, my body re-energized and light, and my mood cheery. I can totally see (and feel) why the act of floating has been likened to returning home after a long vacation.
If you are a yoga practitioner with a regular meditation practice, chances are you’re already fortifying your minds and bodies with said benefits of floatation.
However, I’m a huge proponent of trying new things, and I view Float therapy as a viable alternative for calming the mind and relieving stress, particularly for those not keen on the traditional methods of mindfulness.
Overall, it was a beautiful experience that I recommend and will do again!
Lastly, if you’d like to browse scientific research about flotation therapy. click here
So what do you think? Is this something you would try? Do you have any specific questions in regards to my experience? I’d love to hear from you and answer any questions you might have.
Disclaimer: I received no compensation or complimentary service from Float Station for this blog post.