i tried FLOAT THERAPY and this is what i thought
If you’re thinking, “what the hell is float therapy?” you’re not alone.
So, before I went, I just thought we would be floating in a pool with some low key relaxing deep house playing in the background with warm water flowing around me.
SO relaxing, right?
The guy at the front desk was super nice and had us watch a quick video on the history of float therapy and the health benefits. The video went over the rules in the pod and what the experience was going to be.
I walked into the room, full of nerves and let the door shut behind me.
Honestly, the pod seemed more like a coffin…a coffin full of water. It kind of gave me the creeps.
I took a shower to clean myself off and stuffed my ears with the earplugs as our float guide had told us to do.
I’m good at following directions.
I got into the pod, closed the lid and let the darkness take me over.
Floating, otherwise known as sensory deprivation, emerges your body into a 800 lbs of Epsom salt, and 10 inches of water the same temperature as your skin, so you have no sensory input.
What are its benefits?
“Getting rid of all sensory input allows the ‘constantly-make-sure-you’re-not-dying’ part of your brain to chill out for a second, allowing the creative, relaxed part of your brain to come out and play. Without the constant pressure of analyzing the world around you, your body lowers its levels of cortisol, the main chemical component of stress.
Not having to fight gravity lets your muscles, joints, and bones take a well-deserved break. Your body suddenly has loads of extra resources (usually spent supporting your weight, regulating temperature, and trying not to get speeding tickets), which it gets to focus on things like healing and resting.
Without old-man gravity pushing you down all the time, chronic and acute pain is relieved, and your muscles get to fully rest. Unlike lying on a mattress, lying in water allows blood to flow freely all throughout your body. There’s no need to readjust your position to get comfortable. Research shows that about 40 minutes into your float your brain stops producing its normal Alpha and Beta waves and starts going deeper into a Theta and even Delta state.”
When I got into the water, it took me awhile to get COMFORTABLE.
I flailed my arms around to get them into JUST THE RIGHT position.
Finally, once I got into my position, I felt comfortable enough to shut the light off in the pod and immerse into the TOTAL RELAXATION state, I had heard so much about.
From the stories I read online and the video I had watched before I had entered, many people said it took them 10-15 minutes to get accumulated, but then were able to let go and RELAX.
This euphoric sensation never happened for me. My mind never shut off and I couldn’t fully LET GO.
I had a nice little nap, but my muscles never released and I was always fully conscious.
This is why I don’t meditate.
J, on the other hand, had a totally different experience than me and was finally able to let go. He described the effect as “startling” and a little “scary” at first, because he felt like he left his body for a little while there….
He went FULL Joe Rogan on me.
Although I left still feeling the same, I have a little curiosity to go back.
I MUST RELAX.
If you’re up to trying something a little unconventional to the traditional massage I would recommend this.
I would especially recommend if you are good at mediating.
If you are a fidgety mess like me, this might not be for you.
Have you ever tried Float Therapy?
What are some ways you relax?
~Thanks for having me~
As always, all opinions are my own.