I received this as a birthday present and little did I know how much I would love it. When I first looked it up and read you float in complete darkness alone with yourself, your thoughts, your anxiety, your mind. I was like hmm well that can either be amazing or completely stressful. “Floating” is spending an hour or more floating calmly in a 10” high Epsom salt water filled floor within a floatation tank or float room. The one I did was a float room which I think is better for people who are claustrophobic. You can also do it alone or as a couple. I love yoga, meditation and anything that promotes peacefulness and relaxation. My friend had me watch a youtube vlog about a man who was saying how clear his thoughts are when he goes into the tank and finally relaxes. I have to say it was very intriguing and I was excited about trying it out.
Showing up for my float, the owner was very informative and gave us a full tour. Everything was very professional; it looked a lot like a spa to me. When you first walk into the room, there are earplugs to the left on a shelf, and on the right, there was a robe, slippers, towels, neck pillow and washcloth. Taking another step forward there is a shower, and they require a five-minute shower to wash your hair and exfoliate your body. They provide the shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and soap. After showering you step into the water which has one thousand pounds of Epsom salt in it and you can feel your body start to float. It’s completely enclosed within a glass door. Once you close the door there are three controls on your right one turns on soft colored lights inside the tank so you aren’t in complete darkness, one dial for the volume if you would like to listen to meditation music and one large button for the light to make it completely dark inside the tank. They also have a plugin if you want to play your music. I thought about playing a guided meditation next time I float and one button to turn off the lights and make it completely dark. Now when I say dark I mean you can’t tell the difference between when your eyes are closed and open. You can hold your hand right in front of your face and not even see it. Hence the name Sensory Deprivation Therapy. Its desensitizes all your senses, and the water is the same temperature and your body, so you feel relaxed, so light and peaceful. Literally like you don’t know where your body stops and the water starts. I would highly recommend it to anyone, and if you’re nervous, I would suggest you start with the couples float.
Why should I float you may be asking yourself? Float Therapy is proven to help relieve depression and anxiety, deepen meditation practices, help with inflammation and arthritis, and strengthen the immune system. Plus honestly floating feels incredible, it’s a healing mind-body connection that is hard to describe. Try it out and please let me know about your experience also!