Floating is my new favorite addiction, which is crazy because it’s being used world wide to break addiction.
If I don’t get my monthly fix I. Go. Insane.
I’m sure you’ve seen the advertisements online, in magazines and maybe even on TV. Although flotation therapy has been around for more than six decades, it’s gained rapid popularity in recent years and for good reason – the benefits simply can’t be ignored.
Also known as sensory deprivation, is the hottest trend in health, addiction treatment, holistic approaches to self care and more.
But why, and was it?
REST (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy) takes place in a tank or “pod” filled with a shallow pool of 10″ – 12″ water and a ton of Epsom salt. It’s really like a thousand pounds but you get the idea. The water is heated to body temperature, and by turning off the light in the pod and putting in ear plugs, all of our senses are denied. We’re left to clear our mind, body and souls of the stresses of our daily lives. In addition to being an essential for athletes or anyone who lives that gym lifestyle, everyone can enjoy:
Mental benefits such as…
- Reduction in stress
- Relief for anxiety
- Easier meditation
- Assists in breaking addiction
and Physical benefits including…
- Pain relief
- Reduction in headaches
- Increased circulation
- Eases withdraw symptoms
- Better sleep
Do I have your attention yet?
What if I told you John Lennon credited flotation tanks for breaking his heroin addiction back in the 1970’s?
If that doesn’t pique your interest, a host of celebs and professional athletes sing it’s praises too. The top 10 list can be found here.
Inside the magical pod
The pod itself is about 6′ wide by 8′ long and could be overwhelming for someone who has issues with space.
For those of you who do have a touch of claustrophobia, you can still enjoy the wonders that is floatation therapy. While I do recommend complete deprivation, there’s a number of options that can make your 60 or 90 minutes more comfortable. This experience is 100% yours. Generally, ear plugs are provided and pods have audio and light settings to make your stay personalized, but listen to your body and float however you feel is best for you.
Ways to alter the levels of deprivation:
- Leave the lid open (yes, you can do that!)
- Do not use ear plugs
- Turn the light on inside the pod
- Let the relaxing music play
I did all of the above on my very first float – I had no idea what to expect and I was a little freaked to be honest. Read that full story here. I can tell you one thing, and it’s the first float is the hardest – they get better with every visit.
To float means to be happy, relaxed and stress free.
Look for a float center in your area and make your appointment today!
To peep the scientific business, and verify that I’m not a lunatic, go here.