Yes, you read that correct. Floating. It is sensory deprivation and it is amazing. To some people it seems scary, and for them it is! If you are claustrophobic or have a mental condition it can be a little scary, or even to people who are just like me and are unconvinced that you can shut your mind off and not have weird or uncontrollable train of thoughts. Not to worry though, there are ways that you can overcome this. Mediation is one; there are so many ways that work but the one that I find helps a lot, from my experience is the “body check” method.
- Take 10 very, deep breaths to relax your mind and body
- Now start with your head and check mentally if you are fully relaxing
- Continue down your body; check, roll your neck and make sure you are relaxing
- (Stop thinking so much about it and just do it)
- continue down your body till you get to your toes or until you are completely limp and relaxed.
Like I had said, this is a way that relaxes so many people and myself. I work at a floatation centre so this isn’t just coming out of my ass.
There are so many different environments in which you can float. I need to go again so my hair keeps getting healthier as well as my nails and skin. I haven’t been in weeks and considering I work at one and get them free it is ridiculous.
Back to the environment though, you can float in a pod, cabin, tank, open float centres (there is one in Toronto) and some places even have open bath-tub look-a-likes. For those concerned about being claustrophobic and nervous than the pod/ cabin like ones will be it for you! There are pods that are the size of a full/double bed, so you will have a lot of room to feel comfortable (just don’t move around too much as the water is the temperature of your skin so if you move a lot than the water will start to feel colder as your skin heats up and the minerals gets either absorbed into the skin or the water cascading over your body).
What does it do for you?
The epsom salt is a pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate, it reduces inflammation, helps muscles and the nervous system, clears the skin and helps with abrasions, flush toxins, absorb minerals (magnesium from the salt), and so many more ways to help your body. When floating you help your brain and mind expand to think, imagine and create which then the brain emits dopamine and endorphins which helps with the mental state of one person; addiction to drugs and alcohol and depression.
How long do you float for?
You are in control of your experience, however long you want to be in there is up to you. Usually most centres will have a 60 and 90 minute float options. There is a mix between the two, but really you control the float. If you find that you are getting bored or anxious you can always get out (if it is a closed pod than you could open the door so it is not as intimidating).
How many times should I do it?
We, the staff of float centres, recommend about 2-3 times a month with at most 14 days in between. If you can do it every week then that is awesome! Like I mentioned earlier I have not floated in a while, since I was sick about 2-3 weeks ago and I can tell that I was doing better when I was floating compared to now which is pretty amusing since I was as sick as a dog when I was floating weeks ago.
When is the best time to do it?
Whenever you want! I find that I float best at night or after a REALLY stressful day/week. It really depends what you feel is right.
I really hope you all try and find the time to at least just try floating to see how you like it, how you slept that night and for the next 2-3 nights. As well as what else you feel.
Oh and warning to those have kidney problems; please, please, please see a doctor before you try floating as an increase or decrease of magnesium can affect you.