Sensory Deprivation Tank- Float Therapy
When I first heard of the "tank", I was at work and me and the girls were making small talk on meditation practices, anxiety, pain..and then the topic of a float tank came up as my friend had been a couple times. The day she told me about it, was the day I signed up to try it out!
What is a sensory deprivation tank? Kayla, also, why do you always tend to talk about the oddest things? Well, hear me out on this one. This will change your life! It changed mine.
Float therapy is a powerful tool for wellness, relaxation, pain relief and better sleep. Oh boy do I remember my first sleep after a float.. I slept like a baby! Float therapy offers relief and benefits which are cumulative—they build on themselves with each subsequent session. This is extremely true. Even though I felt amazing after my first float, second, third and fourth..pain was subsiding in different areas of my body, and I also came more accustom to laying still for an hour.
All tank therapy places are different in some way depending on who you are going through. I went to a place here in Columbus Ohio that is called "True Rest Float Spa".
There is a huge pod like tank that is in a room. There are about 10 rooms or so at this location. Each session lasts an hour. When you are in the room, it's warm, steamy and you can almost taste the salt in the air. There is also a huge overhead shower. You will need to shower before and after your session.
After you shower, you get in! Oh, did I mention that you are completely naked? You are able to leave the pod door open, ajar or closed. I highly, highly recommend that you close the pod door all the way for the full benefits. Listen, the point is sensory deprivation! What this means is that the water temperature is your body temperature. They will specially set the temperature of the water to the average normal temp of a human being. This is because while you are in the tank, the lights are off, you are floating, and you will not even be able to feel the water. You also have the choice of putting in ear plugs to drown out any slight sounds. You are completely deprived from your senses.
When I float, I meditate. I love the feeling of my salted body laying there and not being able to tell what time it is. Some floats feel like a life time, and others feel like a split second. The hour depends on you, your mood and your overall comfortability in the tank. You know me, I love ME TIME! Thoughts do race in my mind, but that's perfectly normal. With practice, even at home, you will be able to control your thoughts in a way that is less distracting. However, thoughts are also a way of your mind communicating with you. Listen to it.
Not only is the tank a great tool to get accustom with your meditative practices and body, the salt is extremely healthy for our skin, hair and nails! Magnesium (commonly missing from our diets) is absorbed through the skin, while Sulfate eliminates toxins and heavy metals, naturally detoxing the body. When I leave the tank, I feel like I exfoliated every inch of myself!
The next best part of floating is going into the oasis room. This is where you get to sit down in a room with fruit infused waters, hot herbal tea and an oxygen bar. Provided is a public journal where you are able to write down your experience and keep it anonymous if you wanted. I just love reading through that journal and reading about other peoples experiences.
I just had my 6th float, and I can't wait to float every chance I get.
If you would like more information, visit True Rest.