Recently I’ve been focusing a lot on my relationship with myself. Maybe it’s just summer in the air, motivating me to step outside my comfort zone and try new things? But boy, let me tell ya, I love the feeling of finding new ways to love myself and take care of my busy mind.
When my friend Parker Morris started 5B Floatation about a year ago I had to give it a try. I did it a couple of times but then got caught up in life and never ended up going in consistently. Since then, I have begun practicing daily mediation (check out my blog post on how guided meditation has changed my life!).
Meditation has been such a huge success in my life, having benefits I could have never anticipated. Since sensory deprivation tanks are sort of the ultimate meditation vessels, it seemed like my new found mind-medicine would pair nicely with a good float.
Floating is a very spa like experience. At 5B floatation, you’re walked through the steps of getting in and out of the tank (rinse off in the shower, enter the tank, shower off with soap after your float). After that you’re left alone in a small, warm, soft room. Essential oils are added to the epsom salt water further relaxing you. Calm music eases you in and out of your float. It’s really a lovely experience.
Once in the tank you are greeted by darkness. It is quiet, still and completely black. Your body’s weight is naturally held up by the epsom salt in the water (a very cool feeling), taking all strain off your muscles and joints. The water has so many benefits for your skin and body and you can feel it after you leave the tank. I went into my float extremely sore from working out and left totally relaxed, no longer sore at all.
At first while floating it was hard for me to relax. There’s something about the tank that encourages your mind to wander. Hallucinate even. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. It can be a little uncomfortable at first, being so alone with your mind dancing around in your head. I found that integrating my daily meditation into the float allowed me to deeply relax and settle in.
I started with counting my breath, one to ten then over again. After that I visualized my body filling up with warm, healing sunlight from head to toe, melting any tension away. Using these tools made me get lost in my float. It was over before I knew it and while the hour long session felt like 10 minutes, I left feeling like I had a hot bath and slept for 12 hours straight.
My soreness was gone, skin glowing, each breath I took even felt deeper. It was like magic.
Not only does floatation allow me to feel a deeper connection with myself and enhance my meditations, it’s a very spa like experience that has so many benefits for your body and health. Floating is recommended for athletes, pregnant women, the injured, the elderly, literally anyone.
I plan on regularly floating from here on out. It is worth every penny, considering the mental and physical benefits. Floatation spas are becoming more common all the time. If you live in Sun Valley, ID I highly recommend checking out 5B Floatation. Anyone who lives elsewhere should be able to find a local float spa near them, especially in the city.
Thank you for reading!