I am always open to trying out different alternative healing methods. I work as a Massage Therapist, so I am constantly using my hands, arms and bodyweight to massage people. Although I receive weekly massages and practice daily yoga, tension still gets built up. Somehow or another, this led to me trying out a float tank.
The first time I had ever heard of this tank I was talking with my dentist (don’t worry his fingers weren’t in my mouth). It sounded like something different and the more he explained, the more intrigued I became. Later that evening I looked it up, watched and few videos and decided that I too, even though I can get claustrophobic, wanted to try the float tank.
In this tank you become weightless and float on top of the water because of tons of Epsom salt that is poured into the water making it super buoyant (and really unpleasant to taste). As you float, your senses begin to withdraw and you can feel pressures in your body beginning to release. Since it is quiet, you can hear the little snap, crackles and pops as your body self-adjusts.
The studio where I want to had a very relaxing atmosphere in the lobby. The gentleman from the front explained what I was to do fully, and then left me alone to float for 90 minutes. When I first got in the tank I closed my eyes and trying to calm my mind. Somehow or another I wound up floating and getting turned sideways and all of a sudden I could not straighten my legs! This triggered a little bit of claustrophobia but I opened my eyes, straightened myself out and gave it another whirl.
Finally As I lost my chattering brain to my breath, I beging floating not just physically, but mentally as well. I dropped into a deeply meditative state, of peace and relaxation. Being entirely surrounded by water in the dark you are able to truly experience your breath. You can hear it so much clearer as your ears are submerged under water. You feel it, not just within yourself but with the water to, every inhale and exhale you take the water moves with you. However, since it was my first time in the tank, I had a hard time staying in that state for very long.
The 90 minutes was over before I knew it, honestly it only felt as though about 60 had gone by. Although I did not stay relaxed the entire time my first float, I have a feeling that with each one it will keep getting better and better. I signed up to do a few more floats this month so I will update you wil how I feel and how my experience goes.