Adventures Outside my Comfort Zone- Float Therapy
I've always been curious about those float pod thingys. But I have a pretty strong aversion to tight spaces and darkness, so it's something I was a bit apprehensive about. I'm always telling all of you to be brave, so I decided to try it out! I went to The Art of Healing in Greenwood, Indiana. I'm going to tell you all about my experience in case you'd like to try it out!
Note: I'm not being paid to write this, didn't get a discount, just wanted to share what I thought!
When I called to schedule, she asked me how long I wanted to float. She said first timers usually go for 30 minutes or an hour, I decided to go for an hour. Go big or go home! I showered off and put in ear plugs to keep the salt water out of my ear canal. I stepped into the water and felt a sting on my leg and hand and realized I had a couple of small cuts, so I rinsed them off and put petroleum jelly on them that they had there and got back in. I don't recommend going if you have any big cuts!
The float tank has 10 inches of salt water. The water and air temperature is about your body temperature, so it pretty much feels like zero gravity once you get adjusted. There was a button to turn the music on or off, and a button to turn the lights on and off. I closed the door and left the lights in the water on at first and the music on. After a couple of minutes I decided to get brave and turn the lights off. I kept my hand right by the light button for a couple of minutes in case I panicked, but I actually didn't feel afraid at all. I turned off the music and did what I thought I was supposed to do in there- laid still and tried to be as relaxed as possible. That lasted for about two minutes. Then I discovered how fun moving in the water was.
I spent most of the rest of the time playing, I swished my hair from side to side. I moved my arms up and down, rolled from side to side, did log rolls all the way around. I found if I curled up in a fetal position i could swirl myself around 360 degrees. I'd gently push myself off one side of the tub and over to the other side. I'd put my head all the way to the speaker to feel like the music was being piped directly into my brain,. I loved the feeling of stretching and turning without resistance. My back, which causes me trouble, felt fluid and free. I liked having the music on because I liked moving around to it, when it was off I felt like my brain was trying too hard to hear something that wasn't there.
For probably about the last ten minutes-maybe? I had no concept of time in there. I calmed down and did relax and definitely felt like I went into a deeply relaxed state. It was weird seeing the same thing with my eyes open as with them closed. I just floated and let my mind wander. At the end I was getting a little hot so I opened up the door, and I liked the new sensation of the cooler air against my body in the warm water.
So, I think I did it wrong. But I'm ok with that. And I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Maybe next time I'll spend more time relaxing and less time playing, maybe not. But there definitely will be a next time!
Do I look relaxed and energized? I feel relaxed and energized.