Since middle 2016 I wanted to try the floating therapy or the deprivation tank. The idea of having a space, a moment to disconnect from the “real” world and just relax was tempting. It took almost 6 months to go through this experience and now I could say, why I haven’t done it before!
I chose to do my first session at The Art of Healing in Greenwood, Indiana, where I live. Something I recommend, since after the session you feel so light, so relaxed that it is impossible to imagine driving for more than 20 minutes is not nice, right?
And why you relax?
This kind of tank is filled with water with the temperature as the floater’s body. It also has high amounts of Epsom salt, which allows the body to float at the water’s surface. The act of floating generates a peaceful and relaxed feeling. Basically, floating helps lower cortisol levels and calm the nervous system, thus this therapy balance your immune and hormonal systems. Like as described in their website, “floating is part therapy, part meditation, part transcendence, and all relaxation”.
Besides the relaxation, floating therapy can:
Improve health and well-being
Normalize blood pressure levels
Help speed up the healing process
Relief of physical pain, mental stress & anxiety
Recovery from addictions
Help sleep better
Enhance problem-solving capacity
Help athletic performance
Restore a normal breathing rate
Normalize digestive functions
Wow!! Isn’t it amazing?
The sessions vary to 60 to 90 minutes. First, you take a shower to eliminate the oils from your skin. Then after you put the ear plugs to protect your ears from the water and salt and you can use the floating pillow (which I recommend).
You can close the tank or leave it open. I preferred to leave it open because I am claustrophobic. Also, you can choose to have the lights on or off. The lights (red, green, blue, white, purple and pink) are really relaxing, I loved them! Like the music, soft and calm. I meditated and did some breathing techniques until I completely fall asleep, in a kind of “tripping” way.
After, the session you take a shower and leave home like an angel! ;)
PS.: Be prepare to go home and sleep or at least do some light activities. Namaste!