Getting the Most Out of Floating
No matter what your reasons for deciding to experience float or sensory deprivation therapy, you have likely heard plenty about it. However, what your research may not have explained is how to get the most out of your first and every float therapy session. Here you will find out what you can do so that you can achieve the stress relief and other benefits that you are hoping to experience.
In order to get the most out of your session, you need to understand exactly what it is. Float therapy, which is often referred to as sensory deprivation, is simply you floating in a tank or chamber with 12 inches of water in it. The tank also has around 1,000 pounds of Epsom salts dissolved in it as well, which works to keep your body floating throughout the experience. No matter what your weight or height, you will not sink into the water, but will instead float on it. Your head will be submerged up to around the temple area, making it easy for you to breathe throughout the experience.
The floating tank is free of light and sound, which is where the sensory deprivation comes into play. You won’t hear or see anything during your experience, other than your own breathing and heartbeat. This lack of external stimuli gives your brain and body the chance to take a break from the constant barrage of information that it receives throughout the day so you can fully relax and rejuvenate.
If you know anyone who floats, or you’ve done any research, you may already have thoughts in your mind about how the experience will be. The best way to get the most out of your float session is to forget everything you’ve been told about it. Floating offers a unique experience for each person who takes part – providing you let it do so. If you go into your session expecting to feel or experience specific feelings or experiences, you may limit the potential of what you can achieve.
Float therapy offers a way for you to reconnect with yourself while allowing for complete relaxation. Some users enter a meditative state, while others remain totally aware. Every person has their own experiences while floating, and focusing on what others say occurred will not allow you to experience your own – or even relax completely as you will be so caught up in trying to guide your time in the tank that you never fully enjoy it.
Conquer Your Own Fears
If you suffer from anxiety or even claustrophobia, you may think that float therapy is not for you. While you will be in a chamber, the lack of sound and light creates an effect similar to that which occurs when you close your eyes. Even those who are claustrophobic can close their eyes and deal with the seemingly endless span of black that surrounds them without feeling closed in or anxious. The same thing occurs in the float tank. Since you are unable to see where the chamber begins and ends, you can allow your mind to let go of its focus on what is around you. Once this occurs, even those who suffer from claustrophobia can experience all of the benefits of float therapy.
Those who suffer from anxiety will also discover that the lack of noise and stimuli actually helps to calm them, rather than adding further agitation. Additionally, you can end the experience at any time, without having to wait on someone else to help you.
Understanding how to approach your first sensory deprivation experience will help you discover what it can truly do for you. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.