The Art of Floating: Part I

Today was my first float experience! My boyfriend, Dave told me about me a few times and I didn’t give much thought to it. A couple months later, he brought it up again and showed me the website and told me about it more in depth. I still couldn’t imagine what it would feel like; I was skeptical. Alas, I lost all my apprehension the moment I stepped inside! The feeling of pure weightlessness combined with absolute silence in perfect water temperature was transcending. My mind drifted and while I lost my sensory stimuli, I lost my mental clamor. It was amazing and profound, deeply relaxing and satisfying. After, you can have delicious tea in a decadent room with couches, chairs and books that feels like a cozy living room Anyone who needs a break from reality, life and stress should highly considering the art of floating! 

That was my review on the “Art of Floating” facebook page. There’s much more I can say about it, but it’s actually really hard to describe what you feel when you are enclosed in a tank filled with shallow water and about 1,000 lbs. of epsom salt! So, instead, I’ll just write about my personal experience.

When I first got in, closed the door and lied down I actually laughed out loud because the feeling was unreal; I couldn’t believe I was actually weightless in this water! (I can’t even float in a swimming pool or tub, so the feeling had that extra kick to it!) Anyway, so on my back, I couldn’t get my head settled at first, naturally thinking that I couldn’t totally relax, but then when I realized I wasn’t going to sink in any way, I let go. That’s when the fun started.

Streams of consciousness came flooding in. (I’ll save them for another post) Then I drifted in and out of sleep while beginning to go into a dream, but that left me with a disorienting feeling. Just before that, though, I felt like I was just in nothing; no thoughts, no feelings, nada. It was beautiful. There’s really no words to describe it. Maybe in my stream of consciousness thoughts some truth will be revealed.

Over all, it’s something I highly recommend people try out. It’s so worth your time and money! The facility where I went had tea afterward, where you could just go in a cozy and elegant room and chill out while talking about your experience and looking at cool books on the adjacent shelf. That helps with the overall therapeutic feeling. You need that time to come back down to earth, and it does take a while! I actually had a hard time getting out of the tank because my muscles were that relaxed, and I stumbled a little upon exiting, but after that I just kept thinking of what an incredible time it was. You get an hour and it feels like 10. I can’t wait until my next floating experience!

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