If you’ve ever wished you could slip into a Calgon moment and have your cares melt away you might consider flotation therapy. Floating, or sensory deprivation, is an old idea with a new name. It’s really more like alone time. 40 million people in United States alone, have some kind of anxiety disorder. And, in this hectic, fast-paced world couldn’t you use a little time to slow down?

I recently had a birthday and I really don’t like “stuff” for the sake of having stuff, because I’d rather have an experience than more stuff. Someone who knows me very well gave me a float as a gift.

What is floating?

Floating is slipping into a capsule or pod. Let’s set the atmosphere. The individual choice is relaxing to soothing meditation or complete silence. The pod is something you might picture in a science fiction movie. It contains 300 gallons of water and 1100 pounds of medical grade Epsom salt which makes the buoyancy possible i.e. you float. Complete darkness allows your senses to turn off and your body gains the ability to relax. The water is kept at a constant 98 degrees and you can shut out the world.

When I stretch my arms overhead and point my toes both my fingertips and the tips of my toes can barely touch the pod. With my arms out to the side, I can bend the last knuckle of my middle finger and touch both sides. It smells like being at the ocean. With 1100 pounds of salt in the water, it tastes yucky.

Why float?

Floating is good for people who are high-stress and highly-anxious. It is good self-care. It is scientifically proven to improve the following conditions:

  • Tames tension headaches/migraines
  • Improves sleep
  • Speeds muscle recovery
  • Promotes relaxation
  • Speeds meditation
  • Increases circulation
  • Reduces blood pressure

If migraines plague your life it might be worth a try to shut out the world. I don’t get migraines very often, but the ones I get require a dark place and to shut out all noise.

We can all use better quality sleep.

Athletes who float report reduction in pain and reduction in lactic acid and they are back to favorite activities sooner.

If meditation seems like too much work a float may take all the work out of it for you. Just relax and enjoy the experience.

Lower extremities get a massage and blood flow is increased.

Lowering your blood pressure can pay off in significant reductions in your risk of strokes and heart attacks, regardless of your age.

My floating experience

I had a positive experience. It was fun and relaxing. I left my phone off for several hours after leaving the spa. Every alternative therapy seems to have its share of skeptics. It isn’t groundbreaking alternative therapy and it isn’t for hippies looking for a drug-free experience. The endorphins and relaxation were similar to the feeling after an intense workout.

It’s not as new as you might think either. John Lilly began experimenting with sensory deprivation in the1970s.

Is floating something you would try? Share your thoughts in the comments.