Don’t rush to this appointment! This is not a meeting with a client or a visit to the salon! Take your time. Let yourself wander and relax before you arrive. Smell the wild bush of lavender on the walk from the train station, treat yourself to a caffeine free herbal tea, or even attend a yoga class beforehand. Anything to help you relax and release the stress of the world around you before you climb into that tank.
When I first heard about Sensory Deprivation tanks, I was instantly intrigued. I recall a time I spent hours reading and watching videos about people’s experiences, enticed by stories of self-reflection, relaxation and euphoria. Most people seek thrills, in this instance I was chasing a calm
I suffer from debilitating migraines, and chronic pain caused by injuries from a car accident. Those injuries left my neck, shoulder, spine, tailbone, and muscles in a constant fight for the most sympathy. I’m always on the lookout for activities and natural remedies that will provide some kind of relief from the overall pain, stiffness, and tension.
What is floating?, you might ask.
Well, in essence, it’s just floating in a small pool of salt water in complete darkness. It’s a fun form of sensory-deprivation.
When I first heard about floating, I was skeptical as to whether I’d enjoy 90 minutes of absolutely nothing to do. There is literally no stimuli at all; the tank secludes you into absolute darkness, the staff give you earplugs, and as you float your body gradually feels like it’s melting into the water. You are submerged into nothingness.