Last week was a heavy one. Not in a disastrous kind of way, but just in a demanding one, and I knew I needed some relief. I’ve always been guilty of holding on to things that I should have given to the wind a long time ago. From time to time, it;s a struggle to appropriately manage my stress. Often, I would conceal it, which does more harm than good. I needed to let all of it go and just float off somewhere.

And I did — I tried Floatation Therapy.

It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” – Lena Horne

Floatation/Flotation therapy has it’s advantages — which I knew my mental and physical would definitely benefit from. It is suggested that floatation therapy can reduce stress, relieve anxiety, aid in pain management and relief, promote relaxation, increase circulation, improve sleep patterns, etc. You can read more about the benefits over at Wellness Mama and the Huffington Post.

I scheduled a same-day appointment with Fleauxt, which was convenient for me. (Look at God!) I took a shower and shampooed my hair before entering the tub. It was filled with warm water and about 850 lbs of epsom salt. I stepped in not knowing what to expect exactly. I just knew I needed some relief for all the stress the week had caused.

I turned the lights off and just allowed my body to embrace it’s buoyancy. I was floating, just like I so desperately needed to do.

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It was quiet. There was nothing to hear but my thoughts and my heartbeat. I heard my heartbeat. My Heart. Beat. My purpose. I heard how my life continued to go on. I felt the stress subside. I felt the weight being lifted off my shoulders. I became lighter and lighter as time passed. I kept a mental note on how long I had been floating. Then I lost track of it.

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My thoughts shifted. I automatically thought of all of the things that happened this week that made me happy. That made me feel good. My body wanted to cry from the happy thoughts, but I just couldn’t. I literally couldn’t. I was frozen. Stuck in this state only to dwell on the good. For a whole hour.

And then the lights came on.

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I was startled for a second because I had forgotten where I was. I had forgotten I was laying in a tub of water in a confinded space. But while my eyes were closed, that space felt so vast.

I struggled to catch my balance after exiting the tub to take my final shower. I felt like I had overdosed on a myriad of all the pain medication I’ve had to take over the course of my life. I felt so light. So airy. Blissful. I was in a complete state of euphoric bliss.

I was allowed as much time as I needed to sit in the chill area and just relax and reflect on my float experience. I sat at the table to add a few thoughts to the client journal. I don’t even remember what I wrote. My mind was still in the vast space.

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I was lucid enough to drive home. I made it to my bed and just laid there for a moment trying to hold on to every piece of the vast space that I had experienced. I still felt weightless. Lifted. I reflected on how amazing it felt to be granted with the liberty to turn off my mind and my thoughts and just be. It was freeing. Mental freedom is dope.

If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” — Amit Ray, Om Chanting and Meditation

How often do we try to hold on to things? Especially those things that we know are so cumbersome and detrimental to our overall well-being? How often do we waste so much time worrying about tomorrow, and when tomorrow arrives, and everything is fine?

For me, too often.

Consequently, I made a promise to myself to invest more into self-care techniques to prevent mental strains and to eliminate as much self-inflicted stress and anxiety as effectively as I can. And truthfully, floatation therapy gave me a good start.

 

 
If you are interested in partaking in your first Floatation Therapy experience, keep a few things in mind:

    You will not drown. It is impossible to drown they way you think you could. It is really hard to even position yourself to turn over or to go underneath the water. You will be just fine. You will probably be provided with a flotation device like a noodle. But after a few minutes, you won’t need it.
    Remember to shower before and after your therapy session. I was instructed to shower and to shampoo my hair with specified products before entering. After the therapy session, I was allowed to shower, shampoo, and condition. And if you’re natural like me, you’re going to need it and your hair will thank you for it.
    Bring water and Vaseline. Your therapy center may provide water, but if they don’t, make sure you have a small bottle on standby along with chapstick or vaseline of some kind. You’ll need it.
    Be careful getting out of the shower. I’m guessing that since I was “defying gravity” for so long, it took a little time to get adjusted once I got out of the tub.
    RELAX. Let Go. In order for you to truly experience how great and beneficial floatation therapy is, you will have to relax. Don’t worry about drowning. Don’t worry about water getting in your ears. (You will most likely be given ear plugs.) Just relax.

 

 

Have you ever tried floatation therapy? Do you feel that it is a stress management technique that you would try? Let me know in the comments.

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6 Comments
  1. Cece

    August 10, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    My husband did it a few years ago and enjoyed it but I can’t swim so I always thought it wouldn’t be a good idea for me. Nice to know I wouldn’t drown! Maybe I’ll consider giving it a try. It does sound nice.
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  2. Rae

    August 10, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    Yes, try it. I was a little apprehensive at first because I’m not the best swimmer, but I got over it. It’ll have to be a freak accident for you to drown. LOL!

  3. Bre

    August 11, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    OMG I went a couple of months ago and have not stopped thinking about it since. The place I went to has a package with an hour float and hour massage, so it was extra relaxing. My hour float flew by. All I remember was thinking I was a fish floating down a river but I probably never moved an inch. And then they were telling me my hour was up but it felt like 10 minutes passed. I gotta book another session.
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    1. Rae

      August 11, 2016 at 7:57 pm

      I’m hoping that the place I go to offers massages eventually. Right now, they just do the salt therapy and floatation therapy. I can only imagine how awesome it would feel to couple a float session with a massage session as well. Stress? What is stress? LOL!

  4. Law_Fal

    August 12, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    Ive never heard of this, but the way my lack of knowing how to swim is set up. Which I’m taking lessons this Fall…. Where exactly does your head go, or are you literally just head and body in the water floating?
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    1. Rae

      August 12, 2016 at 9:50 pm

      LOL!! You will be just fine if you don’t know how to swim. You will float because of all the salt that’s in the water. You won’t have to make yourself float on your back, the water will do it for you. If you ever try it, you will most likely get ear plugs and that’s the farthest the water goes. But if you’re still uneasy about it, they may have a pool noodle for you.

      By the way, I’m glad you’re taking lessons. I took lessons last year and I think I’m going to take another class that’s a bit more advanced.

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