My intention for this year is to try as many new things as humanly possible. So, two weeks ago on a Monday night, I tried something totally new and different (for me), I tried “floating”. Floating is a new age therapeutic meditation or stress release technique or procedure that helps a person achieve sensory deprivation while floating in salt water in a dark tank or pod. The object of “floating” is to achieve complete sensory deprivation while becoming connected to ones self.
You can attempt active or passive floating depending on what you wish to achieve. If one wants to achieve relaxation, one would simply be passive and float and attempt to clear the mind. Active floating is different whereby one can perform different techniques. A person may perform meditation, mantras, self-hypnosis, or make use of educational programs to help achieve a certain state of awareness. Active floating allows the body to be in complete relaxation, thus, allowing the mind to become highly suggestible while taking in information into the sub-conscious and retaining it. This relaxed state can help in the healing process for many conditions such as stress, anxiety, pain, swelling, insomnia and jet lag.
A sensory deprivation pod/tank is about the size of an oversized bathtub or jacuzzi which closes and seals out sound and light. The tank is filled with water and uses epsom salt and magnesium sulfate in high concentration so that you achieve a complete weightlessness or “floating” sensation while in the tank. It is supposed to mimick the dead sea. There is roughly 1200 pounds of epsom salt in the tank, thus, creating such density that the entire body is floating with ease while keeping the head buoyant so not to drown.
Another benefit one gets from the tank/pod occurs because high concentration of magnesium helps enhance the therapy. Magnesium is absorbed through the skin due to natural molecular diffusion and plays a major role in correcting magnesium deficiencies in the body. Typically, magnesium is absorbed from the diet but in many areas of the world, over-cropping and other processes depletes necessary content of magnesium in our foods. The body naturally balances the levels of magnesium so there is no overload effect caused by the “floating”.
After trying “floating” I can honestly say I’ve already booked my next 5 sessions in advance. I plan to do this once a month for as long as I possibly can. I achieved such a state of awareness and connectedness with myself that I can’t even describe. I was able to hear myself, my true inner voice, calling me and guiding me. I was able to make definitive decisions that I wasn’t able to make prior to my session. I gained a confidence about myself after my session and I can’t even explain why, other than, it really helped me get inside my head and tell myself things that I already knew, but, avoided. “Floating” has definitely helped me open my mind and soul and I am looking forward to my next float session to uncover even more greatness trapped within myself.
“When I first tried a sensory deprivation tank, people thought I had lost my mind. In fact, I had found it.” ~ Ryan Lilly