Have you ever felt like your daily stresses are actually weighing you down? What if I told you that there is a therapy out there that can and will dissolve your stress so deeply that you feel like a brand new person afterwards? Well, it exists, and it is called Sensory Deprivation Therapy. Sounds kind of scary, but it is an incredibly valuable and relaxing experience.
So, what is it exactly? Sensory Deprivation is designed to reset the mind and body in a zero-sensory environment. No sound, no light, no physical stimulation. Just pure, unadulterated consciousness.
Float tanks are chambers that are filled with around 800 pounds of epsom salts and water the same temperature as your resting body rate. The epsom salts' purpose is to make your body completely buoyant. The temperature is a very important aspect, for the goal is to lose the sensation of having a physical body so that you can delve into your essence, or pure consciousness. It can be a jarring experience at first, but once you can relax it is a beautifully harmonizing place to be.
I recently traveled to Colorado and gratified my curiosity with a float session. I was hoping to have an experience where I could be fully supported by water and to provide space to dissolve into my being. After I settled into my float, I started to realize just how much tension I hold in my spine, especially my neck! With some mindful breathing and conscious corrections I started to trust the water and to let go and feel that deep, chronic tension melt away. I cannot express the deep sense of relief this brought to me. Now that my body was totally at peace, I could start to work on my mind. A lot of re-programming of the consciousness can occur in the tank. Whether that is to just silence the inner chatter or to go down to the root of some of your core issues. I was so deeply relaxed and I even drifted out of my body a few times. Each time I came back I had a deeper sense of oneness and calm.
Upon exiting the tank after 90 minutes I felt like a brand new baby! My mind was crystal clear and receptive and my body felt like it had been resting for years. What an incredible feeling.
We don't realize how much sensory stimulation is thrown in our faces every day. To be in an an environment where there is nothing but your own mind can be scary, but it can also provide us with the healing that we cannot acquire anywhere else. I found floating to be just the reset that I needed.
Floats are known to help :
- Stress relief
- Muscular pain
- Chronic pain
- High blood pressure
- Migraine headache
- Jet lag
- Back pain
- Pre-menstrual tension
- Post-natal depression
Lexington now has several float tanks at Source on High! Go try it out for yourself and see if you benefit the way I did.
Arielle Ferrell, LMT