This is the second article in a three part series aimed at teaching you how to improve your floatation practice. Each article contains one simple tip that you can put into action today, providing you with benefits both now and in the future
My name is Ben, and I have dubbed myself as a ‘Float Guide’. I work at Float Life on the Gold Coast and float semi-frequently. A little under a week ago I found my self preparing for a float as usual, only this time I was feeling a little sick. Nose and ears feeling more blocked than Brisbane traffic at 5pm. Sharp pains surging from the inside of my head and I wondered “Is this really a good idea?”. With floating in a sensory deprivation tank proven to help with nearly everything which ails you, I set sail on my journey.
I quickly settled into my preferred tank and immediately focused on my breathing. Surprising how my sinus cleared and I was able to breath again through my nose. I hadn’t been able to all day but I guess positioned on my back breathing in the salty humid air did the trick. The more I breathed the more relaxed I was feeling. My headache stopped banging away, began to leave my body.
When my time was up, I exited the tank and poured myself a nice glass of Lemon Myrtle tea. Instantly I am feeling more energised, positive and ready to get on with the day. No longer blocked up, lethargic and longing for bed. It amazes me every time how an hour floating alleviates my fatigue.
Seeing in High Def
What came next completely blew me away. Many of you experienced floaters will relate. My transition lounging in the Retreat of the centre to outside into the world, was like I had been seeing the world through VHS all my life but now I see in High Definition.
Overall floating while sick worked really well for me. It made me see things a lot more clearly and definitely gave the positive energy I needed to get well again.
Yoga is cool, trendy and part of a mainstream relaxation and health culture that is booming right now.
Floating is viewed as new, alternative, a little strange at first. You are naked and lay in what?
Let’s agree that Floating doesn’t come close at first glance. Consider the following;
Mental Hurricane to Relaxation in 60 minutes
“ The average person lives in a mental hurricane, with a mind so turbulent that the usual concentration span is only six seconds! Most people live in a storm of ideas: constructive thoughts war against biases, superstitions, fantasies, unremitting memories, dreads, doubts, and occasional frustrating emptiness.
People become so accustomed to the hurricane they think it’s normal! “
– Sri Ramakrishna
Unfortunately Gravity means the vast majority of us will never get to experience the total weightlessness of floating in space – unless we happen to have learned and mastered the art of lucid dreaming.
In Michael Hutchison’s book The Book of Floating: Exploring the Private Seahe discusses 7 theories of floating and their unique but inter-related benefits. The benefit of weightlessness, or anti gravity is arguably the category that has the most effect on the physical condition – our body. Floatation therapy has often been reported as having a profound effect on the relief and management of chronic pain and it is widely believed that the lack of gravity allows the joints and muscles to release the build up tension and ultimately begin to repair the source of the pain.