Floating Your Way Into Bliss at Blissful Waters Float Center. It’s the new year, time for resolutions, changes to make yourself feel better, look better, be better. Many of us will dedicate ourselves to fitness goals, putting in efforts to lose weight, build stronger muscles, and eat right. However, something many don’t consider focusing on is mental health. What can we do to improve our mind as well as our body? While many choose to promote mental clarity through activities such as meditation and yoga, floatation therapy is becoming a popular choice for relaxation practices. I tried it out with my daughter and the experience was interesting to say the least.
What is Float Therapy?
Floatation therapy, also known as sensory deprivation therapy, is the practice of spending an hour or more floating peacefully within a floatation tank or float room. The floating effect is achieved through a water and Epsom salt solution, which makes the water so buoyant that you’re floating instead of sinking. To further the effect, all distractions have been removed such as light or visual stimuli, sense of touch due to the water being the same temperature as your skin, and sense of smell due to the Epsom salts nullifying any other scents, leaving you with just the feeling of floating.
Some of the benefits of float therapy are:
- Relieve stress, anxiety and depression
- Reduce chronic fatigue caused by insomnia and jet lag
- Stimulate creativity
- Accelerate mental clarity and learning
- Deepen meditation practices
- Soothe chronic pain from arthritis, fibromyalgia, back and neck pain, inflammation and tendonitis
- Improve athletic performance
- Decrease muscular tension caused by daily stresses and prolonged sitting
- Improve circulation and reduce blood pressure
- Accelerate healing
- Strengthen the immune system
I found the concept of flotation therapy interesting especially since it has benefits to help relieve depression and anxiety. This was important because my pre-teen has been struggling greatly with her mental health this past year and I wanted to find some way to help her beyond doctors and medication. I thought flotation therapy could be a fun thing to try together.
We scheduled an appointment with Blissful Waters Float Center located in The Woodlands to see what it was all about. Owner, Melody was amazing and showed us around the center and gave us an overview of what to expect for our first float. We went to the changing room and slipped into some comfy robes and slippers before enjoying a relaxing 15 minutes in zero gravity massage chairs. Let me just say, those chairs are amazing! I wouldn’t mind having one at home, but then I’d probably never be productive again.
After the massage, we both went into our individual float rooms to shower and get settled in our personal pool of water. The float rooms are large enough you don’t feel claustrophobic or confined. Once you’re in the float chamber there are buttons where you can choose to listen to music as well as have lights on or off. As I was going for the full effect of sensory deprivation, I opted to float in total darkness. It doesn’t get dark right away as the lights dim over the course of a few minutes. The water is warm and as you lay there, it’s almost like being weightless and floating in air because the water is the same temperature as your body, so you feel suspended there in nothingness. Once you’re in total darkness, it’s just you and your thoughts, unplugged from distractions of life. As I floated and listened to the music, I tried to clear my mind and focus on my breathing to enter a state of meditation. I was able to stretch my body, move my arms around in the water and just do nothing for a full hour. How many of us can say that we truly take the time for ourselves to do absolutely nothing? And it’s not the same as sitting at home and doing nothing, this nothing removes sight, sound, smell…it’s just you and nothingness, absolute bliss.
Once the float was over, I felt relaxed, rejuvenated and my skin felt amazing. I took another quick shower to clean the salt water from my body and headed over to the post float lounge for a variety of hot teas and Blue Jug alkaline water. Another service offered for after your float is an oxygen bar where you have choices of different flavors or even a CBD oxygen mix. It was nice to just sit and chat with my daughter for a while after the float to discuss our experience and how relaxed we were.
Overall, the experience was unique and refreshing. It’s nice to try something new on occasion, especially when it means you get to unplug and relax. The center recommends doing at least 3 floats close together to get the full effect as your mind works in stages. The first float, your brain assesses the situation and determines if you’re safe in the environment and stays very alert. By the second float, your mind knows you’re safe and secure and begins to relax even further. When you hit the third float, you’re ready for the ultimate relaxation and can enter a full meditative state. We hope you will take the plunge and try something new for the new year and don’t forget to let us know how your experience went. Focusing on your mental health is important but that isn’t the only benefit of flotation therapy. It helps with things such as pain management, stress relief, chronic migraines and more. Head over to blissfulwatersfloat.com for more information on the vast array of benefits offered by floatation therapy. Happy Floating!