As an holistic & lifestyle coach, I’m very much interested in all avenues of well-being from nutrition right down to stress and sleep and I’ve been involved in some pretty amazing research to date, but a lot of the time I like to get in amongst the research and actually try things out for myself. One such tool that presented itself to me was the option of an hour long session in a floatation tank.
Now for some, the very thought of being in isolation in a confined space brings on feelings of anxiety (the very issues that Floatation Tanks attempt to address!) so for what’s its worth here’s my take on yesterday’s experience.
For starters it’s important to shower beforehand as the solution within the ISOPOD is highly concentrated Epsom Salts. Epsom Salts have a high magnesium content and for those that don’t understand the benefits of Magnesium, it literally serves hundreds of functions within the human body (1)
Because of the high mineral content, the water you lie in allows you to float unaided. I’ll come on to why that’s important in a moment.
The hour long session provides you with 10 mins of relaxation music while you relax to a state between being awake and asleep. This is then followed by 45 minutes of complete quiet with 5 mins of relaxation music at the end as a mental queue that the session is coming to a close.
You are given a set of ear plugs so that it avoids the Epsom Salt solutions from entering the ear canal; it also deprives your sense of hearing.
The pod itself has an internal light which allows you to turn off, again depriving you the sense of sight (it’s pitch black in there when the lights are out!). You enter the pod fully naked too so as to deprive your body of the sense of touch, so removing all the sensory input that your brain has control over allows the mind to enter a deep state of relaxation. Some people may find this concerning but to me removing all these inputs allowed me a deeper experience than I was expecting.
The experience is as close to zero gravity as we on earth are ever likely to experience. Being in suspended animation was amazing, my mind was racing to start with and I found myself trying to tilt my head up. Once I consciously realised I was doing it, I let myself go completely.
The feeling of letting go completely was so calming I could see how this type of intervention would work with clients with high stress markers.
Would I use it again? Absolutely, the full benefits of a second or third session will be even more intense as I now have a full appreciation of what to expect, but believe me when I say that this is something I would definitely recommend anyone having a go at.
If you have any questions on this, feel free to leave a comment below…