I’m not sure if you have heard of floating, but I’ve been wanting to do it for over a year now. I finally got my chance in Toronto when I received a free gift card for a first time float. One of our clients swears by it and floats for two hours every day for meditative purposes. It was now my time to float!
What is Floating and How Does it Help?
As you may have gathered by the name, it involves floating in a pod or room that is designed for short-term sensory deprivation. This is typically done within a large tank of supersaturated magnesium water that makes you completely buoyant.
The basic concept is that floating reduces external stimuli as much as possible and help the body achieve a natural restorative state. Some people, including our alumni, compare the experience of floating to meditation or yoga.
Floating has been seen to effectively help people with:
- Stress reduction
- Anxiety relief
- Sports recovery
- Pain relief
- Reducing headaches
- Increasing circulation
- Improving sleep
- Learning to meditate
- And much more!
It was interesting. At first, the darkness was uneasy and I was a bit claustrophobic, but the more I relaxed and focused on my breathing and heart rate, the more I understood its importance. I took the time to practice Tatianna’s meditation techniques that she teaches in our onsite alcohol treatment and drug rehab programs. Her calm Russian voice echoed in my mind as I got closer to a meditative state.
I floated for an hour and it went by much quicker than I imagined it would. I left feeling relaxed, rejuvenated, and thinking this it’s something everyone MUST try. This could definitely benefit our alumni and other people in addiction recovery. It was nice to get away from the busyness of life, technology, and all the additional stimulation we experience throughout our day. What a great first float experience and the bonus visit of a client afterwards. I’m so grateful for it all! I’m going to try to take up floating whenever I’m in a place where it’s available. It’s not in PR yet, but, fingers crossed that it will be someday. If you haven’t done it – do it! You won’t regret it.