Hey Guys! We are still out here navigating this COVID-19 situation. How are you taking a breather?

I was happy to spend some time with friends recently. Our kids needed it and so did the adults. In addition, I scheduled some time at my local salt water float , “Float41” and had a couple of the ladies join me. They THOROUGHLY enjoyed it and were still feeling the effects of it the next day. I told them to pack nothing, just bring themselves. You can choose to float in a bathing suit, but floating is best experienced in the nude as this reduces sensory input and restriction. OOHHHHH, SPICY!

“Floatation therapy, also known as floating, and R.E.S.T (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy). A float tank is a tub of water 10 inches deep saturated with approx 1,200 lbs of Epsom salt. ( No Covid is surviving in that salt) Floating is an effortless process and reduces almost all external stimuli. Relax your senses in complete darkness in our soundproof rooms, you always have complete control over your environment with adjustable lights and music. The water temperature is set at 93.5 degrees Fahrenheit equal to the approximate temperature of the skin losing sense of where your body ends, and where the water begins. ( I describe it like floating in a perfectly warm ocean at midnight)

Salt water floats reduce almost all sensory input allowing the survivalist part of your brain to pause, making space for the creative, relaxed part of your brain to flourish. Without the constant pressure of analyzing the world around you, your body lowers its levels of cortisol, the main chemical component of stress. Your brain also releases elevated levels of dopamine and endorphins, the neurotransmitters of happiness”. Salt water float benefits include: stress and anxiety relief, muscle recovery, meditation and mindfulness, helps manage depression, improves sleep, chronic pain management, increases immune health and boosts creativity.

We had separate rooms and opted for a 90 minute float in this beautiful location. Once adjusted in our separate tanks, they each fell asleep during their floats. I played Sade during my time and enjoyed the darkness. When our time was up, our skin was not wrinkled like when you are in the pool too long, it actually felt smooth like silk because of the epsom salt.

Some people float weekly while some float quarterly. It is very common for people to float for maintenance once a month. It’s quite a treat.

Have you ever experienced a float? What did you think? How are incorporating selfcare into your life right now?

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