I must say that I enjoy putting myself in extremely uncomfortable and new situations as I believe that’s when a change, a shift, or an enlightening moment is likely to happen. I’ve been wanting to try floatation therapy for like 5 years, but only recently tried it. A couple days ago I went to Just Float (photos) for my second float as I planned it around something I was doing over in Pasadena, CA. I definitely recommend this place or a similar place for a first float (Lift Floats in Brooklyn, NY looks good). For my first float I went to Float Lab in Westwood, Los Angeles. I have to admit it’s a bit creepy for a first timer as it has sort of a dungeon vibe, however, I will be going back there as it’s only $40 for 2 hours, which is the best price I’ve seen, it’s clean, closer to me, and I did sort of like the creep out factor.
Float tank therapy may also be referred to as sensory deprivation, isolation therapy, or flotation therapy. In my opinion it feels like you are dead and I like that. It’s a mediative experience to get out of your body and ultimately out of mind. It should connect you with your soul, but experiences vary. Expect no light, no sound and no feeling as the water is body-temperature and saturated in Epsom salt which creates total suspension. People refer to it as being a baby in a womb. You are just floating, gravity doesn’t exist.
I haven’t done a ton of research on the water and tank cleaning methods, but I know some places add a small amount of chlorine to the water and most include a UV disinfectant as well. Epsom salt is known to have a ton benefits, however I haven’t really experimented much. I definitely think floating is something to try and I think the benefits outweighs any negative effects from soaking in a little chlorine for an hour or two.
Possible Benefits of Floating:
- Improved sleep
- Relieves stress and pain; physical and mental
- Reduces cortisol; the hormone that makes you fat and get bad skin
- Promotes mindfulness; creativity, self-awareness, meditative
- Detoxification – mind, body, and spirit
- Improves spinal health
- Promotes muscle recovery
There’s many more benefits of flotation therapy and epsom salt baths. Since there are many other uses for Epsom salt, I recommend getting some for the home. You can definitely take a soak at home, but I don’t think you will get the full benefits of sensory deprivation at home although it’s possible.