I’m majorly inspired to take action on something if I hear about it through word of mouth. Tell me about some thing then give me some positive reviews, things you experienced, why you’d go back/try it again…and I’m there!! That’s why I tried this “floating” thing.
I was told that you go in a pool where you FLOAT for anywhere from 30-90 minutes and you’ll experience lots of benefits like calmness and meditation. That was enough for me to give it a try. So I booked 90 minute floating appointments for my mom & two sisters to go to Silver Essence Floating Spa in Williamsville, NY. Since there are only two floating baths in the facility, I went with just my older sister.
When we arrived, we filled out a quick customer intake form then got right to it! The owner walked us through exactly what to do so there was no guessing. First, you put in earbuds so that you don’t get waterlogged in your ears during the float. Then, you take a quick shower to rinse off anything on your body. Then, you slip into the pool. As you lean back, the salts in the water naturally pick you up so that you float! This is one of the only times that our bodies are truly gravity-free.
So here’s what went down in my tub:
It was a rough start. As I started to float, I felt like I didn’t put one of my earbuds in far enough and I felt water trickling in. So I sat up to fix it, only to have water from my hair drip into my face. Let me just tell you…epsom salt water is NOT the same as regular salt water. It tastes awful and stung my eyes really badly! I recovered from that with a cold washcloth then finally settled in.
At first my mind was racing and I was thinking crazy thoughts like what if the epsom salt water that got in my mouth would make me do crazy things that people on ‘bath salts’ used to do (I don’t even know if that’s the same thing, but search youtube…it’s nuts!). LUCKILY, nothing like that happened. :p And I soon realized that since my ears were submerged under water, I could hear my own breath!
I’m no pro on meditation, and I have anywhere from 10-10,000 thoughts in my head at any given time. So I focused heavily on listening to my inhales & exhales to try and calm my mind. It felt so liberating. It felt like I didn’t have a care or responsibility in the world! Am I late in paying a bill? Did I take out something from the freezer for dinner? It didn’t matter. I spent the first 20 minutes getting comfortable (do I put my hands above my head? by my side? should I keep my legs straight? bent? am I fully relaxing or carrying tension anywhere?) then probably 30 minutes focused on my breath, and the rest of the time I feel asleep (oops!).
When your session ends, a light comes on in the room to wake you up. At first, I was totally out of it. I was in such a deep sleep that I needed to just sit up straight in the tub before attempting to stand. Afterwards, you take a full shower to rinse your skin & hair of the salts. It was at this point that I realized ALL my soreness went away!!! I’m doing a kickboxing workout program and my neck, back, and hamstrings have been super sore. Floating in this salt bath eliminated the soreness and made me feel limber again! As I was driving home, that feeling of calmness stayed with me and I felt like any stress I was carrying would work itself out on its own.
Overall: I rate this experience an A+! The owner gave us another “first time floater” pass so we get a discounted rate on our next session – which will definitely be booked soon. 🙂
Benefits of Floating
Alleviates mental and physical stress
Expands awareness & intensifies acuteness of senses
Speeds the healing process
Decreases the production of cortisol and adrenaline
Increases production of endorphins
Relieves pain from arthritis, migraines, injuries, muscle pain
Boosts immune function
Improves circulation and distribution of oxygen & nutrients
Reduces blood pressure, pulse, heart rate & oxygen consumption
Promotes total calm and peaceful relaxation
Improves athletic performance
Helps prevent sports injuries
Eliminates fatigue and jet leg
Diminishes depression, anxiety and fear