As I pulled down the lid of the floatation tank, I nervously immersed myself into my first Floatation Therapy ‘wellbeing treatment.’
Floatation therapy can help our bodies to heal from working out or the aches and pains of being hunched all day. It can help with losing body fat, athletic recovery and most of all reduce stress and feelings of anxiety or ‘overwhelm.’
Our mind impacts how we hold our body and vice versa which is why I am an advocate for holistic health therapies which are far from ‘airy-fairy,’ they are a super-charged way of slowly transforming us.
“You’ve got to be right in your head before you sort the rest out,” explained Float Space owner Pete Sullivan.
That said like many my mind tends to work much more like that of an energetic whirlwind than a Float Space experience.
But that’s something wellbeing-convert Pete understands as he previously pedalled the lonely role of an “overweight” freelance graphic designer.
His personal transformation began with working on his mindset.
Pete replaced the stressful stimuli of eating at a seldom-screen with a healthier lifestyle finding much of his influence of thought from UFC commentator Joe Rogan’s popular podcasts.
As they say in many Eastern philosophies that ‘we are what we consume’ which is not just ‘we are what we eat.’ We become what we listen to, see, think, eat and any sensory input we regularly consume.
It was in this motivational podcast that Pete discovered float therapy aka Reduced Environmental Stimulus Therapy, which has unlocked him into the world of wellbeing, “I tried floating purely from a mindset angle, yet soon discovered there was so much more I was getting out of my sessions that I decided to delve deeper.” He has found through floating, breathwork and working on his mind, that he was able to transform his life, career and lose the “excess” he carried both in his body and his cluttered brain.
“I now fast intermittently, eat two meals a day and only between 12pm and 8pm,” explained Pete who like many has previously always felt “forced into losing weight,” but is now much happier and healthier as the huge benefits he discovered from floatation therapy prompted him to share this treatment which had transformed him.
What is Floatation Therapy?
It’s a water-based therapy where you are in an enclosed tank for an hour of treatment.
The tank contains water that is as saturated as it can be with Epsom salts and is around body temperature, very much like being in the Dead Sea.
As your mind and body float, it is beneficial to try and focus on breathing and mindfulness whilst doing it. But the setting, ambience (music at the start and end and optional coloured lights) and water help to alleviate tension all over so that we relax and our brain reaches the Theta state.
Our brain waves; Alpha, Theta and Beta:
- Alpha: The ‘power of now’ consciousness
- Theta: Sleep and deep meditation
- Beta: Our awake brain wave
- Gamma: Our fastest brain wave
There are many benefits of floatation therapy however, such as:
- Helps increase athletic or injury-based recovery.
- Lowers chemicals associated with stress.
- Helps lower anxiety, effectively turning off the fight or flight response.
- It can help combat chronic pain especially for those with back problems, arthritis and Fibromyalgia.
- Improves sleep and sleep patterns by lowering stress and adrenaline levels and increasing serotonin production.
- Improved Creativity, Visualisation, Meditation and Mindfulness.
- Floatation as a technique or therapy has been around since the 1950’s and has been used by many well-known celebrities to help with anxiety, depression, athletic performance and creativity.
My first Floatation Float Space experience: Review
Whilst it’s lovely being able to float at night so you can go to bed after, for a lot of us that may or may not work. So, I had visited Float Space in Doncaster during school hours.
This new wellbeing hub is a tranquil hidden gem off the hustle and bustle of the main road.
Whilst sitting in the waiting area, reading some of Pete’s favourite books about the healing properties of fungi and breathwork, I opted for a green tea over a tempting coffee so that I could follow the aqua coloured flow of this newly constructed business.
Once in the locked room, after careful instruction previously from Pete, I opted for the ‘full experience’ of entering the tank without any clothes on (although swimwear can be worn if that makes you feel more comfortable). And I even closed the tank and turned off the lights once the relaxing music had finished.
Far from feeling claustrophobic as I had feared, I felt weirdly at ease. Initially it was challenging to simply ‘close off’ my mind but as any good Yoga convert knows, start with the breath, the ‘pranayama.’
Palms open as my body floated in the water I focused on my Yogic diaphragmatic breathing techniques from belly to neck and inhale through the nose and then a slow nasal exhale and a release using the same technique.
I wasn’t sure how I would fair for 55 minutes in the dark and in silence before the ending music turned on. This was definitely a workout for my Gamma brainwave state which normally spends these hours blasting in as much work as possible before I pick up the kids.
The time literally sailed by. It took several times to keep focusing on conscience breathing before my Theta State truly kicked in.
You can even have a nap. Depending on what you need, you’ll feel.
Meditation is a conscious sleep so to speak, which is the power of Yoga Kriya.
After initially stepping into the tank with trepidation, I then didn’t want to leave the tank when the ending music chimed in to rouse me back into the physical world.
But school run and family duties called so I quickly grabbed a shower, unsure of how I was going from this tranquil flow state and back to reality.
I felt calmer all evening despite the odd ‘trigger’ of standard family bickering. But I ate slower, I felt calm yet energised and wondered if it would impact my sleep as Pete had alluded to.
But as soon as I made my way into bed, I normally spend a few hours writing or studying and struggling to sleep. I felt myself just need to close my eyes. I didn’t wake until the next day. I felt amazing albeit with some stray salt clinging to my ears. This for me was one of the most powerful of the benefits I felt from just one treatment.
It’s recommended to go at least once a month for a ‘float,’ and it’s not expensive either and great value for what you get. It costs £35 per person for an hour float although I’d give yourself a couple of hours so you can wind down, shower after floating and prepare yourself to return to the ‘real world.’
If you have a busy mind like me and struggle to ‘switch off,’ I challenge you to treat yourself to an hour’s float and let me know what benefits you discover.
It’s not hard to see why it is already frequented by teams of sportspeople, wellbeing pros and everyday cluttered minded people.
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