I suffer from debilitating migraines, and chronic pain caused by injuries from a car accident. Those injuries left my neck, shoulder, spine, tailbone, and muscles in a constant fight for the most sympathy. I’m always on the lookout for activities and natural remedies that will provide some kind of relief from the overall pain, stiffness, and tension.
Between the current hype, and benefits surrounding floatation, I was intrigued – but still pretty nervous… I thought that I would most definitely be the first person ever to defy physics and drown in 11 inches of water with 1000 pounds of epsom salts.
Spoiler Alert: Didn’t drown. You won’t either.
Randy at Float Sense in Burnaby walked me through the process and showed me around their lovely spa setting. There was a shower to rinse off before and after the float, towels, shampoo, body wash, a super cozy robe, earplugs (don’t forget them), and Q-tips. Oh, and Vaseline to avoid salt in those dry winter hands that we’re all enjoying for the first time as fragile Vancouverites. The DreamPod itself was very spacious in height and width, which eliminated any threat of the claustrophobic episode that I was pretty sure I was going to be sent into.
I was left alone to dip into the fanciest, most futuristic kitty pool I had ever seen. But first, does a girl really experience anything if she doesn’t take a selfie…? I sure wasn’t going to be the one to chance it! That photo documentation distracted me from putting in the earplugs… I remembered pretty quickly once I got in there – one more time, don’t forget the earplugs.
I was so excited to experience the benefits of sensory deprivation that it was a little tough to calm those senses at first. I kept trying to push my legs or arms down to make sure the science of density would remain loyal. It did.
My meditation mantra started off as usual with, “don’t think, don’t think, stop thinking about not thinking… damnit…” In hindsight I would go for a float on a rest day from the gym – I had just come from a workout and found my muscles were a little restless. I would also do some stretching or yoga before the float in order to mentally arrive and fully benefit from the entire time slot. I remembered that Randy had told me not to touch my face, but I did, and I didn’t like it. This stream of consciousness was followed by an unclear segment of time interrupted by a thought, “…I wasn’t thinking! I did it!“.
During that deep relaxation time it was hard to tell the difference between my body and the skin temperature water. Imagine laying still in a tub of Jell-o. At the end of the 90 minute session, music faded in as a cue to get out. I stretched my arms above my head and toes out below me in the pod. My whole body gently cracked to release all of life’s built up compression in my back. Instant relief!
A few hours later I felt a slight stiffness, like the evening after a chiropractor visit. Chiro has always been successful for me- but the passive aggressive neck cracking freaks me out.
The next morning I had no pain or restricted mobility for the first time since before my car accident. I’m a believer, and I will definitely be integrating Floatation into my pain relief regime! Thanks so much to Float Sense for the guidance and opportunity to try floating. It is an incredibly effective and affordable alternative for pain relief. I’ll be back!