“Sooo, why not just take a bath?!” I frequently get asked this when I start gushing about floating (or sensory deprivation, or isolation tanks or floatation therapy, or whatever the kids are calling it these days)
The answer, my friends, is multi-faceted….
It includes the fact that my bathwater gets cold and 500 kgs of Epsom salts don’t fit into my tub. Actually, I don’t even have a bathtub, so there’s a third.
A lot of effort goes into making floatation tanks or pods into the perfect relaxation space.
Not the least of which comes back to the sensory deprivation bit… I have a comfortable home with a couch and a bed. I also have neighbors with children or dogs, and I live in a city that has never quite learned the meaning of quiet.
I realize how stressed I’ve been with work or life or god-knows-what-else and decide to unwind.
I pour a glass of wine, I put on the comfy clothes and prepare to put my feet up..
Andddd inevitably the mongrel is yapping, construction starts up out of nowhere, my phone blows up with 20,000 urgent emails, my blood pressure is through the roof and I wonder what it was ever liked to be relaxed.
Going to the float centre is different:
By Jennifer White
Sensory deprivation (in psychology) is an experimental situation in which all stimulation is cut off from the sensory receptors. What we know about the benefits of floatation continuously leaves us amazed by the power of the human body. Not because of the states of relaxation and elation that floating can endure. No, rather the body’s […]Read more
It’s such a strange thing to be shut into a room with the lights off, no sound, no smell, no taste, no light and very little to even touch. Your body suspended in zero gravity due to a bath of water so concentrated even the toughest ocean swimmer wouldn’t want it in their eyes. Luckily […]Read more
I get sick around a week or so from deadline. It happens almost every time I work on a big project to the point where I can predict and prepare for the inevitable achy joints and headache. But as I’ve matured as a writer I’ve realised that my reoccurring flu is a direct result of […]Read more
I walked into my very first float with a lot of expectations. I was excited and a bit apprehensive, I had devoured every bit of information available on the world wide web. I had crawled YouTube & Facebook and spent many minutes googling things like: “What is Floating?” “Why is floating good for me?” and […]Read more