Floating first entered my life over ten years ago. While attending college at UMass Amherst, it was brought to my attention by a dear friend, who heard the word from Joe Rogan on a YouTube video. Without thinking twice, I knew floating was something I had to try. I sought out the nearest float tank and I arrived at The Crystalline Matrix in Worcester, MA. With no expectations, I entered the tank and had a profound experience. A year later, I made another visit to The Crystalline Matrix, and after another moving experience in the tank, I began to wonder why floating was not a more prevalent therapy and practice. With out realizing it, a seed was planted to bring floating to the Western Mass area.
Also known as Floatation Therapy, REST Therapy (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique) or Sensory Deprivation. Flotation therapy (floating) is an experience that involves lying down in a saltwater solution in silent darkness. The tank is essentially a big bath tub (4.5 feet wide and 8 feet long) filled with 10 inches of water and 1100 lbs. of magnesium sulfate (epsom salt). The high amount of salt makes the water extremely buoyant and enables the body to float effortlessly on the surface of the water. The solution is kept at a temperature of roughly 93.5 degrees Fahrenheit. This is the same temperature as the outside of the human body, making the water neither hot or cold. The air inside is also regulated to the same temperature so that there is no difference between where the water stops and the air starts, allowing you to loose track of your body. There is a light inside the float tank, that when turned off, becomes completely dark. The float tank are also mitigate sound. Therefore negating all outside environmental stimulus from entering your brain. This allows the mind, body, (and soul!), to rest, rejuvenate and restore, free from all outside distractions from this crazy but oh so beautiful world.
Oh the benefits of floating, where to begin…. If you care to take the time to google search the benefits of floating, you will be swimming through and ocean of information on how floating can help you. The fact is, people come to floating for all different reasons. Flotation therapy is typically associated with the cerebral aspect of how a float session can help ease your mind and reduce stress and anxiety. Floating is also therapeutic for the body. While suspended onto of the salt water solution, your spine is able to decompress while your muscles relax and loosen stiff joints. Floating can also help one reach new heights of spiritual grounds. When used as a tool for meditation, brain wave states can be reached in hour session that would otherwise takes years of meditative practice.
Although exciting to reap all the benefits of floating, try not to have expectations of what your experience will be. Some people float for transcendental purposes, some just float to relax, some float to recover or heal. You will get the most from floating if you let it be whatever it is for you, and know it might be different every time.