Float Therapy Benefits

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Float Tank Benefits and stories from deep within the float tank.

The friendly float tank greeter gave me a little tour – Got showed the tank, water bottle in case of salt in eyes, the shower, earplugs, which was recommended and used, Vaseline to cover any cuts (Which I had a scratch on the left arm and a burn on the right wrist which happened five days earlier, no blister kept rubbing off on my glove, still an open wound).

Wipes for my makeup, vinegar in case of water/salt in ears, towels, and gentle music to know you are done.

This session will last 1hr 20mins to 1hr 30mins.

I got in the tank, and it looked to me what I always envisioned a time machine to look like. But, of course, it is common to bump upon the walls or to twitch at first. Not me, though.

I was gone instantly and didn’t move at all, and I felt the benefits of floating therapy.

My first thought was wondering what I looked like if I was hovering just above, looking in.

Both arms were tingling pretty well, and the salt was eating through the Vaseline and into the wounds.

I could easily ignore the minor left arm cut, but I had to lift the arm to relieve the sting from the burn on the right.

It didn’t take long to let go. It was gone into imagination land.

I put myself into Snowball, The Simpsons cat. It was just Lisa’s voice speaking, though.

The cat licked itself and at a bit of food. So I transformed myself from that cat to my actual cat at home.

I was lying on her stand in the living room.

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Trying Floating

I tried that annoying thing the cat does, stood by the food dish and meowed annoyingly until the bowl was full.

It was hard to bite food, though, so the meowing continued.

They soon would add wet food to another dish. I continued to meow longer and sped up this time.

The reason for that has, am I have seen a clip from The Simpsons on Facebook and Lisa and her dad tried floating.

Lisa put herself into her cat and then a tree.

So after becoming a cartoon, I instantly turned into a tree.

I began to feel some benefits of floating therapy, like the creativity spewing from my brain.

A massive Populus tree, right in the middle of a forest.

They were swayed in the wind for a few minutes, a very calming, relaxing experience.

I transformed into a maple tree with leaves of fall colours.

All of a sudden got distracted by the burnt wrist tingling sensation again.

Lifted the right arm, this time above the head, eyes open, and as saltwater dripped off the end of the fingertips, one drop landed directly into the cornea of the right eyeball.

Well, floating, I tried to blink it out a bunch, forgot though the arm was directly above still, so another drop landed in the left corner of the same eye.

I moved the rest of the body towards the water bottle hanging up.

No matter how much water I squirted in my eye, once that salt was in there, it was excepted to be irritated for a little bit after.

Floating 101

I tried to shake it off, but with the eyeball and wrist now both equally annoying, it had to end.

I knew my way around this time, so it was just getting in as fast as possible.

No cut’s this time, and the wrist was completely healed. The day after the first float, the one blemish on the right arm almost healed.

The left wrist had healed twice as fast as the previous five days combined.

The time session would last from 1:45 to 1:55.

The same thing, soon as I laid back in the warm water, I was gone, reaping the many benefits of floating therapy.

During this floating session, music called binaural beats took over the water, and it all went into my brain.

Binaural beats were supposed to help induce relaxation, meditation, creativity and other desirable mental states. So every second would make my brain vibrate.

All I could feel was my brain and nothing else.

I could picture these mini electric shock waves bouncing all over the brain. Some smashed together, and others didn’t interact.

After about 15 minutes, I figured out how to send these shock waves to parts of my body.

I could shoot them out my fingers and toes, tried other places, but they didn’t go there. Then, after 30 minutes, the beats would shut off. So this time took a few minutes to get over it.

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Floating Engaged

I tried switching my hands from my sides to above my head. In changing my floaters’ stance, I dripped some saltwater on my right eyelid.

I was smart enough to keep my eyes closed, and it must have been the three AlphaBrain I took 30 minutes prior.

I gained the benefits of floating therapy, and I put my arms back to my sides. I bump into the wall a little with my left foot.

I think that happened because I wondered how close I was to touch.

Then I would let go again and let go off this time. I saw many things all at once, but slowly I would make them disappear.

It didn’t take long, and all I could picture was a brain floating there in the middle of nothingness.

It was total and complete darkness, silence and just a floating glowing, very bright pink brain.

Then I thought, what would it look like if this brain disappeared, just nothing.

For the first time I’ve ever been able to accomplish this, I have seen what nothing is, total darkness, no darkness I’ve ever experienced before. I kept it this way for at least or about 10 minutes.

Then I touched the edge with my foot made sure my body was still there.

It was. I let go for this session’s final time after lifting my arms a few times.

I thought over and over about what I could write about in the future and gained benefits of floating therapy, such as more creativity, relaxation, and mindfulness.

Creativity in Floating 

I turned into my iMac, and not only could I see words being created, but I became these words.

As it got longer, I could see and remember every name. Not sure how or where these words were coming from, but I was them. I had pages and pages of stuff before long.

Then the music came on, through the water and into the body. This session was over.

The last time I floated was a couple of weeks ago. This session would last 1:25hr to 1:35hr.

I let go, and I felt this time as if I had just floated upwards, gaining the many benefits of floating therapy.

I was eager to grab more of that creativity from floating.

I felt as if I were in the middle of the universe.

I looked like this massive supergiant, shaped like a human but glowing brighter than our sun.

I felt unstoppable, and I quickly started to think of all these minor issues I was having, you know, those things we let bother us regularly.

So they became like these tiny asteroids revolving around me.

Then I just started punching them, and they would explode like a fireworks display. Before long, they were gone.

I all of a sudden twitched my arms a bit. I sat up for a second, then laid back and went on another journey.

I first started breathing in very heavily through my nose, even harder through my mouth. After that, it looked and felt like my body evaporated, starting from the feet and working its way upwards.

I was breathing in my body and blowing it out into the atmosphere.

Soon I was gone, right away, and instantly felt the benefits of floating therapy.

Floating Made Easy

I made everything turn into total darkness again. Not long after, I would picture what looked like a substantial underground sewer system, abandoned, though.

Some light creeps in through the maintenance hole covers.

All I could hear was a dripping sound of water from an old rusty water pipe splashing against its puddle.

The echo from the long cement tunnels would enhance the sound tenfold, such a crisp solid drip.

I could see myself, but I was no taller than a mouse. So I ran around a little bit but got bored quickly.

I suddenly started to play the theme song from the “Rocky” movies, feeling the creativity in my float therapy.

Then, I turned into the regular-sized self again, jogging around the middle of nowhere, just shorts, shoes and boxing gloves.

The song just kept playing, then things in my life I didn’t like would appear, and I would punch them, whether it be a person, an item or a 3D figure of some sort.

I would stick them, and it would just disappear; further, I got the more beautiful the scenery became.

I would slowly start to move my body again, lay there for a couple of minutes, then it was over. Here’s a pic of the tank I went exploring in.

Floating promotes better mental health and physical being.

Dean Mathers

Editor-in-chief

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