Floating and Sensory deprivation are concepts frequently associated with a dark and somewhat scary place. Much more so after watching the recently released Netflix movie Stranger Things where they don’t do justice to the art of floating and sensory deprivation. And yes, I call it art, because like Thomas Merton, the well-known Trappist Monk, writer and mystic, said in his book “No Man is An Island”. Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. And that is exactly what happens when experience floating and sensory deprivation: you find and lose yourself at the same time. In the same way that many people enjoy different art expressions, the art of floating can be achieved in many different ways.
FLOATING AND SENSORY DEPRIVATION, JUST LIKE ART, ARE ENJOYED BY EVERYONE
There are lots of people that are looking for sensory deprivation to go deep into their inner self. These people are looking for a dark, silent, quiet, zero gravity place where to float. Silence is one of their main requirements and the slightest sound can interfere with their experience. For them, water has to be exactly at skin temperature, not one degree warmer nor one degree colder.
At the other end of the spectrum, are those that are looking for pain relief. They suffer from an inflammation or have some of physical injury. These people usually have dealt with chronic pain and discomfort for a long time. Pain relief and some TLC is what they are looking for not necessarily sensory deprivation. Some are looking just for relaxation and a way to deal and, if possible, to get rid of their pain. They want the warmer water, relaxing music, and some would rather float with the top open than close. People dealing with chronic pain and sore muscles are the most grateful, with a big smile and wanting to float again.
Right in the middle of these two groups, are the curious individuals and the ones that want to float because they heard about it or just because it is trendy. They are willing to try Sensory Deprivation because it is cool, but they are also open to listening to music during the whole experience. They want the top open and also want to try closing it. Some others like total darkness but the changing lights in the pod are worth giving a try. It is hard to know what to expect from this group of individuals. They can either turn into wonderful floaters and discover their inner selves through sensory deprivation, they can be the ones that walk out of the pod saying “it was fun, but this is not my thing”, or they can find physical relief to some injury that they had not been paying too much attention to.
Find or lose yourself while floating
Each person finds a different and unique answer in a float pod. We can safely say that they find the answer to their question. Some find themselves, others find solutions to their emotional or physical challenges while others lose themselves into the world of meditation and self-discovery.
We can safely say that Floating is an Art.