Getting Comfortable with Sensory Deprivation

Being more present is something we all can benefit from. Sensory Deprivation through flotation therapy is a unique opportunity for your body and mind. We live in a world that, for better or worse, demands our eyes, ears, fingertips and minds be constantly alert to an increasing amount of information. That’s to say nothing of the physical toll work and life take on our bodies. Especially with the Holidays just around the corner, we all need a break from our screens, and the stresses of the world on our senses. With Floating, you can enjoy silence. Your mind will enjoy the weightlessness of no calls, texts, emails, traffic, or sounds asking for its attention; your body will enjoy the actual weightlessness of floating, of completely surrendering its energy to the moment. You can take a moment to forget about an unchangeable past or an unknowable future by letting your senses be guided by the Float; to only think about the warm embrace of the water, to be present. 

At SensaFloat Spa, we know many people are only beginning to realize the benefits of Epsom Salt and Floatation Therapy. Although we are often hesitant to try new things, and floating is not for everyone. Our facilities are a bit different than most. Our pods make it terribly easy for almost anyone to relax, get comfortable, feel safe, and to float in their own way. Worried about tanks that feel more like a punishment than an escape? Our pods can customize your float so you can float in whatever way makes you feel relaxed!

Floating in our pods is a treat to your mind, soul, and body, not a chore.

We all have different bodies, sensitivities, and ways of thinking. Likewise, we are all going to have different responses to sensory deprivation. At SensaFloat Spa, we understand that one size doesn’t fit all.

That’s why our pods our customizable. Want silence? We can do that. Do you want guided meditation to let you ease into the float? Our pods can do that too!

You can turn the light on or off inside the pod. Giving your senses a break from our overstimulating environments doesn’t have to mean imprisoning yourself in darkness. For others, they may enjoy the calm of no light.

People also might enjoy the closing the pod door; other folks might prefer to leave the top open. Our hydraulic bars make our pod lids adjustable, and easy for anyone to move. Even better, whether open or closed our pods will stay at a warm temperature, similar to our body temperature.

Our sensory deprivation experience is completely customizable depending to your specific needs. You can limit yourself of light and sound as much or as little as your body and mind desire.

If you would like to try a float, give us a shout!

 

 

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Practice Floating

Practice Floating, practicing improves floating! Practice Floating and the quality of your floats will improve with frequency. When clients come out of their first float not sure if floating is “their thing”, we tell them “The more you float the better it gets”. Floating reduces external stimuli letting the mind rest and allowing it to relax. You need to practice floating to achieve these results.

Floating is not for everyone. If floating is for you, remember it takes practice. As with any sport or hobby usually the first time is not the best.

Practice Floating, Practicing Improves floating in 4 Steps:

Practice floating, practicing improves floating. Experiences that involve the mind require going through 4 steps to fully achieve the desired results. These 4 steps are ideally reached in 3rd float sessions.

Practice Floating

Practice floating in this 4 steps

First: Mastering the technicalities. How to open /close the top, when to get in and out of the pod, even how to float. Once you master the technicalities, you are ready for the second step.

Second: Exploring the surroundings. Explore and familiarize yourself with the surroundings. Then and only then, will you begin to feel safe and comfortable in the new environment. Explore and know the water, the salt, the lights, the darkness, the music, the silence. It takes practice to learn how to “trust” the water. Trust the water to hold you up and that you won’t sink. Until you feel completely safe, it will be very difficult to relax. The survival instinct makes it hard to let go, rest the head over the top of the water and relax. It takes practice.

Third: Relaxing. Once you know what floating entails you will begin to relax and let go. It takes practice to enjoy sensory deprivation. We are not used to quieting the mind. This can prove to be quite challenging. However, once you master it, you are on the road to experiencing deep relaxation and fully enjoying the benefits of floating. That is the beauty of floating but also one of the reason why it is a practice.

Forth: Enjoying the benefits of floating. Now that you have practiced floating, you will be able to relax and to enjoy the benefits of reduced stimuli or sensory deprivation. Research has shown that while Floating and during deep relaxation there is increased production of endorphins and dopamines (the good hormones) while the production of cortisol the “stress hormone” is inhibited. Floating increases blood circulation, speeds the recovery from sports injuries, helps manage chronic pain, inflammation, fibromyalgia, insomnia and reduces blood pressure.

“Practice floating, practicing improves floating” is the rule to thumb to a great floating experience

Practice Floating, Practicing Improves Floating. If Floating Improves with Practice, When Will I Be Ready To Enjoy The Benefits Of Floating?

It often takes at least 3 floats to fully experience the benefits that floating brings to the mind and to body.

During the first float, most likely, you will be wondering what happens if I fall asleep?  What if I don’t hear the music? How can I be floating? I remember during my first float, I thought what if they forget about me? Many questions will pop up in your mind. When you practice floating, you know the procedures and you are able to ease into the float, quiet your mind and start enjoying the benefits of floating. The majority of people walk out of their second float saying, “this was a lot better than my first float”. By the time of your third float, you will really enjoy the practice and will be able to get the most benefits. This is true for most people; however, some individuals, especially those that meditate often and are more connected with their emotional being, will be able to relax from day one.

Practice floating, practicing improves floating

What is true for all floaters is that floating has a cumulative positive effect that increases as the number of float sessions increases. Just like any other practice, the more frequently you float, the more often your practice floating the better you will get at it, the quicker you will be able to relax and the longer the benefits will last.

Practice Floating, practicing improves floating  and practice will improve your floating experience.

 

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Isolation Tanks just for Stress?

Isolation tanks are well known for the effects they have over stress and anxiety and the benefits associated with it. It is actually becoming trendy to say yes when someone asks if you have been inside a sensory deprivation or isolation tank. Everyone is talking about the benefits that floating has reducing stress, anxiety, calming the mind and reaching the Tetha state.

Floating in sensory deprivation or isolation tanks also has a wide range of benefits for another segment of the population which sometimes we neglect to mention. Individuals that are dealing with chronic pain, Fibromyalgia, sports injuries and lower or back pain, just to mention a few, also benefit from a float session in an isolation tank or pod. Many of these individuals walk into our float center, after having tried everything, including traditional and non-traditional medicine, looking less than hopeful and saying something along the lines of “Someone told me to give this a try and who knows….”. Some individuals are not looking for Sensory Deprivation, they are looking for pain relief and relaxation in an isolation tank.

As owners and managers of SensaFloat Spa, we don’t make any promises or give anyone higher than normal expectations of what they can or cannot achieve during the float session. It is a unique experience. In floating nothing is written in stone. We just give the new floaters the tour of the premises, and let them be. We explain the benefits of Epsom Salt and Magnesium, answer any questions that they may have and we leave them to enjoy their float.

Isolation tank

Isolation Tank

Isolation Tanks have other Benefits besides Stress Relieve 

It is such a wonderful experience to see, after the end of each session, how the new floaters come out of the sensory deprivation or isolation tanks, with very few exceptions, smiling and rejoicing about their new experience. In some new floaters, it is easy to detect, even a change in the facial expressions. A change that says “I am Pain-free”. It is at this moment, that as owners and managers we can brag about the benefits of floating in enriched Epsom Salt water and we can confidently say that isolation tanks have multiple benefits.

Carolina Barreneche
SensaFloat Spa

 

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