It’s almost the end of February and I already feel like my year has been packed with so much! All aspects of my life are pretty busy and every single day I’m trying to get as much done as possible. Work has been crazy busy since last year even and it hasn’t slowed down but sped up! My cousin’s wedding is fast approaching and her bridal shower and bachelorette are coming up next month. Then of course I’m also really trying to work out three days a week for my health.
There’s a lot going on and I’m doing my best to balance it all out. Treating my mind and body well is also something I’m doing so that I can handle everything. Usually I workout as a physical way to relieve stress and go for massages to help ease tension. The hardest part is slowing down my brain when it’s in overdrive!
Last week I heard about sensory deprivation. This is where you enter an enclosed tank and cut yourself off from as many of your senses as possible to relax and rejuvenate your mind. I floated in warm salty water in total darkness for an hour and a half. It was a very strange experience, but it kind of worked actually!
What’s the point?
Cutting yourself off from all your senses and freeing myself of distractions is supposed to let me mind and body be free to just relax. With everything going on in daily life and the pressure everyone is under, it was pretty nice to just do nothing and not have to worry about anything. I was floating in very warm water that is supposed to allow you to not even realize you are floating. Some people say it’s like getting a massage, or therapy, or like sleeping a very good night’s sleep. It’s not something I thought I would ever try honestly. It’s supposed to clear your mind of thoughts and allow you to be in a state like meditation. It worked for me somewhat as it cleared my mind and then I was drifting in and out of sleep and relaxation.
How’s it work?
The temperature of the water is set to be the same as your skin temperature so when you relax you aren’t supposed to even notice it. The water is extremely salty so that you float without effort. Sound and light are cut off and then you just float away and let time pass. The session itself is about an hour and a half but it takes more time to really get through the before and after. Before you shower off in a nice area to prepare yourself. After you can shower again to rinse the salt and get ready to go out into the noisy hectic world again.
The place I went to was $45 for the hour and a half session. It was set up like a spa though where as soon as you walk into the lobby it starts feeling calm already. Toiletries are provided for your shower and the session doesn’t start until you enter the tank. Then there’s plenty of time after the session to shower off again and get ready. No rushing! I’d say I was there for more than 2 hours and all of it was a relaxing experience. That’s technically cheaper than a massage and definitely cheaper than a therapy session for sure!
It was a pretty interesting experience that I liked enough to try again before passing judgement. It was definitely a bit scary since I don’t know how to swim but the water was salty enough that it was extremely easy to float. I didn’t relax completely but hopefully next time I will!
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever tried for relaxation?