When you arrived at this post you were likely to be one of two types of people. One, who like me, had heard of Floatation Therapy but wasn’t sure what it was all about or, you have no clue what I’m talking about.
Floatation Therapy isn’t widely available in this country, however it is becoming more and more popular. It involves ‘floating’ in a large ‘bath’ of water containing Epsom salts.
What’s that good for? I hear you ask. Let me enlighten you a little.
Floating has been researched and proven to be great for the following: stress, PTSD, depression, asthma, pregnancy, back and neck pain, headaches, poor immune system, Fibromyalgia, arthritis, eczema, poor energy levels, bad circulation, weight loss and addictions and even writers block (aha fellow bloggers – now your ears prick up!!)
When I was kindly invited by the lovely folk at Time To Float in Stafford to experience a ‘float’, I graciously accepted.
It’s worth bearing in mind that this was going to take me completely out of my comfort zone. I had never done anything like this before and would never normally consider it. But I really liked the sound of it yet at the same time I really had no idea what to expect. I will openly admit that I was quite nervous on the day. Thankfully, Mark, the Manager and owner made me feel at ease as he explained the whole process and what to expect.
You have the option as to whether you keep the light on inside the pod or whether you want to go for the whole experience and go for lights out. I figured that now I was there I should just go for it and so I did. Once I was in and got comfortable, which was a little strange to say the least, I hit the button and was plunged into darkness.
I was lucky in that I managed to get comfortable really quickly. I was told as a first timer, not to necessarily expect this. So I was immediately chuffed with myself when it all happened really naturally. So I lay back and got used to the feeling.
I have been trying my hardest to come up with a way to explain how floating feels. It’s really quite something. I felt complete weightlessness. To begin with I could envisage myself out at sea just floating away towards the horizon. Not in a bad way I hasten to add! I don’t relax easily IN THE SLIGHTEST, but hand on heart I can honestly say whilst I was in that floatation pod I was the most relaxed I think I have ever been. Now that is an achievement!
I didn’t fall asleep as some people apparently do. I can see how easy it could be to do so. But I don’t sleep easily at the best of times so I didn’t expect to if I’m honest. But that didn’t matter. I lay there on the water and I felt like I could imagine what it felt like to be in Space. I lifted my arm up at one point and it felt so heavy. And it was the same when it was time to get out. I had to take my time for the normal feelings of gravity to be restored. The hour in the pod passed so quickly. I honestly thought it would feel like forever but it didn’t in the slightest.
I had a shower to wash away the salts using products kindly supplied by Time To Float and moved on to the Recovery Room where there was a hair dryer to to dry my hair and a big mirror to use reapply my make up, all with brilliant lighting. I felt absolutely fantastic.
Prior to the float, I had been having back pain – an old injury that had flared up (too much swinging the little one around during playtime!) I am pleased to say that it immediately disappeared and remains so as I write this. I felt calm and ready to take on whatever the day threw at me. Including a boystrous three year old!
After your float you are invited to spend as long or as little time as you wish in the ‘Chill Out’ area where there is a glass of water waiting for you to re-hydrate along with any other refreshments you may require. There’s some light reading available on Floating if you wish to develop your knowledge further. It’s a perfect little corner to complete your session.
I can honestly see why Floating would be perfect for pregnant women in their second or third trimester. I remember the heavy uncomfortable feeling of late pregnancy only too well and to experience that feeling of weightlessness would have been extremely welcoming.
The one and only thing I would advise anyone considering a float would be to be aware if you are in any way claustrophobic. The warmth inside the pod coupled with the darkness and the enclosure may be too much for some. Having said that, there is a lot of room in there – it’s not like being in a coffin or anything equally frightening. And when you shut your eyes you can easily forget where you are. Don’t let this put you off.
It’s worth saying at this point that I normally have problems falling asleep at night. Saturday evening was like no other. I fell asleep easily and slept soundly all night long. A first in a very long time. For that, I am extremely grateful.
I had a really positive experience and I’d like to thank Mark very much for inviting me. I have already recommended Floating to several people and I will continue to do so. I just wish I lived closer so I could go again!
If you are in any way intrigued or interested in Floatation Therapy please do check out Time To Floats’s website or check out their Twitter and Facebook pages. All details of the cost and packages available are detailed and you can even book online! If you would like to speak directly to the team you can call them on 01785 747654 or email them at email@example.com
If you are in two minds? I really do say ‘go for it’. You really won’t regret it. I didn’t.
To conclude this post and with permission from Time To Float I have included a video for your perusal. Enjoy.
*I was invited to take part in this experience in return for an honest review
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