Just last week I experienced my second float therapy session. A few of you seemed intrigued about what floating is like and whether I enjoyed it. I am going to give you some details about the float therapy session I experienced from start to finish.
What’s float therapy all about?
Float tanks have been around for decades but have recently become trendy again with the mindfulness movement. The idea behind float therapy is that when your body and mind and free from gravity, you can achieve a deep mental and physical relaxation state.
My experience at OmFloat
This was my second time experiencing a float session at Omfloat in Ashburn, Virginia. The sessions are 90 minutes long which includes showering time before and after. Wow that sounds like a long time-is it?
I was concerned about the 90 minutes as well, at first. Turns out the time really did fly by. After showering and entering the tank, I spent about 15 minutes trying to float. Unlike when you float in a traditional pool setting, you do not have to actively attempt to float in a tank. The tanks are filled with 850 pounds of epsom salts.
Each float tank has about 10 inches of water which is kept at 94 degrees. A neutral body temp that allows your body to relax and not feel the water. As you lay back the water will come up just over your ears. Ear plugs are provided for your use. I did not use them. A relaxing “spa like” music plays in the background for the first 15 minutes before fading out. When your time is up, the music comes back on to alert you that your session is over.
As I mentioned, I took a few minutes to relax and decide what position my hands wanted to be in. It’s interesting to not the thoughts that come into your mind without any distractions. I decided do some yoga like breathing to help me relax and let go and could even hear my heart beating once I relaxed which was kind of different. Surprisingly, I know I fell asleep for a few minutes because I actually heard myself snoring.
Do you feel trapped?
Some of you have asked if I felt claustrophobic? Ironically, no. I am a person who does not like small spaces but I did not feel anxiety at all while in the tank. The attendant suggested that I could wedge a washcloth between the door so that I would have a sliver of light. This really helped and I was not worried at all.
After I emerged from my float tank, I was invited to relax in the recovery lounge. There is also a selection of hot teas and coffees. Exiting the tank and getting dressed, I felt refreshed as though I had taken a short nap. Would I do it again? Yes I would however the location is a little far from me and at about $50 a session a bit pricey.
Hope that gives you a brief synopsis of what a float therapy session is like. Tell me-have you ever tried floating? Any questions I did not answer?
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