On the 8th July 2015, I had my first float after not floating for several months due to our move over to the Sunshine Coast from od
erth. It was HEAVEN! After moving and working on opening the float space almost non stop for months I was close to the point of getting burnt out again. In fact, the week prior to our opening I was so exhausted that I was seriously questioning how I’d be able to attend our launch, and even more so, to run a new business. As soon as our pods arrived, I started floating again every single day and within the first 3 days my fatigue and brain fog disappeared, I was starting to sleep better again, my energy increased, and importantly, my thoughts turned positive again, knowing that I would be able to handle what ever came my way.
Since the first day I floated in one of our floatation pods I have been floating every day for 90-120 minutes, on some days even twice. You might think you’d get bored of floating every day for a month, however, my experience has been the opposite. The more I float, the more I want to do it, and I can completely attest to the fact that “the more you float, the better it gets!”
I usually float early in the morning before we open the centre. It is a very meditative practice for me and it leaves me feeling super charged for the day, full of motivation and positivity, while at the same time feeling calm and grounded.
Every float is different, sometimes I go very deep and enter a kind of void between sleep and awake, which is an incredibly profound experience, not comparable to any meditation I have practiced before. On some days my mind doesn’t switch off and I just ponder and work through any things that come up. What I love about floating is that it provides the perfect space to think about anything you want without the tiniest distraction. Personally, this allows me to find solutions or answers to questions I previously struggled to solve. I also find that I have a lot more creative ideas during my session, most likely due to the enhanced activity of both sides of the brain when you float.
On other days I purely dedicate my float to visualising and creating my life the way I want it to be. I use affirmations, visualisation and gratitude which are powerful tools to achieve our dreams and goals and being free from distractions I can completely focus on these. One thing I devote a lot of my attention to is the belief that I will be running, swimming and cycling again. Having had to give up these has been one of the hardest things I’ve had to come to terms with, and I seriously can’t wait for the day to come where I’ll be able to exercise again, and know it won’t be too long now…
Recovering from a debilitating chronic dis-ease that affected me for over 3 years I have come a very long way, and floating has played a major role in my healing journey. I am so grateful for being here now, sharing this wonderful gift with others and I can’t wait to see where my own regular float practice will take me in the next months as I know that I can only keep getting better! (You can read more about my story here).
Other changes I’ve noticed include improved concentration, no feelings of stress or tension in my body, consistently deep and restful sleep (I previously had insomnia so bad to the point that I would sleep maximum 2 hours a night), less cravings, PMS and anxiety, no more heart racing, and just feeling really happy. Plus my skin has become super smooth and soft – we’ve been joking that it feels like we’re growing younger rather than older and that we’re probably going to live until 140 with this life style!! ? And all this despite working 16 hours 6 days a week and working on my PhD in parallel!
There are so many other great things floating can do for you – read more about these here!
I can truly say that it has been an incredible experience so far and I cannot imagine going without my daily float anymore! My experience shows how important it is to create a regular practice around floating and I highly recommend it to anyone, regardless of where they’re at in their lives.
The good thing is that floating daily is not necessary to achieve all this wonderful benefits. However, as with most things, to achieve real and lasting results, a regular practice is necessary to fully understand and reap the benefits of floating. Plus, the benefits of floating are cumulative and will become stronger and last longer with each time you float!
A large body of research susbtantiates that our bodies and brains need the environment floating provides on a regular basis to be at our best, and floating regularly once a week, every fortnight or even just once a month will help your body, mind and soul rest, re-align and re-energise!
If you are a FIRST TIMER, we therefore recommend that you plan 3 to 5 float sessions, scheduled about one week apart. Generally it can take up to 3 floats to receive the full benefits and become accustomed to the process.
Please also don’t hesitate to get in touch if you are interested in knowing more about my healing journey and how I managed to heal without the use of antibiotics and other expensive treatments, I’m more than happy to share my story in the hope it will inspire and help others.