Float Away

Whether it’s physical feats through sport/activity, the grind at work, or pressure at home, it’s hard to turn OFF. Our frenetic identities of “living” today, are a multichotomy, to say the least.

What are you doing to wind down, relax, let go, take respite? What are you doing to recover from hard workouts, difficult weeks, and life stresses?

Some of you may or may not have found your gateway to ease (i.e. deep breathing, walk in nature, ocean swim, meditating, yoga, massage, stretching, etc.). Here’s something else you can try!

I recently went to “Life Spring Float Tank Centre” in Cockburn. Watch my video above to see the float pod and set up in a private room.

To be honest, I initially looked at floating as a ‘placebo’. Whatever it is that you like, want or feel the need to do-> THAT will help you! Back to floating… after reading many articles dispersed over the last 50 years I was schooled and intrigued.

Generally speaking here, from a few standpoints (there are more):

Physiology- ↓ heart rate, ↓ blood pressure

Neuropsychology- ↑ production of alpha & theta waves and ↓ production of beta & gamma waves

Pain- ↓ chronic pain

Recovery- ↑ musculoskeletal recovery

So what? Well, it has helped thousands of people with anxiety, PTSD, addictions (smoking, alcohol), fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, psychosomatic illnesses, and athletic recovery.

Most studies work with the R.E.S.T. {Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique/Therapy} principle/theory which ties in perfectly with reasons why people would want to try a Float in the first place. You have a private room, private pod, no sound, no vibration, essentially no stimulation. It’s just your naked self in the water.

Now, if you are an A.I.R. head that might be a challenge. A head that has the “Anxiety Induced Relaxation” attached to it, going to a million thoughts a minute upon ‘trying to relax’. You might want to pretend it’s a game and do exercises in the water to help you get in the mood of chilling. There is plenty of room in the pod to stretch, do yoga, squat, etc. You don’t HAVE to close your eyes and sleep the whole time. I, myself, did 30 minutes of stretching. It’s your 30 minutes (or 1 hour) of time. Do as you please!

We are all bombarded with hyper stimulation today, producing way too much cortisol, creating a cataclysmic effect on all the systems in our body. Everyone knows stress generates inflammation. Small amounts of inflammation that the body can flush out are fine… but heightened, prolonged tsunamis of inflammation will not go unnoticed. How the inflammation manifests itself is entirely individual. How are you switching off today? Why not try a float! It might be what you need.

Take a vacation from your problems!

Stressing your way to destruction?

Let’s say you are getting better at moving.

You have a greater understanding of your body.

You are eating healthy.

You “take care of yourself” movement based and nutrition based…. but, BUT

You still stress yourself out WAY TOO MUCH.

ALL. THE. TIME.

It doesn’t matter whether you have psychological, emotional, mental, or physical stress in your body, your cells will not know the difference. Eutress, distress, it’s ALL the same. It’s stress in your cells. Stress is stress. I am a ball-iever, a mover, and an advocate of the next position is the best position. AND AND AND no matter how gooood a mover you are, if you stress yourself out then your cells will keep on creating damage in the body at the micro level…. which can slowly, over the years manifest at the macro level.

If sometimes you are not able to move as much, or eat as healthy or do the things you want to do because of “Life circumstances”, it’s OKAY!!! For example: you need to work extra hours… and your office is set up by chair and desk (i.e. sitting all day long). You get upset, frustrated, mad, even irrate! This makes matters worse for the body. Trust me, I know! And I know you know too :)

Let’s be good to ourselves.

Nothing like a good ol’ look in the mirror and “SMILING”
It’s better than beating the shit out of yourself… wouldn’t you agree?
We are hardest on ourselves because it is so easy to be.
Our cultures teaches us so well.

Today, enjoy your day. Take a vacation from your “challenges” in life and just BE you.
Have you ever seen “What about Bob?” with Bill Murray, when Dr. Marvin prescribes Bob to:

Take a VACATION from your problems!

Yes, if you need a glass of wine or feel a chillin’ day is in order “Do it!”.
Enjoying life and have fun!!!!
Or if you need to yell profanities for one minute first-> a pillow or water work well :)

Have a wonderful, fabulous day, afternoon, night wherever you are in the world!!!!!