It’s been a while but I am back! Now that the cross-country season is over I can again give this website the attention it deserves.
I recently completed my second “float session” at AniccA Float Club in Naperville, Illinois. It was an incredible experience and one I recommend for teachers and coaches to try at least once.
A lot of thoughts go through your brain during the 1-hour float session.
Below are 5 things I learned from the experience.
- We are massively overstimulated. Light, sounds, smells, and other sensations. When you get in that tank and it is just you it is the quietest and darkest environment you’ve likely been in in a long time. An hour of that lack of cell phone, computer, etc. is amazing. Being in that isolation tank floating on thousands of pounds of salt water is like an Alt-Control-Delete for your mind and body.
- An hour is a lot of time. When you can’t see a clock and have no distractions you could get a lot done. Or you could get a lot of thinking done. An hour is a lot more time than you realize when you have it to focus on ONE thing.
- Your goals and priorities are beneath the surface. It took me a while in the tank to get all those day to day thoughts of “to do” type activities to fade away. It is almost like going for a run and those first few minutes are really hard. But once you are warmed up you feel a lot better. I had no pencil or anything to write with in their but came out KNOWING and remembering I need to be in the gym more often and getting back to this site. (I’ve been teaching for over a decade now and some people might benefit from things I’ve learned.)
- Having a meditation habit will make your time in the tank more useful. Practice meditating regularly so that you can relax yourself and control your breathing. It will enhance your experience.
- We are low on magnesium. If this post is right, 80% of people are low in magnesium. That means YOU most likely are. It could be from all of our processed foods and depleted soil. While, the research is mixed on if magnesium can be absorbed through the skin I think it is a potential additional benefit. Magnesium is in the water in the float tanks and I certainly felt more energetic being in there and in my opinion at least some of that was due to the magnesium absorbed through my skin.
If teaching has made you tired, crabby, sore, lethargic, or stressed a float session is worth a try.
Just do a Google search for your town and float and you should have no trouble finding something local.
Leave a comment below. Have you floated before? How was it?