Float therapy? An hour bobbing around in salt water? In the pitch dark? With nothing but my own thoughts? Yikes!
Let me first say, I have trouble sleeping. As a 40-ish mom with kids and an ever present to do list, it's hard for me to calm my mind, I'm always planning what's next, especially at 3am.
Float therapy has been a hot topic at work and based on the recommendation of 2 coworkers, I was intrigued. What did I have to lose? Ok, maybe $40 for the first trial but I potentially would gain stress relief, a chance to meditate, relax and 'center myself'. Bonus, this place was 10 minutes away from house.
Based on my minimal research, I found that this location didn't have float capsules but private rooms- with wading pools vs. a coffin type of experience. It was almost like a private shower room at a fancy spa.
After a quick shower to wash off the perfume/soaps/lotions of the day, I entered the pool and took a bit of time to adjust to the feeling of being completely buoyant in the pitch dark. It was recommended that you count backward from 100 or concentrate on your breath to relax. I must have counted down from 100 a least 4 different times.
I think I fell asleep but found myself jerking myself awake, only to realize I was floating around and had to calm the waves back down. It was a bit like being on a waterbed.
In the end, when the lights came back on, I found myself waking up and feeling a bit groggy and my limbs were heavy like I had run a mini marathon. I felt calm but really exhausted.
Not sure if the benefits lasted as long as I was anticipating but I did have a great nights sleep.
Maybe I'll try it again... or just get a hour long massage instead!