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An Insider’s Look: My float experiences

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When I started getting into floating I had heard the results were cumulative—the more you float, the more significant and obvious the effects become.

This seems to be true in my case, and it makes sense when you consider that floating is a practice, just like exercise, eating healthy or learning a new sport. You can actually “get better” at it the more you do it. You also become more comfortable the more you float, so letting go and fully relaxing becomes easier. What was once a new and unfamiliar environment over time becomes a trusted ally in the battle against stress, pain and negative thought patterns.

For me, with about 50 floats under my belt, the results are most noticeable immediately after my float and in the days following. During the actual float session, I look at it as just a great opportunity to get some rest, relax, meditate and ponder whatever is at the forefront of my thoughts.

The most noticeable effects I have ever experienced from floating came after my first, and so far only, four-hour float.

After stepping out of the tank I notice my senses are heightened, ever so slightly. I feel light, relaxed and mentally clear. I always look forward to the drive home after a float. It is no longer a battle to try to remain calm in traffic. Over the next few days I am able to remain calm and control my stress levels; sleep quality is generally better; and tightness throughout my lower body, from injury and years of driving and sitting in front of a computer, subsides.

The most noticeable effects I have ever experienced from floating came after my first, and so far only, four-hour float. Some people think spending four hours in a float tank is crazy, but it’s not uncommon. I found time went by pretty fast. The results were well worth the time invested. I remember driving home and smiling uncontrollably. At one point I found myself laughing for no reason at all. I felt amazing, and those feelings continued for the next day or two.

Another time, while in Portland, I floated for 90 minutes, four nights in a row. I got out of my float on the fourth night, which so happened to be when I met my business partner in the lobby of that float centre, and I remember walking up and down the street staring at the night sky with a grin on my face that I couldn’t get rid of if I tried. Sounds and smells were enhanced, colours popped, the stars seemed to shine brighter and I was overcome with gratitude, marveling at how awesome life is as I strolled up and down that vibrant street late at night.

After stepping out of the tank I notice my senses are heightened, ever so slightly.

So, what’s the takeaway? My suggestion is to try it for yourself. The benefits are real and there are many. Each float is unique to the individual and the moment; the only way to know how it will benefit you is if you give it a chance. Let go of expectations and trust that each float will provide you with exactly what you need at that time, and it usually does.

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