Going in I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect other than that I would love it. I meditate regularly and deeply and have for years. I arrived, and the salon is lovely. Very zen and relaxing. Beautifully done dressing area and individual private float pod rooms. I did as instructed, went into my room, locked the door, and proceeded to take a shower with soap and shampoo to ready myself to float.
Upon getting in the pod I think my skin must have been kind of dry because I felt a salt sting like the ocean. The water was a nice warm temperature and easy to recline into. During my first float, I spent time trying to maneuverer a comfortable position and couldn’t seem to find one. I tried the neck float rest, then removed it. I splashed water in my eye (that hurts quite a bit), once I got into the float, I couldn’t shut my usually silent brain off.
Laying there in silence it seemed an eternity. As I had no markers for time I kept kind of almost anxiously waiting for the music to come back on to signal exit. I felt tingles in my muscles and twinges where I am healing from an injury.
By the time I was just about finally relaxed and beginning to possibly get into it, time was up. I got out, showered, and proceeded to the relaxation area and oxygen bar which was lovely.
We did sign up for another float because my husband had a very good experience. So we still had 2 more on file to use.
The next day I woke up and felt terrible. As if someone had beat me up in my sleep. My everything was sore. As I awoke I also found that I was very overly emotional for no reason and just felt bad.
I didn’t understand what had happened.
I spoke with my Naturopathic Physician who explained that this reaction is actually normal. What was happening was a detoxification healing crisis along with a drop in my cortisol (stress hormone) level. It would pass and was actually for my best and highest good even if it sucked at the moment.
In understanding this: I bravely (or stupidly depending on who you ask) went back again to float yesterday. This time? It was more familiar. I moisturized well all week so there was no itching. My earplugs were in place this time before the shower so they fit well, and I used the Vaseline given on my lips and right at the corner of my eyes.
I also had them put on some meditation music rather than silence for the time. I laid back and chose the most comfortable position I had found and this time surprisingly I relaxed in only a few minutes and had a wonderful meditative experience. I felt as if I was being suspended and fully supported in warm jello. It was amazing!
The zapping feeling in my muscles while in mediation encased my damaged areas. I believe that was healing I was experiencing. I stayed in for most of the time, getting out 15 minutes early when I started feeling stiff. (I didn’t want to push it or experience what I had before).
This time I felt some zaps and painful zings in the middle of the night deep inside my bones. It felt like pain leaving my body, even if I had to experience it as it left this one last time. What exactly was detoxifying, I could not tell you.
We will be going back again. I am very glad I pushed through and asked for answers to understand what had happened to me.
I fully believe this is good for my health and eventually floats will be totally pain-free as will I.
I hope this helps someone should you experience something similar, because I could not find anything online anything like my float.
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