Denton County Outlaws(mens roller derby)
I had the most extraordinary experience last week on vacation and it started with a sugar cookie. I stayed in town and spent every day at Adrift Float Spa on Preston & Northwest Highway, floating in a foot of water super saturated with 1200 pounds of epsom salts heated to body temperature so you are essentially a human cork floating in the brine. It is hard to describe how absolutely incredible it was especially when I could actually "let go" and sink into the total relaxing effect of my peaceful surroundings.
It was intimidating at first because I saw the movie Altered States when I was a kid so the words sensory deprivation tank have a foreboding connotation. That film,by the way, was inspired by the man who created the first sensory deprivation tank. John Lily.
A bowl full of free sugar cookies in the hallway leading to the changing room made me realize this might be a different journey than the one Dr. Edward Jessup went on in that flick. Cookies are amazing not for their deliciousness but because they are a symbol of hope. How can you not have just a little when there is a cookie in your paw?
My fear further abated once I got in to the tub (which is huge as is the room it is in) I was too scared to be in the dark the first time so I opted for the light therapy (they will put a soft blue light under the water) which was soothing but ultimately unnecessary. My stress began to melt away IMMEDIATELY...If you don't know about magnesium and how it can help you especially if you are stressed CLICK HERE for some deeper insight from a doctor who swears by it.
The next time I floated it was in the dark. That is where the fun began...
Once you become one with the water you forget you are in it. It is a part of you and you are a part of it. There is no sound at all but your own breathing. You are wearing earplugs which strangely seem to amplify the sound of your breath & heartbeat in your head and when your muscles relax you can hear them too. I will confess that I freaked out a little when the bones in my neck settled because their crackling in my head, in the dark, the "noise" comes close to what I imagine tentacles might sound like when they are slithering out of the cracks in the wall to pull you deeper into the void.
Hallucinations are common for floaters.
Floating in this dream tank was enlightening because I didnt realize how hard it was to just let go. But when I did the weightless sensation was liberating and restorative. It is the closest you will ever get to defying gravity without becoming an astronaut. That letting go in the tank has helped me find ways to do it in my life.
The results so far are that my stress, depression, anxiety and back pain have all dissipated. One other surprising result is the total lack of desire for coffee, in fact I can't even bear the smell of it which is a surreal situation for an addict who previously had a habit of 8 to 10 cups a day. The weirdest effect has been to my banjo practice. My finger dexterity with the fret board has improved dramatically and I am not sure why.
Joe Rogan has been a passionate floater for years and his words on the magic of floating are galvanizing and thought provoking ESPECIALLY when he talks about "layers to the onion"