I have just had one of the most relaxing experiences ever!! It’s called floatation therapy and a 1 hour float is the equivalent to 4 hours sleep. The water is 25cms deep and contains 525kg of magnesium rich Epsom salts.
I was shown into a room that had what I could only describe as some weird spaceship in it – it was actually the floatation tank. It’s like a huge bath with a lid and colour changing mood lights.
After being run through the do’s and dont’s, I was left to put my swim wear on and have a quick shower. It’s important to dry your face well before getting in because the Epsom salts can crystallise quickly. I opened the lid and climbed in.
The water was warm and my legs were already wanting to float. I closed the lid – it felt a little claustrophobic but then I remembered that I’m a hardened MRI expert and being enclosed in one of those is much worse!!
I pressed the button on the side to choose my light setting – I went for the Northern Light option (seeing those is on my bucket list). I laid back and it took me a good few minutes to find a comfortable float position. I started with my hands behind my head but didn’t feel as though I was completely relaxed so I changed position and just had my arms at the side of my body. Tbh, my limbs kind of found their own comfy position, my head lolled backwards and I floated quite happily for the duration.
It was an odd experience. I went in with a busy brain, thinking of 101 things that I need to do/buy/tidy. Once I was floating I found it extremely difficult to think of anything. It was like my brain had completely shut down and was also enjoying the sensation.
Getting out wasn’t very graceful! I’d been weightless for the last hour so I had to haul myself over the side and into the shower to wash the salts off before I resembled some sort of salty statue!
It was an amazing experience and I will definitely be going back.