What used to be rather grimly called "sensory deprivation" or "isolation" therapy has resurfaced as the far more appealing "flotation therapy": Those in need of some de-stressing and mental relaxation can bob about, alone, in an enclosed tub filled with enough salt water to keep them gently suspended on its surface. I love it!
Anyone considering their first float might ask, “What will I get out of it?” The answer is, more than you can imagine. Flotation therapy has been studied for more than 50 years, and it is proven to enhance floaters’ ability to concentrate, complete tasks, and learn how to do new ones. However, the learning experience you gain while floating will go far beyond the cognitive.
Floatation treatment is meant to reduce stress. During a float session, you are closed inside a sensory deprivation tank, floating on water enhanced with thousands of pounds of Epsom salt. You don’t see, hear, or feel anything, so it’s impossible to experience external stress. However, people who float regularly report that after floating, they are better able to pinpoint stressors in everyday life. While some stressors are obvious, such as a high-pressure job or an elderly parent in need of care, others are a bit tougher to identify. Floating can help you identify internal stressors such as depression, a drive for perfection, or deep-seated anger at a situation.
Retrain Your Brain
Some floaters report that within the first five minutes of a session, their brains try to grasp any form of stimulation. Some people feel claustrophobic and momentarily panic. At Inception, they try to reduce the chances of this; for example, some clients leave their tanks slightly open to feel safe. However, if you give full sensory deprivation a chance, your brain will learn to retrain itself. Your body will learn sensory deprivation is nothing to panic about but something to enjoy. Over time, you may be able to practice meditation or deep breathing during your sessions.
Listen to Your Body
Many floaters experience chronic pain, from muscle tension or diseases like fibromyalgia. Some floaters are elderly or have disabilities that cause physical and mental stress. Whether you suffer from fibromyalgia, cerebral palsy, migraines, or stomach issues, floating can help you. In sensory deprivation, your body will calm down. As you stop thinking about your health problems, your systems will be less likely to react to them. Floating won’t cure health problems, but it may help your body cope more effectively.
Change Your Priorities
Perhaps the biggest learning experience you’ll get from a float is what happens afterward. You may find you aren’t as tempted to check your phone or email or go back to strategizing how to deal with stress. Instead, you’ll feel more inclined to let your brain and body rest for a decent period before tackling any tasks. Once you are ready to get back to your normal schedule, you’ll find completing those tasks feels easier. To learn more about how this and other learning experiences are connected to floating work, feel free to connect Inception in Farmington Hills, at bit.ly/FloatAtlnception.
Location: 31410 Northwestern Hwy suite G, Farmington Hills, MI