Could this be the secret? (Picture: Metro.co.uk/Getty
I’ve been on the quest for relaxation and inner peace for years.
My phone has become a graveyard for numerous unused meditation apps. My inbox is flooded with reminders and offers from yoga studios that I signed up for years ago.
With a mind that never settles down and with the permanent stresses and distractions of everyday life, true serenity seems like an impossible task.
But amongst all this, there was still one method I had yet to cross off my list: floatation therapy (otherwise known as sensory deprivation).
Floatation therapy is the practice of laying in a ‘floatation tank’ (sensory deprivation tank) and allowing yourself to fall into a peaceful ‘healing’ state while being removed from all stimulation and senses. Sessions are usually one hour, but floatation aficionados can ‘float’ for longer.
With floatation therapy becoming more popular, you can find centres popping up all over, with prices ranging from £50+ per hour session.
But what actually is this horrific-sounding experience? And does it work?
What is floatation therapy and what are the benefits?
Sensory deprivation involves lying in a floatation tank; a pod containing a shallow pool of water mixed with half a tonne of Epsom salt, making you entirely buoyant.
The ‘pod’ is also devoid of sound and light, immersing you in complete sensory deprivation.
There are numerous benefits associated with ‘floating’, from pain reduction to muscle relaxation and improved sleep. These bodily perks aren’t just limited to the physical – floating has even been known to aid mental wellbeing such as decreasing anxiety and stress.
Naturopathic doctor, Dr Lana Butner, tells Metro.co.uk: ‘This type of therapy can be a sort of meditative experience. While floating, your brain is not being flooded with as much stimuli as you’re accustomed to since you cannot hear or see as much as you would normally.
‘Your perception of your body in space is also altered, which provides a greater separation from reality. All you can really hear is your heart beating and your inhales and exhales.
‘These conditions are perfect for turning inward and focusing on your breath.’
You climb inside a tank and feel totally weightless (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)What happened when I tried floatation therapy
Floating sounded like just the type of thing I needed, so I was soon on my way to my first session.
The floatation centre I chose provided the aesthetic and feel of a day spa. Everything was made of wood and smelt like essential oils. I was promptly taken to my own private room, where under the soft lighting there stood a luxurious shower, bench for belongings, and the pod.
Ah, the pod. Giant, glistening white, and smooth as an egg. The whole set-up felt very Star-Trek-meets-Black-Mirror.
The attendant gave me instructions on how to use the floatation tank, which were simple. The lid could be opened and closed with ease at any point, with two …read more
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