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  • Writer's pictureKathy Rumsey

A new way to meditate?

I first heard about float tanks when I watched Stranger Things a couple of years ago. In the show, Eleven is put into one to help enhance her psychic abilities. In the show, they referred to it as a "sensory deprivation tank," though I imagine trying to market that term to the general public would be challenging...

Yesterday I had my first session in a float tank, and it will definitely not be my last. While I wasn't sure I would like it, I've wanted to try it for quite a while now. The gist: spending an hour in a pod about the size of a double-bed that is filled with 10 inches of water & 850 pounds of epsom salts that is heated to 98.6 degrees. After taking a quick shower to wash off any body oils, moisturizer, etc., I popped in a set of earplugs (to protect my ears from being submerged for an hour), got in the pod and closed the lid.

For the next hour, I floated in darkness and silence. It was pure bliss for me. When I've mentioned to friends that I would be going, I was met with comments about it not sounding appealing for two main reasons: being claustrophobic (you can leave the lid of the pod up to help alleviate this) and because for some, it's hard to imagine laying still for an hour with no distractions during the middle of the day. I'm not claustrophobic, and I've never really had an issue with being still for long stretches at a time (perhaps an understatement there, according to my husband).

In reality, though, having a quiet mind is necessary for the work I do. To believe to receive intuitive information and messages from spirit, I work to quiet my mind first. In the tank, however, the quiet went to a whole different level. And with little to no effort, I was receiving intuitive information and messages the entire time. It was pretty amazing.

I knew my time was up when the jets of the tub turned on — an oh-so-gentle nudge to bring me back to the real world. After another shower to wash off all the salt, I was back out in society, but the effects of floating continued. In addition to being super relaxed (and ready for bed, though that would have to wait a few more hours), muscle soreness in my legs I had going in was gone. Just another reason to make my next appointment!

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