There is no denying that we live in a fast-paced, technology driven and chaotic world. Many people spend their day multi-tasking, running on automatic pilot and rushing from one job to the next. It can be really difficult to slow down, be mindful and concentrate on one task at a time (especially when you are a mother).
The idea of having time alone, in absolute silence, is a dream for many parents. This is one of the reasons that I was drawn to try “floating”. If you haven’t heard of floating before, it involves spending an hour lying in a tank of super-saturated Epson salt water. The water is heated to body temperature and the Epson salts make you completely buoyant. The float tank is a form of short-term sensory deprivation where all light and sound is blocked out. Some of the reported benefits of floating include deep relaxation, pain relief, stress relief, aids sleep and helps to provide relief for migraines.
I was somewhat skeptical about the floating experience and had some concern that I would hate it because I wouldn’t be able to switch off. My experience of this was completely different. While it did take me 5-10 minutes to completely relax and allow the weight of my body to be supported by the magnesium fueled water, I was pleasantly surprised at how deep in relaxation I got.
My body was weightless and my mind was quiet. I could hear myself gently breathing in and out. I could feel myself surrendering, letting go of control and allowing my mind and body to completely relax. There was no distraction, no outside noise and nowhere else that I needed to be.
Being 33 weeks pregnant, one of things that I enjoyed most about my floating experience was the bonding with my growing baby. I felt every little kick and movement because my mind and body was quiet. I could savour this little moment and really appreciate the life that I am growing inside me. All pregnancy aches and pains were relieved whilst in the tank. Amazing!!
If you would like a break from the “outside world”, maybe you should try floating and see how it works for you. I know today won’t be my last.