My birthday is coming up this week & i’ve been trying to decide what i want to do for it. I don’t like making a big deal and lets face it i’ve had some pretty wild birthdays in the past, so this year for the big 25 i decided that i wanted just some ME time – after all this year has been all about self care and self discovery.
I thought about a Spa day to relax and get a nice massage and a few treatments but when i was over in Spain last week me and my Dad went to the Spa over there and got a lovely Thai massage. They also had really cool hydrotherapy showers, ice plunge pool, jets and the usual steam room / sauna so we made good use of all of those. Since only just going to the Spa i then wanted to think of something different to do for my birthday but still focusing on ME time & self care.
I then thought maybe i could go to a yoga retreat or something like that for the weekend but it didn’t really make much sense as i have an unlimited membership at a yoga practice which i can go to anyway and they have really amazing teachers and classes. So going away to a yoga retreat for a day or two wouldn’t really be anything special.
A few other things crossed my mind to do but then all of a sudden it came to me. FLOATING!
I have been wanting to try floatation therapy for a really long time but it can be quite costly and with that expensive bodybuilding hobby of mine, along with yoga, tuition fees & life, floating was put on the back burner. So i decided to treat myself for my birthday and book in for my first of three floats.
For anyone who doesn’t know a float tank is just another name for a sensory deprivation tank. Basically you climb in to a huge sound proof pod/tank filled with body temperature water and loaded with epsom salts, you close the lid so that your in the dark and silent and then you lay back and float. Your deprived of any visuals and any sound and because the water is body temperature when you are floating you are also deprived of any tactile stimulation, inside the tank there’s no oudor so as long as you keep your mouth shut you are deprived of all senses.
Sounds a little scary right?
Just you and your thoughts.
Just think, even when you are meditating, your mind brain is still subconsciously taking in and processing a lot of things such as the floor you are sitting on, the temperature of the room, a breeze, the feeling of your clothes, your sitting position. So even though you can reach a point in meditation where you do not consciously take notice of these things your brain is always subconsciously taking them in. In a sensory deprivation tank you have nothing at all to distract your mind. There’s no other way for you to experience this except in a float tank and i can’t even begin to imagine how exciting and wonderful it must be just to be present with your consciousness during that time. I’m really looking forward to it and even though the thoughts of climbing into a big tank of water and closing the lid is terrifying to me (fear of water i’m only just learning to overcome) it is something i am willing to do in order to have this chance to really explore and get to know my own consciousness better so that i can grow and become a better and stronger person.
Of course i will keep you all updated on how it goes and make sure to keep an eye on my story for my video logs.
Love and Light x