As a mother of two, a child-care provider, wife, friend, blogger; relaxation and time to myself is important. A week ago I was fortunate enough to experience an all new relaxation, floatation at Fadeaway Floatation Center.
You may have never heard of such a thing and may think this is a little out there, but believe it or not, there is nothing new about floatation. Floatation therapy has been around for about 60 years! Floatation therapy is referred to as several things such as sensory deprivation, isolation tank, etc.
It seriously is CRAZY to think and realize how much each and every one of us are surrounded by unnatural lights, noises, electronics (TV’s, cell phones, tablets, computers), and more. When was the last time you went without glancing at your cell phone or tablet? I’ve recently realize, that I glance at it or pick it up without even knowing really what I am wanting to do with it! Floatation therapy allows you to literally get away from all of these things.
“A float tank is not as much an object as it is an environment. An environment with the purpose of acting as a counterbalance to every other interaction we have with the world around us. It is the pursuit of a pure nothingness. A place of rest. It is an environment that allows our bodies and minds to sink away from the society that has been built around us, and to instead turn focus internally.”
Quote taken from Fadeaway Floatation Center: What can floatation therapy do for me?
Floatation therapy has several different benefits besides relaxation, but research has shown that it can help with arthritis, PTSD, migraines, hypertension, asthma, depression, rheumatoid arthritis and so much more. Check out the entire list here!
A lot of peoples response when seeing and hearing about floatation therapy is “don’t you get claustrophobic?” I thought the same thing. You definitely do not. The tank is very roomy and you have complete control of everything. You can enter and exit whenever you like.
Fadeaway Floatation is one of the only floatation therapy locations in Des Moines. Their facility is beautiful, quiet, calming, and tranquil. When you enter you feel a sense of calmness. The staff is very friendly and very helpful too!
I did a 90-minute float and arrived about 15 minutes early. The gentlemen checked me in and took me back to my tank room. Once we entered he showed me where everything was and went through the entire steps of prepping, things to know about the tanks, advice, and what to do when finished. After he left I began my prepping!
First you need to undress, take your contacts out, and if you have any small cuts, place vaseline on top. Then, shower including shampooing your hair and using body wash to wash off anything on your body. The shampoo and body wash is provided for you. Make sure to use cooler to warmer water. Taking a hot shower, may make you a bit cold when you enter the tank, due to the water and temperature of the tank being the temperature of your normal skin. Pat yourself dry, put your earplugs in (provided for you) and walk into your tank.
Shower in your room
Shelf with vaseline, contact case & solution provided, slippers and comfy towels
Once you enter the tank and your hands touch the water, try not to rub your eyes. If you get an itch on your face, there is a washcloth you can grab right outside of the tank. Remember there is a LOT of Epsom salt in the water, so it WILL sting if it gets in your eyes.
Picture of actual tank
Now, it’s time to let all your worries go! It does take some time to get acclimated to the water, tank and environment. Remember, your body and brain are not used to something like this. To get myself relaxed, I took several deep breaths. After about a half hour or so, I was able to truly let go. It is recommended to float for a 90-minute session, due to it taking time for your body and mind to adjust.
When your time is up light music begins to play. This is when you know it’s time to get out of the tank. At this time, slowly get out of the tank, rinse and wash yourself off. Get dress, exit the room and you can go to the bathroom across the hall to finish getting ready. In the bathroom, there is a hairdryer and some other necessities you may need!
Floatation will be different for everyone. After my floatation, I felt very relaxed and calm. It is hard to describe 🙂 Each time you float it’s different and it’s recommended to do it several times, to gain the most benefits. I definitely recommend for anyone and everyone to give it a try. You have nothing to lose!
Fadeaway Floatation Center wants YOU to give it a try too! They are allowing me to give away ONE 90-minute session for FREE! I am so excited for someone to give this a try and share their results.
To enter in to win, you will need to do ALL three things:
- “Like” Fadeaway Floatation Center on Facebook. Their Facebook page is an awesome resource to learn more about floating. They are always sharing awesome research and benefits!
- Share this blog post on YOUR Facebook page.
- Comment below why you would benefit from floatation therapy. Please also leave your e-mail, so I can let you know if you’ve won! 🙂
I will draw a random winner on Friday! Good luck!