Mellow Your Fellow: Father’s Day Gift Idea & GIVEAWAY
CONTEST CLOSED. Random.org chose #8, #1 and #4 as the three winners of the Float Tank experience through A New Spirit Wellness Center & Spa. JoAnn, Eileen and T, please contact Lori for information on getting your prize. Thanks to everyone who entered!
I was tense from fear: would I need to claw my way out? Would I get too cold? Would I go crazy from an hour of nothing?
And I was tense from expectations: would this truly change my life? Would I emerge seeing brighter colors, feeling serene and balanced? Would just one hour pull the toxins from my body?
Oh, yes, you could say I had some tension on my way in to the Flotation Tank (“sensory deprivation tank” is SO last century).
Rob (my husband) and I met owner Andrea Leigh for a complimentary flotation session (regularly $40) at A New Spirit Wellness Center & Spa in NW Denver.
I sought an experience in mindfulness and Rob was hoping to mend a running injury that had been plaguing him. Ever on the alert for you, gentle readers, I was also looking for a unique Father’s Day gift idea for Mile High Mamas to offer up to their hairier halves.
Andrea led us to a peaceful front room where we filled out a brief form and read an FAQ sheet about floating (example #1: there are 800 lbs of Epsom salts dissolved in each tank’s 10 inches of water, which renders a body weightless; example #2: the tanks are drained and cleaned between each user — yay). I picked up a book from the coffee table that extolled all the aMAZing things we were in for:
- body healing
- mind clarity
- deep relaxation
- release of endorphins
- heightened senses after the experience
- integration between mind and body
- a return to balance in the body’s systems
Next, we were ushered into a private shower room and told to rinse off our bodies and shampoo our hair with the provided supplies. And to don the supplied robes when we were ready to go into the float room.
In a dim, mystical-smelling room, Andrea showed us how the two tanks work. Rob’s was the bigger of the two, but mine was bigger than I’d imagined. My fears of claustrophobia evaporated.
Andrea showed us how to open and close the tank doors, where the call buttons were, and explained that if our necks were uncomfortable from the weightlessness, we could use the within-reach Styrofoam noodles as support. She pointed out a basket full of earplugs in case we wanted to use them, since our ears would be underwater (we both took advantage).
Once all our questions were answered, she said she’d come back and knock on the tanks in an hour, and she left us.
Rob and I took of our robes, looked at each other with what-the-heck eyes and climbed into our respective pods.
I quickly grew acclimated to the dark and the weightlessness. I became aware of my breathing first — deep and slow — and then my heartbeat. It was a constant rhythm that kept me in touch with my otherwise disappeared body. It felt liberating to have my sense of touch disabled for just a bit.
My mind chattered. I wrote and rewrote this post in my head. I kept checking in with my body to make sure it was still there. Both the temperature and the density matched my body, and it was as if I were both suspended and supported by the universe. Like being comfy in a womb but with the luxury of space in which to spread out.
Eventually my thoughts did take a break, and there was a lovely little fractal show projected on the inside of my eyelids. But it ended and I was unable to get another one going.
That was it. About when I thought it would end, I heard the knock on the tank. Both Rob and I emerged, put on our robes and went back into the shower room to clean up and get dressed.
We both felt amazingly relaxed, as if we’d just had a deep-tissue massage, but without the pain.
Rob’s calf IS feeling better. And I DID get to experience a few moments of deep mindfulness. While floating was not a life-changing experience, it was pleasant enough and I am eager to go again. Andrea says that each session is different, and I can’t wait to see what happens next time.
GIVEAWAY: Guess what? Andrea wants three of YOU (or your hairier halves) to become floaters at A New Spirit Wellness Center & Spa. To enter, simply leave a comment. No fancy-schmancy verbiage is required, but feel free to take this opportunity to WHY why you would like to try floating. We will randomly draw three winners on June 12, so the deadline to enter is that last moment of June 11. Please make sure your email address is easily accessible.