Today I went for a much needed float at Emma James Physio- exhausted physically and mentally but also bloated from lack of sleep and eating too much junk over the weekend, it could be the answer to my prayers.Lying still in solitary confinement is quite possibly my idea of hell- I’ll be obsessing about emails and returning phone calls plus all the jobs I’ve put off. It won’t be relaxing.
I was very wrong. I got into the pod and lay back in the warm silky water rich in Epsom salts. I opted for interchangeable mood lighting. I don’t like the optional sensory deprivation. I’ve got a far too vivid imagination and I freak myself out in the pitch black (my husband and friends LOVE that benefit. It’s the ultimate in switching off.)
I automatically clasped my hands behind my head but slowly I felt my fingers unlock and my arms drift in the water. I began to feel all limbs and muscles relax, I was weightless. As though I was in a supersoft memory foam bed made for me. And as I focused on unfolding and relaxing each different part of my body I became aware my breathing got deeper and I was slipping into the stage of sleep of “drifting off”. I’m sure there’s a scientific name, but for me it’s best described as the part of sleep where you suddenly jump because you think you’re falling. Except you don’t feel like you’re falling. Or jump. In fact you can’t really feel your body, you’re just warm and relaxed and dozy.
And before I knew it, and before I’d began to think about what to cook for dinner and did the kids have homework, I’d been in there an hour.
I got out and showered and just felt unbelievably chilled. I didn’t feel bloated and I had a spring in my step from the Magnesium in the Epsom Salts, drawing all the toxins out. I had a cup of tea and checked on work and it was all just …. lovely.
I even felt energised enough to start working whilst walking briskly on the treadmill and having a quick go on the Power Plate. This NEVER happens…
So try it. Everyone has a different experience. My husband goes full black hole and has the deepest sleep for a full hour. He looks 10 years younger after a float.
I feel sharper, lighter, but relaxed. And not tired. It’s great.
This luxury medical centre is in pretty Old Town Hemel Hempstead with its own parking, so the whole experience including journey is just a really pleasant easy treat.
And if you’d like to take the plunge – treat yourself with £20 off a float. Just mention MEREDITH and you’ll receive a soul soothing float for just £30.
Go on. Get your bod in the pod.
The 10 benefits of Floating
1. PAIN RELIEF
If you suffer from chronic pain and injuries, you’ll greatly benefit from regular floating sessions. This natural therapy provides effective pain relief both immediately after and in the long run. From instant relief by removal of weight from bones, joints and muscles to the long term benefit of relaxation to enable rejuvenation.
2. RELIEVE STRESS
Do you have find it difficult to truly relax and unplug? A floating session can instantly put you in relaxation mode even if your body resists it. Floating reduces cortisol (the stress hormone) levels in your body. This reduction helps boost your productivity, and improve your physical and mental health.
3. ALLEVIATE ANXIETY & DEPRESSION
4. TREAT SPECIFIC HEALTH CONDITIONS
From #Hypertension to #Arthritis, Migraines, Insomnia, Post Traumatic Stress and even degenerative diseases such as #fibromyalgia
5. BETTER SLEEP
Because of the stress-relieving effect of floating, you’ll be able to sleep better at night after being inside an isolation tank. If you have insomnia or find it hard to ‘switch off’ your stressed-out mind at bedtime, give floating a try and see for yourself.
6. IMPROVED CIRCULATION
7. GETS THE CREATIVE JUICES FLOWING RELIEVE STRESS
8. IMPROVE ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE
9. HELP CURB ADDICTIONS AND UNHEALTHY HABITS RELIEVE STRESS
10. AIDS IN WEIGHT REDUCTION
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