It has been about a week since my experience at Float Brisbane and I have noticed a positive impact on my overall wellbeing. I’ve reflected on the claimed benefits of floating and the results of my experience to find the following.
Here are my top five benefits of floating.
Better Quality Sleep
Prior to my float tank session, I wasn’t sleeping very well. I didn’t get very good quality of sleep, waking up constantly and at the slightest disturbance. Despite feeling tired, I found it hard to go to sleep and stay asleep. No matter the scenario, I was waking up feeling as though I hadn’t slept at all.
Since the 60 minute float tank session, I have had a better quality of sleep. I find I go into such a deep sleep most nights that even if I do wake up in the night, I very easily fall back to sleep. I wake up feeling like I’ve slept thoroughly and had a restful night.
Mindfulness & Mental Clarity
My meditation practice has improved since the floating experience. I’m able to focus more quickly and achieve a deeper level of stillness in my practice. This focus extends to my everyday experience through being more mindful in my actions. I feel much more connected to the present moment. I feel better able to process my thoughts and the ‘mental fog’ I would get constantly seems to have lifted from my mind.
Improved Response to Stress & Anxiety
Managing anxiety has always been something I’ve had to do. I have countless tools under my belt to deal with different situations. Earlier this year I noticed some of my go to ‘tools’ weren’t as effective as they had been in the past. For someone like me, this potentially leads to more anxiety. While I know it has only been a week since the experience, I’ve found myself less worried about, well, everything. Anything that caused my chest to tighten in the previous weeks seems to have lost its ability to stress me out. Even my inner anxieties seem to have lost their power.
While I know it has only been a week since the experience, I’ve found myself less worried about, well, everything. Anything that caused my chest to tighten in the previous weeks seems to have lost its ability to stress me out. Even my inner anxieties seem to have lost their power.
I’m THAT person to who the massage therapists say “You should come here every week”, usually at the point when they’re massaging my neck and shoulders. I carry SO much stress here. There are permanent knots. I know they’re still there but I have to say the tension has reduced significantly. With relaxed muscles throughout my body since the floating session, I’ve noticed that I’m achieving a deeper stretch in some yoga postures. Also, a reduction in muscle soreness after exercise is definitely another benefit I’ve noticed.
More Energy & Motivation
Potentially as much a result of all of the other benefits as the float session itself is the improvement to my mood. I’m much more eager to get up and chase my goals for the day. I feel energised as a result of better sleep and improved mental health. I am motivated to do more as I feel my body WANTS to do more, as it is capable of doing more.
I’m reconsidering my conclusion at the end of my previous blog post on my experience with sensory deprivation. Perhaps at the time of writing my last post, I was expecting something so different as a result of the experience. I’m becoming curious to see what further benefits I could attain from continued floating sessions. Float on.