My First Float

The water in a sensory deprivation tank is heated to skin temperature and nearly saturated with Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate), providing buoyancy so you float more easily.
You enter the tank nude and are cut off from all outside stimulation, including sound, sight, and gravity when the tank’s lid or door is closed. As you float weightless in the silence and darkness, the brain is supposed to enter into a deeply relaxed state.
Sensory deprivation tank therapy is said to produce several effects on the brain, ranging from hallucinations to enhanced creativity.

I was a little apprehensive with going in for my first float, because I have been dealing with some acute anxiety issues. I called my sister to go over my fears and she was like, “don’t people go to float, because of anxiety?”. She was right and I quickly got into my car to not be late for my appointment. I’m a yoga teacher after all and with all the tools I have I should be able to deal with whatever comes up.

Driving in I had a major discussion with myself (doesn’t everybody) on how I’m was going to look at this in a positive way, making it all about letting go of some things that are holding me back in life and opening myself up for healing. Although, I was all about setting an intention, I was also all about having no expectations and letting things flow naturally.

I came to my room, which felt very warm and remembered to not shower in too hot of water, before getting into the tank. Stepping into the water I could feel the silkiness of the salt water and I slowly started to submerge myself in, to get a feel of things before I switched the lights off.

Once settled in I turned off the lights and it was just me, my breath, and my heartbeat. The darkness consumed me in a good way, like I was up in space floating. At times I opened my eyes and my brain could not differentiate if my eyes were open or closed. I thought for sure the ringing in my ears would be an issue, but honestly I didn’t even notice it at times. I floated effortlessly and to help with not getting pulled away by my thoughts, I started to count my breaths.

Counting my breaths, I did get some visuals and one auditory hallucination coming from my mother’s voice, “I’m not here anymore, so stop asking me questions!”. Right there is what I will take away from this experience. First of all you would probably think I would be saddened by hearing that, but if you only knew my mother, that is something she would say to me in her deep loud voice. I find it comical to say the least and I got the message loud and clear. Yes Mom, I will learn to listen to my own intuition more and stop looking outside of myself for direction.

In all honestly, I was worried I would have all this heavy stuff come up and it didn’t. Makes me think, I might be handling my stress better then I thought. I thank yoga for that.

Only downside to this experience was that I felt cold and I can thank my hot baths for that one.

My only advice for this kind of experience is to take on a witness mind.

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