23 April 2011

that post-float glow

These photos were taken right after our 90 minute floats. Float On is located on SE 45th and Hawthorne. The people who brought together their 4 hand-made float tanks and called it a business describe floating as, "getting rid of all sensory input allows the ‘constantly-make-sure-you’re-not-dying’ part of your brain to chill out for a second, allowing the creative relaxed part of your brain come out and play. Without the constant pressure of analyzing the world around you, you’re body lowers its levels of cortisol, the main chemical component of stress. Your brain also releases elevated levels of dopamine and endorphins, the neurotransmitters of happiness."

It's like going in for a massage except you are all alone. First you shower, then you step into the float tank, close the door, turn off the lights and then all you have to do is float. After an hour and a half, music fades in to supposedly ease me out of my float. It took both Steven and I over half an hour to leave: we were so relaxed and it was incredibly hard to get off of their comfy sofas. We're definitely going back. I left the Ocean room feeling beyond rested and the only downside was that some salt had built-up in my ears. Later on in the day we played a game of disk golf at the course, Lunchtime.


Anonymous said...

Sounds very nice and relaxing. I looked at the site, and it looks like a great idea. Do they recommend little ear bud things to keep water from entering your ears? That might prevent that problem. I hate it when I get water in my ears, as I did when we went snorkeling at Ichetucknee Springs.

Sounded like a wonderful day.


natalie said...

Yeah, they didn't mention it to me but on the pamphlet it talks about using earplugs. I'll remember to use them on the next go around. Love you Ichetucknee-poo... you are one of my favorite people in the whole wide world. xoxo