Floating from the city

Today’s guest post is by Peppercommer Dan Salazar.

floatation-tankNearly a year ago my friend from Florida urged me to try something called sensory deprivation floating. He told me it was a powerful experience that changed him for the better.

Essentially it’s a coffin-like pod filled with 10 inches of salty water (1,000 pounds of salt in 200 gallons of water) where you lay completely void of any sensory input, naked. The point is to get out of your regular routine of sensory distraction and be forced to confront yourself.

Last week I decided to give it a shot. I went online and found a spa-like place “where expertise and quality care meet”. As soon as I arrived at the center I realized it was nothing like I saw online. My float attendant didn’t seem to be too familiar with floating at all. When she took me up to the second floor of what I found out was a physical therapy office, she revealed to me that the float tank was located in the employee break room – online they called it a locker room. It seemed as if they just happened to have a tank in this location as opposed to building the office around it.

My friend’s attendant gave him a 20-minute chat about different breathing techniques, and told him exactly what to expect…while drinking tea. He said it was obvious the guy floated a lot himself. I had none of that.

Most of my first time was spent getting comfortable, figuring out what to do with my hands and trying not to hit the sides of the pod. All of which could have been mitigated if explained to me prior to my float. I ended up having a positive experience only because, there and only there, the only person in charge of my float experience was me. That said, next week I’ll happily spend an additional $10 to be at a real spa with real experts.

9 thoughts on “Floating from the city

  1. Johnny: Just reading your comment now. This was a guest post written by Dan Salazar, one of our employees. That said, I did try floating once, and wasn’t at all comfortable with the overall hygiene (i.e. how often was it cleaned). Btw, I do hope you didn’t down your usual quart of DayQuil before floating.

    • Steve – here’s an idea. Fill that damn thing with DayQuill (or NightQuill)! We’d never catch a cold, we’d have a great night’s sleep – then again, if you roll over, you drown. Once again, reminds me of EPB.

      Dan – forgive me, didn’t realize it was you, but I’m assuming you consider it a compliment to confuse you with Steve.

      • Of course John and to tell you the truth I thought your first comment came from Steve. Man, we are thinking of Steve way too much

  2. It sounds to me as if the tank at this facility was really an afterthought. Were you worried about how clean it was. Doesn’t sound to me as if there are any regulations in place and I’d be concerned about swimming in someone else’s sloughed off cells.

    • Yea for sure! The water even had a yellow tint to it that made me feel very uncomfortable BUT the fact that there was 1000 pounds of salt kept me calm. Also when I finished my session I noticed the tank went into what seemed to be a cleaning stage, where all the water was circulated.

  3. Steve – I tried this in Hong Kong about 8 / 10 years ago – though it cost about $50 a pop over here. Last thing it did was relax me. First, yeah, totally felt like a coffin – even with Enya music; death simulation was not all that enlightening. Second, I felt like I was in someone else’s bath water. Third, yeah, the floating guru instructor freaked me out. Finally, somehow, it seems to misalign my spine – i actually hurt afterwards. So, all in all, felt just like EPB.

    • Agreed Steve. After my first float my neck hurt terribly. I figured out from my second visit that I kept my neck tense the whole time in order to keep it afloat, instead of trusting the buoyancy of the water and relaxing my whole body.