I always envied the tranquility and the depth of the ocean, I have always imagined myself being afloat and lost just me and the ocean far away from everything and everyone. Many times I tried to float in the water but considering that I had to contribute physically I could not reach the relaxation state I so much craved. Few weeks ago I was invited to go to a floating experience at Floatworks in London. I was excited and intrigued at the same time I could not stop thinking how is possible to float in the water what kind of sorcery is that?!
Well the sorcery behind flotation is 800lbs of Epsom salt as I was explained by the owner Chris. More specifically flotation takes place in i-sopod flotation tank that looks pretty much like a capsule half filled with water and packed with so much saline that keeps you afloat. So not sorcery just modern technology and well the magic of nature.
In psychology there is the mind and brain debate, that we are much more than neurons and cells we are a soul and we have a "mind" and flotation allows you to disconnect with your body and reach a nirvana state where you are a spirit, many people have said that they have experienced a psychedelic experience, as a person of science and a supported of monism(mind and body are one)I was pretty reluctant but I am also very open minded so I was excited to experience this.
I always found it very hard to zone out that is probably one of the main reasons that I find it hard to sleep or even get drunk so even when I was floating my mind would not shut. When I got out to the real world I was told by the people that is a process to reach a complete state of nirvana and the second time will probably be easier. Which makes sense at first we are always scared of the unknown and we find it hard to let go completely.
Even though I did not reach a psychedelic state I managed to relax and it helped me sleep much better at night when I got home. Needless to say that the high amount of salt made my skin softer than baby's skin.
I cannot wait to go back this time, with my partner in crime Ana(Faded Spring).
Special Thanks to Chris and his team for inviting me.