Float to relax

As soon as I found about floatation tanks (aka sensory deprivation tanks), I had been wanting to try the experience, and now, having floated three times already, I am excited to share.

Floatation tanks are filled with very very salty water (similar to the Dead Sea water), and one can simply lay down and float. The temperature of the water is similar to the body temperature, so one feels neither hot not cold inside the tank. Once the session begins, music starts, and when the visitor is comfortable enough, he/she may switch off the light.

Here you are, floating in the complete darkness and losing your sense of space, time and all your senses. With time, if one does not move, he/she stops feeling the body at all, and the mind can wander away into the Lala land.

Sensory deprivation tanks are used for many purposes

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  • you can float for fun
  • for relaxation
  • to reduce stress, anxiety, fear
  • to rest your mind
  • to boost creativity
  • to completely relax all the muscles in case of muscle disease

 

There have been cases when cancer patients exhausted after chemo therapy felt lighter and less pain after floating. There have been people who have had hallucinations and beautiful insights in the tanks. Floatation tanks have helped people who had anxiety and depression.

Now I guess it’s time to share my personal experience. I have to say that as soon as I lay down on any surface, I fall asleep immediately, and this has happened all three times when I visited the tank. The last time sleep was not too deep and I felt as if stuck between sleep and awake states, observing myself but not feeling anything. When I moved slightly in the water, I felt as if drifting away along the river, a very pleasant sensation. I did not see any colors or shapes, complete darkness. During one of the sessions I could feel tension decompress from my tired wrists (after I had done one week massage course), and I felt pain in different parts of body, which with time slowly melted away by itself.

After the session ended and I slightly moved in the water, I could feel my spine crack multiple times. I also felt completely numb and had no desire to move whatsoever. It was so nice and warm inside the floating pod, similar to the mother’s womb. When I opened the door and walked out into the room, I was very very cold, and had to stand under the hot shower for ten minutes. My knees were bending as I walked, and relaxation spread all over the body. I was

If you are curious to see me before and after the float, please check out the video.

What would you do if you weren’t afraid?

Imagine this – you are not afraid of failure, judgement, lack of money, possibility of failure – so many opportunities open up for you, and you can do just whatever it is you have always wanted to do. Continue reading “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?”

Little bites of joy

When we open our eyes and stop living on autopilot, we are able to find joy in every little moment in no effort.

What are little bites of joy? The moments when you feel alive the most and when you are grateful and aware of all the joy you can get from it. In every moment, here and now, there is great potential for joy, go for it! Continue reading “Little bites of joy”

Packing hacks

What we need and what we do not need on our journeys

 

Have you ever been on a trip with a huge backpack, and realised that you never used it? Have you ever regretted having to roll a big luggage along the street while looking for your hotel? Good new is that you can set yourself free from heavy luggage with mindfulness and consideration, and I will show you how to do it. Continue reading “Packing hacks”

Inle lake boat trip

Every child born in a family living on Inle Lake first learns to walk and then how to ride a boat. Every temple on the lake has it’s own boat parking spots, and every family has a boat. People live on the lake, travel to visit others and to go shopping by boats, fish in the lake and even grow their tomatoes in the middle of the lake water!

Lake Inle is 116 km116 and it is the second largest lake in Myanmar. It is in danger because of population increase, tourism and agriculture development. Welcome for a boat trip on the lake! Continue reading “Inle lake boat trip”

Celebrate life

One of the greatest traditions of humans is to celebrate birthdays. I am not sure who came up with this and when, but celebrating the day you came into this world is powerful, even if it’s just eating cake and remembering your good deeds.

What about other aspects of life? Is there some celebration lacking? Continue reading “Celebrate life”

I allow myself to be

My personal chant on honoring myself and allowing, but not avoiding, loving, but not fearing.

I allow myself to feel awkward.

I allow myself to eat meat.

I allow myself to have a white line on my back from suntanning in the swimming suit

and, unless I feel like it, I don’t have to be fit Continue reading “I allow myself to be”