So yesterday I went to try something new. I went to the Float Center in West Omaha to go for my first float. I know what you’re thinking. You’ve never had a float before! Well here’s where it gets different. This is not a float as in ice cream float. This is a float as in “float around in some really high density salt water for an hour and half” float.
This is a new to me way of relaxing and healing your body. It is recommended by it’s participants for everything from minor aches to chronic pain to PTSD. I’ve had back issues and migraines for a couple years now so when I saw it on TV I thought to myself, why not give it a try.
So there are two kinds of float contraptions. One is the pod or tank which you see in the featured image and the other is a cabin. It is a space where you float in highly salt dense water to take the pressure off of the body and clear the mind. If you meditate or need a good place to just get inside your head and think this is the place for you.
My float experience was pretty cool. You get to the place and check in with they very nice front desk lady. Then she takes you back and explains the float and how it works and shows you towels and a spray bottle of normal water in case you get slat in your eyes and then leaves you to your own devices. The front part of the building was a good room temperature but when you went back to the part with the rooms for floating it was a whole different ballgame. I have no idea what temperature they kept it at exactly but suffice it to say it was overly warm. This would prove to be beneficial later as floating can be done in a swim suit or in the nude.
So before you get into the pod they recommend that you rinse off in the shower that is there for you in the room. Then you jump into the pod, close the lid and figure out how to get comfy. This is no small task as most of us aren’t used to just letting ourselves float suspended by only water. It was a lot easier than I thought it would be though. There were two different floaties of different sizes to chose for head support or you could float without. Once I got comfortable my mind started to wander. It went to all kinds of different places and over problems and questions. Kind of like when you’re trying to go to sleep and it’s just not happening. When I realized I wasn’t using this time to properly relax I started to attempt meditation. Now I’ll be honest the only thing I know about meditation is that you focus on your breath and try to let your body totally relax….
Next thing I knew I had woken up and had no idea where I was so I kind of jerked awake and ended up getting a bunch of salt water up my nose. 0 of 10 do not recommend the whole salt up the nose experience. I wasn’t sure how long I had been asleep and how long I had left but it was time to get out and shower because this saltines just wasn’t cutting it. Luckily the pod told me that my time was up and that I needed to get out about 5 minutes later. Yay! I didn’t miss much. But, whoa where did the time go?!?!
Overall it was a great experience. If you ever get a chance I would give it a try. I’d like to say thank you to the great front desk lady(sorry I can’t remember your name) because she was really great as well. 9/10 would recommend the whole experience but be careful if you fall asleep and don’t jerk up too fast.