If you know me, then you know my brain runs at about a million miles an hour. I remember as a kid, when I used to lie down for bed, I used to try to get my brain to think of as many things as it could, in hopes of tiring it out, so I could close my eyes and sleep. I guess I was trying to meditate, but I just had the practice backwards.

When I took my first yoga class, it was all hot, power yoga. It was great! About 90 percent of the class, you are moving and doing. Just my speed! I absolutely loved it. I began to learn about meditation and, for the first time in my life, I started to find focus. About two years into my practice, I was introduced to Yin yoga.

This practice is much different from power yoga. The music is low and slow, or nonexistent. You hold each pose for two to seven minutes. You use every prop known to mankind. You sit in your space, and to me, that is where the real beauty of yoga comes in.

Although it can feel uncomfortable at times during the two to seven minutes that you hold each pose, you learn to let go, you learn to love yourself, and you learn to soften. You fall so deep into your own space that there is no competition, no race, no running. You are just simply being: breathing and connecting with yourself.

The mental benefits are only part of it. You will not believe how much good Yin yoga does for your body. By holding each pose for a length of time, you can access the connective tissue, the fascia: the never-ending web of five different kinds of tissue that runs through our entire bodies. More and more research is being done on the role that connective tissue plays in our pain and stress levels.

When I walked out of my first Yin yoga class, I was on a cloud, my brain and my body felt so relaxed. Although I still love a good power yoga class, Yin yoga has my heart.

Picture this: It’s typical Orlando summer weather, and everyone is on a short fuse. You worked until 8 p.m. trying to stay on top of a project that’s due this week, and your kiddo forgot to tell you until last night that she needed three dozen cupcakes for a bake sale today, and that’s when you discovered you were out of eggs. You went to bed exhausted, but only slept a couple of hours because your brain wouldn’t shut off, and now you feel like a zombie. A zombie who wishes there was a cowcatcher mounted to the front of this car, so you could just shove all this traffic aside and get to the office on time. Sound familiar? We thought so.

Stress isn’t just a bunch of unpleasant feelings that leave you drained and aggravated. It’s a cumulative condition brought on by everyday life, and it leads to critical health conditions like high blood pressure and heart disease, asthma, gastrointestinal problems, and depression. Managing your stress takes intentional action on a regular basis. Float therapy is one of the most effective ways to reduce your stress and relieve the symptoms it causes without drugs.

Soothing Magnesium Sulfate

Float therapy is a process of relaxing your entire body and mind, so you can let go of stress and anxiety, slow down the tornado of thoughts whirling in your mind, and help your body correct its natural alignment. Your therapy session takes place in a floating pod, which creates a sense of protection and safety, so you can truly relax. The water contains magnesium sulfate, also known as Epsom salt, which soaks into tense muscles to loosen them, and it makes you more buoyant in the water so that you can enjoy effortless floating. 

Sensory Deprivation 

Once your float therapy session begins, you’ll experience total silence and a calming dark environment inside the float pod. Because you’re floating, you’ll also have a reduced sense of your own body in relation to the space around you, which scientists call proprioception. This sensory deprivation interrupts the constant input to your mind, so you’re able to slow down, focus on the soothing sound of your own breathing and achieve a meditative state. 

Total Relaxation

As your mind and muscles relax, your body is able to gently ease back into its correct alignment: Letting your neck, spine, and joints fall back into their natural positions. If you work at a desk or spend a lot of time on your computer, you’ll begin to notice these effects very quickly during your float therapy session, even if you didn’t realize that there was a problem to start with!

Get Relief Now From Pain & Stress With Float Therapy

From the first appointment at Heal Pain & Stress Relief Center in Orlando, float therapy clients report better sleep and focus, and a more relaxed outlook on life in general. Contact us to schedule a session in one of our float pods, and start enjoying the immediate benefits while building toward long-term stress management and pain relief.