90-minute Souler Floating in Melbourne. Last night I made my first appointment …
… and today I floated! I thought I had an idea of what souler floating would be like, but I learned fairly quickly…not really!!! In many ways, it’s like starting a new painting! It’s white, a bit intimidating, and healing…just like art!
I arrived 15 minutes before my scheduled appointment and was seated in the “zen” lobby with a one-sided form to complete. After I handed my clipboard back, I was taken to Suite 3 Green Room.
The Green Room is a fairly large square room with a shower and a “floatation tank” that looks like a giant white pod. She opens the tank lid, there is about 12 inches of water with 1200 pounds of Epsom salt added. She goes through a short list of instructions and then shows me where the button is to turn off the light for total darkness…YIKES…this just got scary! What if I fall asleep, roll over and drown? I was told that yes, I may fall asleep, but she assured me I would not roll over and drown…okay, I’m feeling a little better…not!
She closes the door to the Green Room, I quickly get naked, jump in the shower and then step carefully into the tank. The water is warm, personally, I would like it a little warmer, but I wasn’t ever cold or chilled. I lay down, closed the lid…now what? I hear music…what did she say about that…oh yes, I remember, I’m suppose to turn off the light before the music stops…so I did. It’s pitch black and quiet…I’m floating. I see nothing!
So as I lay there, I decide to meditate. How much longer? Should I have ear plugs on? I didn’t see a hair blower; crap I forgot to bring a comb. Geez, wonder how long it’s been so far? What am I going to paint tonight? I’m hungry. Where’s the clock? Whew, this is hard. I have to quiet my mind…guess it doesn’t matter if I’m floating in Epsom salt or sitting on a meditation pillow…it’s the same…my mind will not shut-up.
Breathe, Sherri, just breathe! After what seemed like 90 minutes (but was probably all of 60), I finally started to relax…I kind of zoned out. I think that’s why they recommend 90 minutes for your first “souler float”, but personally, I think an hour would have been just perfect for my first!
I continued to float until the music started to play. Thankfully, I found the button to turn the light on, slowly opened the lid and stood up. WOW, my skin feels like velvet. I took a shower, washed my hair…and then left the Green Room to relax with a bottle of water on a leather chaise.
It’s been 6 hours since my souler float session…and I am totally relaxed. I’m pretty sure I’m going to sleep like a rock tonight!
Will I do it again…YES, of course! The first time doing anything is nerve-wracking. But next time, I’ll know what to expect…..and I’m sure I will enjoy even more of the health benefits of floating.