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Free Your Schedule, Free Your Mind

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Our society is filled with ideas around, “I can do anything,” and, “The sky’s the limit.” As a result, people are often running around trying to squeeze as much out of life into each day. They run around from one activity to another trying to “get the most” out of their life. However, sometimes people spend too much time on doing things instead of what is going on within themselves. They also do not always examine how their intensely booked schedule is taking a toll on them. Chronic fatigue and anxiety are rampant and our fast and furiously booked schedules contribute.

It is important to balance activity with non-activity. One can see this concept in the yin-yang symbol. The yang represents activity. The yin represents inactivity. They must be balanced in order for there to be harmony. In today’s world of busyness and speed a “discipline of slowing down” is required. Slowing down can come in the form of saying no to going out five days in a row after work and carving out a night to chill out at home and relax. It might mean saying no to the sixth exercise class that week and instead sitting at home enjoying a cup of tea with a loved one, or a gentle walk by the beach to be reminded of the beauty of nature.

Saying no to the overfull schedule frees up space in one’s life and it frees up space in the mind. It can allow deeper thoughts to come through. Those thoughts are important to express. It might result in you taking on a different point of view about your boss or child. The benefits of slowing down and taking on different points of view are enormous. Relationships are guaranteed to be enhanced and you are guaranteed to have more energy.

Leah Pellegrini

Assuming the Position

assuming the positionFloating is not like laying down on a flat surface.  There is no pressure on the body, and nothing to push against mom and baby.  There are many reasons why normally pregnant women can not lay in certain positions.  Pressure can constrict the blood flow to the mother and/or the baby.  It can be physically harmful to health of the growing baby.

However, in a sensory deprivation tank she can lay down in any position she wants to!

While I was pregnant it was so comforting to relax on my back.  It was euphoric to recline on my belly.  No matter how big that baby belly gets, the Epsom salt water gently supports the body and the magic of buoyancy keeps you afloat.

I used to be a stomach sleeper.  So I missed this as a full term pregnant woman.  Once, while on vacation in Hawaii, (baby moon) my man dug a hole in the sand so I could sunbathe while laying on my belly.  It was so loving and wonderful.  The sensory deprivation tank was the only other place I felt safe laying on my belly like this.

Northwest Floatation Center

The Story Behind the Benefits of Epsom Salt



Many of the benefits of floatation therapy arise from the fact that magnesium is the key component of the Epsom Salt that is used to make floaters buoyant in the tanks. Although floaters often discuss the various benefits of floating such as enhanced creativity, reduced pain, relaxation, and improved concentration, the specific benefits of Epsom Salt are often forgotten. Epsom Salt is actually a huge contributor to the overall benefit of floating.

Epsom Salt’s Secret Weapon: Magnesium

The primary reason that Epsom Salt is so beneficial is that it is composed of magnesium and sulfate. Magnesium is incredibly important for the health of your body, but the National Academy of Sciences has found that most American adults don’t have enough magnesium in their system.

Northwest Floatation Center

The Science Behind REST and Float Tanks

The Science Behind REST and Float Tanks

Sensory deprivation tanks today are featured on popular media and are being used more frequently by average people looking to relieve stress, pain, and other chronic ailments. How did floatation therapy come into being? How does it work?

The first sensory deprivation tank was created by neuroscientist John C. Lilly. He was curious about what the effects the elimination of external stimulus would have on the mind. An LSD enthusiastic who believed in creatures from other dimensions, he had some particular expectations on the effects the tank would yield. This first tank had 160 gallons of water, and participants were submerged completely from the neck down. They wore a “blackout” mask to eliminate any light pollution. The temperature of the air and the water were tightly controlled to be the same as average skin at 34 degrees Celsius.

The tanks eventually morphed to become more like what they are today. The masks were done away with, and rather than facilitating complete submersion, newer tanks contained a high concentration of dissolved Epsom salts, allowing participants to float easily.