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Leah Pellegrini

Reclining Pregnant

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I was never comfortable in bed, in any position.

Surrounded by pillows of all shapes and sizes was the only way I could fall asleep in bed.  Even still it was a struggle.  I needed a pillow between my knees, one behind my lower back, one tucked under my big belly, a couple for my neck and head. The quest for comfort was ridiculous. I bought three different body pillows over the course of my pregnancy.

However, in the tank I could lay down and rest at ease.  I could float on my belly and feel no pressure, no pain, just a good stretch for my stiff lower back.  I could float face up with no aching, no weight of the gigantic pregnant belly,no circulatory risk for the baby or myself, just comfort.  I could lay on my sides without hurting my hips.

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Megan sproats

Why I gave up the boozin’ and got into floatin’!

r2rThis warehouse party was one of the greatest parties Sydney had ever seen! Stopping traffic on Parramatta road even.

It was a special time in Sydney for this alternative music scene and it felt so soulfully freeing. It was hardly a rave or a riot but you know, it was The Telegraph!

Around the time of this party, I was living a fairly beige existence. My Friday/Saturday nights were about what I thought to be the best way to release the frustrations of the working week, drinking to get out of it. On this particular Saturday night, pictured and circled, I found myself in fairly bad shape and had to take a ‘sickie’ the following Monday. I came to work on the Tuesday and found the paper open to this page in the tea room. I quickly tore it out hoping no managers had seen me. A few of the ‘offices anarchists’ had seen it and were high fiving me as I walked back to my desk…

I decided that was it. It was time to get smart about how I would transform my boredom with life and the need to numb myself because it wasn’t healthy for me anymore. I had been floating for a year on and off and so I started floating every Friday night instead of going out and drinking.

That is when my life REALLY took a turn around for the better. Maybe even think Pre-LSD beatles to Post-LSD beatles but with solid ground and no LSD required! I discovered that while I was numbing myself from feeling the negative things in life, I was also numbing myself from feeling the smack bang heart opening beauty in life.

I’m all for everything in moderation and for me, everything about replacing boozin’ with floatin’, as a means of release, was so much better. I could write endless amounts on this.

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Northwest Floatation Center

5 Ways Floating Helps Chronic Anxiety

5 Ways Floating Helps Chronic Anxiety

Stress-related injuries and illnesses are the most commonly cited cause of hospital and doctors’ office visits. However, some experience stress levels higher than most. Chronic anxiety is a debilitating mental condition experienced by thousands of Americans. The causes of chronic anxiety are not well understood. What is well known are the debilitating effects of chronic anxiety: inability to sleep, hold steady work, or form lasting social relationships.

Some patients turn to drugs with debilitating side effects and deleterious impacts on kidney and liver health. Thankfully, there are alternative treatments. Floating is a scientifically verified alternative to drug therapy for treating stress and chronic anxiety. Here are five ways in which floating can help relieve chronic anxiety:

1. Reduction of cortisol levels

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Float Science

The Benefits of Float Tanks

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Float tank therapy or sensory deprivation therapy gives you one of the most amazing experiences ever for relaxation and stress relief. Research done by he Swedish research council has also shown that the relaxation that you get on a float tank drastically helps in reducing stress and relieves pain without any side effects. It has also been found that the floating therapy reduces the blood pressure and cholesterol from the body.

Sensory deprivation therapy was first introduced in 1954 by the researchers of National Institute of Mental Health, Washington. Its effectiveness is seen all over the whole world. This technique as has been documented and researched for physical, mental health, addiction, athletics etc.

The Isolation tank or float tank therapy increases the blood circulation throughout the body and also maintains proper oxygen supply to the cells of the whole body. It also promotes blood flow to the brain, which in turn maintains healing effect for the whole body.

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