I have now had two clients (both whith chronic pain issues, one with RA and the other with Fibromyalgia) complian of discomfort that lasted some time after their float. The woman with RA claimed she awoke the next morning with an RA flair up and was sore throughout the day. Something that hadn't happened to her for quite some time (her RA was well-managed according to her.)
The woman with Fibro claimed she felt nauseous and body sore througout the evening and morning after her first float.
Neither client has ever floated before. I too sometimes experience nausea after a float. This might be TMI for some, but it feels very similar to the nausea I would feel after letdown while nursing my daughter. I had read that letdown triggers a release of oxytocin, which sometimes will create nausea. I am wondering if something similar happens in the float tank with regards to the release of endorphins? Or could it just be an issue with their equilibrium? I also sometimes feel as though I am spinning while in the tank. During my first float that did result in some nausea.
As for the muscle and joint soreness these women experienced - could that have to do with some sort of detoxification process? I would really like to have a good answer for these women as to why they felt what they felt. Right now I'm just taking a wild guess. One women purchased a 3 pack of floats and she is willing to stick things out to see if her experience in the tank improves but I would hate to encourage her if things are not likely to get better.
Any input or advice is greatly appreciated!