Float lofts are popping up all over major cities, in Cincinnati I am now aware of four different locations where you can “float”. Floating is described as a type of meditation, pain management and stress reduction strategy. Of course, I had to try it so that I can report back to you!
Upon arrival, I was given a brief introduction to floating. The attendant described floating as “Flying” if medication is like “driving across country”. I was ushered into my room where there was a float pod and a shower. They suggest you put ointment on any cuts you may have as the salt content in the water is very high. The buoyancy of the water is the key to floating. There is a salt content is the same as that of the dead sea. It allows the human body to float on top of the warm water within a sensory deprivation pod. The pod had some soothing music playing for the first few minutes before it faded into silence. The lid of the pod can be open or closed; you get more of a sensory deprivation effect with it closed as it is PITCH BLACK. I am grateful that I do not experience any claustrophobia!
I agree that I felt like I was in a meditative “happy place” much quicker than I am typically able to achieve with meditation; however, after about 30 minutes, I lost my focus and was unable to regain it. Observing the pod environment became distracting: my hair swirled around and tickled my arm, I bounced off the sides, my arms were coated in crystalized salt, I scratched my nose and then the salt burned…at that time I knew I was done!
After floating, a shower is mandatory due to the saltiness of EVERYTHING in that room! I had to use a ton of shampoo (which they graciously provided) to help clean my hair and I think I used a gallon of conditioner! They also provided a room with hair dryers and mirrors to get yourself re-ready for the day.
I enjoyed the experience and would highly recommend it to anyone who is stressed out or experiencing chronic pain. There are discounts at many of the float locations if you have documentation from a medical doctor about your potential pain issues.