17.1.14

Feels Like I'm Floating...

There's no better way I could think of to start a Monday morning. A relaxation experience; one that had been on my radar for a couple of years but was just one of those things that you never get around to.

As part of the BRITA Boost Challenge, I am going dry this January. No alcohol. All month. No problem?! One of the reasons that people say they drink, is to relax. So BRITA found me a new way to relax...

January

Me and my BRITA Fill&Go bottle got up and made our way down to London Bridge to Floatworks on Monday Morning for one hour of pure bliss.

BRITA Fill&Go bottle :) My BFF

I turned up nice and early for my 10am appointment. I had a quick read of the website in the morning so I kinda knew what to expect. I slipped out of my trainers and into some slippers; then shown to my room and given a quick run down of how it all worked.

Me, a private room, one tank, a shower...


the tank

I didn't hesitate and jumped straight into the shower - at which point I realised there were no towels in the room. Hmmmm, I'd sort it out later I told myself. I grabbed some ear plugs and while fiddling with them to see which size would suit me best, I dropped one down the back of what looked like a generator. Decision made there for me!

Check out my short clip of the room...this was at the end of my session so the noise you hear is the water being filtered...


The first ten minutes of your experience is accompanied by relaxing music. I jumped in the egg...I mean tank and remembered what I was told. Button to the left - light. Button to the right - emergency call. Bottle of fresh water - to the right. Lid can be closed or left open.

The scientific bit - floating on the surface of water, buoyed by salts, the logical left side of the brain slows and synchronises with its creative right side.  
You enter a dreamy state, similar to the roaming mental freedom you get just before you nod off. 
escaping gravity, temperature, touch, sight, and sound, your physical and mental energy is conserved and directed into revitalising you.  
The benefits: reset your hormonal and metabolic balance; ease pain; cure jet lag; improve physical performance and most of all, become fantastically relaxed. 

I closed the lid and tried sooooo hard to relax and float. However, I'm not a huge fan of swimming, nor water. Eventually (before the music stopped) I managed to let go and allow myself to float. There was noticeable muscle tension in my core, neck and shoulders so I used my arms to form a support for my neck and bobs yer uncle!

I was now somewhere between awake and asleep. The towel situation did cross my mind a few times but other than that I'm not sure I thought about anything...

Then I got a little itch on my forehead, and next thing I know there is salt water in my eyes. I get the bottle of fresh water and spray it in my eye. But then I got a bit panicky and went to turn the light on - except I had somehow turned around in the tank, and left was now right, right was now left and I pressed the button - the light came on. No biggie. ..."Hello?! ...everything okay?! ....Heeelllloooo?! ...You okay in there?!" ...

Oh me! ...erm, it dawned on me that I actually pressed the emergency button rather than the light! ..."SORRY! ...meant to turn on the light!" ...

Then I had a random point where I felt a bit nauseous. Not sure if this was real or if it was because I read this could happen! ...A quick lift of the lid for some fresh air and then back in. All is well!

lid closed...

When the music comes back on you know you have 5 minutes remaining (after 50 minutes of silence and darkness with the lid closed), plus about 20 minutes to shower and get dressed. The point where I was really glad I chucked a swimming costume in my bag so I could pop my head out to reception and grab a towel!

Somehow, post relaxation...I was unusually thirsty! ...Thinking about it, I should probably have drunk more water in the lead up to my session! ...Who knew it was important to be / stay hydrated for Spa / relaxation experiences?!

...Me & my BRITA Fill&Go bottle then made our way to meet a friend for lunch! 

Have you ever had a flotation tank experience? 

Wanna know more?! ...ask away in the comments! 



Elle :) x

p.s for more information you can visit www.brita.co.uk 

2 comments:

  1. Wow sounds like a strange experience! I'd like to give it a try :-)

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    1. you del should give it a try! ...one less thing on the bucket list! :) x

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