Floatation REST is the act of lying in a sensory deprivation tank with water containing over 800 pounds of dissolved Epsom salts. This creates a strong enough buoyancy for you to float effortlessly. Combining this weightless effect with no sight or sound; your body & mind are guided to fall into a deep relaxation and recovery. The air and water within the tank’s unique environment are maintained at a constant skin temperature. This reduces the separation between the your skin and the surroundings, eventually your body seems to gradually disappear. Each session is close to 90 minutes in length but most recall the experience as feeling much shorter. Those practicing REST (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy) regularly have shown to spark benefits in a multiple areas of health, well-being and mindfulness.
Going into this, I didn’t really have any expectations at all. I was a bit skeptical about the idea of lying in a tank of water, floating effortlessly and potentially falling asleep. Would I drown if I fell asleep? Am I going to feel claustrophobic? What am I going to do in there for 90 minutes? These were just a few of the questions I had before going in there.
When I entered the facility, I was immediately put at ease by one of the owners who welcomed me in. He gave me an explanation of the steps involved as well as what I can do to make the most out of my experience. After a quick tour, I was ready to get my float on!
What an experience! It takes some time to get used to the fact that your body is floating and I think the hardest part of the whole experience was trying to clear my mind of any thoughts. How often do you get the opportunity to just take time out for yourself and focus on nothing? For me, that’s very rare (as I’m sure it is for many of you). Once I was able to simply focus on my breathing, it did in fact feel as if my body ‘disappeared’ and I do believe I fell asleep for a while (and I didn’t drown!). When the 90 minutes came to an end and I exited the float tank, I felt totally relaxed, rejuvenated and recharged. I felt as if a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders and I was ready to tackle the world.
How does this relate to golf, you ask? Well, golf is a mental game. Yes, you need to have a sound and repeatable golf swing to be successful at the sport. What most people undermine is the fact that the mind has a lot to do with how well or how poorly you play. No matter how well you swing the golf club, if you can’t focus on the task at hand and control your thoughts, you won’t be able to take your game to the next level. After my experience at Float Sense, I can see how this type of therapy can teach you to clear your mind and put yourself in a state of meditation. How many times have you been out on the golf course and you’re carrying all this baggage with you in your head (a bad day at work, your kids driving you nuts, a fight with your spouse, etc etc)? If you can learn to clear your mind and simply focus on the task at hand, which is getting the ball to your target, then I guarantee you’ll have more success out on the golf course.
I really think they’ve got a good thing going with the concept of Floatation REST and you should definitely try it out. I’m already looking forward to my next float!
Leave a comment below if you’ve ever experienced a float. I’d love to see what it was like for others.