Every Mother should try floating.
If I told you to give floatation therapy a try, you would probably look at me like I had lobsters crawling out of my ears. “What therapy? And excuse you! Therapy?! What’s that supposed to mean?” That’s pretty much the same thought process I had before looking it up to see just how offended I should be.
The images that came to mind were the coffin-like pods shown in Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance video. I’ve never considered myself claustrophobic, but the thought of attempting to float in a dark enclosed space started to freak me out a little bit. Also, I cannot float. It was starting to sound more and more like a personal nightmare. I am pleased to inform you I was quite wrong.
It’s not what you think!
Floatation centers are becoming more and more prevalent. They offer private, spacious, shallow pools filled with warm water and Epsom salt. The amount of salt ensures that your body will float. Calm music and soft lighting are optional features, but it is highly encouraged for you to forgo these during your session. The whole point of this type of therapy is to achieve what’s called “sensory deprivation”. As a mom of 3, that sounds like heaven!
Float Therapy has so many benefits!
Besides the obvious sense of relaxation, floating offers some other great health benefits that a weary mom can get excited about:
- Pain relief – This may not be news to you. A soak in Epsom salt is the best cure for swollen feet. So knowing what it does just for your feet, imagine what it could do for your whole body! You’ll be melting away pain & tension in places you didn’t even know you had it.
- Healthier Skin – Epsom salt is microbial as well as micro-bacterial. So what does this mean for you? It means it’s going to help shed dead skin and clean it out good. So if you’re suffering from something like acne or eczema, this will help in a huge way.
- Healthier Hair – What it just did for your skin? Yeah, now it’s going to do the same for your hair. The salt strips all the product (dry shampoo, anyone?) and refreshes it. Pro tip: if you let your hair air dry after your session, it gives you the ultimate beach hair (with zero product).
- Mental Detox – As moms, we are surrounded by an abundance of technology (phones, tv, tablets, etc), as well as a never-ending stream of fussing, whining, and screaming. Lights & sounds make up our entire day. Relaxing in complete silence and darkness is like a reset button for the mind and body.
These are just a few of the perks of floating. Any mom in any stage of motherhood would benefit from even just one session. I mean any mom: working, stay-at-home, multiple children, or just one child. And if you can read through just those few points and tell me you don’t think you need, or at least want to try floating, I’m not sure we can be friends. Because I know for me, I’ve got 99 problems and floating would probably solve 100 of them!