One evening as she was struggling to fall sleep, Ottavia Bourdain stumbled across floating. An avid Brazillian Jiu Jitsu practitioner, it had become increasingly difficult to sleep at night with the aches and pains of regular training. When she spoke with her husband Anthony about floating, she discovered he had enjoyed floating with his kitchen crew in the early 80's:
"An hour in the tank and I'd come out relaxed, rested, my back feeling amazing, and in good shape to interact with normal, non-restaurant people. Interestingly, I found that for a day or two after floating, my experience of colors and flavors would be much more acute and intense. Reds were redder, blues brighter, and the taste of food more explosive. Lying in the tank, I'd feel like I was moving through space, my bran speaking to itself in an unfamiliar language." - Anthony Bourdain
The next day Ottavia booked a session at a local float studio. Below is an excerpt from her experience:
Any sense of separation between skin and water disappeared, and it really seemed like I was floating in space.Every time I closed my eyes I had this strange sensation that my body was completely spinning around.
Memories that had been buried in my brain for so long came back to me.
Soon I was no longer sure how long I had been in there. Was it minutes or hours? I could no longer feel my body, and I kept wiggling my toes to make sure my feet were still there.
Before I knew it my session was over. At first I felt heavier, then, strangely, much lighter. My muscles felt loose and any pain was nearly gone. Though subsequent sessions have led me to believe that the physical benefits are actually only a small part of the positive effects of floating. Once you get used to the tank and can completely relax, you can quickly reach a state where your mind feels free, a relaxed state between wakefulness and sleep. At this level of brain activity, many report enhanced creativity and improved problem-solving skills, something I find particularly useful when I have to prepare competition strategies. Then there are the hypnagogic hallucinations, which can be visual, auditory, tactile, or even olfactory.
In the words of UFC announcer Joe Rogan, “The sensory depravation chamber has been the most important tool that I’ve ever used for developing my mind, for thinking, for evolving. Everybody should do the tank. You will learn more about yourself than any other way.” (Source)
Are you ready to experience more vibrant colors, taste explosions, and relive found memories while floating in space?