I am lucky enough to live in Brighton, home to the eccentric, eclectic, weird and wonderful. Today I’m fresh back from ‘The Float Spa’, Brighton and Hove’s latest therapeutic offering, and I am feeling very relaxed and blissed out. For those that have never heard of floatation therapy then I shall explain. You quite literally float for around an hour naked inside a giant white egg-like pod that looks like something from a Woody Allen film, filled with warm epsom salt water.
Let’s get the technical bit out of the way first - epsom salt is otherwise known as magnesium sulphate and has the effect of drawing toxicity and acidity out of the body through the skin. Epsom salt has long been known to treat boils for this reason and can be very useful in conjunction with a detoxification programme. It is also useful for aching muscles and joints due to the combination of magnesium and sulphur. As magnesium is a mineral that the body requires for deep restful sleep and relaxation it can also be incredibly useful in the evening for a good night’s sleep. The salt has a very soothing effect on both body and mind and is great to add to bath water, which I do regularly at home.
For me the floatation experience was kind of like the gold standard of meditation. I noticed how little thought I had going on and how still I felt, and though I can’t be certain I feel that would have been a very different case 2 years ago. Though many use this therapy for healing and de-stressing, for me it was the motivation to just ‘be’ and to step out of my usual busy life of juggling a business, a home and kids.
An hour of floating freely in the dark in this womb-like state is said to move the brain from alpha to a theta waves thereby creating a meditative state. The literature for Tthe Float Spa states that in this state we are more likely to experience greater clarity of thinking. I laughed when I read this, as clarity of thinking has been a big focus in my life of late. For those that aren’t regular readers of my blog I should explain that my mentor is Jamie Smart, bestselling international author of ‘Clarity’ and ‘The Little Book of Clarity”. I have trained with Jamie as a Clarity Coach and as a result my life has changed immensely over the last 2 years since learning about this new paradigm in thinking around state of mind.
I wouldn’t exactly call myself an intellectual by the typical definition, but I’m certainly someone who has immersed themselves in a lot of learning, research, critical thought and reflection over the years, particularly in the health and nutrition arena. That’s all well and good for studying but it when it comes to most areas of our life the intellect and learning in this way does not serve us quite so well. If it did then the abundant information to us on the Internet and in books (there has never been so much!), then we’d all be floating (no pun intended) through life like a breeze.
What Jamie has taught me and what I teach my clients is that clarity of thought comes from a very quiet mind and that the traditional sense of learning does quite the opposite. A typical example would be a client who comes to me with a health problem and does the research on their labeled problem through the Internet and books and then gets themselves so tied up in knots at the all the conflicting advice. Their mind becomes so busy that they are unable to tap into their own intuition as to what it is they really need.
We are all born with innate wisdom but for the most part life tends to take us away from that. Certainly I’ve been guilty many a time of thinking that I can intellectualise my way to a solution instead of finding a place of peace and calm to let my own intuition provide an answer. I’m not ‘there’ yet and in fact there is no ‘there’ to get to, but increasingly I’m finding I have a calmer, clearer mind and as a result life is getting so much easier and more enjoyable. You see happiness is about not thinking much about anything at all!
Now we could fool ourselves into thinking that a quiet mind is something we need to strive for and start to look for tools and techniques to achieve that. Sadly this just creates a busier mind and we can end up feeling that we need to be doing something. You see there is a difference between the art of meditation and the act of meditation. The act of meditation, of which I used to be a huge fan and could see the benefits but never quite got into a decent routine of ‘doing it’ for any great period of time, is another tool but the actual art of mediation can be achieved simply through having a quietened mind. This state can be achieved quite literally anywhere and having a quiet mind is something we can dip in and out of throughout the day without having to do anything.
I enjoyed the floatation therapy immensely, even if I know clarity of thought does not come from a situation but can be conducive, but will certainly be going back for more and my kids will continue to giggle at the thought of me being ‘a floater’.
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