Life is stressful. And with the holidays coming up, its only going to get more stressful. But I found a way to escape it all, at least for an hour or so. Floating in a sensory deprivation tank is strange, and cool, and relaxing all at the same time.

I got invited to check out the float tanks at Escape Your Body Float Center. Its a really weird concept, until you realize how hard it is to truly relax anywhere in the world today. The only way to fully de-stress is to block out everything else in the world. And the only way to really do that, is to block out all outside stimuli completely. But that's not really possible, even at home in bed with the curtains drawn. There are TV's and mobile devices, and phones, and family that constantly invade our time and senses. So the only way to get away from it all is somewhere you can essentially shut all your senses off. That's where a sensory deprivation tank works.

I went in for a full 90 minute float. Its a little strange getting used to the sensation of almost nothing happening. We're so geared up to all the noises and lights, and everything that happens around us all day long, that when all of that is gone, it doesn't seem normal. But you get used to it pretty quickly. And soon all you have left are your own thoughts. Now the trick is to start turning your brain off too, so that there is truly nothing happening in your world, and then the body will start to let go. I even fell asleep for a little bit it was so relaxing. You're even encouraged to float naked so there's absolutely nothing that could distract you, although getting used to being naked somewhere other than home takes a minute too. But you soon forget all about, well everything.

The tanks are filled with super warm water so that the water is almost exactly your body temperature, and so is the air above you. That way that dividing line between them evaporates soon as well. Its also filled with Epsom salt so you actually float in the water like the Dead Sea, and don't sink to the bottom. IT takes a few minutes to truly relax and let realize you can let your head fall back into the water and your face will stay above so you can breathe. But once you do, all that's left is your thoughts and the sound of you breathing. Its an experience you really should try at least once.

Escape Your Body Float Center is located at 2508 1st Place, just off 1st and University. Call them to book an appointment at 806-744-2114, or book online at their website.

Check out my pics and call them to schedule a float for yourself today to see what blocking out the whole world really feels like.


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