Lishe was recently invited to try the Floation Centre at the Health Lab South Africa. A bit of history for you… The first float tank was developed in 1954 by Dr. John C. Lilly, a neuropsychiatrist interested in the effects of sensory deprivation on the brain. His initial design evolved over time, and the first commercially available float tank emerged in 1972.

The Floation tank has since been improved, the cleaning of the tank happens seamlessly without having to empty the tank and then refill it. So for all those germophobs out there and like me all Covid stressed…the float tank is indeed safe.

My experience of the tank…memorable to say the least. As I layed in my birthday suit..belly up focused on my breathing , I’m afraid as a bit of a claustrophobic patient – this little pod seemed like something I should fear at first. But I must admit after some thing as I floated along , all my worries began to disappear, my tension from months of the lockdown and new mom stress melted away . I closed my eyes and started imagining what it must feel like to be a baby in a womb, I finally reached out closed the pod door and let go. My brain drifted and I was transported to an alternate realm of peace, before I knew it my hour in the pod was over. As I climb out of the pod, I felt a deep sense of calm, and quite refreshed—like I just woke up from the best nap of my life or returned from a holiday by the sea.As a sufferer of anxiety the floation tank relieved me of stress and improved my mood extensively. I believe it’s a must for most of us who’ve had a hard time coping with the Covid stress and the lockdown and all those anxtiety and depression casualties out there.

Floatation theraphy harnesses that essential power and combines it with the deeply relaxing properties of magnesium, and the calming, centering capabilities of restricted environmental stimulation therapy (REST). 

Listen to our Interview with Gerhard van der Merwe from the Health Lab South Africa.

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