Floating–the new “Mental Floss”

You may be too connected in this day and age to technology. The constant barrage of bad news, fear based reports, work stress, financial pressures make it really difficult to ever detach and shut down the internal noise.

This past week, I found a way by doing a “float.” This is an exquisite way to relax, clear your mind and really let go. On the right is the pod filled with epsom salt to make you totally buoyant and float in the pod. I was welcomed to the MIZU Integrated Medical Clinic & Float Center by Drs.’ Mahyar & Hannah Badrei. This clinic helps heal the body and mind. There is research to support this process.

Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy (REST) first came about in 1954. John C. Lilly, a physician, neuroscientist, and psychoanalyst at the National Institute of Mental Health, set out to test the idea that the brain is at rest when deprived of external stimuli. Some studies over the years have shown that floating promotes stress relief and relaxation and helps to lower blood pressure, release endorphins, and relieve chronic pain—to name just a few of its many purported benefits. 

The concept of floating is simple: The floater rests in a shallow solution (about ten inches) of salt water, which keeps him or her naturally buoyant, eliminating the body’s need to exert force to stay afloat. The water is kept at a constant 93.5 degrees, the same temperature as the skin, which negates any perception of separation between the body and the water. Because the flotation tank is dark and soundless, the brain is relieved from processing external stimuli. This complete lack of stimulation initiates a “parasympathetic response,” thereby slowing down the heart rate, dilating blood vessels, and allowing the body to repair itself. www.mizumed.com

Relax, detach and enjoy the freedom, relaxation and clarity that comes from letting go. I really enjoyed my time in the pod. Thank you for the experience at the MIZU Clinic.

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Dr. Mike Klaybor

Dr. Mike Klaybor

Dr. Mike Klaybor brings thirty years of experience in practicing counseling psychology with individuals and couples. His approach is cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT. Specific specialties include; anxiety and stress management, chronic pain & chronic illness management, depression, substance abuse evaluations, employee assistance and executive coaching for workplace performance and leadership.