• Hannah Ireson

Floating for Grief and Emotional Wellbeing

Many people are now using float therapy for anxiety and depression; as a way of calming down and removing all of the distractions in life that can be over complicating what is going on in your mind.

The float pods have certainly prevented me from being post natally depressed again, whether its because I'm thinking about all of the elements of running the centre or that I get the chance to be in the beautiful water, alone every two weeks (wish it was more) my mind is definitely in a better position of rationalising everything coming my way.

Anyways... the point of this post was to do with (float therapy for grief and emotional wellbeing and) my ever longing to see my dad one last time, to find out his thoughts on Brexit (he'd have a lot) is he impressed that I've taught Leo some Latin plant names, does he go round like a ghost, does he chill out with Geoff Hamilton of Gardeners World fame, has he met James Gandolfini? oh my god the list is endless I could talk to him all day.

What I remembered in a recent float was that my dad was a terrible swimmer but he absolutely loved floating and would always say if he got swept out to sea he'd just float and never tread water...funny how I've built a centre with the ultimate in floatation device but he will never see it.

So many things you forget about a person after a year but when you get to 12 years it takes real time to pick out those things that were common traits and even more so if the end was particularly bad and weren't themselves. The sound of someone's voice is very hard to bring back if you have no sound clips and obviously their smell you will struggle to remember.

But very weirdly my last float which was sometime last week...I entered another float paralysis (I love this because I really zone out). My mind completely lets go in this state and my body is so comfortable, I lay like a frog with my hands above my head.

Somewhere amongst the lucid dreams my dad was there but he didn't come to see me, he was in the distance with someone else and I couldn't get closer, I don't think it was meant to be my time for a convo, he was with Delroy.

The one lasting memory from that hour long float is that he told him he was proud of him and what he had achieved. Maybe my subconscious is saying tell your husband more often how much you rate him or maybe, it was a message needing to be passed on.

Whatever the lucid dreams are you should take note.

Your brain is so incredible when its allowed to work to its full potential, when your senses shut down in the darkness and silence there is a whole new world to enter. I must confess it is now one of my favourite things to do, to be able to process the muddle is priceless. Floatation therapy can often inspire clear thinking, as many of the stimuli of daily life fade away to be replaced by a feeling of overall calmness. Face your fears, worries, and emotions, looking in from a more removed perspective without the need to “hold it together.”

The grieving process is frequently a time of many complex and conflicting emotions, including sadness, anger, disbelief, and anxiety about potential future losses and how you can carry on with your life. Getting an alternate perspective on these emotions is often the key to accepting the loss.

I hope when you float here at Oxford Floatation Centre you feel able to reach an enhanced relaxed state.

To discuss if float therapy is right for you contact me via email oxfordfloatationcentre@outlook.com or call me on 01865 361022.


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