Updated: Sep 19, 2021
We have entered a strange and unpredictable time in which our changing world has never felt so far removed from our previous reality. We walk around with hidden expressions deepened by the masks we have worn, carrying unspoken thoughts, and possibly new fears.
Rules and regulations are the new norm and expectations to follow each one is paramount. This new world has brought about more questions and almost everyone is experiencing a new shift. A new working pattern, a renewed attitude, a longing for what has passed, significant loss and heartache. A whole spectrum of emotions has engulfed many of us; some have experienced life in a way that they never thought possible.
How do we move forward in such a world? As with everything there are many sides to our current state of norm. The expression, ‘rise like a phoenix from the ashes,’ has never resonated more truer than right now. As we regroup and rebuild, we begin to search for healthier habits that will optimize our health and remind us of what is truly important.
Our diet is scrutinized, how much time we dedicate to exercise is accounted for; we may talk openly about what triggers stress within us. Or, we begin to realize we have been repressing concerns, diminishing such things as unworthy of our time or fighting a lonely battle. What was once certain, our careers, partners/family, income and worth begin to come into focus again.
So, the tidal wave of ‘on’ and ‘off’ lockdown forces us to slow down, positively or negatively we are provided with plenty of ‘thinking time.’ Unheard of in a world filled with social distractions and instantaneous self-gratifying highs, such as, ‘retail therapy, food, drink, or live entertainment.’ This world is fast, and with each growing year, the quicker consumer need is met the supposedly happier we are. Our own need to still the madness intensifies and that may be why Floatation Therapy boldly stands out.
Throughout the pandemic when we were allowed to open, we welcomed our regular clientele along with new people eagerly seeking out comfort beyond the norm. Do we offer a form of escapism? Or is a new sense of reality taking shape in the quieter moments of the pod? Whichever argument you are in favor of; you are experiencing floatation in its most natural and compelling form.
Water is the most abundant compound on Earth, covering over 70% of the planet. We are water in human form and it’s understandable why we are so affected by its presence. Science suggests the familiar feeling of peacefulness we get when standing by water, noting that it may even change our perception of time as well as influence how we feel about ourselves and others, as suggested by studies at Stanford University. Wallace J. Nichols calls this the “Blue Mind”. The “Blue Mind” shows how being near, in, on, or under water can make you happier, healthier, more connected, and better at what you do. Embracing water into your everyday life has immense beneficial value. The research has shown that you can be physically and mentally healthier by being in or near water.
The chaos may always descend upon us in the months and years to come. We may have more obstacles than expected or we may come out of this feeling stronger than we have in years. Our schedules could allow more flexible working and we could even lift the burden from ourselves by nurturing our needs. Freeing our minds to think, make better choices and liberate ourselves from our draconian timeline; floating so to speak amidst the chaos!