For parents, kids, and families, the summer is a time to relax and refresh after a hectic school year. Summer break, however, is short and usually packed full of events. Sometimes, it can seem like we’ve traded the busy school year for an equally busy summer. Finding relaxation in the busy summer months can be just as hard as any other time, and that’s where floating comes in.
Floatation therapy has its origins in the 1950s but really became popular around the 1970s to today. Athletes, scientists, and artists have used floating to visualize their problems, get in touch with their creativity, as well as to simply relax. Even the non-physicists among us can learn a great deal from floating, and stressed parents, teachers, and families are no different.
Inner Peace for Stressed Parents
Moms and dads face a great deal of stress. Being a parent is a full-time job, and that doesn’t change with summer break. That’s why, for some parents, an hour-long float session can offer serious relief.
A single hour of peace and quiet can do wonders for the most stressed of parents. The warmth from the water and the sense of weightlessness provide a sensory experience unlike any other. During a session, floaters are able to reconnect with their thoughts without outside interference. For parents, this means they can return to their family lives with extra energy and enthusiasm.
Reconnecting with Creativity
Any adult can benefit from floatation, but the unique stress of teaching means their jobs can be directly enhanced from floating. Physical effects of stress can sap the creative energy needed for teaching – or any other work. Many floaters report that floating helps them reconnect with their creative abilities, such as Gary Mossman, a tattoo artist in the UK who describes the sensation of floating as: “your mind becomes untethered from your body.”
The same benefits can apply – for the same reasons – to the young as well as adults. Stress, anxiety, and depression are unfortunately common problems that teenagers and young adults face. The effects of floating on mental health are, so far, the most studied part of floatation therapy. The effects are also quite positive. Floaters report feeling a heightened sense of peace and well-being and lowered anxiety and stress. Many studies show that floating sends the body into a restorative, sleep-like state, which allows us to heal and rest in a way not quite like any other.