Floating in a sensory deprivation tank can be an experience that is both tranquil and turbulent. The first floatation session can easily seem like hurdle that cannot be overcome; what do I do for the hour? How do I know when it’s over? A thousand questions more. One of the most common questions is what do I do with my hands?
Each of us have our own unique posture based around our bone structure. While we know the essentials about where we should be, there is always a little room to move. Sensory deprivation tanks allow you to stretch and move in positions and pinpoint the best position for you. It can even make the uncomfortable comfortable!
Floatation tanks allow you to be completely buoyant, so a lack of gravitational pressure is very welcome on the spine and correcting posture. It’s not uncommon to hear your joints pop or crack signifying the decompression. After asking 4,000 people their favourite floatation position, the most comfortable is hands above the head.
Most office workers or drivers are constantly hunched forward which places additional pressure on the neck and upper spine. By rotating your hands out above your head, we can reverse this pattern and relax the muscles that cause headaches, migraines, neck tension and upper back stiffness. It may even take 5-10 minutes for those muscles to relax and for you to fully be immersed in the floatation tank experience.
Consecutive floats become easier and easier as your muscles become used to relaxing and releasing tension. Experiment with different stretches that can only be done in a floatation tank and you can correct poor posture in no time in comfort.