Coming down off of the holiday season is exhausting and even more so if you are a parent. This year I had the pleasure of spearheading the holiday season by doing some self-care. It started out with an amazing daily planner my sister bought for my birthday called, “Rituals for Living: Dreambook and Planner” from Dragon Tree Spa. This helped to remind me that I needed to get back on track of taking care of me. The book sat there, reminding me, until December. That’s when all of the stress I was under took a toll on my well-being and what I needed to do was to get back to “me.” December began with weekly visits for float therapy, followed by Orgone Yoga, a practice that I had gotten away from several years ago. It’s been a difficult to find time but it’s truly amazing how once you set that time aside, the benefits are felt immediately.
I have maintained my own yoga and meditation program on my own the last 20 years for the most part. Orgone Yoga, is something I developed while studying with a body mind psychologist on the West Coast, this is a specific emotionally releasing yoga, meant to be used along with or in the interim of Orgone therapy (Body Mind Psychology). I outlined all of the steps in my book “Beyond Natural Cures” but eventually after several life upheaval’s my yoga practice and meditation fell by the wayside. I was able to self-heal enough to take daily walks in nature but as life complexities piled on, so did the need to do my yoga and meditate become more apparent.
Getting into my yoga practice again was not the hard part, I had successfully broken it down into half hour sessions and am not in the habit of making myself feel guilty if I couldn’t find the time, but the meditation aspect eluded me. I tried some of the new businesses that offer sensory deprivation therapy, Inception and True REST Detroit. I was into sensory deprivation therapy 20 years ago but finding a quality and economical place to go was next to impossible, then there was the commute. Fifteen years ago my quest for float therapy would take me almost an hour away from home to get there. I never thought the day would come when float therapy could be so easily accessible and not to mention, a highly sought after therapy.
After arriving for my float at True REST in Farmington Hills, I quickly realized that it’s the absolute disconnection to the electromagnetic fields, sounds, colors and devices that I needed for complete relaxation. The first few times were somewhat challenging, not knowing what to expect, or rather, expecting the darkness and silence and learning to accept it was the turning point in my personal experience. Once I settle in and let go of the noise, the spark of inspiration and the quietness of peace follows, but not always in that order
The team at True REST were very thorough, which made my first float better than what I had imagined. I used some breathing exercises and was able to escape to a level of consciousness and meditation that I have not been able to attain in 20 years. This took me by surprise as it wasn’t something I tried for, rather, it was something that spontaneously happened. Afterwards, I was able to do some yoga in the recovery room and I was back into the busy holiday hustle and bustle but this time with a smile on my face and a bounce in my step.
I spoke with True REST Detroit owner, Jeff Krause, about Float Therapy and he had this to say, “There is a surprising amount of independent data on R.E.S.T. [Reduced Environmental Stimulus Therapy], from studies on stress reduction, pain relief and enhanced creativity to the new anxiety research being done by Dr. Justin Feinstein. We are here to help others overcome pain, stress and anxiety – to reduce the need for addictive opioids, tranquilizers and sleeping pills. True REST also gives back to our Veterans and First Responders, offering free floats on the 11th of each month.”