By Micha Peled, Director / Producer / Independent Film Maker, Teddy Bear Films
When I got to my floating session this evening I was carrying some baggage from work. In fact, I was hopping mad. Both people and software misbehaved badly today as far as I was concerned and I was taking it personally. As I stripped off my clothes, jumped into the shower, and entered the chamber, I was still hopping mad.
But as soon as I submerged my ears in the tepid water the outside world began to float away. I could still hear my heartbeat rushed and percussive, but it began to quiet down. I was still churning inside, but now my slights felt petty. More meaningful were my body sensations floating out of gravity.
So what happened there? What has altered my perspective so profoundly?
Studies done on how the brain is affected by floatation offer a few explanations. Floatation tends to raise the level of brain waves known as Theta waves, which are associated with a relaxed and calm state. Our lympic system responds to floatation by inhibiting the release of hormones and neurotransmitters such as adrenaline, which increase stress. Another explanation points to the effects of anti-gravity: by freeing those parts of the brain devoted to dealing with the effects of gravity on the body, it enables the brain to focus more effectively with other matters, such as mind and spirit.
Whatever is the explanation, I came out of the chamber reminding myself of a favorite mantra: “A warrior makers his own mood,” I began to chuckle.