Part two of my birthday celebration extravaganza features the amazingness that is the LA Float Center. My best friend Amanda bought us tickets and we were both float virgins. I'm not gonna lie, we were both a little nervous and had no idea what to expect. The site promises a "floating experience like never before" which was good because I can honestly say that I have never floated before. The floating is said to help improve relaxation, creativity, sleep, and stress, as well as help with pain relief. I'm a sucker for anything that forces me to relax. That being said I was ready to get my Zen on.
Upon walking into the center I noticed the people to be super calm and pleasant. I took this as a good sign. I was ready to become part of the pod people. We watched a short video explaining the process. The gist: Each person gets ushered to their own room where you are to shower off. There is a floating pod in the center of the room. The pod is filled with 11" of skin temperature water and Epsom salt. The salt makes you float. No joke, like legit float. I had to struggle to sit in the thing. You can choose meditation type music, nature sounds, or no sounds as well as adjust the lighting in your pod. I picked a really cool magenta color. Once you customize your pod, you close your lid, and lay back and float for an hour.
That's right....an hour. I laid there and started laughing. I meditate and all but there is no way, I mean NO WAY that I can do this for an hour. I started wondering the most random things, do people pee in their pods? Is this what it's like if 'light as a board, stiff as a feather' really worked? Are these the same bath salts that made that one guy eat his mother's face? I imagined Amanda in the room next door playing in her pod. I could just picture her bouncing herself back and forth like a ping pong in the pod.... should I get my phone and text her and see what she's up to? No no, I wanted to relax. I wanted to meditate, I wanted to experience the pod. So I closed my eyes and allowed myself to fully relax.
About ten minutes in to the process is where I really started to enjoy myself. There's something about the temperature of the water that makes you feel like you're not in water. The salt makes you feel free. I literally felt as if I was floating on a cloud of nothingness. It was awesome.
Now I don't want to freak any of you out but for those of you who don't know, I read Tarot Cards. Honestly, my name is Starr Joy, would you expect anything less? Anyway, I can see the future and all.... and it's really awesome...for other people. This really benefits my friends but I've never been able to predict what would be coming up next for myself, otherwise I'd play the lotto. But I have been able to tap into visions for myself. Really intense visions. I'm so grateful for this gift. It's only happened a few times so imagine my surprise when I got a vision while meditating in my pod. I'd like to keep my vision private and for myself so I wont be sharing but I will say that it was intensely powerful and very very good. And with that my pod experience came to an end. I emerged from my pod like a little butterfly that had just gotten her wings and as I stood every bone in my body cracked. I was that relaxed.
I definitely want to go back. The experience calmed me and gave me clarity along with a big smile on my face. It was one of the most amazing things I've ever done. Thank you to my best friend Amanda for the fabulous pod experience. There's no one else I'd rather lose my pod virginity with. You and me, we're two peas in a pod sista! Now if I could only get that Modest Mouse song out of my head, "And we'll all float on, alright"...