Why I Pay $40/Month to Meditate

April 13, 2015


I first heard about floating in December, when I was face down on a massage table. If you’ve ever seen a registered massage therapist (RMT), you know the experience isn’t all calm music and essential oils – they work out some serious stuff. I’ve been seeing my RMT at least once per month since my car accident, and she still touches spots that make me flinch, works out knots that have me almost in tears, and releases all kinds of tension from my back, neck and legs.

During this particular massage, we were talking about how painful my treatments still were, and I told her I always went home and had an epsom salt bath after. “If you like those, you should try floating!” she said. “You lay in a tub that’s filled with 900 pounds of epsom salt and just float.” Why the heck would I want to do that!? I wondered, then she explained that lots of athletes do it, as well as people who suffer from chronic pain. I always try to have an open mind about new experiences, so I decided to try it.

Float #1

I went for my first float on January 2nd; it was my 7 o’clock date with myself on a Friday night. When I walked into Cloud 9 Float Spa, I quickly learned the etiquette of the space: take off your shoes and relax. There was a station with hot tea and cold water to drink on the left and two couches on the right. After I checked in, I sat down on one of the couches and waited until my room was ready. “Is this your first time?” a man on the couch next to me asked. I couldn’t help but notice how happy and relaxed he looked, then nodded yes. “Just focus on your breathing and nothing else. You’ll love it.”

When my room was ready, one of the staff walked in with me and explained what I was supposed to do. First, put earplugs in. Second, shower to remove any deodorant, lotion, makeup, etc. from your skin. Third, get into the pod (or tank) and float for 90 minutes. When you hear music come on, it’s time to get out. After, shower again – and you’re done. Then she dimmed the light and left the room.

float-podUp until this point, I had done almost zero research on floating. I still didn’t even really know what the point of it was. Coincidentally, the same day my RMT told me to try it, David tweeted that he had just booked his first float. We agreed to exchange stories after I went, as he didn’t want to risk altering my experience by telling me about his (you can now read about it here). So the only thing I knew about it, when I stepped into the pod, was that David had gone once, and I was about to spend the next 90 minutes of my life alone in a space smaller than the interior of my car.

The minute I closed the lid, I thought, this is going to be an experience. The water was warm (it’s supposed to be heated to body temperature, so 98°F) and the space inside was bigger than I’d imagined. The blue light was still on (there was a button inside to turn it on and off with) and I looked down at my legs and feet and realized I was actually floating on water – not floating the way you do in the pool, but really floating, so more than half of my body was above water. I started to focus on my breathing like the man in the waiting room had told me to, and eventually reached over and turned off the light.

As soon as the pod went pitch black, I felt like I was floating in circles; this is physically impossible, of course, as the width of the pod is shorter than my arm span, but it truly felt like I was moving around in full circles. I reached my hands out to the sides, to make sure I wasn’t about to knock into anything, and turned the light back on to see that I hadn’t, in fact, moved a single inch. Fascinating. After a few minutes of focusing on my breathing again, I began to notice how heavy my limbs felt – almost paralyzed, when I tried to move them. I turned the light back off and tried again.

I began to feel the circling motion, so I moved my arms around until I was in a comfortable position (elbows out to the side and hands just above my head); the minute I found it, the circling stopped. In its place, however, I noticed how much tension there was in my neck. The woman had warned me that most people’s necks hurt the first time you float because you feel like you need to hold it above water. (You don’t have to – it floats, too!) Since I already carried so much tension in mine, the pain felt worse. So I started moving my head side-to-side and ear-to-shoulder to loosen up.

The one thing I did know about floating is the more official term for the pods/tanks was sensory deprivation tanks – and the reason for that made sense, as my time in the pod continued on. I had earplugs in so I couldn’t hear anything, I was in the dark so I couldn’t see anything and I was in water close to body temperature so I couldn’t feel anything. And the one thing my RMT had told me was that, because no inch of you is pressed against a surface (unlike when we sit or stand or sleep), floating is the one time where your blood can flow freely throughout your entire body.

Once the pain in my neck had subsided, I noticed how heavy my limbs were again, to the point that my hands and feet almost felt like they were tingling. I was so intrigued by this that I started trying to turn my wrists and ankles in circles, and couldn’t believe how impossible it felt. I realized how deeply relaxed my body was and went back to just focusing on my breathing. It was at this moment when I finally realized I had no idea how much time had passed. The only thing I knew was that my breaths were deeper and longer than they’d even been, and it felt as though I was only taking a few per minute.

I didn’t visualize much, during my first float, which is something most people report. Other than the circling motion I’d felt at the beginning, I was just sort of experiencing the whole thing at the physical level – noticing my surroundings and how my body was reacting to it. I was, however, deeply relaxed and being mindful of my breathing. Towards the end, I even noticed that I was experiencing a few muscle spasms, which are common when meditating and releasing stress. It seemed as though, as soon as I got comfortable with the whole thing, the music came on… and it was time to get out.

While I was showering, I was trying to make sense of the entire experience and figure out what the benefits could be for me. After I dried myself off, I stood up and realized that it felt as though I’d grown an inch. My neck didn’t hurt and I was holding my head up high with my shoulders back. Could floating have done that!? I wondered. I held that posture for a few days after and knew I’d have to try it again.

Floats #2 and #3 

My second and third floats were amazing. On top of being prepared for the physical sensations I knew I was going to feel, I was in the perfect state of mind – feeling good about life and just ready to unwind. I went for my second float just days before my last trip to New York City and my third shortly after I got back. I practically jumped into the pod on both nights, as I couldn’t wait to disappear from the real world for 90 minutes and emerge with a renewed sense of purpose. And my positive energy made for two excellent floating experiences.

As soon as I turned the light off, I started visualizing all kinds of things – mostly people, but also a few places I’d been and ones I’d dreamt of travelling to. One night, I even visualized colours (blue and purple) and scents (the ocean and vanilla). I noticed my body was reacting to whatever I was visualizing, bringing my legs up into a formal sitting meditation pose (so I was cross-legged while floating) or twisting around and moving my head more. By the third float, I noticed I could hear a click, click, clicking in my neck when I did this, which signalled that everything was decompressing.

I stepped out of both of those floats feeling taller and with better posture than I can remember having in years. I also slept for 8-10 hours both nights and woke up feeling refreshed and with almost no pain left in my neck. Because of this, I decided to join the float spa. At $40/month for 1 float, it’s cheaper to be a member than to drop in. I now space it out so every 2-3 weeks I go for either a float or a massage (swap off), and I’m already looking forward to my next one.

Why I Pay to Float in Warm Salt Water

It sounds kind of silly, right? Or at least I’m sure it does if you haven’t tried it. Now that I’ve gone a few times and have done a little more research on the science of floating, I’ll tell you why I go personally:

  • Pain relief – I feel no pain when I’m in the tank and less than usual for a few days after. I never thought I’d suffer from chronic pain at age 29, but it is so mentally taxing… the break and alleviation afterward are welcomed. (And apparently the endorphins that are released while floating are to thank for that!)
  • Stress relief – I’m no more stressed than anyone else, but a 90-minute break from real life is still nice. (And the high level of salt/magnesium are what help to lower your blood pressure.) Couple this with the fact that I usually sleep for 8-10 hours after and I could say it temporarily cures my insomnia, too.
  • Mental reset – I’ve only gone on Friday nights and I’m going to continue to do so because it’s a great way to end a busy week. It usually takes 10-15 minutes (I’m guessing, as there’s no clock) for me to decompress, but then I let the stress of the week go and just focus on whatever that floating experience brings me. I always walk out feeling like a new person.

And then, of course, I meditate. If you’ve never meditated before and/or are unsure of how to do it, my definition of it is to simply practice awareness – focus on one thing without any distractions. So I’ve mentioned many times that I focus on my breathing while floating. At first, I did it because that’s what the man in the waiting room told me to do. But as I was doing it, I realized that something I’ve struggled with since the accident is unconsciously holding my breath – especially while driving.

By focusing on my breathing while floating, I pay attention to how good it feels to breath in and out, to fill my lungs and empty them. It literally brings me life. Then if I’m ever driving and notice I’m holding my breath, I remember how good it felt to breathe deeply while floating, and I start to do it in the car. So my meditation brought clarity about a problem I’d been ignoring, sparked change and now reduces unnecessary stress. It’s a neat little win-win.

Why I’m Telling You This

Why did I just share my love of floating and meditating with you? For starters, because many of my friends and a few people on Twitter have asked about it, and I think it’s important to share your experiences with people who are curious but who may let hesitations or uncertainty stop them from trying something new. I will say, I don’t think floating is for everyone. If you’re claustrophobic, you probably won’t enjoy floating (but research your local spas first, because some have tubs in small rooms vs. tanks, so you’re not enclosed in a small space). But don’t dismiss the idea because it sounds weird or super hippie-dippy. I was born and raised on an island, but I am not a hippie – and I love it!

The other reason I’m telling you about all of this, though, is to serve as a reminder that we all spend money on different things. You might not want to spend $40 to float in warm salt water, but maybe you spend a similar amount on something else that I wouldn’t want to do either – and that’s ok! It’s way too easy for us to judge one another on the purchases we make or the ways we spend/save our money, when we should really be asking if the way we manage our money adds value to our lives and aligns with our goals. I know I’m grateful for the benefits I get from spending $40/month to float, which makes it easy to hand that money over.

And this all goes back to what I said in my guest post on Joshua Becker’s blog last month: When you spend money on things you appreciate, it will always pay dividends in the form of gratitude.

What’s something you spend money on each month that you truly value? 

  • Tonya@Budget and the Beach April 13, 2015 at 6:26 am

    I think if it helps you (and honestly $40 sounds very affordable) I think its a great thing! I’m all for alternative medicine to compliment your healing. I’ve always been curious about it but worry about being claustrophobic! :) I enjoy massages from time to time. I work out a lot mixed with a lot of sitting, plus the human tough is great for your immune system! Of course I try to do it as frugal as possible. :)

    • Cait Flanders April 13, 2015 at 6:27 pm

      Oh man, I’d be lost without massage therapy. It hurts but it’s so good.

  • Trista April 13, 2015 at 6:49 am

    I totally get chronic pain being exhausting. People often look at me like I’m crazy when I’m extremely tired after a good nights sleep. I actually find the time between 7:30-8:45am the worst. That’s the time I get dressed, drive to work and start working. I find I’m ok once I get going. But the getting there is mentally and physically taxing for me. I’m dealing with an upper back injury caused by my office setup. I’ve been in almost constant pain for over a year now. The level of pain varies but it’s always there. I just started taking massage (only once so far) and although very painful I found it freed up my entire upper back. I felt like I could move for the first time in months. I’m looking forward to getting back there again on Wednesday. I don’t know if we have those tanks in NL. I’ve never heard of them before you mentioned them. I definitely value the money I’ve been spending on physio and now massage. I’ve also been valuing the money I’ve been spending on better food. To help with my back I’m working on eating healthier and hopefully getting back to the gym. Then my gym membership will be money I truly value spending. I need to focus more on my body and spend on the things that will help me feel better over the long run.

    • Cait Flanders April 13, 2015 at 6:39 pm

      Massage therapy is so intense, eh? I have to book my appointments at night, because I’m so sore/tired after that I just go home, have an epsom salt bath and crawl right into bed. But I wake up feeling so much better… it’s definitely worth the money (as is healthy food and a gym membership if you use it!).

      • Trista April 14, 2015 at 4:32 am

        I book mine at lunch time because of my second job. It’s brutal on days when I work both jobs and have massage.

        I haven’t signed back up for the gym yet because of my back. I can’t wait to get the green light to go back. Strengthening my back would be one of the best things I could do for it.

  • Alyssa April 13, 2015 at 7:18 am


    Thank you so much for sharing your floating experience! I remember seeing that you posted a picture of the pod once, and thinking to myself “What in the world is that?!” I just recently finished the audiobook 10% Happier, and meditation has definitely peaked my interest. Incorporating a float tank to meditation seems like it would be an incredibly exhilarating and refreshing experience. It is great to hear that you have found something that adds value to your life. It would be interesting to see how you feel after a year of floating! :)

    • Cait Flanders April 13, 2015 at 6:40 pm

      Ooo, how was the book, Alyssa!? One worth asking my library to get? (Yes, they do that, haha.) And I’ll definitely be curious to see how I feel at the end of the year. :)

      • Alyssa April 14, 2015 at 8:30 am

        I really enjoyed it!! Dan Harris’ experience from his high end news reporting job to finding solace through meditation is fascinating progression. Our local library does that too! :) I would recommend asking!

  • Leslie April 13, 2015 at 7:39 am

    Oh Cait, so glad I found your blog a few months ago. I always look forward to your posts. I love your voice and your thoughts. You are right that some people may look at what you spend money on but I always think in terms of what kind of value I get in return for money I spend. I donate money to my church on a monthly basis and non-religious peoople may scoff at that expense but the value I get in return is amazing–meditation, relaxation, prayer, community, etc. Best 40 bucks I spend all month. Thanks for your post.

    • Cait Flanders April 13, 2015 at 6:42 pm

      If it’s the best money you spend all month, then it’s probably up at the top of your budget, am I right!? ;) Thanks for sharing, Leslie!

  • Sara Hamil @ They Call it Gumption April 13, 2015 at 8:40 am

    I’ve been thinking that it’s probably time to give meditation an honest shot and THIS actually sounds incredible. I’d LOVE to try it!

    • Cait Flanders April 13, 2015 at 6:45 pm

      Yay! I can’t recommend it enough. And it doesn’t look like there’s one in Jasper, but if you ever make the trip to Edmonton, it looks like there are a few there!

      • Sara Hamil @ They Call it Gumption April 15, 2015 at 9:16 am

        Not surprising – there’s not much outside of the basics in Jasper lol (although we do have a hot spring which I intend on visiting as often as possible). But I’d say this sounds like a worthy reason to travel to Edmonton once and a while! Thanks for looking into it :)

  • Our Next Life April 13, 2015 at 9:10 am

    How cool. Thanks for sharing this! We definitely believe that some things are worth spending if you they help you live with greater wellbeing (this for sure qualifies!) or give you once-in-a-lifetime memories (maybe this qualifies for that too?). ;-) Great reminder that frugality should always have its limits, and good for you for taking care of yourself and your post-accident needs.

    • Cait Flanders April 13, 2015 at 6:46 pm

      Thanks, guys! I hadn’t thought about it being a once-in-a-lifetime memory, but it probably is! I can’t imagine I’ll float forever, but it could make for a funny story for the grandkids. :P

  • psycharah April 13, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Thanks for sharing this experience. It sounds fascinating. I try to meditate but I definitely need more practice. I bet this would be a great way to strengthen my practice.

    Further, it is a point well taken that we all value different things to do with our time and money. It is so easy to jump to judgment about a lot of things, but I tr y to catch myself doing this. I think I’m fortunate because I get to hear others’ rationales for their behaviours/choices regularly in my work, so I often find myself saying to friends/family-“you don’t know the whole story” when judgments arise.

    • Cait Flanders April 13, 2015 at 6:47 pm

      Yes, I imagine you hear it all in your profession! I would think that your work would teach you to be ultra-sensitive to the needs of others and know not to pass judgment. :)

  • Kristen April 13, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Thanks for sharing your experience with floating. I don’t know if I am brave enough to try it. Hope you continue to find benefit in it.

    I don’t think I really have any money in the budge that I truly value in such a way. I am going to have to give that some thought!

    • Cait Flanders April 13, 2015 at 6:48 pm

      It’s a good exercise, Kristen! Sometimes I look at mine and am just grateful for my internet (so I can write and connect with people) or for the few meals I have out with friends. :)

  • Chela @SmashOdyssey April 13, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Thanks so much for describing this in so much detail! I had only heard of floating before this because there’s a new floating place back home (probably the only one in New Orleans) and they offer Groupons pretty regularly to raise awareness. It sounded interesting but I wasn’t sure if I could justify the $85/90 minute cost. Now I think I’ll definitely try it out once a new Groupon rolls around.

    • Cait Flanders April 13, 2015 at 6:50 pm

      Are you from NOLA, Chela!? That’s so cool! I was just there in September and absolutely loved it. Yes, I forgot to mention that a lot of the float spas offer Groupons, so it’s a good idea to check there before you book an appointment and pay full price! Do check it out and be sure to go at a time when you’re calm/relaxed; it’ll make all the difference. :)

      • Chela @SmashOdyssey April 13, 2015 at 7:26 pm

        Yes, I am from NOLA! I´m glad you had a good time here–I love my city. :)

  • Aleksandra Sagan April 13, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Oh man, Cait, that sounds amazing. I don’t know how comfortable I would feel doing this considering that I am completely claustrophobic.

    I love the purpose behind this post though. My friends and I were just talking the other day about how people are free to spend their discretionary spending money on whatever is important to them – regardless if we would do the same. I’ve always been happy to spent a bit of extra money on my health (be it a massage, better groceries or a gym membership at any given point in time) because taking good care of myself is really important to me.

    Glad to hear that you’ve found something that’s working for you!

    • Cait Flanders April 13, 2015 at 6:50 pm

      Well, if anyone tried to argue that you shouldn’t spend money on health, that’s just crazy. ;)

  • Kelly April 13, 2015 at 11:50 am

    I am sooooo happy that you have found a way to totally de-stress from the accident from your every day stress and pain!!! I think this is wonderful and sounds exciting.
    I don’t think the idea it is at all hippy-dippy….I find it fascinating that there are things out there to continue to help people in chronic pain. I will be sharing this post with my friend who has fiber-malinger and is ALWAYS in constant pain..she has told me massages make her cry and I feel so helpless as to how to help.
    Thank you

    • Cait Flanders April 13, 2015 at 6:52 pm

      Thank you for sharing it with your friend, Kelly! I hope she finds some relief soon, in some format or another. That would be so awful. Sending healing thoughts to her!

  • Rob April 13, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Hi Cait!

    Thanks for another very interesting blog post from you, my friend. I’ve never tried the float routine that you describe (since I’m a tad claustrophobic) but it does seem very relaxing. Being in some extremely stressing IT jobs over the years, one thing that I did early in my career was to research various stress management techniques. The prime method (and one that is completely free) that I learned was breathing control – deep breathing control. During a busy work day we all tend to lapse unconsciously into shallow breathing habits. It’s a hard habit to break when we have a lot on our mind. So, apart from your weekly Float sessions, you might daily want to try taking for a few minutes, every few hours, a deep breathing break. Just sit in a nice quiet setting, try relaxing every muscle in your body, close your eyes and take regular deep breaths. Concentrate just on this and try to forget everything else (good or bad) that was in your mind a few minutes ago. On hectic days I often found that this exercise really helped in loosening up my tenseness. Just a suggestion …

    As to what I spend on each month that I value, well there are a few things:
    (1) charity giving – knowing that it helps others and that what goes round comes around back – and it’s true you know.
    (2) family entertainment – not extravagantly spending but one’s family may not always be around over the long haul so try to share memories and activities with them while they still are.
    (3) internet – a personal indulgence since I enjoy using the internet for so many things – entertainment, information, motivation, research, whatever – a fairly cheap expense, all things considered.

    • Cait Flanders April 13, 2015 at 6:57 pm

      All great examples, Rob! Our family feels the same re: entertainment money. And I just mentioned in another comment above that I try to always be grateful for my internet, as well – without it, I wouldn’t be able to connect with you all here! Well, not as often, anyway. :)

      Deep breathing is so important, and I know I don’t do it nearly as often as I should. I have, however, been practicing it when I’m feeling stressed… but that’s mostly so I don’t blow a gasket! (It helps.)

  • Savannah April 13, 2015 at 12:24 pm


    That sounds awesome! Have you ever fallen asleep? I’m just worried that I would become so relaxed, I would fall asleep!

    • Cait Flanders April 13, 2015 at 6:58 pm

      Nope! But I’ve heard that some people do and they say it’s nothing to worry about. It would be impossible to flip over or even have your head go under the water. The salt makes you extra buoyant!

  • Mary April 13, 2015 at 12:47 pm


    I love your blog – all very interesting topics. Regarding the sensory deprivation pod, I’m curious because it sounds like a wonderfully restorative experience.

    I love being in the water, but I’m afraid of deep water. I absolutely hate having my ears submerged for example. What do you think? Would I be an appropriate candidate?



    • Cait Flanders April 13, 2015 at 7:03 pm

      It’s only 10-12″ deep, so less than half of a normal bathtub. At any time, you could push your hands under the water and feel the bottom of the tank. I’m not sure if that helps, but I hope it at least gives you a visual, Mary! As for your ears, they would be underwater – but with earplugs in, as Shari said below, so they wouldn’t fill up with water or anything. If you were to try and hold your head up, so your ears weren’t underwater, it would cause a lot of strain on your neck and take away from the experience. So if you think you could handle that, I would definitely try it. If not, I’d suggest doing some restorative yoga poses at home instead – that’s another great way to relax and deal with chronic pain, without hurting yourself.

  • Shari April 13, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Mary – the water in the tanks is about waist height when sitting (at least at the one in my city is) and you can wear ear plugs if you don’t want water in your ears.

    My sister bought me a float for my birthday and I thought I would love it. But I didn’t. I had 2 panic attacks during and felt sick for the rest of the day afterwards. Guess motion sickness happens the same in floating as in a boat. Go figure.

    I spend my extra moneys on dance. It is my exercise, my meditation, my socialization and my mental challenges for the week. :)

    • Cait Flanders April 13, 2015 at 7:07 pm

      Oh no! Oh man, that makes me so sad, Shari… I wonder what would’ve caused the dizziness/motion sickness. I know I wasn’t a fan of the circling motion I felt the first time, but it totally disappeared and never came back. Oh well. Spending money on dance sounds great to me. :)

  • allroundbetterme April 13, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    This sounds super cool, but probably not up my alley… I hate confined spaces… though perhaps being able to work on relaxing within a confined space might help that? Thanks for sharing in such detail your experiences though, it is really interesting.
    I have a few indulgences that I value and I definitely would never cut out my sports. They may be expensive, but I love playing sports and being a part of a team. I don’t even know what my life would be like without them…

    • Cait Flanders April 13, 2015 at 7:07 pm

      Then don’t even try to imagine it! Just keep paying/playing. :)

  • Travis @enemyofdebt April 13, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    Floating sounds a.m.a.z.i.n.g. Although I’m not sure I could completely disengage for 90 minutes. Who knows..maybe I’d go crazy…maybe I’d think it was the most awesome thing on the planet. I do know that people just simply don’t take the time to be alone with their thoughts these days – which is really my definition of meditating. I like to do either while I’m stretching after a run (people probably wonder why I sit on the stretch mat at the gym with my eyes closed and completely still for minutes), or when I crawl into bed. I use the time to reflect on the things I’m doing right in my life, and visualize the things I have yet to accomplish. There is absolutely no negativity in these reflections. The problem with doing this when I crawl in to bed is that I end up falling asleep before I’m done. LOL.

    • Cait Flanders April 13, 2015 at 7:13 pm

      HA! I’m definitely not mindful enough during my workouts. I’m great during cardio, but then my mind is all over the place when I move over to weights. Teach me all the ways!

  • catherine April 13, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    I’m totally intrigued. Ive never heard of this before but I looked it up and a brand new float room is opening in Hali this spring….I’d love to try it but it starts at $65 so I don’t know I could justify it.. Thanks for sharing!

    • Cait Flanders April 14, 2015 at 6:38 am

      I should’ve mentioned that most places offer Groupons – and fairly often – so I bet yours will, when it opens! Search around for it this spring, if you’re interested. :)

  • Mrs. Frugalwoods April 14, 2015 at 4:00 am

    I’m so intrigued! I’d never heard of floating before, but it sounds pretty great. That’s wonderful that it helps your pain so much–I’d say it’s totally worth it! I completely agree with you on spending where it matters. I feel like the whole point of living frugally is having the ability to spend on things you care about without putting tremendous pressure on your overall finances.

    • Cait Flanders April 14, 2015 at 6:52 am

      You’re right, friend! And it fits into my plan to live on less than 50% of my income, which means there’s no reason it can’t be included in the budget. ;)

  • Caitlin April 15, 2015 at 6:53 am

    Hi Cait,
    Your blog has been an inspiration and motivation to me the past couple months. I’ve read through so many of your posts, and find myself nodding in agreement with everything you say. This year has been such a refreshing and renewing experience for me, especially along the lines of living minimally and getting rid of a TON of junk that I’ve accumulated! I feel like a completely better version of myself, which sounds so cliche to write, but I do!
    I was super intrigued with your floating post, and have been interested in trying different types of meditation the last little while. I was actually able to find a groupon for a float spa in my city (Toronto!), and got a decent deal on a 3-float package. I booked my first float for Sunday, can’t wait for the experience!
    Thanks again for all the inspiration!

    • Cait Flanders April 18, 2015 at 7:55 am

      Hey Caitlin! We’re name twins (just nobody calls me Caitlin unless I’m in trouble, hehe). Thanks for the kind words and I’m so glad you’ve been able to connect with some of what I share here. I feel like 2015 is going to be a big year for a lot of people, so the fact that you feel it too just further adds to that belief of mine. Awesome news about the 3-float package, and that you booked your first float! Remember to just focus on your breathing and try not to worry about whatever else you’re feeling in there. It’s your time to zone out and just relax. Please let me know how it goes!

      • Caitlin April 20, 2015 at 8:48 am

        Hey Cait, that’s so funny, I was wondering if Cait was short for Caitlin, as you don’t often see it spelled that way! I just saw your post about your Mindful Budgeting Program, congrats! That is such an exciting project, and I’m sure it feels great to launch after months of hard work. On to my float experience, it went great!! Having read your post first, I felt well prepared for what to expect. I definitely went into some sort of trance state for probably the full second half of the session. It took a little while to get comfortable, and I definitely experienced the ‘spinning’ feeling you described when I shut my eyes at first, but eventually got used to it and was able to completely zone out. The session ended much faster than I was expecting it to! I felt so relaxed afterwards, mind and body. It was like I knew and understood that my mind had gone to a different ‘world’ but I didn’t know where or for how long or what I even thought about, if anything at all. I can’t wait for my next one! Hope you had a great weekend :)

  • Mrs. Marriage & Money April 15, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Ah, I want to try this now! A few places have opened up in Seattle and I’ve always been intrigues, and a little scared, by the thought of sensory deprivation. It looks like there is a place that allows you to go once per month for $40, but only if you are a new member. Otherwise, it seems a bit pricey. I have seen Groupons for these places though, so maybe I’ll check it out when one pops up!

    • Cait Flanders April 18, 2015 at 7:57 am

      Yes, I would definitely recommend that! It’s worth trying once, for sure. :)

  • Annie April 16, 2015 at 8:11 am

    I don’t know if you are familiar with Dr. Andrew Weil, but his websites and books discuss many breathing techniques that can help bring about what is referred to as the Relaxation Response. I’ve found them very helpful along with other advice about nutrition, exercise, etc… Several months ago I bought a kit that included CDs and a guidebook for the breathing techniques and it has really helped me to become calmer and more focused at work. It also helped me deal with the pain from residual nerve damage caused by a shoulder spasm attack a few years ago. It’s become one of my forms of meditation and can be done anywhere.

    I do want to give floating a try. It’s sounds heavenly, like having a warm pond or lake all to yourself.

    • Cait Flanders April 18, 2015 at 7:58 am

      That sounds awesome, Annie – thank you for the advice! And you’re bang-on about how you just described floating… I’d never thought about it like that before, but it’s definitely like having a body of water all to yourself. :)

  • Tiffany @ HappyThankfulHopeful April 16, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    Thanks for sharing your experience, Cait! I was intrigued with your initial mention of floating and started looking up locations locally!

    Also, I love your outlook and focus on intentional living…just thought I’d share a recent post I thought you might like…”Loving the pieces of yourself others are too scared to possess”.

    • Cait Flanders April 18, 2015 at 8:00 am

      GREAT post, Tiffany. And it actually made me wonder if I’ve ever been too scared to thank a “local celebrity” for the work they do before. Huh. I’m going to have to think about that. Deep thoughts on a Saturday morning… I like it. :)

  • SarahN April 17, 2015 at 5:02 am

    I very irregularly drop by here, but I should come by more often, for gems like this!! I’ve never heard of this, and it’s something I’d love to try, so I’ve googled it, and naturally there’s a few in Sydney (Australia). More than $40 but that’s how it is here! Can’t wait!

    • Cait Flanders April 18, 2015 at 8:00 am

      Yea, life down under sounds expensive… but awesome you’re going to give this a try! :)

  • Cari April 19, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Though I don’t currently do it, I used to budget for once a month massage therapy for my chronic neck/shoulder pain and it was great. I’ve never heard of floating. It sounds great! So glad that it’s helping you.