Floating Meditation in South Carolina

Floating Meditation in South Carolina

Harbor wall in the Holy City.

Harbor wall in the Holy City.

Water. It heals, simply. I’ve been practicing meditation in various forms for several years as a part of my own holistic wellness practice. Just a few days ago I visited Glow Spa in Charleston (Mt. Pleasant), South Carolina for my first ever float experience. The owner, Steve, guided me through the rules of floating and was very helpful. In an effort to offer the health benefits of floating to first responders and military he even offers discounts.

I was a bit apprehensive as I don’t appreciate the value of enclosed spaces. I was relieved to see that my float pod was one that I could stand up in should I find that necessary. When ready, I put in my earplugs (that’s all you wear) settled in the float pod, pushed a watertight light switch on the wall to my left, and floated comfortably for an hour in complete darkness.

Yes, a few times I focused a little extra on my breathing because, well frankly, it takes some getting used to as one floats in water, naked, in the dark. Right? After what seemed like 25 minutes, I was signaled by sound and water movement (jets in the pod) that I reached my one hour mark.

After a shower that left my skin feeling as though I had a salt-skin treatment to boot, I felt remarkably present with my body. Relaxed, yet not sleepy.

It occurred to me that floating like this may well be a ‘gateway’ practice toward meditation and embracing other holistic methods of being well. I’m hoping to visit with the float experts in Portland, Oregon soon.

About Richard Goerling
Thank you for visiting my blog! My goal is to create a place that allows us to learn from each other, support our first responders, and, perhaps, find ways to facilitate human sustainability and cultural evolution in public safety. My expertise is in policing, yet we share similar occupational stressors, experiences, cultural attitudes and behaviors with our friends and colleagues in the fire service, at the dispatch centers, and in the field and emergency departments with our medics, nurses and doctors. Trauma bonds us. It goes without saying that all of this is relevant for our brothers and sisters serving in the military. I've learned most of what I know about stress management from these great warriors. Let us learn from each other. This blog will explore that trauma bond. We'll look at the work of authors, professors, journalists, and other subject matter experts in diverse disciplines in an effort to improve the resilience (wellness, health, attitude, motivation, etc.) of our first responders. Join us here in the dialogue and let's work together to make a difference, one conversation at a time. Peace.

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