Floating Every Day For 7 Days!

Without any further ado, we are thrilled to present to you, a 7 day blog by  Kimberly Hullfish that will really show you what floating can do!  

Since finding Float SNJ, Kim has become an amazing part of our floating family!  You can frequently find her sipping tea in our lobby post Sauna / Float session.  Kim works at the head of an accounting / operations department  for an organization which designs, engineers, and constructs the roads on which you drive to and from work, school, grocery store, and hospital.  It’s a wonderful experience for us to provide some rest, relaxation, and relief for people who are making such a huge impact in society.  Here’s the secret…you all are, whether you know it or not!

We’re looking forward to releasing the results of her frequent floats and we will be following up with some new opportunities for you to try this practice yourself for 4, 5, or 6 days in a row, which is turning out to be an incredibly impactful experience for some!  Now, here's Kim!

 

 


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This sounds right to me – my mind is constantly “on”, processing information, rewinding, and re-processing information.  Where is that off button?  Why at 3:00 in the morning am I thinking about numbers from my spreadsheets?

I started floating on April 2nd, 2018 while on vacation.  It was a tank and not a pod, though smaller than the tanks at FLOAT (Marlton NJ).  Since then I have floated approximately once or twice a week with the exception of last week as I was away.  I have noticed better sleep, less anxiety, and the release of the happy endorphins!  Not to mention the softest skin I have ever had in my life! 

The “ah hah” moment came about 3 weeks in to my weekly floats.  I was meditating about peacefulness and calmness and roses, when all of a sudden a little voice tried to get through with an anxiety filled comment.  Yet, my brain immediately responded with “Not now, not your turn.”  The little voice went away, and I continued my meditation.  Wow.  Something that seems so simple

If a few floats a month can help me train my brain to relax and shut down, what would floating more do?  Today begins an experiment.  7 straight days of floating!  7 Straight days of Me-Time.  7 Straight days of relaxing in a tank, more buoyant than the Dead Sea. 

I plan on choosing a meditation topic each day, from relaxation and calmness to weightloss to visualization!  I hope to get more creative, lesson my anxiety, get my endorphins flowing for happiness, and enjoy this opportunity! 

I will be blogging over the next 7 days and sharing my experience.  I hope you enjoy it!

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Float Day 1 of 7:  The Hummingbird

 

Hi Everyone!  I started my 7-day float and am excited to share a bit about it.  Before I begin, I would like to share a few things about why I float and Why I float at FLOAT SNJ, Marlton.

 

As I said in my introduction, I have only been floating since April 2nd 2018.  Very quickly I realized the benefits floating was offering me.  There is a calmness that comes on as soon as you enter the float spa.  Crystals are elegantly displayed, guitars on the walls, a welcoming living room style lobby complete with a library on mindfulness.  The owner (Tom) makes you at ease immediately.  He is very open and answers your questions.  HIs employees are just as open and also make you feel at home.

 

Since I started floating, I have found it easier to be alone with my thoughts.  Thoughts that would cause anxiety are more easily dismissed.  Having full control in the float tank makes it easy to relax and meditate.  Lights on or off?  Music on or off?  Tank door slightly open, more open, closed? Everything is my decision.  Even ending a session earlier because you completed your task for the day is fine. 

 

My skin is ever so soft!  My muscles are feeling good – even after an afternoon of bowling for the first time in over 20 years!  Worried about your hair?  I was!  My hair is soft, my hair color is not effected.  My skin tone is healthy.  My sleep is deeper with less interruptions.  Could this be the fountain of youth we all search for?  Ok, that may be a bit over the top.  But I feel great since I started floating.   Why did I not find this earlier?

 

Now let us talk about Day 1 of 7 – The Hummingbird.

 

A little over a week ago in a float session, meditation done, I decided to try visualization.  I am not good at closing my eyes and seeing images.  I was in the Galaxy, so I turned the lights (or should I say, stars) and music on and imagined floating in a small pond in Hawaii, complete with waterfall.  Three images came to me (in order):  A water lily, a butterfly and a humming bird.  Since, I have discovered all three deal with happiness, opening up, being more introverted.

 


Hummingbird Animal Totem Meanings And Symbolism

A hummingbird animal totem can offer you endless insight and effervescent wisdom.

 

This totem is vastly unique, as such, as unique offerings in the realm of totem guidance.

It is not commonly known that the fluttering wings of the hummingbird move in the pattern of an infinity symbol – further solidifying their symbolism of eternity, continuity, and infinity.

 

By observing the hummingbird, we see they are seemingly tireless. Always actively seeking the sweetest nectar, they remind us to forever seek out the good in life and the beauty in each day.

The prime message of the hummingbird animal totem is:
“The sweetest nectar is within!” 

 

Questions the Hummingbird Asks Us

The hummingbird as an animal totem asks us profound questions. Take the time to listen, then contemplate what kind of response you would have for the hummingbird (and your inner self)…

·       “Where is your joy?”

·       “Is your happiness found within, or do you seek it externally?”

·       “What is the source of your joy?”

·       “What must you do to increase your joy?” 

 

Symbolic meaning – Key Words – Include:  Affection, Loyalty; Playfulness; Agility; Infinity; Peace, Persistence; Healing; Sincerity; Renewal; Joy; Vitlity; Energy.

 

Source/ Quote:  Hummingbird Link

 

Hmmm.  Those words describe me very well, and also describe what I am seeking at this point in my life.  The questions are now.  I actually visualized my animal-spirit!

 

Fast forward to today.  I went into my session – in the Grotto – with an intention.  Yet when I started meditating on my intention, I could not relax, could not focus.  I finally released my intention and asked what should I focus on today.  The hummingbird came back – not visually, but rather, in the form of an intention.  I need to focus on the joy in my life right now.  The happiness, and finding my happiness from within.  This is something I struggle with – I tend to find my happiness externally, which is not lasting and can easily let you down by expecting too much.  This session was to be about fun, and non-serious thoughts. 

 

I even decided to try floating on my stomach for a few minutes just to see what it was like.  It made me laugh a bit, first turning over because the buoyancy of the water does not want you to roll over.  Then, trying to figure out where your head should rest – I finally figured out how to put my head to its side and rest slightly against my forearm.  I giggled at it, and then went back to the normal float position. 

 

What did this session teach me? 

If you go in with an intention, be prepared to release it and focus on something else, especially if your brain telling you it is the wrong intention for today.  Have fun.  Not every session has to be serious.  If you are open, every float session will bring a lesson, or a thought that stays with you.

 

Until Next Time, enjoy your float!