You know that feeling when your shoulders feel like jagged, heavy boulders have welcomed themselves for an extended vacation? Your own self massage is a tease. The foam roller doesn’t quite get it. Your schedule conflicts with your favorite health practitioners until days, that seem like years, away. You wait it out, but over the next couple hours the mountains are back, this time hovering around your neck. Sound familiar? Well, this story belonged to me this week. It happens to us all, often when you least expect it. It was in a decision to go for a post-work swim at the Matt Dishman Center, that I was reminded about the restorative & healing properties of water. Water, people! It was the key ingredient that enabled me to smoothly scale the peaks in my upper body, to a landscape of clouds and air. All it took was 20 minutes of literal floating, though my body was already high-fiving itself within seconds of my first plunge into the water. I used two of those long, noodle-looking buoy toys to keep me afloat (one under my arms and the other beneath my calves). Your are weightless when floating. It’s EXACTLY the feeling you need most when the weight of your world settles into your skeleton. It is also during this time, you allow your brain to freely feed any required healing properties to the limbs and areas that are thirsty for smooth, connected movement. If you don’t believe me, ask anyone who has spent time in a sensory deprivation tank, i.e Float On, or The Float Shoppe. Floating is it’s own therapy, and what I believe to be one of the more significant pain relievers, and a quick one at that! I encourage you all to get into your local community pool for an open swim evening or schedule a Float session at one of the shops in town when you are feeling physical (or emotional) heaviness. We all share an affinity for water if we live in the NW, right?
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