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So I’m a huge fan of podcasts. My absolute favorite is Joe Rogan. He sometimes has some awesome people on that really have some good advice on life. Joe also has some awesome habits he does, that are super inspirational. One thing he talks about often is float pods, and the benefits he has seen both physical and mental using the float pod.

But what is a float pod or sensory deprivation tank? It is a private space where you can experience freedom from your senses. The pods provide a light and sound free environment. They are filled with 10 inches of water and approximately 900 lbs of dissolved Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate).

Being a fan, and always looking for things to help my mental illnesses, I had to try a float session. I found a great little spa about 20 minutes from my house and assigned the wife to sign me up for a float session. She agreed to this assignment so she could get a spray tan. Win – win. The goal of my float session was to shut my brain up for a while, let my body chill, medicate heavily and listen for the universe.

Fist thing I did was medicate heavily with some of my favorite Indica strains, Hell’s OG. This is great strain for relaxing your body and providing mental clarity. Fortunately I am a medical cannabis patient and have access to some amazing medicine. So, without hesitation I heavily medicated myself right before leaving for the session, intent on having an amazing experienced, floating weightlessly, deprived of all my senses.

We arrived promptly at noon for my float session appointment. The lovely attendant took my information and after some minor paperwork I was whisked to the back to take a shower. Alone. The lovely attendant wasn’t a part of the pre-shower session. The shower is necessary to prevent people from putting their crummy naked bodies in the pod. Yes, naked. You are naked when you float.

I showered up, dawned the bath robe and bathing cap provided, which by the way looks easy to put on, but, I assure you was a pain in the dick. I know I’m a moron, but putting a swim cap on should of been easier than it was. Anywho, showered, robed and capped, I rang the attendant who guided me to the float pod room. For a few moments she went over the basics, how to get in the pod, how to shut the lid, light and music adjustment as well as a floatation device incase I felt I might drown in the murky depths of 10 inches of salt water.

Out she went, I dropped my robe and in I went. The top closes on hydraulics, there is no way to get locked in and I in no way felt claustrophobic, there is a lot of head space to sit up inside the pod and move around. Side note: as she began her instructions on light and music in the pod, the Hell’s OG really kicked in and I spaced out on how to run the lighting situation inside the pod.

First I just wanted to get comfy with the feeling of floating. I laid out straight as a board and just…floated. The light was on inside the pod, its dimly lit, but not a blazing light. Fuck. I need to figure out how to turn out the light. Did she push the button or turn the button? It’s just a button, shaped like a marshmallow simply labeled, LIGHT. Reluctantly, I pushed the button and…..boom, lights out.

Now I can get down to business. Pitch black, dead silent other than my fat ass and jelly belly splashing around in the salty water as I position myself for maximum float comfort.

Depriving yourself of the external chatter is a peculiar experience to say the least. The effect on your physical body, to be horizontal, with no sensation beneath you relaxed my muscles like nothing I’ve experienced before. Much different than a massage. Nothing is touching them other than water. How much time I floated reposing my body is hard to say, it was good, keeping my mind focused on just physical peace kept dumb chatter form ruining the experience. For the time being.

Eventually my mind chatter got the best of me and I started running dumb shit through my brain. I recognized this happy horse shit and decided to fuck with the lights, and restart the process. The bulb for the pod is set up at water level, not directly above you. The trippy thing about the light was you could create a mini light show across the top of the dome as you float. These fuckers know people are getting medicated and floating. There’s no way this light show is in here for any other purpose. Bravo.


I decided on a symphony of green lights dancing like streamers in the wind. Back down I went, focusing again on relaxing my body. What happened next was an unexpected surprise say the least.

Eyes closed, I could still sense the green of the lights, it was almost like a hallucinatory experience, not only did I see the greens, but shapes, and other colors began to frolic in my vision. I feel like a cheerio floating aimlessly in the ocean as the Aurora Borealis dazzles my mind over head.

The light show went on for I don’t know how long. The only bummer was the pod fits a guy who is six foot two, but eventually, you do end up floating into the side of the pod, either with you head, or feet, at least this was the case for me. The hour flew by. When the time is up the pod has a jet stream that slowly bursts water into the pod to let you know times up.

Out I go, stood up to dry off, and felt as though I dropped 200 mg of edibles. Nice. Since you just floated in all that salt water, you need to shower. AGAIN. It’s necessary and worth it. I finished up, and met my lovely, tanner bride in the lobby. Twenty minutes later we arrived at our abode and it hit me. My body was rested, restored, at peace, chill, on a level that my poor grammar skills don’t allow me to convey here.

My zen experience with peace and relaxation lasted all the way to the next day and in the evening. Peace and love poured through me. I was one with the force, the force was with me. There is no doubt I want to try this experience again, while highly medicated. Did I have a visual experience based on the medication? I doubt it. Maybe? The only way to find out is try again. And try again I will. In all honesty, if you are not claustrophobic, and want to experiment with different experiences to enhance your mind and body, try floating.