And then I began to think of my next float and how much I need it. I’m sitting in a dentist chair and I realize that my whole body is tensed up. I am actively having to remind myself to relax. That is an hour of exhaustion for me. If I wasn’t consenting to this it would feel like a trauma, it would be considered torture, but I am consenting.
My fight or flight response is turned on, leaving you with your overactive amygdala. Luckily the tank shuts your amygdala off, shuts down the fight or flight response for just a little while at least, sometimes more with practice. The epsom salts also help to release whatever toxins you got from that experience. You also need to heal, my mouth is usually sore from all the poking and prodding as well as holding it open for that long. You heal in rest and the tank is the deepest state of rest your brain can have. So get in the tank.