Project Recovery: Float on
Today is the first day of our healthy eating challenge for the fall. Today is also my birthday. This time around I didn’t feel up to the challenge, but I have decided to explore a very important aspect of “wellness” for the next 5 weeks:recovery. And just to make this a conversation I’m going to share my thoughts and experiences with you all.
Giving myself a chance to recover is something I am not good at. I can eat well and I can train 5-6 days a week, I can go to work, take care of my kids and have a 100 mph social schedule. But I don’t know how to stop or slow down, and that of course means that at some point I’m going to crash, in fact I may have already crashed but I just didn’t notice. I’d be willing to bet that this sounds familiar to many of you… So a friend asked me the other day: ever heard of Floating? In a nut shell you get into a tub of highly concentrated salt solution, plug your ears and there is no light. Then you lie back and you float. For an hour. By yourself. In silence. In the dark. Hmmmmm, it sounded a little crazy, and also like the absolute best thing ever! And I love crossfit, so Im definitely a little crazy. Here’s my plan. 5 weeks: 5 floats: 5 sessions in an infrared sauna to sweat out some toxins and deal with old injuries. And I’m going to tell you all about it to keep myself accountable. And maybe this will get you thinking about your own recovery.
And today was day 1! Mind you I have about a million things I should be doing. instead I went here, FLO2S.com, made an appointment and rode over to little five points.
37 minutes sauna detox. I’m a wimp about extreme heat or cold so infrared is the way to go. It literally works from the inside out. I’ll tell you more later once I figure it out a bit more. Also helped soothe my nerves a little before I was about to turn everything off for an hour
The float:60 minutes. Weightlessness, silence, darkness. There is nothing but your body and your mind there with you. And you suddenly realize that this may never have happen before. Ever. And you’re really really comfortable. And the next hour is a journey between letting your body relax so that it can finally focus on healing and letting your mind go so that it can start sorting out what’s real. There are moments when it just doesn’t seem to be working but then you just have to let to again because you don’t know how long you’ve been there, 5 minutes or eternity. And it’s amazing.
When I stepped back into the sensory world I was euphoric, and then I was calm. And an hour later I realized that physically I felt like I had just scored an extra couple days rest. Am I completely recovered? No. But I did do something right today.