The struggles are real. The endless pain, the sleepless nights awake waiting for the pain to go away but it never does. The pain leads to anxiety and living in a constant fog. The painkillers mask the real issues that are going on. You begin to be taken over by the chronic pain. It’s something that your mind and body will ever accept. At this point you would do just about anything to have a few hours of sleep with no pain. Just to feel normal again. Those days are far and in-between. But you continue your search for relief in hope that one day a solution will arise or at least some quasi-treatment to enable you to rest peacefully without the pain.
This persistent search is what led me to meditation and floating. I first heard about floating a year ago, about a year after I was critically injured in Afghanistan. A friend came to me and said he had the most memorable experience in this thing called a float tank. Of course this sparked my interest so I immediately starting doing some online research to find out what exactly this flotation therapy is. Unfortunately, there weren’t any float centers anywhere near my home. The closest one was hours away and every attempt to get one ended in failure. From the tanks leaking to a massive ice storm that shutdown all the roads, it seemed everything was getting in the way of my first float experience, yet I just knew in my mind that this was something that was going to change my life.
I had to eventually travel all the way to the home of floating in Portland, OR where a young group of guys turned an idea of starting a float center into a reality. Even through the struggles of starting up their own business they continuously pursued their idea because this group of guys knew how much they could change many people’s lives. It is this that brought me to my first float experience at Float On in Portland, OR.
Within minutes of floating, I knew this was going to have a profound effect on my life. For the first time in two years, I was about to rest my mind and body without any anxiety or pain. It doesn’t matter how much research you do online there is nothing that can explain floating other than actually getting in a float tank and letting your mind relax. I was immediately addicted. I think I floated about 4 times in two days including a float from 1:00am to 3:30am.
Since then, I have pursued the idea of opening up my own float center. I loved the idea that I could not only help myself but help so many others struggling with the same issues I was having. Whether you suffer from PTSD, depression, anxiety, insomnia and chronic pain, I can relate to all of them. I hope that I can have the same profound effect on others as I experienced that day in Portland.