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Adventures in Sensory Deprivation: Your Guide To Flotation Tank Experiences

Posted on 27 May 2016 by Leslie Lello

Yesterday I posted a video stating that I had just had one of my best floatation tank experiences in a space called Art of Floating in Bloomberg, Pennsylvania, but I never got into what exactly floating is.

For those of you who are spa fanatics (like me), you will probably love floating as a nice alternative to the traditional spa experience.

Essentially, you get into a tank filled with water that has been mixed to hold as much Epsom Salt as possible. This makes your body effortlessly float.

The temperature of the air and the water matches the temperature of your body/skin so after a little while in the tank you don’t really feel the water or the air, and it is soundless and pitch black in there so you don’t see or hear anything either.

This allows you to lose a sense of your physical body in space (except for occasionally brushing up against the wall of the tank).

The benefits of this kind of experience are numerous, ranging from pain management to right brain/left brain balancing to improved athletic performance.

I find the floatation tank to be the ideal way to meditate because there are very little distractions that typically come up and you don’t have your eye on the clock because the floatation location will let you know when your session is complete.

You can float away in  both body and mind!

Here are the 5 locations have been to so far and what I liked and what I thought could use some improvement about each location.

Q Flatiron Infinity Float (New York, NY)

This was a fantastic first floating experience! They were thorough about telling me exactly what I needed to do before I got into the floatation tank. I loved how spacious it was and wish they had one more so that I could bring someone with me next time and we could float at the same time. When I left Q Flatiron after my float, I felt like I was Neo from The Matrix, walking amidst all of the hustle and bustle on the streets of Manhattan, but felt so balanced and calm that I could easily dodge the mayhem in the same way Neo dodges bullets at the end of the first movie!

 

Serene Dreams (Kearney, NJ)

The actual experience at Serene Dreams was really nice. They had a great locker room and spacious floating rooms. The pods they use are very nice and spacious.

The next day I had a terrible headache and I am not sure why but I was told that they use chlorine in the water which to me sort of defeats the purpose. Epsom Salt (magnesium) has a number of health benefits, but if you are also absorbing chlorine during your float I don’t think that is very good. They told me at Serene Dreams that the State of New Jersey considers this location a pool and therefore requires chlorine. That’s a shame. FYI, every floatation tank I have seen in every facility I have visited is cleaned after each client’s float with a very thorough and precise filtering process and all floatation facilities require visitors to shower before they float to keep the water clean. Chlorine is unnecessary.

Mountain Float Spa (New Paltz, New York)

Maybe my experience was unusual because I visited this location in winter on a day that was not so busy, but I found myself cold in this location. The room where the pod was located was cold, my feet were cold before and after the float and I was cold floating in the tank because the air was cold in the tank, which made the hour rather uncomfortable instead of meditative.  The relaxation room (after the float) was nice and I spent some time reading before getting on the road.  The people were nice.

Requiescent Float Center (Ballston Spa, New York… Near Saratoga Springs which is north of Albany)

These floatation tanks were a work of art! They were clearly homemade which added to the charm. The one I was in was huge! I can’t say for sure how big it was, but it was twice the size of many of the floatation tanks I had been in so far. Also, the ceiling was very high in the tank. I don’t mind low ceilings in the floatation tanks, but people with claustrophobia might and I have one relative who does not like some tanks because they look like coffins. These tanks did not look like coffins. They offered plenty of room. I also liked that I walked into the shower and then went through the shower directly into the tank. It is a smart set up.

Art of Floating (Bloomsburg, PA)

This was my favorite location for a number of reasons. This is a large but quiet facility with a simple set up that is also beautiful. The tank is compact but I don’t mind (some people might) but it was in a very beautiful room. The relaxation space (where you go after floating) was large and offered a number of rooms to stay in after your float. There was also a sitting space outside on the porch. The people are very nice and helpful.

 


For more information about the benefits of floating, please watch this great documentary: Floatation Nation


PS: If you have been keeping up with my videos, I just want to let you know that video 4 has nothing to do with traveling, so I didn’t post it here, but if you want to take a look it should be up soon at https://youtu.be/WltQ_Q1eFpk

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It’s Hot, I’m Traveling with a Dog and I Have to Pee

Posted on 02 September 2013 by Leslie Lello

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Imagine you are driving across Texas and it’s 110 degrees outside the car and you have to pee.

All you have to do is stop at the next service station and take care of business.

Now imagine you have a dog with you.

Not as simple, is it?

As everyone knows, it is very easy for dogs to overheat in cars, even when the temperature outside the car is a lot lower than 110.

So what do you do when you are on a road trip with your dog and you have to pee?

Here are some options

How to Take a Bathroom Break when Traveling With a Dog

Leave the Air Conditioning On While You Go Inside

In a pinch I have left the car on with the air conditioning blasting, and that seemed to work.

Obviously, you can’t be inside a long time because (1) there are laws about keeping your car running idol for too long and (2) despite the wonderful invention of air conditioning, the sun beating down can still make the inside of the car very hot.

Pee Outside

It’s probably easier for you to take a bathroom break outside with Fido if you are a guy, but again, in a pinch, I have done it.

Tie him to something in the shade

This solution isn’t an option with my dog because he hates being alone outside for even a fraction of a minute.

Also, I have heard of thieves snatching designer dogs from owners who leave them outside alone. The thief can make a lot by reselling the dog, but the duress on the owner goes much farther than the cost of the dog.

My dog is a mutt, so I’m not worried about this, but he’s also my best friend, and therefore, always at my side.

I wouldn’t recommend this option.

Bring Another Human

While I’m a big fan of the solo road trip, they can also be fun with other people.

And if you are bringing your dog with you on the road trip, having another human with you can save a lot of hassle, not only on the road, but also at hotels, stores and anywhere else your dog is not allowed in with you.

Best Choice #1: Bring the Dog Inside With You

In many of the rest stops that line America’s highways, it’s likely you will be able to sneak your dog in, especially if the entrance is on the outside of a building. I have done this numerous times, and unless there is a restaurant or food preparation going on nearby, no one should have a problem with you bringing your dog inside (unless your dog is unfriendly or loud), especially if it really is 110 degrees outside.

Even non-dog-owners know that leaving a dog in a car is a no-no and most people you meet on the road will understand why you need to bring your pooch in.

Best Choice #2: Plan Ahead

Planning ahead is not always a choice you have available when the 32 ounce big-gulp suddenly wants to leave your bladder, but that’s the point.

While it’s tough to know everything about the journey, you can research dog-friendly places that will let your dog come with you on a bathroom break, how long the trip will be vs. how long your pup can hold it, what the weather will be like and how much liquid you really need to consume during the trip.

By taking the time to think the journey through before you pull out of the driveway when traveling with a dog, you and your dog will be much more happy and comfortable.

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TBP 0010: Better Pet Travel

Posted on 03 August 2013 by Leslie Lello

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I didn’t even think about pet travel when I got my first dog, but after my first trip through the desert from Flagstaff, Arizona to Venice, California, I realized that traveling with a pet takes more thought than just throwing Fido in the back seat and giving him a potty break half way to your destination.

If you don’t have a pet, some of the things I say in this podcast might relate to traveling with kids.  I don’t have kids, but I’m sure the same amount of preparation goes into baby humans as it does for baby animals.

Some of the topics I cover in the TBP0010 “Better Pet Travel” include: preparation and packing, lodging, visiting friends, driving, flying, restaurants, play and relaxation.

Three important things that I didn’t mention in my pet travel podcast:

1. Some states have seat-belt laws for dogs.  In New Jersey, if you don’t have your dog in a restraining harness when he or she is riding in the car, you could get a ticket. Plus, you always should have your dog restrained anyway because it is dangerous for both of you to not have your pet secured in some way.  I was driving 30 miles per hour with my dog, Buddha, when I first got him and he was not in a restraint.  I had to stop short and he bumped into the dashboard somewhat hard.  He’s had harder hits running into other dogs at dog parks, but it was enough to catch my attention and from that day on he was in a harness that attaches to the seat-belt of my car.

2. Regarding hotel stays with your dog: a lot of places require you to crate your dog if he or she is left alone in the room. Some don’t even allow you to leave the dog or cat alone in the room.  A crate comes in handy when leaving the animal, but is a huge pain in the butt to lug  into the hotel and takes up a lot of room in a vehicle.  I used a crate when my dog was a puppy, but as he got older I knew I could trust him if I stepped out for a short while, like going to the breakfast bar in the hotel.  I never bring a crate with me now, but I can’t recommend that to people with dogs that can be rambunctious indoors.

3. Always clean up after your dog – both inside and out.  If your dog shreds toys like mine does, pick up a majority of the fuzzes before you leave the hotel.  And always pick up your dog droppings – they attract rodents if you do not and nobody likes to walk their dog in the middle of a minefield filled with poopbombs.

Haha… I actually use the term “pet peeve” in this podcast.

Pet Travel Links:

Bring Fido: http://www.bringfido.com/

Trips With Pets: http://www.tripswithpets.com/

Go Pet Friendly: http://www.gopetfriendly.com/

Travel Pets: http://www.travelpets.com/

Luv My Pet for Affordable Pet Vaccinations (which are often required if you decide to board your pet in a kennel rather than take him or her with you): http://www.luvmypet.com/

Happy Travels!

Leslie
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