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Friday, January 9, 2009

Self Care

In three days it all begins. I'll be spending my days traveling back and forth from work to field practicum to school, and repeating.

I am grateful that I'll be getting out of my chair. I sit entirely too much as an editor. My hips are barking at me these days.

To thrive in the days to come, I am treating myself to regular holistic healing services like massage and, for the first time, a new treatment called "floating." I'd like to hear from you if you've ever experienced it.

It's described in a brochure as a pool that holds 10 inches of water with 800 pounds of dissolved Epsom salts, which supposedly enables a person to float effortlessly in a zero gravity environment.

These flotation spas were invented in 1954 by Dr. John Lilly. He discovered that "without visual, auditory or gravitational stimuli," many people are able to enter a heightened state of physical, mental and emotional awareness with deep relaxation.

It's supposed to be great for stress reduction, deep relaxation, and pain relief. Here is a link to a float center in South Carolina, just to provide more information for you: http://www.innervisionfloatcenter.com/

My appointment is Sunday morning, the day before I have to get back on track. Hopefully it will help me realize that I don't have to "board every train."

I will let you know if it floats my boat! (Sorry!)

--Ms. T. J.


  1. Sounds soothing... Please give us a report!

  2. i stumbled upon ure page here....its totally a great resource for me (applied for bsw and interested in msw). It will be great to read about your experiences in the program! GOOD LUCK!

  3. T.J. I really am enjoying your blog as I am starting my second semester in an MSW program at the age of 52. Keep us posted, Betsy Korst

  4. Linda, Mika and Anonymous-

    I am enjoying your comments as well. I do want to blog about about my floating experience as it was wonderful. I haven't had time!

    The good news is I plan to do it again. The owner, who is a wonderful man with very blue eyes, said the second float is better than the first. Perhaps I will float again soon and give a full report!

    --Ms. T. J.