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4 Reasons You’ll love Float Therapy

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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Requiescent Float Center however all thoughts are my own. 

Last week I tried something totally new and hung out in a float tank at Requiescent Float Center in Ballston Spa.  If you haven’t heard of float therapy, it’s also referred to as sensory deprivation therapy. Basically you float in a dark tank of water filled over with 1,000 lbs of epsom salts and are forced to relax and shut out the outside world for awhile.

As someone who suffers from anxiety and is a constant worry wart, I have tried several cognitive behavioral techniques whenever I feel myself getting stressed.  I have to admit, when I saw the tank I was very skeptical, what was I going to do for an hour while I floated? I totally unplugged and it was the most relaxing experience I ever had.  Here are 4 reasons you will love float therapy:

1.) Eases sore, tense muscles – Thanks to the epsom salt, your body is totally weightless, taking pressure off of any tense or painful areas.  It also helps to promote circulation and reduce inflammation.  Many athletes swear by floating to help their muscles recover.  My body felt like jello afterwards.

2.) Detoxes the body -The magnesium and elements from the epsom salt are absorbed into the body and help draw out any toxins allowing your body to heal itself.

3.) Relaxation – It has been said that floating helps the brain get to the “theta state” which is a state of deep meditation and relaxation.  The first few minutes into my session I was beginning to think I was going to have a hard time shutting off my mind, but once I got into it, I completely got in the zone. It was the most relaxed I’ve been in a long long time.  I slept like a baby that night and felt much calmer for the next few days.

4.) Me time – This year one of my intentions was to practice self-care and make time for myself each day (read more about my intentions).  Once in the tank, it is dark, except for some twinkling lights on the ceiling that you can shut off if you choose. The temperature of the water and the air is the same temperature as your body and it is pure quiet.  So quiet in fact all I could hear was my own heartbeat.  I was totally in tune to my body and my thoughts.

Overall I had a great experience floating. If you haven’t tried it, I encourage you to check it out for yourself.  It’s a nice change of pace from all of the sensory overload we experience on a daily basis and a great way to get in touch with yourself.   Thanks for an awesome experience Eric at Requiescent! I will definitely be back!

 

2 In chemical free/ Lifestyle

6 Easy Ways to a Chemical Free Home

I’m not ashamed to admit that becoming a mom brought out the nervous, worry-wart in myself. Naturally, I want what’s best for my baby, our family and our home.  So like most moms I really started scrutinizing many of the household products we were using in our home.  As I read all of the labels I found many contained ingredients I didn’t even know what they were let alone couldn’t even pronounce. After some research, I learned that almost all of the household products we were using contained many toxic chemicals that are known hormone disruptors and carcinogens.  After suffering from PCOS and infertility this was even more of a reason for me to start looking for healthier options.  From cleaning products to personal products, one by one I’ve slowly been switching to products that are safer for my family.  We are not 100% chemical free yet but have made a commitment and it is a work in progress.

Here are 6 easy ways you can make your own home cleaner and more “chemical-free.”

1.) Say no to candles, air fresheners and plug-ins -I have always been a huge smell person. In the fall, I would break out all my pumpkin spiced candles, and I always had a clean cotton scented plug-in in every room to keep the house smelling homey. However more and more research is becoming available stating that burning candles, scented air fresheners and plug-ins are actually a health risk as they have been known to cause cancer, asthma and allergies.  So instead to get my fragrance fix, I switched to essential oils.  In addition to making my home smell fresh, our family has also enjoyed the many other benefits such as sleep support, immune and emotional support to name a few. 

2.) Get rid of that traditional deodorant -If there is one thing that you implement from this post I hope this is it! According to the National Cancer Institute, there is a link between traditional antiperspirants and breast cancer.  In fact, a family friend of ours has a history of breast cancer and one of the things her oncologist advised her was to switch to a safer deoderant. Most antiperspirants contain aluminum which can mimic the effects of estrogen, thereby stimulating the growth of cancerous cells. In addition, deodorants and antiperspirants plug up our sweat glands and prevent our body from trying to get rid of unwanted toxins which has been shown to cause hormonal and autoimmune disorders. There are many aluminum free deodorants on the market but I love Schmidt’s! It keeps me dry, they have a variety of fragrances (I personally love the geranium flower and bergamot and lime), and you can get it on Amazon! (Sounds like a no-brainer to me!)

3.) Throw away those dryer sheets -This is probably one of the easiest and quickest switches.  Dryer sheets contain several harmful chemicals including camphor and chloroform.  After drying our clothes with these chemicals we then put on our clothes, exposing our skin, our biggest organ to these harmful neurotoxins.  Instead use wool dryer balls. I got a 4-pack on Amazon real cheap, I dab a couple drops of essential oils on and throw them in the dryer with our clothes. 

4.) Get a houseplant – Not only is it more visually appealing but they are a natural way to purify the air and boost your mood. Hello all the pretty succulents and greenery!!!!

5.) Nix those kcups – This switch was one of the hardest for me. Me and my coffee have quite the love affair but the research is scary.  Kcups are made with plastic which many times contains BPA which is a synthetic form of estrogen, therefore disrupting our hormones and autoimmune system. Quite the mouthful but if that isn’t enough BPA has been linked to infertility, obesity, cancer, diabetes, and behavioral problems to name a few.  Yes, they do make those filters where you can add your own coffee grounds, but the keurig also harbors mold and other bacteria. While I do miss the convenience of being able to wake up in the morning and simply have my hot cup of French Roast with the touch of a button I have switched to french press coffee which not only tastes better but is safer.

6.) Switch to nontoxic cleaning products -Many of the cleaning products that are on the market are known to contain “harsh chemicals” and be irritants.  If you think about it we wear gloves many times when we clean our homes with these products so why would you clean your floors and then let your kids crawl around exposing themselves? Furthermore non toxic products are better for our environment and many times more cost effective. Vinegar and baking soda can be found in most homes and make great cleaners. I also swear by the Thieves household cleaner through Young Living. A little goes a long way, you can use it on almost any surface and it smells like Christmas in a bottle!  

I hope you all found this post informative.   If you’d like more information about how to get started with essential oils or any of the Young Living products, I’m your girl just send me a message or an email ourtinynestblog@gmail.com