It’s Time to Try
I Think I’ll Try
Kiss Me Goodbye
I’m Defying Gravity
And You Won’t Bring Me Down…
I have loved trying new things my whole life. To this day I embrace new foods, travel and anything I have not tried. One constant passion for me though has been theatre. I loved everything about it growing up, was seriously pursuing acting for a time, and now I still remain in awe of it. Going to theatre and Broadway shows is always a big treat to me. I still get a little excited the way I was when I was a little kid. Being at a theatre and having the lights dim is spectacular to me. One of my all-time favorite shows is Wicked which I have seen a few times now. If you are not familiar it is the story of Oz told through the Wicked Witch’s eyes since her reputation was completely misunderstood in the famous movie version. The theme is embracing who you really are – Elphaba (the Wicked Witch) realizes she is done with pretending to be someone she is not. Living a lie is not something she can do any longer so she decides it is time for her to “fly” and defy gravity. She has to take the risk and discover the possibilities that lie within her.
Review: Zero Gravity in Austin
Maybe floating at Zero Gravity was not quite this dramatic. However, when I was thinking of a title for this blog post as a review of my floating experience on Friday night those lyrics played over and over again in my head. Defying Gravity is all about freeing yourself from your comfort zone, and floating in a tank was definitely one of those experiences for me. Scott has tried floating several times and had described it as an amazing experience that gave him insight into his life and provided total relaxation. Amazing moments, life insight and relaxation? My hesitancies about floating around a small tank were put aside as I thought about what this could do for me. I am not claustrophobic per se, but two of my all-time fears are being trapped in a car that is being filled with water and being buried alive. Floating was very close to being buried alive to me. However, those old feelings of loving new experiences resurfaced. Perhaps I was totally missing out. When my mother showed me a review in Oprah Magazine fairly recently I was sold that this was not “out there” but an experience I really wanted to have.
Scott and I drove to Zero Gravity on Friday night, and it was located in a small strip mall in downtown Austin. The set up was very similar to a small spa. There was a reception area where I filled out paperwork, took a picture and we explained that it was my first time trying floating. Our attendant took us back to separate locker rooms where we changed into robes before having our massage and starting our float. I did take some pictures, but they are not awesome. I had no idea it would be so dark and there is only so much you can do with an I-Phone (that I know of anyway).
Scott and I sat in his and her massage chairs that were incredible. I am such a sucker for any kind of massage and this was no exception. They even play a video of psychedelic images to improve your relaxation.
I was feeling pretty good at this point. Then we were taken to our individual tank rooms where you are instruction to remove your robe, shower, and then get into the tank when you are ready.
I was doing well….this was all very much like a spa. The tank was pretty decent size and contained a crazy amount of Epsom salts which I knew would be amazing for my skin. I showered; put in the ear plugs they provided, grabbed the neck pillow, got in the tank and closed the door.
The light then started to dim though, and I absolutely felt a surge of panic. It caught me totally off guard. The dark has never been one of my fears, so this was a shock. I turned the light back on (there is an emergency light button) thinking I needed more time to adjust to the environment. However, when I tried to turn it off again I had the same reaction. I finished the float with the lights on, and I was feeling a little bit antsy. When my float time was up I showered again and got dressed to head out. When we were leaving the attendant explained that many people have my reaction. You can get used to the dark more gradually if you turn off the light and leave the door to the tank cracked. My boyfriend still has a few floats left on his account so I will most likely try it again. However, the experience was not at all what I expected. I did some thinking in the tank (you are in there a hour), but no big revelations for me. I think leaving the light on may have somewhat altered the experience. So it was more like being in an Epsom salt bath rather than an out of body experience. The lack of sound, combined with the temperature of the water and the darkness is supposed to put you in a state where you do not know the difference of being in or out of the water. Crazy right?
Question of the Day: Do you love new experiences? Any big fears??