Starting a 50 Pound Weight-loss Journey.

Starting a 50 Pound Weight-loss Journey.

Okay guys… welcome back to the blog. I know it’s been a while since I wrote on here – mainly because I have had so much shit going on in life – but also mostly because I felt like I had nothing to write about.

YUP. I was avoiding some serious things I definitely needed to talk about.

I got real deal about my struggle on my FACEBOOK VIDEO YESTERDAY (go watch it. It’s epic.) But if you hate watching videos, I’ll give you the recap: I have some serious weight to lose.

I have spent the last 2 years getting my business off the ground and it took a LOT out of me. I was stressed, overwhelmed, and really way too wrapped up in my work and not at all focused on taking care of myself. I gained about 50 pounds in the last two years. No joke. 50. And now I’m dedicated to losing it.

I’ve decided I am going to be using my blog space on What is Perfection to document this journey. I’ve been doing so much work for the Badass Business Babes that I think it’s time I reactivate this safe space of the What is Perfection Blog to document all the things I’m doing for my health and wellness.

So Yes. Here I go. Dedicated and committed to actually losing this weight and getting the body back that I deserve. It’s time. It’s definitely time.

I want to lose 50 pounds. I am ready to get this shit under control. And I’m super serious about making it happen. No more waiting. Time to take action. <3

How I Used Essential Oils to Heal My Anxiety and Depression

How I Used Essential Oils to Heal My Anxiety and Depression

Get ready for a long ass post about essential oils guys.

Not the promotional “here you need to buy this” post that I think so many of you guys are used to. Instead, I want to give you the “everything you need to know” post jam packed with information about how you can use essential oils as an alternative to healing your anxiety and depression.

I know first hand how difficult it can be to live life while battling symptoms of anxiety and depression. But I also know what life can be like when you find healthier alternatives to treating your symptoms.

Before you continue reading, let me tell you something – this post and the information in it is not “expert advice.” in other words, I am not a doctor, I am not certified aromatherapist, and I am certainly not here to convince anyone to do something dangerous like drastically cutting out their anxiety or antidepressant medication. So please listen to your body. I know – some people can not go off medications and have no intention of coming off medication and I am not here to convince anyone otherwise.

But let me tell you from experience – whether or not you choose to come off of pharmaceuticals – I know that using essential oils as a holistic alternative to medication (and even using them while also still on medication) has drastically changed my life and reduced my symptoms of emotional off balance.

Here’s what I know to be true: you cannot take a pill and have all of your problems solved. There is definitely some work that goes into living a happy life – medication or no medication – you have to do the inner work.

So this post is a little peak into how I used essential oils to heal my emotional health and create the life I deserved.

 

 

My Emotional Health Backstory

A lot of you have read the story of my Sexual Assault on the blog and what happened to me when I was young. That was the moment looking back where my mental illness started to manifest into my life. When I was raped my freshman year of college, I spent a few weeks in a psych ward shortly after – and that was when I was first diagnosed: “Bipolar disorder and symptoms of borderline personality disorder.”

Later on I had diagnosis like, “anxiety symptoms,” and “Manic Depressive.” All of these diagnosis came with years of me taking medication cocktails trying to find the right combination that worked for me.

Some of the medications I was on over the course of 6 years (all probably misspelt) – Seroquel, Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Geodon, Abilify, Xanax, Adderal, Lexapro, Prozac, Celexa, Paxil, Klonopin, Ativan, Valium, and a bunch of others I cannot remember.

Some of the symptoms I experienced from these medications over the course of 6 years: Weight gain (lots of it) Weight loss (only sometimes) Irregular sleep patterns, Acne, Zombie like persona, Lethargy, emotional disconnect, lack of sex drive, too much sex drive, inability to remain awake, inability to feel anything at all, inability to socialize, make friends, or do anything fun.

About three years ago I decided I was sick of being labeled as mentally ill. I was past the victim phase of my life and I was sick and tired for feeling sick and tired. So I decided to do something about it.

How I Started Healing My Mind with Essential Oils.

I felt overwhelmed by the idea of coming off of all my medications at once. At the time, I was taking Prozac, Adrenal, and the occasional Xanax. I knew that if I came off of all those medications at once I would certainly be in for some trouble. SO here’s what I did: I started to remove the ones that felt the “easiest” (lets face it, it was all hard.) I knew the medications I took on a situational basis like Xanax, which I used to calm random onset panic attacks, would be the easiest to remove if  I could A- reduce my panic attacks, and B- find a new healthier habit to replace my state change pills.

So I decided to look into essential oils. I spent every night falling asleep to diffusing lavender. This helped my brain learn how to get into a “Calm state” of falling asleep rather than an “IM exhausted let me pass out” minds that it was so used to. I developed a night time routine around essential oils that helped me get into an ease flow and clam attitude. From there, during the day, I was able to easily fall back into that state when I needed to. I expanded my oil practice into the afternoons – every afternoon  I would spend 5 or 10 minutes just acknowledging calm moment. I would apply oils topically to my skin on my wrists or on my temples just to calm myself down. This made me realize that I had the ability to go to that state whenever I needed to! While it wasn’t easy at first, I can tell you after time and practice, now it’s amazing how quickly I can get into that mindset.

I also started replacing my medications for supplements.

I want to just make a point here that I also replaced all of my medications with a specific list of supplements. I share them in this post here and there’s a video I did about it also here. Keep in my mind that a lot of emotional sickness is rooted in an off balance of hormones, vitamins and nutrients. Did you know that a lack of omega 3 causes depression? YUP. No joke. So keep that in mind.  You definitely want to consider replacing your medications for healthy supplements too.

I started studying the emotional healing powers of oils.

This book became my greatest asset in the beginning of my journey. As I came off medication I started to become a little more aware of how I was feeling. On medication I would only be able to recognize when I felt good vs when I felt bad. But when I stopped numbing myself, I noticed I was feeling all of these other different emotions.

Some of the emotions that started surfacing for me after coming off of medication: Stress, Overwhelm, Fear, Doubt, Insecurity, Guilt, Shame, Embarrassment, Despair, Lacking motivation, Defeated, Closed Off, Body Shame, Tension, Anger (and a bunch more other specific feelings.)

What’s great about the journey of healing my emotions with oils was that I wasn’t only embarking on a journey to heal my emotions – but I was also embarking on a journey to create more self awareness. Through using my oils I was able to deeply recognize what I was feeling, and then find a specific oil to treat that symptom. Here’s a small example of one of my favorites:

My Emotional Healing Routine:

This book was amazing. You can grab it off of amazon here—–> Emotions & Essential Oils 5th Edition + Emotions Wheel But as a bonus to you guys, I also am offering you a PDF guide that breaks down of some of the basic oils and what they are used to heal in this post. Keep reading.

I then realized that not only could I use oils to treat my emotional health on a regular basis with treating the specific negative emotions I was feeling in that moment, but I could also HEAL those emotions. When I was feeling an off feeling, I could identify it in the book, find the oil that worked for me, add a few drops to my temples and wrists, and then sit down quietly with a journal and let out what I was feeling. It was an amazing practice.

My Daily Oil Healing Practices:

Today, I am 100 percent medication free, thanks to my oils and the practices I have. Some of the things I do every day with my oils:

  1. I Diffuse Them Continuously at my desk. This may sound like a bit of overkill, but every morning when I start my work day I put a few drops of a healing oil in my diffuser with some water and I let the scent fill the room. I firmly believe this is a big part of why I do not feel anxiety symptoms in my life anymore. Literally they are all gone. By inhaling oils (not to get all science nerdy on ya,) the healing cells within the plant can pass through the brain blood barrier to allow your brain to feel more happy endorphins. And when you’re happy, anxiety isn’t really a thing anymore.
  2. I add a few drops topically to my skin to start the day. This is like my “pure-fume” for the morning, but it also helps me set intension for my emotional balance – “let me remain a calm, clear and divine channel for all I am trying to bring forth today in my life.” The universe listens.
  3. I have a self care practice every day that includes oils. Yes. Every afternoon or evening I set aside some time to get down to the ground and deep into my heart. I call on my oils and apply them to my hands and feet, and I journal out exactly what I am feeling and going through that day. This realignment of creating self awareness and expressing how I was feeling every day was hard in the beginning. When you spend a long time numbing yourself it is every easy to feel overwhelmed by your new feelings. Don’t get discouraged. Feel into them and allow yourself to work through the process of journaling and oil healing together.
  4. Meditation over medication: I swear.. meditation has healed my life. And applying oils topically before meditation and diffusing them in the room I meditate in has made a world of difference to me. I highly recommend this powerful healing work to everyone.

Want to know what oils do what? You’re free gift from me:

I coach a lot of my clients 1:1 on how to use their essential oils for emotional health. When girls reach out and tell me they are interested in using essential oils, they get a free 32 page E-guide from me that shows them how to use their oils for emotional health. (They also get access to a private coaching group with me and free coaching calls weekly.) But since I want to give all my WIP tribe girls an opportunity to get access to important oil healing information so here’s what I did – I took a few pages from my Eguide and I bundled them free for you! just go here to submit your information and get access to the free excerpt! (You’ll need to confirm your email so don’t forget to do that!)

So excited for you ladies out there interested in this step! and if you have any questions or concerns, let me know girl! Just reach out to me on Facebook.

xoxox

 

This Month’s Detox!

This Month’s Detox!

Cleanse & Restore

How are you feeling?
Have you been feeling sluggish, distracted, foggy, overwhelmed, bloated, tired, kind of icky, and in need of a bodily re-boot? Is it time to flush toxic “build up” from modern living?   Do you want more energy and to stop craving foods that taste good then feel bad?  Are you tired of indigestion, heartburn, gas, bloating and/or constipation? Would you like to have clearer, glowing skin and the peace of mind that you are taking action towards a healthy future?
How can I Cleanse & Restore?
With this 30-Day program, using high quality essential oils and supplements to cleanse, detoxify, and bring your digestive tract into a state of healthy balance, you will begin to cleanse and restore your body naturally.Whatever it is that is drawing you here, how awesome would it be to treat your body to a cleanse after the binges of the holiday season? How much better could you feel? How much healthier could you be? How much more energy could you have? Are you curious? Would you like to find out?Commit to your 30-Day Cleanse.  It’s an excellent way to detoxify and take charge of your health with a focus on vibrant health!
Challenge Overview
Days 1-10: Build a solid foundation of nutritional support through micronutrients, healthy fatty-acids, and antioxidants; prepare for healthy elimination and detoxification using enzymes and a blend of essential oils.Days 11-20: Add GI (gastrointestinal) support, as well as cleansing of the liver, kidneys, and colon.Days 21-30: Add the repopulation of healthy microflora in the GI Tract.Throughout this challenge, you will be encouraged to enhance your cleansing experience by engaging in moderate exercise, choosing high quality, whole foods, simplifying your life, and de-cluttering your personal environment.  Your program begins with a one-one consultation with Rebecca and ends with another one-one call.  Throughout your 30-day program, you can ask questions and get the support you need throughout the program via the private FB group.

This is not about starvation, dieting, or deprivation.  This is about giving yourself a gift: holistic health, from the inside out.

This is an opportunity for you to choose real food, rebuild your adrenals (most likely burned out and fatigued from stress), and boost your metabolism naturally, while learning new ways to live a healthy life beyond the 30 days.

 

Your Tool Kit (The Cleanse and Restore Enrollment Kit $245) 
-Cleanse & Restore Enrollment Kit
Lifelong Vitality Pack, Zendocrine Softgels, TerraZyme, GX Assist, PB Assist+, Lemon Essential Oil
-Private FB group and coaching community
-One-One Support & Access to Me!

How to Grab Your Detox Kit:
1) Visit whatisperfection.com/oils/
2) Enroll as a free “wellness advocate” account.
3) After inputting your information, choose the Cleanse & Restore Enrollment Kit
*Not sure? Contact me directly to walk you through the steps.* – CONTACT
Let me know if you have questions.
<3

10 Ways Essential Oils Changed My Life

10 Ways Essential Oils Changed My Life

So what the heck is this crazy oil nonsense I keep spewing on social media? It’s not nonsense – but it is crazy how in just two years these little oils have changed my life. And I need to talk about it.

You guys know from all of my recent meditation posts on the blog that I am so into my spiritual practice lately. Seriously it is soooooo my jam right now. I wake up, go into my meditation room, get in zen mode and that is how I start my day almost every day.

Its the bees knees.

But I wasn’t always like this. The truth is emotional wellness wasn’t really my thing for quite a  while. I lived life like an emotional rollercoaster all the damn time.

But then I found my spiritual practice and it changed everything. So today I wanted to take some time to break down one of my favorite most vital self love saviors: Essential oils.

 

 

What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are nature’s finest purest form of plant life condensed into a little bottle. Cold pressed oils derived from plants. I have Lavender oil (which I use for sleep time) Melaleuca Tea Tree Oil (which I use for my skin) and Orange oil (which I use to make the house smell beautiful.) I use these oils for a whole lot more but basically the point I want to get at is that these little bottles contain 100 percent pure plant oil – and all different types of plants!

How do you use them?

I get this question a lot. You can diffuse them, apply them topically on the skin, or you can ingest them (depending on the plant) But you can also make a lot of really awesome beauty recipes. I no longer use store bought soaps or shampoo anymore thanks to these bad boys.

 

 

Now the big breakdown: The 10 Biggest Ways Essential Oils Changed my Life

1.I no longer have depression or anxiety. And I no longer have to take medication for those things after 10 years. Yup. No joke. I use oils in my meditation practice and I wear them topically all the time and they literally cured my anxiety. Aromatherapy is a real thing guys. It works. Ask the google.

2. I no longer need to take sleeping aids to go to bed and I sleep blissfully through the night every single night. Coming from the girl who couldn’t sleep 3 hours straight without waking up from a nightmare or stress – I fall asleep within seconds of hitting the pillow now with diffusing lavender oil in the room. My fiancé says he sleeps better too!

3. I don’t need to be cold medication when we get sick because oils clear up my sinus’ every time. I put peppermint oil underneath my nose and BOOM. gone.

4. My house smells like Martha Stewart lives here all the damn time. Orange oil – Rosemary Oil, Lemon oil – the list goes on .. Every time I am diffusing oils in the kitchen my heart warms up. Plus I avoid allergy issues and soy candles.. so that’s cool.

5.  Speaking of Allergies. I have zero. Yes. Zero. I totally attribute this to using oils and keeping my sinuses healthy with the oils I diffuse all the time in the house.

6. I heal migraines and neck pain instantly with oils. Its a LIFE SAVER. There’s an oil called Deep blue that I use and it saves me every time. a little bit on my neck and back and boom I’m all better!

7. My spiritual practice is crazy beautiful with oils. I meditate and manifest my desires. I can say prayers for self love and abundance and receive what I am looking for.. Each oil and plant  has a deep spiritual root that is tied to enhancing and releasing certain emotions like fear, stress anxiety, overwhelm, doubt, anger, rage, depression. I mean it is crazy awesome what these oils do for my mind.

8. My beauty care rituals are on fleek (*if that’s still a thing*) Yeah..people are always asking how I make my skin so clear and I just tell them – it’s the oils! no wrinkles, no bags, no pimples. IT’s awesome.

9. I have continual self confidence and self love. The minute I started working with these bad boys, so much changed. My confidence grew, my inner awareness developed, my intuition blossomed. It was awesome. Seriously. I swear these little oil bottles are my secret to constant confidence and self love.

10. Peace is now a practice and a choice I can make every single day. No matter what I am always grounded and clear minded.

 

Now it’s your turn.

If you want to get started on oils, this is always the kit I recommend – its 100 percent therapeutic grade and beautiful. This month (May) if you enroll you get 50 dollars back – which is awesome. This is the “Aromatouch diffuser kit.”

Go to – whatisperfection.com/oils/ and then register as a free “wellness advocate.” after you create your account it will ask you to pick a kit. This is the Aromatouch diffuser kit.

It’s beautiful. Comes with everything shown here.

Questions? get at me on Facebook. I’ll help you out!

My 3 Day Juice Cleanse in LA!

My 3 Day Juice Cleanse in LA!

Okay… so I am back from Los Angeles with a million blog post ideas. Well.. No.. more like a million blog post ideas, video ideas and program outlines. Yup. Los Angeles was amazing. And super inspiring.

If you don’t know already, I traveled to the West Coast for a week to attend Tony Robbin’s event called UPW – Unleash the Power Within. It was amazing. I actually went last year too. It was a totally different experience. This time, I wasn’t focused on me – I was focused on what I could learn for the clients I coach!

If you don’t know much about it, UPW is a 4 day event that focuses on literally unleashing your power. There is a lot of dancing, a lot of intense learning, a lot of hypnosis, and a huge amount of educational information to absorb. I literally have a 2 inch notebook jam packed with information I need to share.

Tony’s events aren’t just for life coaches and personal development leaders –  A lot of people who are struggling in their life go to Tony’s events to get help.

We are always trying to improve. We are always growing. And his events hold safe space for anyone and everyone to transform into a better version of themselves. It is truly beautiful.

So yes, I was there for my clients, but I was also there for me. My weight has sort of exploded in the last year. The business boomed and so did my belly. I knew going into this event I wanted to resolve all of my emotional issues related to health and wellness.. and with that, I decided to do a cleanse while I was at the event!  Yes. I totally took the experience to the next level and did a 3 day juice cleanse. Thanks to the amazing company  Pressed Juicery, it was actually easy, and enjoyable. Not to mention it felt AMAZING.

 

Juicing can be hard. But it doesn’t have to be. Honestly, I used to be afraid of juice cleansing long ago. But honestly it isn’t as scary as it sounds. It’s been a while since I’ve juiced, so getting back into the habit was hard in the beginning. I was really lucky to find Pressed Juicery in LA. They delivered all of my juices on time (I got to order them in advance and pick the day of delivery.)  Their juices were so fresh and delicious. So today I wanted to take some time to share my experience and break down everything you need to know about juice cleanses. So in case you want to try one, keep reading!

 

 

First, an awesome amazing shout out to Pressed Juicery. Their juices were delicious, and so fresh. They delivered everything in a seamless process the day before I was arriving n LA so I didn’t’ even have to worry. Some people say juicing is expensive, but honestly, I was traveling and I would have to eat out anyway! Their juices are really affordable and I ended up saving money not having to eat out the first three days of my trip. They packed everything with icepacks and in a temperature controlled package in the box so I didn’t have to worry about the juices going bad. I had my friend pick up the package and store it in her freezer before I got there. So that’s really the first lesson we need to jump into:

The Company you Pick to buy juices from totally matters guys. Find a company you trust. 

I was traveling to Los Angeles and was away from home, so I wasn’t sure what juice companies were good and which ones were bad. So I took time to do some research. After a little googling and Yelp surfing of local LA Juice bars, I decided to go with Pressed Juicery. Their prices were reasonable and their juices were really clean and fresh.Finding a company you trust is really important when it comes to juice cleansing. You want to make sure your juices are fresh and healthy and made to order. The last thing you want is chemicals or processed foods in your juice cleanse. So.. .onto point number two!

Check the ingredients in your juices before you commit to a specific brand. 

Whatever company you choose, make sure the labeled ingredients are all basic raw fresh fruits and veggies. If you see “added water” or anything pasteurized, you want to stay away from it – it means it’s processed. Also.. your bottle should say “cold pressed” – that is how you get the most fresh ingredients. Also – you MUST keep them refrigerated. That’s why like I mentioned above, Pressed Juciery delivered the cleanse juices in a big box with a ton of ice packs. They MUST be refrigerated and are only really good for 3 days – that’s how you know what you ordered is FRESH. And honestly, that’s a good thing. It’s how you know that you’re getting a fresh, real, all natural juice product.

Don’t try and make your own juice cleanse.

I made this mistake in the past… trying to do your own juice cleanse is not such a smart idea when you aren’t really aware of what your body needs. Don’t just run to a whole foods store, grab a bunch of random juices and call it a day. Find a company that you can trust that offers a “cleanse package.” Mine came with six juices each day and they were all different. Finding a company that does that takes the hard work out of the equation for you and lets you put it in the experts hands. The last thing you want to do is self sabotage yourself and go malnourished by not properly picking a balanced juice cleanese.

Cut out Caffeine and really sweet processed foods a few days before your cleanse. 

Our  bodies are all addicted to things.. and if you feel a need to do a juice cleanse -either for low energy reasons or craving reasons – you are most likely suffering from a sugar addiction. Try to cut out caffeine and sweets a few days in a row before you commit to a cleanse. You don’t HAVE to, but I would recommend it, only because the cleanse will be harder if you don’t.

Don’t be afraid of the Green Juices.

Honestly, They are delicious. I used to really be afraid of the high veggie juices.. but then I tried them and never went back. Honestly, after a few days in a row my body gets so used to them that I actually crave them! They may seem a little strange in the beginning of your juice cleanse, but over time you will come to actually enjoy them!

Make sure to stay hydrated. 

I think a lot of people make the mistake of not drinking water on a cleanse. – “Well.. I’m drinking juice all day so I’m good.” Absolutely not. Drink a lot of water in between your juicing. Pressed Juicery came with awesome additional waters to keep you hydrated. I would recommend getting some really pure alkaline water to drink during your cleanse.

Have fun and post tons of pictures!

Just kidding on the second part.. but sort of – Listen.. Juice cleansing is hard. You are going to have a lot of people scratching their heads asking you, “Are you crazy?” just because you are drinking your food instead of chewing it for a few days. Don’t worry. If mommy and daddy think you’re crazy, it’s okay! Just ignore your hubby while he makes fun of you and find support elsewhere. I posted a ton of pictures of my juices at the UPW event just to hold myself accountable, and I actually got a lot of support from friends once I shared my experience!

 

This was my favorite drink by the way. It was Vanilla Almond: juiced almonds, dates vanilla bean and sea salt. It was so delicious.

 

 

At nighttime, it was a chocolate version that was equally delicious. The added cacao created a chocolate milk vibe that was to die for. Seriously.

Thanks pressed juicer! You made my experience at UPW easy, amazing, and totally energizing! (And in case you don’t know, some days we were there for 17 hours – so the fact that I was energized was a huge huge bonus for me! Thank you!)

xoxo

Zero Gravity Float Therapy = Amazing

Zero Gravity Float Therapy = Amazing

You know me – I am a sap for all things spiritual woo woo and holistic. The past two weeks I have been obsessing about going to a Crystal shop that for some reason I have not gotten to visit yet (and it’s driving me crayyyyy.)  I work every day with a salt lamp at my desk. I use essential oils and down a ton of supplements every day. And yes, every single morning, I mediate before I even brush my teeth.

That’s just how I live my life guys. Though I wasn’t always like this. But now that I am, I have to say it freaking rocks! Holistic/Spiritual Practices have become such a true core vital part of my coaching practice and my life style. And truth be told… I cannot get enough! Lately I have been in my “exploring phase,” trying new and exciting ways to add calming practices to my lifestyle – I kind of have my own little Bucket List of things I want to try.

So this weekend I was so happy to be able to cross one of those awesome things off my list! Zero-Gravity Float Therapy! And yes, Just like the title of this blog post, it was AMAZING.

For the record, I had no idea something like this existed until I found it online in a google search looking for spas in my area. I spent so much time researching the benefits of salt therapy and different forms of it’s practice since I started using Epsom Salts in my bathroom years ago. (by the way I make a killer at home detox bath recipe I always recommend – in case you can’t find  Zero gravity therapy in your area. Check out the recipe here.)

So I stumbled on Zero Gravity Therapy at A Healing Trail Wellness Center in CT. Guys… If you need a place in the Tri-State go check it out and tell them Lauren sent you! It’s amazing. The staff is incredibly kind, the place is so peaceful and serene, and there is even an adorable four pawed furry friend to greet you when you come in! Her name is Venus and she is half Husky and half Lab … I mean seriously, my heart melted (I wish I got a picture.)

The Healing Trail Wellness Center has a TON to choose from. I am going to go back for Hypnotherapy and Acupuncture for sure! But on this trip I decided to focus all of my energy into this new and exciting Zero Gravity machine. . I want to tell you all about my experience – but first…..

WHAT IS ZERO GRAVITY THERAPY?

Zero Gravity, or, Ant-Gravity Float Therapy is weightless experience where basically – in a nut shell – you lay in a tub of water filled with tons and tons of epsom salt and you float in it for like…. an hour. There is so much salt in the water that it makes your body float “like a piece of cork.” There is no sound, no light, just darkness and let me tell you – it is freaking amazing

WHAT DOES IT DO FOR YOUR BODY? 

It heals the body and allows it to take a break from the constant state of pressure that we experience with gravity 24-7.  We don’t really it, but our bodies are constantly battling gravity – running, walking, standing, sitting, – we don’t really do anything at all that doesn’t include a pull from the earth. All of that pressure puts a constant strain on our backs, muscles and joints.  Antigravity lets your body take a break from the stress. The owner of the Healing Trail Wellness Center told me that the first time she tried it, she drove all the way up to Buffalo and after two treatments, she was relieved of her chronic back pain. Insane!!!

WHAT DOES IT DO FOR YOUR MIND? 

Well… Since we are constantly dealing with gravity, we become less aware of it’s presence and its crazy effect on us – not just our bodies but our minds. By floating in a tank with zero gravity you can become much more in tune with your body and connected to your mind.

ANTI GRAVITY MACHINES ARE USED TO TREAT…..

Uh.. So MUCH. But here’s a running list from the Healing Trail Wellness Center

Benefits of Zero Gravity Float

  • Relieves pain from injuries
  • Decrease inflammation
  • Speeds the healing process
  • Increases production of endorphins
  • Relieves pain from arthritis
  • Boosts immune function
  • Relieves pain from migraines
  • Improves circulation
  • Relieves chronic back and muscle pain
  • Reduces blood pressure, heart rate & oxygen consumption
  • Promotes peaceful relaxation
  • Helps prevent sports injuries
  • Eliminates fatigue and jet lag
  • Decreases the production of cortisol
  • Heightens visualization
  • Deepens meditation
  • Diminishes depression, anxiety and fear

From the minute I stepped into the room, I was relaxed. The private area was closed off from the rest of the wellness center so you aren’t disturbed by outside noises. It really helped me remain present and focused on the experience. The room is sort of separated into three parts, there is a changing area (Where I am standing taking this picture) a showering area and then an amazing mermaid room behind the door – the actual Anti Gravity Machine.

It’s recommended that you remove all of your clothing and jewelry before going in. I think some people wear bathing suits sometimes but since it is a private machine and no one else is in it, I went full birthday suit. I think going into the experience completely naked allowed me to be more connected to my body and the experience I was having. If you wear contact lenses it is recommended that you take those out too. Then before you go in you take a shower, removing all the products from your skin and hair before going in.

And then…. the journey begins! Oh. Em. Gee.

So let me tell you  how it feels. I stayed in for a full hour, even though it is recommended your first time you actually hang out in there for a full hour and a half. It may seem like a long time, but honestly, your mind goes through all of these beautiful stages in the process of Floating, and you really need a full hour at least to process it. The room is sound proof and light proof. The have peaceful music playing with a dim green light when you walk in, but after a few minutes of getting calm I decided to go for the full experience and I shut both of those things off.

The water temperature and the room temperature are set to the same 94 degrees (If I remember correctly) and that’s I think what made the experience even more incredible. after a few moments floating, the water becomes so still that you can’t tell the difference between where the universe starts and where it begins – especially because there is no noise or light in the room. I thought about the universe, I reflected on my past, I manifested the future and I loved all of it.

IT was the deepest most peaceful meditation experience of my life. I was able to release so much anxiety, and fear during my time in the Anti Gravity Machine. It was such a beautiful indescribable experience that I am truly grateful for.

After, I got a massage. I left fully zen and full of love.

I loved it. Recommending it to all!