Float Therapy, Cryotherapy and Red Light Therapy are no longer just for those with elite status. The average person, is now experimenting with therapies of all kinds.
According to Joe Rogan, Float Therapy "Sensory Deprivation Chamber" will show you issues in your life that you don’t like, things that are bothering you and things you need to change. John Lennon credited the use of the floatation tank in helping him kick a heroin habit in 1979. Carl Lewis used float sessions for visualization techniques in preparation for the 1988 Olympic Games. Jeff Bridges, Kristen Wiig, Elle Macpherson, and Tim Ferriss are also Float Therapy enthusiasts.
Float Therapy: is enjoyed in a small (completely dark) cabin filled with about a foot of "body temperature" water containing 25% epson salt. Recommended sessions are 90 minutes. Individuals experience complete sensory deprivation, usually wear earplugs and wear a swim suit or birthday suit. If your are really handy ,you can build your own at home float tank. Check it out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kanqf0olmUA. ( no I have not tried this at home)
Release tension in neck shoulders and relieve headaches
Reduce blood pressure
Speed up muscle recovery
Cryotherapy, "cold therapy" is a technique used to expose the body to extremely low temperatures, -200 to -300F, for 2-3 minutes. The individual will stand in an enclosed cylinder, exposing their head at the top. Wearing as little clothing as possible is recommended. Note, many studies do state ice baths are just as beneficial as a form of "cold therapy", but do take more time and cause more discomfort.
Boost metabolism-your body uses energy to raise core temperature
Happiness-endorphins are released, cortisol is lowered, peace and rejuvenation is a biproduct
Pain management: reduced inflammation allows for short term pain relief
Enhance immunity-increase cell longevity, decrease levels of inflammation
Increase focus: oxygen levels create a "sharp, precise, agile" mind
Red Light Therapy, the science of "photo bio-modulation". Light is energy and our body is energy. Red infrared light penetrates the body and has many healing effects. Light energy is converted to cellular energy. This forms new capillaries, increases production of collagen, ATP and creates healthy cellular function. As little as 8 minutes has significant benefits and can be done at home. Joovv, an at home device is highly recommended. https://joovv.com
Repairs sun-acne- skin problems
Enhances muscle recovery
Fades scars wrinkles stretch marks
Reduces join inflammation
Speeds wound healing
Helps with Infertility
Testosterone production increased
Could you try these therapies? For most of us I would say "yes" you could. The risks are minimal.
Would you try any of these therapies? If you are adventurous and want to maximize your health then you probably will.
Should you personally chance wasting your precious time, hard earned money or risk a potential unknown side effect? Only you can answer that question.
I have personally tried all of the above. (shocking I know). Word of caution, if you are claustrophobic or afraid of water then do not add stress to your life...do not float. Be completely dry to avoid frost bite during cryotherapy. Wear goggles and do not look directly at the light during red light therapy.
Last, but not least I left Hydro Colon Therapy out because I have not personally tried it and I felt like I "might" be going down a deep rabbit hole!
Feel the Rush
Uber 101. Three of my sisters met me in Scottsdale Arizona Monday and we had the pleasure of getting an education from every Uber driver during our stay. I guess it was free because they only charge for the ride, not the chatter.
Here's a list of things I learned from Uber drivers:
1. My first driver informed me he teaches at a Community College and I should think about applying at a college too. He said the reason K-12 teachers complain so much is because teaching is like being in a prison and those teachers have a tight schedule. He continued with how many classrooms are unhealthy, with little or no natural lighting, and he even gave me resume tips. I wanted to get the "help wanted" add out immediately. Added to my list.
2. My sisters flew into the Mesa airport, they had to take a Taxi to our room since Uber does not pick up there. Their cost was over $100.00. Later on, they had a driver who took them to Trader Joes and said it should only cost around $50 for a Uber ride back to the airport. I suggested to my sisters they should set up their ride in advance for the trip back. Lastly, their next driver (after hearing they paid $100 previously) informed them he would take them for just $70. And when we informed him the other driver said it was $50...... silence. Except for yelling at my sister "don't slam the door " when she exited the car.
Do not trust every driver. Added to my list.
3. My favorite driver of all. He is in the biohacking community and knows Dave Asprey, Founder and CEO of Bulletproof . We were talking about how we forgot to take our charcoal pills and he immediately chimed in, suggesting only the highest quality bentonite clay. We had a nice chat about charcoal. He also told us to try Colon Hydrotherapy. We asked if it was similar to the Bullet Proof coffee enema (since none of us had hear of it before)and he said yes, however, with the Colon Hydrotherapy you can lose up to 10 pounds in a day! If you have a wedding or an event coming up it will clear all the waste out and you will feel amazing. Nice to know right? Added to my list.
4. Time to hike to Thompson Peak. This driver told us he has lived here for 15 years yet had never heard of it. He suggested Camel Back mountain (been there done that). We continued to search for Thompson Peak and ended up at Thompson Park with baseball games... close enough? Luckily, he continued to drive and search. My sister saw a sign for a trail head and pointed it out to him. But you know men, they don't always hear when women speak. Finally, he found it and dropped us off, glad to be rid of us. Men get lost too. Added to my list.
5. After failing to make it to the top of Thompson Peak (lack of time, not ability!) and getting lost on the way down, we were anxiously awaiting our driver. "Uh oh, a woman driver....should we cancel?" She picked us up without so much as a hello. The first words from her were, "Should I turn here?" "What? You're the driver, how should we know?" We didn't actually say that.... she seemed to struggle, driving and looking at her map at the same time. Then, to our surprise, with the light clearly yellow, and it seemed 200 yards or more she sped up and then it was clearly red. My sister "gasped", my other sister "geeshed" my other sister "missed it all" and I saw a big truck beside my window and saw my life flash before my eyes. We made it, but my heart was in my throat. "I wasn't buckled" I said. My sister replied, "It would not have made a difference with the big truck." Was that supposed to make me feel better? We gave her a 2 star rating. Look at driver's rating!! Added to my list.
We also learned about "sugar babies" (not the candy) and "sugar daddies", one driver even drove them to Vegas and back to get married. We learned how to download an app to ride the bikes in Old Town. Also, happy to learn, if you rate a driver under 4 stars you will never get them again. I personally have a 5 star rating and some drivers only pick up 5 star people. If rates are high, wait 10 minutes and they will drop (unless parents are footing the bill) then don't wait. Remember Uber does not have a contract with Mesa airport so use Lyft. Finally, one of the last pieces of advice we learned from a driver was, if you want to have a long marriage, listen more than you speak (sounds like a quiet home)!
Feel the Rush
What do Aristotle, Albert Einstein, Bill Clinton, Ronald Regan, John F Kennedy, and Winston Churchill all have in common?
They all took naps. Love them or hate them, most of us need them. Sara Mednicks, author of, "Take a Nap! Change Your Life", says naps make you "smarter, healthier, and more productive". I say, "I'll take two please!"
Napping is in our DNA. Romans were the first to develop the "siesta", the 6th hour of the Roman day. Romans divided their day into parts, prayer, meal and rest. Although only the rich could afford this luxury. It wasn't until the Industrial Revolution and the invention of the light bulb that napping disappeared. (Thanks Thomas Edison!) Before the Industrial Revolution 10 hours of sleep was normal. We are the only animals in the animal kingdom that sleep in one phase. All the other animals know naps are essential for survival.
Warning! You may have been told all we need are food and water to survive....but please add sleep. There are many benefits to sleep. Lack of sleep can cause irritability, anger, depression and mental exhaustion. Sleep improves alertness, decision making, youthfulness, mood, memory, appetite control, and improves your sex life. Those should be enough reasons to at least experiment with napping.
Who has time to nap you ask? Well, if you have twenty minutes in your day to spare, you have time. Lunch is the perfect time for a siesta, or the moment you get home from work is the perfect time to close the eyes. Yes, your mind is busy. Your mind may argue with you on your first attempts to nap, which could sound something like this:
Ignorant self: "I feel lazy if I nap." Intelligent self: "I am more productive when I nap."
Ignorant self: "I am too busy to nap." Intelligent self: "All the more reason I need a nap."
Ignorant self: "Twenty minutes is not enough to make a difference."
Intelligent self: " Twenty minutes is restorative."
Will naps interfere with your night sleep? Experts say, do not nap within 3 hours of bedtime and you are safe! I say, "Wow, I must be intelligent, I have been napping for decades!" Then I realized... it had nothing to do with intelligence. "I was tired."
So celebrate the unofficial "National Nap Day" just don't forget to tell your boss!
Feel the Rush
Today is the first day of the rest of your life. What do you want your life to look like? The amazing thing is the choice is yours. I have spent many years of my life being passive, allowing things to happen to me. How many of us are spectators in our own lives? I know I was for years. I watched my energy decrease. I was tired, bloated, and had brain fog. Most days I woke up only to look forward to my next nap.Then I began an active quest for energy, peace and joy! I can honestly say it was a long journey, which I am still on. I am no longer looking for the magic pill! Magic hacks....yes! At 51 I feel more energetic than I have in years. If I were to give everyone the top 3 things to allow you to live your life with energy, peace and joy...