What is Weightlessness?

When I think of Weightlessness, I think of outer space. I conjure up an image of an astronaut on the Space Station, floating outside on a cable while repairing something or other. I think of buoyancy, the way in which we can float in saltwater better than we can on a pond or a pool or a lake. A sensory deprivation chamber might do the trick since the purveyors of such things use salt for buoyancy. They are also closed in, in the dark, with no sound which is the point, of course. On the other hand, the article by Allison P. Davis, “I Survived My Terrifying Hour in a Sensory-Deprivation Tank,” might change your mind.

I’ve considered trying sensory deprivation more than once, but I chickened out every time. Still, I love the idea of weightlessness, of buoyancy, like freedom or a cool breeze on a hot day. Flotation locations seem to be everywhere, and I literally found a website by that name, as well as their sponsor, dreampods. Apparently, people have these pods in their homes. The pods look like shiny, gleaming, blobs, and with the lids lifted up, just enough, it seems sort of like a smile. They come in a wide variety of colors and sizes, and that’s not all! Dreampods also offer add-ons from DreamScape, which offers programs designed with “landscapes for the mind.” That I could do, but without the pod.

One of these products, Ocean Float Rooms, aren’t like other pods. They are entire rooms, designed to prevent that claustrophobic feeling. I couldn’t believe it until I saw the video. I can understand why a surprising number of celebrities have used sensory deprivation: Ohio State football players, Joe Rogan, John Lennon, Carl Lewis, Jeff Bridges, Elle Macpherson, to name a few.

I must admit I’m envious of those who have the courage to spend an hour in a dark tank of saltwater, whether it’s a large room or a small tank or anything in between. But maybe, just maybe, I’ll try it someday, if only because I’m so into weightlessness.

Until then, I’ll just watch Float Nation:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHnbKjQGhHw