As a pain management specialist for over two decades, I have seen how pain can change and manipulate a person’s brain, behavior and being. Despite my best efforts to practice what I preached, my own chronic pain was a distraction and the source of significant physical and emotional disability. Chronic pain was a primary catalyst for the eventual expression of my multiple sclerosis. The combination of these issues played games with my brain and my body.
Coincidentally at this time, I discovered floatation therapy which lightened both my physical and emotional burden. One of the most remarkable benefits of floating is how effortlessly it allows for a state of internal reflection and focus. It’s like meditation on steroids. I’ve spent numerous hours floating atop 10” of super salty skin temperature water, visualizing the reduction and elimination of both pain and lesions in my brain and spinal cord. During this time of deep inner reflection to heal myself, it brought me to some realizations about myself, my surroundings, my emotional health, my relationships with others, gaining clarity on my purpose, my goals, future and direction.
One such result is that floating encouraged my transition towards retirement from clinical chiropractic and acupuncture to that of helping others through providing floatation therapy services to others in need.
In July 2017, the week of my retirement, I was visiting the United Network For Organ Sharing, here in Richmond, VA. Within this beautiful modern, life saving facility are artistic displays from local artists. As part of the exhibit, there was a ceramic sculpture hanging on the wall, entitled “Internal Focus”. It spoke to me. And in one moment, it captured years of thoughts and visualizations and emotions - tears, pain, joy, excitement, and hope. It reminded me of my relationship and journey with the float tank. I immediately purchased the sculpture with the intention of displaying it at The Float Zone.
Internal Focus, by Lee Hazelgrove, now hangs in the entry of The Float Zone as a dedication to all who come to float with the hope they too will find relief, calm, focus, direction, awareness, and the healthy state that naturally follows.
Beginning in February, 2018, The Float Zone will be featuring the work of local artists that too have been inspired by floating.
-Dr. David Berv, Chief Experience Officer, The Float Zone