• Jamie Shakotko

Why I Float

I categorize my life in 2 stages: BF (Before Flood) and AF (After Flood)

BF (Pain)

For several years, I suffered from back pain. I tried almost every alternative therapy to help ease the pain. Although some worked, the relief was temporary. Unfortunately, the pain would slowly return a few days later. It was only after a doctor quoted me $10,000 for treatment (which may or may not work) that I decided to take matters into my own hands.

I discovered Floatation Therapy while researching natural ways to help back pain. The closest float center was located in New Orleans. So, for my wedding anniversary, my husband, Curtis, and I decided to try floating. My first float, like many other first-time floaters, was just…. okay. I couldn’t decide if I liked it or not. It wasn’t until a few days later that I realized my back did not hurt. Actually, the pain disappeared for 2 months. I was hooked!

We tried floating at two other locations. It was the third float when I decided to open a floatation therapy center in Baton Rouge.

AF (Anxiety)

I’ve always loved water. The beach is my happy place! However, my love for water changed on August 14, 2016, when we received 4 feet of water in our house due to The Great Flood. Slowly, I began to notice water everywhere- condensation on cups, droplets on the ground and water under bridges. I had to force myself to take a bath everyday. Anxiety was high. Anxiety was overwhelming. Anxiety sucks.

I knew what helped anxiety….floating! But how do you float in 10-inches of water, alone, when water is the main reason for anxiety? I’ll be honest- I didn’t float. I couldn’t float. Not yet.

One day, a few months later, while working at Fleauxt, I skimmed through our community journal, where our guests write about their experiences. This particular entry grabbed my attention and changed my thinking:

“Water took my home. Water gave me peace”

Four months after the flood, I stepped back into the float tub, shut the door, turned out the lights and drifted away. I didn’t think about the water, the flood or anything else.

It was exactly what I needed.

Now, I'd like to ask you: Why do you float?

Relax I Breathe I Fleauxt

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