We headed along to Float Toronto to try out floatation.
“Floatation therapy, also known as floating, floatation, sensory deprivation, or R.E.S.T (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy) involves lying in a salt-water solution in a spacious tank. It is one of the most effective means of stress relief and relaxation available. Now widely accepted as a legitimate therapy, floatation is also used to treat a wide range of ailments and conditions and has been proven to lower cortisol levels (the stress hormone). The term sensory deprivation is often used as the environment is designed to limit sensory input and allow your body to fully relax: Sound – Your ears (with earplugs in) stay just below the water; the tanks are insulated against sound leaving you in peaceful silence.
Your ears (with earplugs in) stay just below the water; the tanks are insulated against sound leaving you in peaceful silence.
After you shut the door and turn off the light, you float in total darkness – you won’t notice a difference between keeping your eyes open or closed. (You’re free to keep the door open and the light on until you grow accustomed to this unique environment.)
Inside the tank you’ll find 10 inches of water and 900 lbs. of dissolved Epsom salts – a solution that allows you to float effortlessly. The water and air are both kept at 34.1 degrees Celsius – this is skin-receptor neutral, which means that when you fully relax, you lose track of where your body ends and the water or air begins.”
I have a very active mind so I really struggled to relax for at least the first 30 minutes. I then nodded off, well I think I did, but my brain certainly switched off… for about 3 minutes. Then my brain was active and I was awake again.
An hour is a long time with no sight, sound, technology or gravity. It can get crazy inside your brain. I think I’d need to try this again to really get out of it what other people do.
My husband loved it and came out relaxed and says his muscles felt brilliant. Unlike him thought I don’t know how to relax – as you can probably tell from my blog. But i’ll give it a try again in the future 🙂
Have you ever tried floating?