Floating.  I see it popping up everywhere here in Vancouver.  I wanted to know what all the hype was all about - so I decided to get some more info and give it a try this weekend!

So what exactly is floating?
Also known as Sensory Deprivation or R.E.S.T (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy), floating gets you lying in a dark, spacious tank with filled with warm water and 900 lbs of epson salts, allowing you to lay back and float effortlessly in total darkness.

The water and air are kept at 34 degrees celsius which is skin-receptor neutral. (Blank face? I know me too..).  Basically, when you get settled in your tank and fully relax, your body loses track of where you body ends and the air/water begins.

SO.  Before heading into my float I was stressed, had a lot of muscle and joint tension as well as a neck injury.  The first 15 minutes of my float...honestly - I hated it.  I didn't think I was going to last the whole 90 minutes as I was having quite the battle with my brain trying to meditate.

I started some breathing and counting exercises and finally, my brain settled.  An hour later, I was woken up by the sound of music and snapped out of what felt like a hypnotism.  Leaving the tank, all of my muscle and joint tension was gone, I felt totally refreshed..and well, I loved it!

I definitely think it's worth the experience and you should definitely give it a try.  I have a membership at Float House in Vancouver.  For my Toronto friends, I recommend giving Float Toronto a try!

Let me know how your experience goes,






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