I’m a water girl. For me, there’s nothing more relaxing than going for a dip in a lake on a hot day. I love just stretching out in the water, letting my stress drift away – it’s just divine.
When The Floatation Centre opened up here in town, I have to admit, it piqued my curiosity. I wondered if it was possible to take my much-beloved outdoor floating and actually increase the relaxation factor.
I perused the website and found the claims regarding the benefits of this type of floating to be very intriguing. I’m always open to new ways of relaxing – especially since my ticklishness keeps me from ever *truly* enjoying a massage – so I thought I’d give it a whirl.
As soon as I entered the Centre, I just fell in love with the ambience. It’s fresh and bright but with the soothing aesthetic of all things nautical. (I’m a total sucker for nautical decor.)
The float experience itself was super spa-like. The shower and tank are basked in a soothing purple aura. I have to admit, I had some trepidation about getting into the tank. I had made the (unintended) mistake of hearing Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Cafe story, Float Tank, only a few months earlier. Heed my warning: listen to the podcast AFTER you have completed your float. Just kidding. This ain’t no make-shift tub at the back of a record store.
Once it was demonstrated that the float chamber’s door doesn’t lock, and I could even prop it open if needed, I was totally able to chill and relax.
The water inside the chamber is warm and welcoming. You can still see the purple glow the first few minutes as you acclimate to the chamber. Once I was able to lie back and close my eyes, it was just surreal! I overheard one women describing it as “floating in outer space” and I think that’s an apt description.
Once enveloped in total darkness and quiet, I felt slightly disoriented. I let myself bump my fingers from side to side in the chamber to get my bearings again. And then…I just floated.
Apparently some people are able to fall asleep during their floats. I didn’t this time but wouldn’t mind if it happened during a future float.
After the 75 minute soak has ended, you’re gently lured back to reality with music. I emerged feeling dreamy and calm.
There’s a sweet little area for tea and journalling following a float. I didn’t have time to stick around but give mad props to the vintage Pyrex mugs.
If you’re debating trying a float for yourself, I definitely recommend giving it a try. It was a very calming experience and I’ll definitely be back again soon.