Imagine yourself floating in a pitch black, sound-proof tank of water (only about a foot high) that is filled with 800 lbs. of Epsom salt for 60 minutes?!
This is called floatation therapy. Many of you probably have not heard about it before, but it’s a practice that has a growing popularity especially with celebrities and athletes due to its many health benefits such as:
- Relaxes the body and helps with muscle stiffness
- Eases back or joint pain
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Lowers blood pressure
- Helps insomnia
- Refreshes the mind and helps you to find clarity
- Leaves the skin silky and smooth
- Reliefs rashes and some other skin disorders
So this week I actually tried a floatation session at Float Valley, which is a floatation centre that recently opened in Markham. How was it? You ask? Let me share my experience with you.
The place (Float Valley) is almost like a day spa. Beautifully décor that makes you feel calm upon entrance. There are quite a rooms or so called cabins. Each cabin has its own shower and tank. I went with my friend and we each and the Ocean Cabin which has the bigger tank and is recommend for first time users.
We checked out each other’s rooms and giggled and laughed a bit before we entered our own room and closed the doors. I inserted the silicon ear plugs tightly making sure no water will get in my ears and quickly showered using the pre-float wash. After putting on my swimsuit I stepped into the unknown.
At first there was music and blue lights, but after about 5 or 10 minutes, the music stopped and the lights shut off, so it was pitch dark and no sound at all. I have to admit, I have always been afraid of the dark, so I turned the bottom light on (you have the option to turn the bottom or top lights on, the lights are very dim). It took me a while to get used to floating in the water and at first my mind was just racing with so many thoughts, things like what I should prepare for dinner when I have my friends over this week, things I needed to do for work, where to go on the weekend, most importantly is the salt water going to damage the fresh nail polish I just put on After what I felt like maybe about 30 minutes, I finally stopped my mind from thinking so much and started to focus more on my breathing and I turned off the light as I was less scared. Believe it or not, as soon as I turned off the light, I fell into a deeper stage of relaxation. I thought I was not going to be able to float for 60 minutes in there, but when the music came on signaling the end of the session, I felt like I could use a few more minutes, maybe because I didn’t get into the relax stage until later. So, did I feel a difference in my body after the therapy?
- I definitely felt like my muscles were more relaxed
- I felt sleepy even when I was driving home, I slept quite well that night
- I don’t think I felt a major difference in stress level but maybe because I was not overly stressed to begin with
- My skin felt really silky and smooth, seriously I can’t stop feeling my skin…
- My hair was also really soft after, but I’m not sure if that’s because of the salt or they really had some nice shampoo & conditioner
- Would I try it again? Yes, I think I probably will try it again.
If you are thinking of trying this, here are some tips
- Make sure you are not seriously claustrophobic as you are in an enclosed environment. If you really want to try, then you can just leave your cabin door open a bit
- Use the neck support, that will really help you to relax
- Try not to get any salt water into your eye because it really STINGS!
- Put the ear plugs into your ears before you shower first, otherwise they are two slippery to put in
- Turn on the blue lights if you are scared of dark (the bottom light is less distracting)
- Take some time to use the mediation room to relax even more
Okay, so that’s my experience with this floatation therapy. Let me know if any of you tried this before or want to try. Any thoughts, comments are welcomed.