Monday 22 May 2017
Floating at Float Toronto
This morning Teena and I went for a one hour salt water float at Float Toronto at 1159 Queen Street West, Toronto, just across from the Drake Hotel.
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.
During your float, the outside world is gone and amazing things happen. It turns out that when you’re not fighting gravity or receiving sensory input, your body has a lot of extra resources at its disposal.
Your mind is free to navigate without distraction, your brain pumps out dopamine and endorphins, and the parasympathetic nervous system gets to work helping you rest, de-stress and heal. It’s likely to be the most relaxing thing you've ever experienced.
It is a super relaxing experience. We have been a few times and the first time is a little freaky as you are floating in water but with nothing but your own buoyancy holding you up. It took a few minutes to fully trust laying my head fully back, but once I did, everything was fine. There is not a time I have done this that I haven't fallen asleep. Today was no different.
Inside the floating chamber.
What you see inside the chamber when the door is closed.
Music comes on to signal the end of your session. When you get out the water recycles, purifies and more salt is added. There are showers in each room to wash off the salt after.
I would say that floating is the equivalent of a very deep massage. It's been awhile since we have done one and won't wait as long to have our next.