Sunday 26 July 2015

Float Toronto, Toronto, ON

I woke up early this morning and felt like going for a float.

Float Toronto on Queen Street W (at Beaconsfield) is in our 'hood and they had an 8am appointment available so I took it.  I've been there a couple times and have enjoyed it.

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.

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.  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 34.1C – 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. 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.

There are five rooms individual rooms with a floatation tank and a shower ... they have everything you need including ear plugs, shampoo, conditioner, etc.

You climb in, close the door lay in the water and relax ...

I felt incredibly relaxed afterwards ... like I'd had a deep muscle massage.  What a nice way to stay the day!

1 comment:

Teresa said...

Sounds very relaxing.