As someone who enjoys trying new things, I was recently invited to try out Float House Victoria and I’m definitely glad I did.
For those of you who haven’t heard of Float House Victoria, it’s a sensory deprivation and floatation centre located downtown at 662 Herald Street.
During a float session, which lasts about 75-90 minutes, the user is in an isolation tank, which is filled with Epsom salt-saturated water and heated to skin temperature.
Epsom salt has been widely recognized for its health benefits, including: stress relief, relief of muscle soreness, improve muscle recovery, soothe aches and pains, as well as help remove toxins from the body.
As soon as I got to Float House Victoria, the owners cheerfully greeted me and made me feel very relaxed and comfortable. The location itself is absolutely beautiful. A lot of work has been put into creating a wonderful, clean-looking space.
Since I’ve never done this before, I was given a detailed pre-float briefing so that I could have the best possible experience during my session.
I got into the float tank, closed the door and turned off the lights. As soon as I relaxed my body, I felt pretty awesome.
The key is definitely learning how to take the tension out of the shoulders, back and neck. Due to the amount of Epsom salt in the water, you will stay afloat without having to do anything. The important part is learning to trust the water to hold you up.
Above: what an isolation tank/floatation tank looks like.
I found this experience to be beneficial for me because I was able to spend 90 minutes clearing my head, organizing my thoughts and letting my body rest. Having an opportunity to recharge my batteries without any outside distractions was great.
First, many positive thoughts entered my head. Then, I started to fall asleep in the tank.
When it came time for me to get out, I felt well-rested, energized and ready to work and train harder.
Floatation therapy helps people avoid burnout, and as we all know, burnout can be detrimental to athletic, academic and career success.
I’m looking forward to seeing how floating will affect my Boston Marathon training and I will keep you all updated. I’ve read that many professional/elite athletes have benefited from spending time in the float tanks. Definitely eager to find out for myself.
Lastly, I’m thrilled to be one of Float House Victoria’s newest float ambassadors. You can like Float House Victoria on Facebook to score some awesome deals (even win free floats) and try it out for yourself.