The overall ambiance is very welcoming. Soft lighting, chill-out music and hushed voices greet you as you enter. I got the newbie tour and instructions, then was left on my own to shower.
To be honest, I was a bit nervous my first time. I love being in the water, but I’m a little claustrophobic. Excited, but hesitant as I stepped into the sensory deprivation tank. What if I couldn’t find my way out? So I left the lights on low and wedged my towel in the door before immersing myself fully in the water.
I felt calmed as my body floated effortlessly; the high concentration of magnesium salt makes the water incredibly buoyant! I gently moved around to orient myself and found the perimeter of the tank. It’s surprisingly large. I tried closing the door, but got a bit disoriented so decided to leave it slightly ajar for the duration.
At first, I focused on slow deep breathing to retain my composure. I felt myself melting into the water. I couldn’t tell where my body ended and the water began. I seemed to alternate between periods of deep relaxation and heightened awareness.
When the music came on to signal the end of my float, I was surprised that an hour had passed. After showering, I revelled in my new found state of bliss while enjoying an herbal tea before heading out.
On my second visit, I felt entirely comfortable; I turned the lights down all the way and closed the door completely. I was a convert.
Benefits of floating include pain management, increased blood flow, enhanced immune function, post-injury healing and improved recovery. In my opinion, it’s worth it for the deep relaxation response alone.
Float Toronto is in the West Queen West neighbourhood, just across the street from Bolt Fresh Bar (perfect for a post-float smoothie).
You can learn more and your session online at Float Toronto.