So this past weekend I did something I had never done before. I floated. No, not on cloud 9, but in water and a crap ton of Epsom salts. To be exact it was 10 inches of water and 850 lbs. of Epsom salts. That is interestingly enough to create such a buoyant solution that it allows us to float. Floating is also known as R.E.S.T which stands for restricted environmental stimulation technique. This is a therapeutic approach encouraging our minds, bodies, and souls to disconnect from all external stimulations allowing us to reconnect with ourselves.
Now I of course, knew nothing about floating before let’s say a month ago. My co-worker and I came across FLOAT.CALM on Facebook. All I knew was that by the looks of it, this particular floatation centre looked amazing. The pictures gave off such a modern, relaxing, and welcoming impression. This R.E.S.T therapy was brand new to me but from the sounds of it I knew it would be something I would be willing to try.
When I was brainstorming ideas for Winnipeg Wellness, FLOAT.CALM instantly came to mind. It was new and it was something many people have never even heard of. Once I crept their website and realized all of the potential benefits of floating I was excited to share this weightless and effortless technique with Winnipeg. I immediately contacted the owners, Leah and Brad and we met up for a friendly date.
First of all, I knew that Leah and Brad were my type of peeps right off the hop. As soon as I extended my arm to shake hands, Leah insisted on a warm embrace stating that they were huggers. I. LOVE. Huggers. Like really, what beats a big fat hug? We sat down and chatted for quite a while and their personalities just warmed my heart. Leah and Brad are a vegan, newlywed couple who became drawn to floating ever since their first experience in Minneapolis. They went on to describe how their demeanours had completely changed for the rest of their trip. The couple found that they were attracting such positively spirited strangers that would stop and chat with them. They felt as if they were the most charming, reconnected individuals roaming Minneapolis. Leah has also battled stomach issues for as long as she could remember and she immediately felt a calming shift with her digestion after that first float. Their experience had such an impact on them that they could not simply let go of letting go. They were hooked. Leah and Brad longed to share floating with Winnipeg, a city that was more or less unaware of such a unique, healing therapy. Congratulations to Brad and Leah-FLOAT.CALM has been afloat for just over a month now and Winnipeg is loving it!
I realized that I obviously had to float before I could be a cheerleader for it. I never promote anything I do not believe in or would do or use myself. Before even visiting the floatation centre I signed up for their VIP package. I knew I would love it. When I walked into FLOAT.CALM for the first time, I had wished I brought along my two kitties and a blanket because I legit wanted to hang out there all day long. The staff and atmosphere were so inviting and friendly. Once I was shown to my private room and received my first time low down on what to do, I will admit I was a little bit nervous. When you float, you are enclosed in a floating pod (which resembles a horizontal tank). Once in the pod, you have 90 minutes to yourself, by yourself. 90 minutes where all you can see is pure darkness and all you can hear are your thoughts, your breaths and your heart beating. For those who do not necessarily enjoy sorting out their shit, that can be scary. But do you know what else floating is? Freeing. Relieving. Relaxing. Calming. And blissful. For the first half an hour I was tripping out…my mind is a monster that is not easily tamed. I kept opening my eyes just to see if I could see anything yet. I would sway from side to side, change position of my arms every two minutes, and try my damn hardest to let my muscles relax. You know you are floating but you still do not fully trust it. Those were all normal reactions for a first time floater. After those initial 30 minutes or so it was all smooth sailing from there. I was able to reach a state I had never reached before: meditation! In the past I have tried so hard to meditate because I know it is good for us. No matter how many times I tried or however many apps I downloaded to help guide me I was convinced I was not capable of getting to that sacred state. As far as I was concerned I had two very opposite mentalities: either full speed with my thoughts running a mile a minute or passed right out. Floating changed this for me.
Aside from the therapeutic and meditative state I also found my skin felt absolutely incredible afterwards. I was glowing from the inside and on the outside. I remained in a Zen state of mind for the rest of the day and I can’t wait for my second float, especially now that winter has arrived.
Benefits of Floating
As you may have guessed, floatation therapy offers both physical and mental benefits. Some of the physical benefits include pain management (including arthritis which as you sufferers know, acts up tremendously this time of year), ADHD, PTSD, and Autism, increased immunity, sports recoveries and athletic performances, magnesium absorption, and anti-gravity benefits. Mentally, floating can help with anxiety and depression, increased stress resistance while acting as a stress relief, enhances learning abilities, releases endorphins, and helps with poor sleeping and insomnia.
For a very reasonable price you can experience all the benefits of floating. FLOAT.CALM has a variety of packages arranged for their floaters, including an Intro 3-pack for first time floaters which will get you the best deal!
Visit their awesome website www.floatcalm.com for all the details about floating, the benefits, the prices, and even to catch up on their blog.
You can also follow them on Instagram: @floatcalm
And on Facebook: FLOAT.CALM - Winnipeg Floatation Therapy
Happy floating Winnipeg!