I tried my very first float session last week, and I decided I’d share my review of the experience with all of you.
For those of you who don’t know what floating is, it’s a form of reduced environment stimulation therapy. The float takes place in a shallow pool that is filled with a warm epsom salt bath. The water is made heavy using epsom salt to the point that a person can float effortlessly on top of the water. The water is about the same temperature as one’s skin, so it’s quite comfortable. The room is also light-proof and sound-proof, allowing the user to shut out all distractions.
Floating is said to reduce stress, alleviate pains and increase immune function, as well as many other positive effects. It sounded like a great experience, but I was a bit skeptical at first. I was curious whether or not I would be able to shut my mind off in order to truly enjoy the experience, but was excited to try nonetheless.
The initial entrance to the store was quite inviting. It was clean and quiet. They only have two rooms, so I would imagine that it never gets too loud with people coming and going. We filled out our paperwork and were then given a quick run down of how the rooms work.
Each room allows for only one floater at a time. The rooms are also lockable, so you don’t have to worry about anyone walking in while you’re trying to relax. This is important when you’re relaxing in the buff! You disrobe, rinse off and then hop in the pool to start your session.
The pool has music as well as a blue light that provides some additional ambiance. Both are optional; you have control to turn them on or off. I chose to keep both on as I thought the music might help to calm my mind.
The water feels very weird at first. It almost feels as though you’re laying in a pool of oil due to the high salt content. Once I got used to that however, I rather enjoyed the experience. When you close your eyes, it feels as though you’re floating through space, or so I would imagine. I have little to no experience with actually floating through space.
At no point did I feel claustrophobic or even anxious whilst trying to relax. I found it difficult for my mind to calm at first, which didn’t surprise me. I did manage to fall into a meditative state however. At least, I think I did. I managed to lose at least 15 minutes of time during my float, but I don’t think I fell asleep. Either way, it was incredibly relaxing. I came to shortly before the light came on signaling the end of my float.
Once the float session ends, you’re given ample time to shower and get dressed. Each 60 minute float is booked for a 90 minute block, so you don’t have to rush to get ready afterward. After all, it would be counter-productive to hurry someone after they’ve spent 60 minutes trying to relax!
All in all, I would abolsutely float again. I think that it’ll be more relaxing now that I know what to expect. And if it’s something that you’ve been thinking of trying, I say do it! There are so many Groupons circulating in the Minneapolis area for businesses offering float sessions, that it should be easy to find one that won’t break the bank. If you do decide to give floating a try, let me know what you think. I’d be interested to hear other reviews!