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The Float Shack

January 8, 2015

On the weekend I had the opportunity to indulge in the craziest new experience. The fellas at The Float Shack, a new business to Red Deer, invited me to come check out their studio and enjoy a float in one of their sensory deprivation tanks. It was the best 90 minutes of doing nothing I’ve ever had.

The Float Shack Red Deer

So what exactly is floating? Well, you are in a tank filled with about a foot of water and 1000lbs of epsom salts, which is at a temperature of your skin. You’re in complete darkness, with no sound, floating atop the water using no muscle and no gravity, completely free of your senses, in total relaxation.

The studio itself was a tranquil space. They’ve set it up so you can sit and relax before or after your float, or just to come in to hangout, read, work, or enjoy a cup of tea. I could definitely see myself escaping there to get some work done one day.

The Float Shack

As for the float itself, it was recommend that I don’t consume any caffeine for four hours prior to my float. Considering my float was at 11am and I woke up at 9, that meant no coffee for this mama. A scary thought. It was also recommended not to shave beforehand as the salt water could irritate freshly shaven skin. I arrived about 15 minutes before my float time to get the run down on how everything works.

Matt took me to the room to explain everything. I was to completely shower off using their soap and shampoo to remove any oils, lotions and makeup that could affect the water quality, pop in the special ear plugs provided and then into the tub for 90 minutes of nothingness. The tanks are completely sanitary and constantly tested so there’s no fear of any heebie jeebies in the tub. I was a little nervous about getting bored in there with my thoughts, but Matt suggested to do just focus on your breathing or do a body scan to check in with each part of your body, similar to yoga.

The Float Shack Tank

Once I got in the tank, I was a little nervous about getting bored with my thoughts in there for 90 minutes. The soft music that was playing in the room and in the tank had eventually faded to nothing and all I could hear was the sound of my own breath. As my thoughts slowed down, I eventually could hear my own heartbeat. Focusing on that sound led me into the strangest place. At first I thought it was sleep, but after a few days of thinking about my experience, I realize I wasn’t really sleeping. I fell into my subconsciousness, in-between sleep and awake. I can’t tell you the thoughts or dreams that occurred during that time, I can only tell you that what seemed like only a few minutes later I was awoken to find that my 90 minutes was almost up.

Normally, the music would slowly fade back into the tub to alert you that your float was over. However when I came back into awareness again, I must have forgot where I was and rubbed my face, resulting in salt water getting into my eye. I had to use the spray bottle provided in the tank for just that reason and hopped out of the tank to grab a towel. I realized that my float was minutes from being done, so I just hoped back in the shower to rinse off all the salt water and continue on with my day. My skin was incredibly soft, not pruney like you normally get sitting in water that long. My mind was clear, my constant tiredness was gone, and my mood was lifted. While I didn’t experience better sleep that night, like I was told I may, I realize that the first few days following my float were much different than my normal days. I was calmer than usual, especially when it came to Liam. My mind was clear and I was able to focus and get a lot of quality work done. I definitely felt like a much better version of myself (until the tiredness snuck back in again).

Looking back now, I realize what a surreal experience it is to fall into that in-between space. Being in the tank feels like almost an out of body experience, left with only your inner thoughts. I wish that I had known exactly what kind of zen experience I would have had so I didn’t head out the door back into real life running errands. I should have taken some more time to sit and relax and reflect on the experience. If you ever go for a float, I encourage you to do this! I highly enjoyed my experience and could definitely see myself trying this again.

Some of the benefits of floating include
– releases endorphins
– relaxed muscles and decreased pain
– improves sleep quality
– diminishes depression
– mental clarity
– detoxifies the body
– increased blood circulation
– reduces stress
– mental relaxation
– lowers blood pressure
– increases creativity
– clearer thought processing.

Whether you are an athlete looking to speed up recovery and heal sore muscles, an artist needing some help with creative thinking, someone suffering from chronic pain, or anyone who just wants to disconnect with the busy world we are living in, you need to try floating.

When was the last time you did nothing?
What is your favourite method of relaxation?

Thank you so much to Matt and Lance for having me into the studio and explaining everything about floating! They were also so kind to let me share a free float with one lucky reader! Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. Contest will close Sunday evening and winner will be announced on Monday, January 12. Please only enter if you live in the Red Deer area or are able to travel to Red Deer to visit the studio. Even if you don’t win, I highly encourage you head over to The Float Shack and check it out for yourself.

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  • Reply
    January 8, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    that sounds SO cool. I’m going to try this soon!!!

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      January 9, 2015 at 6:56 am

      Yes you are!!

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    January 8, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    Sounds like a great time. I had no idea this place even existed. I will have to check it out

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      January 9, 2015 at 1:55 pm

      Red Deer’s best kept secret – not anymore!

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    January 8, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    So well written. An interesting concept, with so many great help benefits! I know of someone with fibromyalgia that is in chronic pain and could definitely benefit from a float.

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      January 9, 2015 at 6:56 am

      Thank you!
      Actually they specifically mentioned fibromyalgia when talking about those in constant pain that benefit from floating.

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    Jen @ Pretty Little Grub
    January 8, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    What a unique idea. I’ve never heard of anything like this. Such a good stress reliever!

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      January 9, 2015 at 6:57 am

      I think these studios are popping up a little more. Previously to the one opening in Red Deer, they said the closest place was a 12 hour drive.

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    January 9, 2015 at 12:32 am

    Do you know if this is something you can do while pregnant?

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      January 9, 2015 at 6:55 am

      Yes, it absolutely is. They talk about it on the FAQ on their website I believe, really good for taking the pressure off your back, etc.

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    January 9, 2015 at 8:25 am

    Haha, I seriously thought this was going to be a post about floats, as in milkshake style! This float shack sounds pretty bizarre and cool at the same time. I would be worried about being alone with my thoughts too! Curious, do you go in naked?

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      January 9, 2015 at 1:43 pm

      Haha, I keep saying they should serve floats for afterwards!

      Yup, you go in naked.

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    January 9, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Sounds like quite the experience! There is a place sort of similar that just opened up by my work…I have never gone, but a coworker did and she said it was super relaxing

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    laura @ scribbles and sass
    January 9, 2015 at 10:33 am

    this looks so absolutely cool. i have to see if there is such thing in Calgary because i’d love to float.

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    Karen Jones
    January 9, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    I would totally be up for this experience

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    January 10, 2015 at 8:58 am

    I remember when this place opened. It looks a little surreal. I don’t know if I could be alone with my thoughts in that situation. I might freak out 🙂

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      January 12, 2015 at 6:44 pm

      It’s definitely something you have to try our at least once, just to say you have. You might be surprised at how much you actually enjoy it!!

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    January 10, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    I’m scared but interested

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    February 23, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Wow I have never heard of anything like this. Sounds super interesting and I would totally try it. More relaxation and meditation is always a good thing right! I have got into that in-between place during yoga savasana or during meditation before and LOVE it. It’s the most amazing feeling afterwards.

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      February 23, 2015 at 9:25 pm

      It’s an addicting feeling!! I remember getting there in savasana at my very first yoga class ever. I’ve been hooked on yoga since. And now I’m hooked on floating, haha.

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