Heal Your Body in Zero Gravity – by Amanda Santalucia
Have you heard of the latest fad Floating? Properly referred to as Sensory Deprivation, this hot bath meets meditation is a deep form of relaxation that celebrities and elite athletes swear by. But don’t worry – you don’t need to be famous to get in on this treatment! Float centers are popping up across the GTA and a 60-minute session won’t break the bank.
In an enclosed pod, water is infused with 1200-1400lbs of Epsom Salt, creating a zero gravity effect so you can float. It’s often compared to the Dead Sea. Because this salt is loaded with magnesium and anti-inflammatory properties, it soothes the skin and improves digestion. The salt also has sterilizing properties, so the water is super clean. Most float centers also use a filtration system and sterilize with UV lights between floats and overnight.
Sensory deprivation is intended to remove all stimulation; light, sound and feeling, to relax your mind and reach a meditative state that most of us lack. These conditions lower your heart rate and blood pressure, signalling endorphins and brain waves to be released that help reduce anxiety, stress, balance hormones and improve sleep. Zero gravity also allows your spine to decompress and helps relieve injuries and neck and back pain. So where can you float?!
Float Toronto offers monthly memberships and value packs so you can experience the treatment as often as you want and get a bang for your buck! Located on Queen West beside the Drake Hotel, this Float center has a Buddha and zen-like vibe for you to start and finish your float with!
Learn more: http://float-toronto.com
Toronto Float Tanks has been around for 30 years and offer unique floating experiences, including couple floats starting at $80. (Although, to get true sensory deprivation experience, it is recommended to float alone) They are located in Koreatown on Bloor West and have some great online reviews.
Learn More: http://www.torontofloattanks.com/contact/
Summer Illusions is located in Mississauga, if you live in the GTA and don’t want to trek into the city, this is a one-stop shop for relaxation. The owner is often there and will instantly make you feel at home to ensure you get the best floating experience. They offer a $69 Ultimate Detox package that includes a 40-minute sauna and 60-minute float. You can also grab an in-house cold pressed juice to rehydrate on your way out!
Learn More: https://www.summerillusionstanning.com/
Floating essentially helps the body achieves a natural restorative state. If you haven’t yet, it’s definitely worth a try!