After I watched Joe Rogan’s Sensory Deprivation video, I decided that I wanted to try it myself, so I did.
I booked my appointment at the Toronto Healing Arts Centre for after my last shift at work before my mini vacation to visit my family for the holidays.
I walked into the serene office and was greeted by their receptionist with a warm smile. I instantly felt a connection with her and the environment. I felt safe and welcomed; we talked about why I decided to float and my journey to that point in my life. She told me that I’m extremely focused and balanced at such a young age; I smiled and thanked her. It’s quite rewarding to hear that from a stranger; knowing you’re on the right path and the energy you share is what you receive in return.
She led me down the hallway, pointing at offices that local health practitioners can rent for an affordable price, upstairs to the tank room. I walked in with my fogged glasses and saw this: a big white tank staring at me in the face.
She told me that the tanks contained over 1,000 lbs of Epsom salts, making one twice as buoyant as the Dead Sea. The salty water is room temperature for a comfortable experience, and spending one hour in the float tank is the equivalent to 4-6 hours of sleep; 95-98% of your built up stress is removed.
My heart started to beat fast. I was getting a little anxious, yet excited. I told myself that this will help me erase the mental and physical exertions I’ve put myself through.
I showered and rinsed using the provided natural shampoo and body wash.
I opened the door and climbed right in. The coloured lights guided me to the back of the tank where I laid my head in the water and allowed my legs to float. I turned the light off. I was in complete isolation. I couldn’t see or hear anything. This felt a little weird; I was out of my comfort zone.
I had the next hour or so to myself in this tank. What would I do? What would I think? I was in my own thoughts. I started to focus on my breathing long breaths slowing down my mind and my heart. I felt at ease.
My feet were sore, but once I stuck them under the water, they felt bubbly; like the stress inside of them were slowly disappearing.
I drifted off into a little snooze, then I started getting itchy; I started rubbing my eyebrows, nose, and cheeks, trying to not get water in my eyes. Except it happened and it burned. I had to jump out of the tank and wash my face.
This must have happened 4 or 5 times throughout the process. Each time I would dry off my face and get back into the water and relax, only to have the water come onto my face again. I started to get annoyed and called it quits after an hour or so.
I started to reflect on my experience when I was in the shower. Maybe I would have been able to completely let go if I didn’t focus on not getting water in my eyes. I don’t know, but I would like to try it again.
One of my friends said I should have worn goggles. At the end of the day, it’s all trial and error. I know what to expect for next time.
I think everyone should attempt a floating session at least once. It’s a new experience; if you’ve been working hard, it’s a chance to refresh your mind and body.
There are two float centres in Toronto:
Toronto Float Tanks (the one I went to) near Christie station
Float Toronto on Queen St. W near the Drake hotel.
Let me know how your experience went!