Last week I went floating. Yes, you read that right. Floating, or floatation therapy to give it it’s proper name, is the latest wellness craze to help relax the body and mind.
We are the generation who can’t switch off. We’re constantly on our phones with a stream of information and content to soak up and a lot of us are constantly working and ‘hustling’ to build ourselves a future because despite what some people think, nothing is handed to us on a plate anymore.
The constant hustle and bustle of life means I find it nigh on impossible to properly relax. I may treat myself to an evening in front of Netflix but even then I’ll constantly be thinking about what’s on my to-do list for tomorrow, so much so that in the end I’ll just get up and start it. I’ve tried meditation to de-stress my mind, played dolphin sounds as I go to sleep and turned my phone off to stop me checking my emails but I can never seem to properly switch-off. That was until I discovered floating.
Floatation therapy or sensory deprivation as it’s also known (but let’s be honest that sounds a bit scary) involves you spending 60 minutes in a floatation tank, floating on your back in around 10 inches of water filled with Epsom salts. Luckily for me, there’s a floatation centre right in the heart of Liverpool City Centre meaning I didn’t have to travel far to relax. Float Planet can be found on Dale Street and is an oasis of calm and tranquility.
One of the things I loved most about Float Planet was the whole atmosphere. Despite the fact it’s based on one of the busiest roads in town the minute you step through the door it’s like being in a parallel universe. Once you’ve had your induction you’re taken to your very own private room which contains your floatation tank (or pod as I like to call them. Tank makes me think of something my goldfish used to live in).
Your room also contains a shower which you hop into before your float to remove any dirt and oils from outside and again when you get out to wash all the salt off. Once you’re all clean you pop your earplugs in and dive in. Disclaimer: don’t actually dive in, just step in calmly like a mature adult. It’s recommended that you float completely starkers to get the full experience and seeing as you’re in a private room I would recommend ditching the bathing suit for a spot of natural floating. It is how God intended the float after all.
Once you’re in the pod it’s up to you how you want to play it. There’s a neck support you can take in with you and you can either keep the blue light on or switch it off. It’s up to you if you want to close the pod or keep it open. I was adamant before I went that I wouldn’t want to shut it but I took the plunge and shut myself in and loved it. There’s a button you can press if you have any questions and a member of staff will come down- just try not to accidentally press this one instead of the light like I may have done…
Music will play at the start and end of your 60 minutes to give you an idea of time and once you’re in all that’s left to do is actually float. This is the bit I was worried about. For a start I can’t swim and always panic slightly whenever I do anything that involves water. Turns out you can’t drown in 10 inches of water anyway, who knew?! The salt in the water will mean that once you lie back you’ll naturally float. The pod is large enough for you to spread out and I recommend trying out a few positions until you find one you like, I personally went for the classic starfish.
Spending an hour just floating in water does sound like an odd idea, I’ll be the first to admit. As a chronic overthinker I did find it hard to stop my brain from going into overdrive when I was left alone with my thoughts for an hour. Luckily I managed to stop myself unpicking every minute aspect of my life and when I climbed out of the pod I felt more relaxed and refreshed than I have in a long, long time.
Being able to just lie back with no distractions is a rarity in today’s world. Even when we go on holiday and spend our days on a sunlounger, we’ve still got an abundance of entertainment at our fingertips from a good book to a spot of people watching. There’s none of that here. You’re pretty much forced to relax and for some of us, a bit of enforcement is necessary.
Once you’ve floated away all your stresses and washed off all the salt there’s a vanity room where you can spruce yourself up which is ideal if you’re like me and don’t fancy walking home with wet hair. There’s hair dryers so you don’t need to worry about lugging your own with you which is a nice bonus.
When you’ve made yourself look slightly more human there’s also a dedicated chill out zone for you to use after your float. Here there’s a top notch selection of herbal teas to help yourself to and you can sit back and cling on to that relaxed feeling for a little longer before re-entering the real world.
I don’t mean to sound dramatic but floating has changed my life. Seriously. I’ve finally found a way to fully relax and switch off with no distractions. Climbing inside a pod was the perfect way for me to clear my mind and I came out feeling hella motivated. Now I just need to book my next session or buy my own tank…
My floatation session at Float Planet was kindly gifted to me in return for this review but as always, all opinions are my own.