What with the sleep deprivation, busy and demanding lifestyle and worry that comes with being a mum, taking some time out for myself to enjoy what would be the ultimate relaxation was all too welcome.Being invited to try my first floatation therapy experience had certainly come at the perfect time. It had been at least 18months since I had enjoyed a good night’s sleep so I certainly needed to relax and take some timeout to recharge.
What is Floatation Therapy…
Floatation therapy is the practice of lying back effortlessly in a floatation pod and drifting into a blissful, deep, meditative state that rejuvenates and revives your mind and body. In the zero gravity environment the body balances and heals internally as all the senses are rested.
It is perfect for sufferers of chronic pain, pregnant women (in 2nd and 3rd trimesters), athletes, students, professionals and ideal for anyone who just want to relax and recuperate the body and mind.
Floatation therapy is used to effectively treat everything from depression and anxiety, stress, insomnia, mental disorders and pain management. It is also proven to lower blood pressure, aid injury repair and enhance sports performance.
The floatation experience takes place in a large pod of water containing 500kg of Epsom salt. The water and air in the tank is maintained at skin temperature (35.5 degrees) so your mind does not sense a difference between your body and the air or water surrounding it. This creates a zero gravity environment to let your worries float away.
The Epsom salt increases water density allowing the body to float effortlessly on top of the water giving a sense of weightlessness and will also prevent the body from rolling over. The Epsom salt is a pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulphate which is absorbed through the skin providing substantial health benefits.
About Floating Point Float Centre…
The Floating Point Float Centre, is located not far from me in the lovely village of Pangbourne. It is the only dedicated centre in Berkshire and its surrounding Counties to offer Floatation Therapy. The centre is easy to find and offers free parking immediately outside the entrance.
Floating Point Float Centre came second in the Muddy Stilettos Awards 2016 for Berkshire’s Best Complementary Therapy Centre and has been recently nominated for the Pride of Reading Healthy Lifestyle award.
The floatation pods at the centre have been recently used by Team GB athletes in preparation for the Rio Olympics and also comes recommended personally by one of the Lead Consultants in the Pain Clinic at The Royal Berkshire Hospital to aid their patients manage their pain effectively.
My Floatation experience…
On arrival for my late 7pm appointment, I met with Michael and Tina who made me feel extremely welcome. It was quickly evident that they both have a keen love for floatation therapy and the health benefits that come with it having been floating themselves since 2011.
The centre’s decor and minimal style offered a calming and clean look to help create a feeling of serenity. The facilities were extremely clean and the spaces bright and airy.
I was supplied with everything needed for the experience including towels, shampoo and conditioner, body wash, deodorant, face wipes, ear plugs and a hairdryer. All I had to take with me was a hairbrush, which is unheard of for any parent and made a welcomed change.
Before the experience you can choose from a selection of ten tranquil sounds (via SoundCloud) to listen to inside the pod. For the first ten minutes of the experience, the sounds are played to help ease you into a relaxed state. The sound volume eases until there is total silence for the next forty-five minutes and then the sounds play softly again for five minutes to let you know the experience is coming to an end (and in my case, to wake me up!). You can have music play throughout the session if you want something to focus on.
The floatation pod was housed in its own room with shower facilities for use before and after the experience. The pod was far bigger than I expected it to be and was nice and spacious inside. I liked the idea that I was in full control of the lid which could either be closed or left open during the float experience. I was more than comfortable with the lid closed and didn’t feel claustrophobic at all.
There is a blue light inside the pod which can be turned off if preferred during the float for complete darkness. The light can also be switched to a rotation of 6 changing colours. As it was my first time using the pod I chose to leave the blue light on.
From the moment I closed the lid and lowered myself into the water, I felt a sense of calm and it wasn’t long before I felt like I was falling gently through the air. The feeling was really quite surreal. Not long into the experience I must have fallen into a deep sleep as before I knew it I was was being woken by the soft sounds playing again. It was as if I had simply blinked and the hour was over.
After my float, I felt completely refreshed, my mind felt stress free and I had an overwhelming sense of happiness. I found my skin to feel silky smooth thanks to the exfoliating effects of the salts too.
I took the chance to have some further timeout in the Quiet Area, where I enjoyed a homemade apple and mango sorbet which felt much needed after the float.
I absolutely loved my visit and cannot recommend floatation therapy enough. I have genuinely never felt so relaxed in my life and gained so much from the experience. I will definitely be attending the centre again for further sessions.
For more information on the endless benefits of floatation therapy, or to arrange your first float experience, visit the Floating Point Float Centre website here.
Floating Point Float Centre (in Pangbourne) have kindly offered to provide a Float with a Friend package to one lucky competition winner for use at their centre.
- This competition is open to UK mainland residents only.
- This competition may be withdrawn at any time.
- The closing date is Sunday 21st August 2016 at 11:59PM.
- Entrants must be able to travel to Pangbourne, Berkshire for the experience and at their own cost.
- There is one prize of a ‘Float with a Friend’ package and no cash alternative.
- The package includes 2 x simultaneous floats, the opportunity to enjoy your floating experience with a friend or family member (valued at £90.00)
- A winner will be chosen at random and will be contacted via email within 2 days of the closing date.
- The winner has 28 days to respond and claim their prize. If the winner fails to do so, we will choose another winner.
- Floating Point Float Centre will be provided with the winners details to arrange booking of prize.
*I was invited to review this experience in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are my own.
**This competition is available on Loquax and Prizefinder and some Facebook Groups.