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Interview with Sean Lavery of FLOAT-TORONTO
1. What is Float, and what makes you unique?
2. Tell us what we can expect from a Float session?
Your experience in the tank is about everything you won’t be doing. You won’t be fighting gravity – the 850 lbs. of epsom salt takes care of that while you lie on your back and float effortlessly. The water is kept at 34.1 degrees C. This is a skin receptor neutral temperature which means that once you settle in, you lose track of where your body ends and the water begins. Your ears stay just below the water (earplugs optional – we have a couple of different ones to choose from), and the tanks are insulated against sound – noise form the outside world is unable to reach you. After you shut the door and turn off the light, you float in total darkness. During your float, the outside world is gone and amazing things happen. It turns out that when you’re not fighting gravity or constantly taking in external information, your body has a lot of extra resources at its disposal. Your mind is free to navigate without distraction, your brain produces dopamine and endorphins, and your body gets to rest, de-stress, and heal. It’s likely to be the most relaxing thing you’ve ever experienced…
3. What are the health benefits of sensory deprivation / a Float session?
4. How does floating specifically affect stress and stress hormones?
It lowers them!!
5. For people who are claustrophobic, is this a concern?
This is really a question that’s specific to the individual. The quick answer is no. While many people are worried before they get in for the first time, the vast majority of those with claustrophobic concerns beforehand end up loving their floats. Naturally everyone who suffers from claustrophobia assumes they’ll be in that small minority who can’t relax but it’s worth trying. I never thought I’d get my dad into a tank in my life but on a trip out here, I convinced him to try it out. There are two important things to know if you’re claustrophobic:
i) The float tank is much bigger than most people assume. It’s 4 feet wide, 8 feet long and when you’re lying down, you won’t be able to reach the roof.
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