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A relaxing, rewarding, rejuvenating transcendental ODYSSEYMy experience floating was a lot like the Beatles song Tomorrow Never Knows: Turn off your mind, relax and float down streamIt is not dying, it is not dyingLay down all thoughts, surrender to the voidIt is shining, it is shiningYet you may see the meaning of withinIt is being, it is beingLove is all and love is everyoneIt is knowing, it is knowing...... that ignorance and hate may mourn the deadIt is believing, it is believingBut listen to the colour of your dreamsIt is not living, it is not livingSo play the game “Existence” to the end...... Of the beginning, of the beginningOf the beginning, of the beginningOf the beginning, of the beginningOf the beginning, of the beginningIn the beginning I had thought the idea of it was a little too hokey, too much crunchy granola, hippy dippy hop hah. And it still maybe but now I realize that that is a wonderful thing. I had no real expectations of what I would get from floating. Maybe at the very least I’d feel relaxed for an hour or two. I got that and a whole lot more. Seeing the tube once I was in the room reminded me a lot of Spock’s coffin/torpedo that is fired upon the newly created Genesis planet from Wrath of Khan. I’ll humor this I told myself.(Little did I realize that I would relate to Spock in a way when Spock was reborn and I felt my own mind being reborn or at least reloaded when all was said and done.)”Humor, humor, humor” I kept telling myself.And then I got naked. (not while typing this but before showering and entering the pod)I can’t swim and can barely float so being ably to lie across (in my mind) a vast body of water and not feel like I was about to drown was an accomplishment and money well spent. Music played and didn’t play and the “humor” mantra I had been feeling ceased and surprisingly(?) I was able to clear my mind. Then, like a scene from 2001 A Space Odyssey (not the Dawn of Man scene but the the Star Gate sequence, silly), I felt like I was going through time and space via a portal within me. It was a weird, almost psychedelic trip that was both intense and tranquil at the same time. I was both in the moment and outside of it. I was not consciously directing any thought or feeling. I was going along for the ride in my own mind yet what I saw and felt like what I wanted to see.The thetas were doing their thing.I can’t fully describe what I felt or saw not only because some of it was personal but it was just so cosmic that writing about it in a simple yelp review would feel like undermining it all. I can say that I had visions of of the past and maybe future. Of people and places I knew and didn’t know. I had feelings that vacillated between euphoria and confidence and certainty and clarity and focus and belief and joy and wonder and awe and humoring myself (okay maybe not this one). I would almost say it felt like being drugged but without any of the damage to my neurons or psyche that would come along with being Pablo Escobar’s primo amigo.I felt like I could be in “there” forever but then I came back. Or did I???????? (What universe is this anyway?)Cause ever since that initial float I’ve felt like I’ve carried along a lot of those feelings and experiences with me. Clicheasaurus I know but it is what it was. I did feel relaxed and any tension or stress I had in my musculls dissipated and my mind was clear and I felt more focused after the float but all that other stuff...I’m pretty sure not everyone who floats will have an experience like mine although I was told it does happen. But I guess when you open your mind anything is possible! (ugh, yes I did just type that)Mel and Suzy are beautiful people and they run a beautiful shop. Come in and hang out with them and give it a float. You’ll at the very least get a relaxing experience but maybe if you humor it just a little more you just might get something else.
I started my floating journey a few months ago and am very excited and surprised about the results. I have done six 1 hour floating sessions and one 1 hour and a half floating session and after the first few times I felt very calm and at ease and was just a happier person for a few days following the float. now when I float its becoming more productive as it really gets me hyper focused on issues or limiting aspects in work or life and i get good insight on how to approach this and take steps forward. as a result this brings me in a better state of mind. enlighten float is the place i go to and i cant say enough about the owners Mel and Suzy. Very kind, light-hearted people that have a serenity feel about them. usually I drink a cup of tea after my float and talk to Mel a bit and get to pick his brain on all the goods that floating does for us. i am a tennis coach and coach professional tennis players and its helping me with insights in this job and also to manage a hectic lifestyle. however, for high performance or not, floating is very beneficial for anyone. excited about my next float!:)