If you’re a first responder in Toronto or the GTA, you’ve seen first-hand how critical it is to find calm in stressful or traumatic situations. You’re also likely aware of how difficult it can be to relax, cope, and find peace following exposure to visually, physically, and emotionally difficult experiences.
At Vital Float Centre, we provide float therapy services, rooted in understanding the importance of helping individuals revitalize their bodies and minds by reducing anxiety, stress, and helping to manage chronic pain.
Vital Float Centre provides a simple way to achieve profound relaxation. Whether you choose to use floatation therapy as a tool for meditation, rest, or recovery, there are a wide range of benefits available to first responders like you.
Vital Float Centre is a safe space you can come to let your mind, body, and soul rest and reset. Solo floating may also:
1. Support the strengthening of your immune system.
2. Reduce inflammation in your body.
3. Help you to sleep better.
Please note that while many floaters have reported very positive healing results from floatation therapy, for depression, anxiety, and PTSD, you should consult your doctor before participating in a float session.
“It’s very stressful to be normal people outside of work. After seeing something traumatizing at work, then coming home to your smiling kids — it’s a big mental adjustment.”
Ashley Jay, ICPD Officer
Nervous about floating? We get it. To learn more about what your experience may be like, we invite you to contact us with your questions. We’ve also provided a few helpful insights below:
Our float rooms hold roughly one foot of water, which is saturated with approximately 1000 lbs. of Epsom salt. This expertly designed solution creates a density that allows for a person to float on the surface of the water. Some have described this feeling as 'loss of gravity'.
The Epsom salt saturated water is kept at a temperature of around 93-95°F / 34-35°C, which is the average external temperature of your body. When the water is heated to the same temperature of the body, the floater can begin to lose track of where their own body ends and the water begins. Neat, huh?
The Vital Float Centre rooms are insulated against sound. When you turn off the lights, your floating space will become completely dark.
“I can assure you that my first experience with the flotation tank was much better than I could ever have anticipated. I felt truly weightless and relaxed. It did take several minutes for my mind to quiet down, but, once it did, the experience was like a floating meditation.”
“I felt very relaxed. Not everyone is going to have the same benefits in relaxation, but for me, it helped me de-stress and have a good night sleep after a long day of work.”
According to Police Mag, Jeff Nichols, a former Navy Seal, suggests having zero expectations and committing to a couple of sessions just to get used to being in the flotation tank before you decide if floating is right for you or not.
Additional tips include eating only a light meal before your session, putting in ear plugs, asking all of your questions to the staff, and avoiding caffeine or alcohol the day of your float.