By now you or someone you know has talked about floating. Floating isn't new to Columbus, but there is a totally new concept that has opened downtown - Meet Ebb and Float.
From their website: "Floating is about doing absolutely nothing, and loving it. Get off the grid, even if it's just for an hour. Floating does your mind, body and spirit good — take a break with us."
I've floated before and honestly, it wasn't my favorite experience. But, I was 8 months pregnant, nauseous, and could not get comfortable in the tub. So, going in to this session I was already apprehensive and preparing myself to not like it again; however, as soon as I walked in, I immediately felt as ease. The owner welcomed me and led me to the massage chairs. These chairs are not like your normal massage chairs--these things at the best massage chairs that have ever been created. They lean you back, and do a full body scan, and squeeze and move around in just the right places. After just a few minutes I was fully relaxed.
After the massage, I was shown the different float tanks. They have the 4 float options. The Explorer Tank, The Urth Tank, The Mandala Open Pool, and the Wave Cabins. I chose the fancy Wave Cabin because I don't like the thought of being in an enclosed pod, and the cabin was super open.
Because I don't remember the science behind why floating is so good, I'll let their website tell you:
Sensory deprivation is a process that removes external stimuli (such as sight, sound, traffic, texts, Instagram notifications) for a psychological benefit. It sounds scary because deprivation makes us think of things that are being taken away, but what you are getting to SO. MUCH. MORE than that. By removing these external stimuli, you can to shut out the noise and the demands of everyday life, and to JUST BE.
I can honestly say I really enjoyed the float for the first 30-45 minutes. After that, I bobbed around in the water from side and side and tried to meditate, distract myself, etc...but I think that's mainly because I had a lot of my mind and a really busy day after and couldn't let myself fully relax. I also never really sit still for an hour like that so it was a new thing to me.
As the day went on, I noticed that some of my aches and pains were gone, and I felt more relaxed. It was nice to shut my brain off, even if it was only for 40 minutes. It was also nice to not have my phone near my to distract myself--just me in a tank of salty water.
Anyway, I would definitely go back. I can see it being equivalent to self care like a massage or pedicure would be. Ebb & Float has different packages you can purchase for floats, and they also have a infrared sauna and soon ARX training equipment.
Dark, loud, and sweaty. Those three things are consistent throughout all of Melt's classes and studios. If I can tell you anything that will help you prepare for a class, it would be to expect to get really sweaty.
From Melt's website: The Melt experience—without a doubt—will stimulate, strengthen and calm every inch of your body and mind. In a crazy-pristine, posh studio, we create a purposeful, intoxicating blend of spa-like heat and humidity. The seductively dim lighting will keep you focused on you, as you breathe in our signature scent, synch up your body to the adrenaline-pumping tunes and push harder and go longer than ever before. And while gaining strength, flexibility and endurance, you’ll sweat out toxins, melt fat and increase your metabolism.
It's been awhile since I visited Melt Hot Fitness--and since their Dublin studio is less than 10 minutes from my house, I decided to venture over to try out a Cycle class. (Full disclosure--I am a cycling instructor and was actually looking for a new place to teach, and after falling in love with their classes, I am now teaching there twice a week! Catch me on Wednesdays at 7pm and Thursdays at 9:30am.) The first thing I noticed was that the room was dark--like, really dark. It was lit up with (fake) candles and some rope lights, making the lighting really flattering and comfortable. The music was loud and within the first minute, we were already moving quickly. The class yelled and cheered and the instructor kept the energy going the whole time. 45 minutes flew by and I was drenched in sweat and felt amazing.
The next week, I tried a Melt Vinyasa class taught by the owner, Kelly. Again, the class was dark and this time, really hot (Cycle classes aren't heated), and we immediately got in to the movements. The class was fast paced but not something I couldn't keep up with. The heat was the biggest challenge, but I assume once you get used to it by going a few times it's gets a little easier.
One thing I noticed about Melt is that none of the instructors talked about sweating for your perfect body, or getting that perfect butt--they focused more on the mental and emotional aspects of fitness. From their website: Armed with your daily dose of euphoria, you’ll feel like you can take on the world —personally and professionally. Inspired. Energized. Addicted. Every one of our results-driven classes are specifically designed to help you leave your sh!t at the door and keep you digging deep. (And with multiple classes in one membership, you’ll never get bored.) But we want to do more than change your body. We’re gonna rock your mindset. Enjoy a natural high, absolute clarity and new-found confidence in your stronger, sexier body.
Melt now has 3 locations - Westerville, Dublin, and the newly opened Melt Annex downtown. Melt offers Barre, Yoga, Cycle, Lift, and Mental classes. Your first class is always free. Get more info on their website - http://melthotfitness.com/.
Ryan and Kelly of Sweat Local Columbus