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.
Ryan and Kelly of Sweat Local Columbus