Floatation Therapy at Time To Float, Stafford

When you arrived at this post you were likely to be one of two types of people. One, who like me, had heard of Floatation Therapy but wasn’t sure what it was all about or, you have no clue what I’m talking about.

Floatation Therapy isn’t widely available in this country, however it is becoming more and more popular. It involves ‘floating’ in a large ‘bath’ of water containing Epsom salts.

What’s that good for? I hear you ask. Let me enlighten you a little.

Floating has been researched and proven to be great for the following: stress, PTSD, depression, asthma, pregnancy, back and neck pain, headaches, poor immune system, Fibromyalgia, arthritis, eczema, poor energy levels, bad circulation, weight loss and addictions and even writers block (aha fellow bloggers – now your ears prick up!!)

When I was kindly invited by the lovely folk at Time To Float in Stafford to experience a ‘float’, I graciously accepted.

It’s worth bearing in mind that this was going to take me completely out of my comfort zone. I had never done anything like this before and would never normally consider it. But I really liked the sound of it yet at the same time I really had no idea what to expect. I will openly admit that I was quite nervous on the day. Thankfully, Mark, the Manager and owner made me feel at ease as he explained the whole process and what to expect.

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You have the option as to whether you keep the light on inside the pod or whether you want to go for the whole experience and go for lights out. I figured that now I was there I should just go for it and so I did. Once I was in and got comfortable, which was a little strange to say the least, I hit the button and was plunged into darkness.

I was lucky in that I managed to get comfortable really quickly. I was told as a first timer, not to necessarily expect this. So I was immediately chuffed with myself when it all happened really naturally. So I lay back and got used to the feeling.

I have been trying my hardest to come up with a way to explain how floating feels. It’s really quite something. I felt complete weightlessness. To begin with I could envisage myself out at sea just floating away towards the horizon. Not in a bad way I hasten to add! I don’t relax easily IN THE SLIGHTEST, but hand on heart I can honestly say whilst I was in that floatation pod I was the most relaxed I think I have ever been. Now that is an achievement!

I didn’t fall asleep as some people apparently do. I can see how easy it could be to do so. But I don’t sleep easily at the best of times so I didn’t expect to if I’m honest. But that didn’t matter. I lay there on the water and I felt like I could imagine what it felt like to be in Space. I lifted my arm up at one point and it felt so heavy. And it was the same when it was time to get out. I had to take my time for the normal feelings of gravity to be restored. The hour in the pod passed so quickly. I honestly thought it would feel like forever but it didn’t in the slightest.

I had a shower to wash away the salts using products kindly supplied by Time To Float and moved on to the Recovery Room where there was a hair dryer to to dry my hair and a big mirror to use reapply my make up, all with brilliant lighting. I felt absolutely fantastic.

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Prior to the float, I had been having back pain – an old injury that had flared up (too much swinging the little one around during playtime!) I am pleased to say that it immediately disappeared and remains so as I write this. I felt calm and ready to take on whatever the day threw at me. Including a boystrous three year old!

After your float you are invited to spend as long or as little time as you wish in the ‘Chill Out’ area where there is a glass of water waiting for you to re-hydrate along with any other refreshments you may require. There’s some light reading available on Floating if you wish to develop your knowledge further. It’s a perfect little corner to complete your session.

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I can honestly see why Floating would be perfect for pregnant women in their second or third trimester. I remember the heavy uncomfortable feeling of late pregnancy only too well and to experience that feeling of weightlessness would have been extremely welcoming.

The one and only thing I would advise anyone considering a float would be to be aware if you are in any way claustrophobic. The warmth inside the pod coupled with the darkness and the enclosure may be too much for some. Having said that, there is a lot of room in there – it’s not like being in a coffin or anything equally frightening. And when you shut your eyes you can easily forget where you are. Don’t let this put you off.

It’s worth saying at this point that I normally have problems falling asleep at night. Saturday evening was like no other. I fell asleep easily and slept soundly all night long. A first in a very long time. For that, I am extremely grateful.

I had a really positive experience and I’d like to thank Mark very much for inviting me. I have already recommended Floating to several people and I will continue to do so. I just wish I lived closer so I could go again!

If you are in any way intrigued or interested in Floatation Therapy please do check out Time To Floats’s website or check out their Twitter and Facebook pages. All details of the cost and packages available are detailed and you can even book online! If you would like to speak directly to the team you can call them on 01785 747654 or email them at hello@timetofloat.co.uk

If you are in two minds? I really do say ‘go for it’. You really won’t regret it. I didn’t.

To conclude this post and with permission from Time To Float I have included a video for your perusal. Enjoy.

*I was invited to take part in this experience in return for an honest review

 

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33 Comment

  1. Reply
    mark
    16th September 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Thanks for the lovely honest review Jaki!

    We’re so pleased you enjoyed your time with us, and are welcome back at any time – including that adorable family of yours!

    so next time you are battling with insomnia, follow your own advice #FloatationRocks

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      Jaki
      16th September 2016 at 3:40 pm

      Ah thank you Mark. It was a great experience & im so pleased you like the blog post. It was a pleasure to write. Floatations does indeed rock!! 😄

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    An imperfect mum (Catie)
    17th September 2016 at 7:39 am

    I would not like to be shut in I am somewhat claustrophobic and I think you were very brave to go for the light out experience. the benefits of this are amazing though. #POCOLO

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      Jaki
      19th September 2016 at 1:01 pm

      It really was amazing – but I understand how you might feel too claustrophobic. Nice to have the option to keep the door open though.

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      Mark - Time to Float
      19th September 2016 at 2:20 pm

      Hi Catie – thanks for your honest feedback!!

      All our floatation rooms are self contained, so you control whether you have the hatch open or closed, or whether you have the light on or off. The only thing we control is the length of time you are in there. PLease feel free to call or message us if you have any further questions, or better still pop in, we’d be delighted to show you around the centre! #FloatationRocks

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    Claire Potter
    17th September 2016 at 11:25 am

    I need this! I have been craving sensory deprivation for quite a while!!! Just want to be left alone with nothing I have to do or have to think about, and nothing invading my senses!!! This sounds perfect!

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      Jaki
      19th September 2016 at 1:00 pm

      This would be just what the doctor ordered! You should look it up – it’s worth the journey if you are some distance!

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        Mark - Time to Float
        19th September 2016 at 2:22 pm

        Thanks for the endorsement Jaki!! It’s a lovely feeling Claire, why not come and give it a try? we’re open 7 days a week, and times that should suit most people! #FloatationRocks

  4. Reply
    helen gandy
    17th September 2016 at 11:34 am

    Oh wow this sounds incredible!! I suffer with a bad back and would love to try something like this out to see if it helps, I’ve never thought about floatation before to aid it. Thanks for linking up lovely, see you again! #bestandworst

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      Jaki
      19th September 2016 at 12:59 pm

      It really did help me – and the sleep that night was like nothing I’ve ever had before. I need to go again!

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      Mark - Time to Float
      19th September 2016 at 2:25 pm

      Hi Helen, the reason that Time to Float is in existence is because of my bad back!! It was the reason I tried Floatation nearly 15 years ago, and it was the first time in 15 years I was completely free of back pain! Now that’s a powerful therapy – #FloatationRocks

  5. Reply
    Ali Duke
    17th September 2016 at 4:48 pm

    I have heard of this before, but didn’t realise there were places in the UK that you could go to do it. I would really love to try it. Just floating there sounds like bliss to me.
    #fortheloveofBLOG

    1. Reply
      Jaki
      19th September 2016 at 12:54 pm

      It was about an hours drive for us but it really is worth it if it is something you are interested in. They are few and far between in the UK. Worth the journey though.

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        Mark - Time to Float
        19th September 2016 at 2:32 pm

        Hi Ali, so yes we maybe slightly biased here, but its WELL worth the journey!! Its an industry that is massively on the rise, and once you have tried it you will see why! We’re open 7 days a week, and have appointments that should suit most peoples needs! one last thing, its great for creative processing and for writers block…
        #FloatationRocks

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    five little doves
    17th September 2016 at 7:09 pm

    Oh wow I haven’t heard of this but it does sound lovely! I have a lot of back issues, sciatica and two bulging discs, and this sounds like it would definitely help with those things. We aren’t far from Salford, I must look it up! #justanotherlinky

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      Jaki
      19th September 2016 at 12:53 pm

      Oh yes you must! Tell Mark where you heard about it. It is a really lovely place to go (even if you just get an hours peace and quiet!). Do let me know how you got in if you decide to go. x

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      Mark - Time to Float
      19th September 2016 at 2:49 pm

      Hi Laura!
      As mentioned earlier, I only tried floatation because of my back issues 15 years ago. For me personally I was actually pain free after that session – something I hadn’t been for some years before then – so its an extremely powerful therapy. It’s incredibly good as well for so called ‘invisible illnesses’ such as Chronic Fatigue, ME and more recently, Fibromyalgia.

      If you don’t live too far away, i’ll look forward to seeing you soon!

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    Sharon Saunders
    18th September 2016 at 7:46 pm

    I was definitely one of those who had heard of this but never done it. Having read your post I’d love to try it though! #PoCoLo

    1. Reply
      Jaki
      19th September 2016 at 12:47 pm

      You should – it was an amazing experience! 🙂

    2. Reply
      Mark - Time to Float
      19th September 2016 at 2:53 pm

      Hi Sharon, we’re not too far away from you, so come and pay us a visit!! #FloatationRocks

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    A Mum Track Mind
    19th September 2016 at 7:16 pm

    I have never heard of this before but I love the sound of it!! I could just do with floating away right now! Thanks for sharing on #fortheloveofBLOG x

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      Jaki
      19th September 2016 at 7:17 pm

      It’s as heavenly as it sounds. Not something I’d ever usually consider but I’m so glad I did. X

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    Ryan Bickham
    19th September 2016 at 11:04 pm

    Sounds interesting, I don’t think I’m quite tempted yet, but maybe in the future. I like the idea of feeling the floating. #justanotherlinky

    1. Reply
      Jaki
      20th September 2016 at 10:05 am

      Great! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  10. Reply
    Sonia
    20th September 2016 at 10:33 pm

    I like the sound of that! There is one at a spa near me but I’ve never really fancied it as I’d usually go for massage to relax. You’ve convinced me to give it a go! #fortheloveofBLOG

    1. Reply
      Jaki
      21st September 2016 at 7:04 am

      Yay!! That’s great. Let me know how you get on! 🙂

  11. Reply
    Stephanie Robinson
    21st September 2016 at 11:46 pm

    Useful post – i’d heard of it but never really knew how it worked in any detail. I can imagine it would be quite relaxing and I know people that swear by it, maybe one day who knows. Thanks for sharing with #PoCoLo 🙂

    1. Reply
      Jaki
      23rd September 2016 at 11:38 am

      It’s certainly one to bear in mind for the future, even if you don’t fancy it now 🙂

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    laura
    22nd September 2016 at 9:32 pm

    WAHHH I am so jealous of this! I am stupidly claustrophobic but love the idea of this and being in my own little bubble (as long as I knew I could get out if need be!). Sounds so good I hope they bring some my way soon! xx #FriYAYLinky

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      Jaki
      23rd September 2016 at 11:41 am

      I don’t recommend many things but this I certainly do. It’s a little piece of heaven xx

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      Mark - Time to Float
      23rd September 2016 at 12:25 pm

      Hi Laura,

      Come on in, the waters lovely and warm!!
      It is so nice to disconnect from the world for an hour, and you are in full control of your surroundings, so nothing to fear from a claustrophobia angle!

      hope to see you at Time to Float soon!

  13. Reply
    Morgan Prince
    27th September 2016 at 6:03 pm

    Wow, that sounds like quite an experience! I’ve never done anything like that either but I do love spas, if it’s anything like that I’d want to give it a try. 😉
    Thanks for linking to #pocolo

    1. Reply
      Jaki
      27th September 2016 at 6:14 pm

      It’s heavenly. You should give it a go 🙂

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