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Do not be afraid of the float

Or, relaxation for introverts, I like to call it. All the benefits of a massage without having to make small talk with some stranger while you are partially unclothed and trying to have a wee kip. Well, all the benefits apart from actually, you know, getting a massage.

But it is very relaxing, and not at all scary and claustrophobic as I had feared. Though, I do feel compelled to check for swimming snakes before I settle into the water.

The flotation room at Willow Trading is an actual room, not a tank (it measures 8 feet long by 4 feet wide by 7 feet high). The idea of being in a tank in the dark scares the bejesus out of me. What you get is a swanky bathroom with a largish shower area, where you have to rinse off before getting into the flotation room. The room is entered through a small door set into the wall. You get inside and close the door to trap in the warm humid air, and lie down. The water is full of salt, so you actually do float on it. You don’t have to support your head or anything, though I still did the first several times I tried it. Then that’s it, you float in the dark for about an hour, until you hear soft music piped into the room. Then you take a proper shower, dress, and go back out onto Great Western Road, where you feel as good as you would on half a tab of valium. I am now an addict, and try to get a float every two weeks or so. In my dreams, I would do it every week.

The people at Willow Trading are very nice, and will talk you through the whole process before you do it. They’ll show you the room before you commit yourself too, if you’re still not sure. They provide everything you need: shampoo, conditioner, towels, even a hair dryer. All you need to bring is your stress.

Each session costs £30, or you can get a block of three for £60. Willow trading also offers various massages and other treatments. A full list of services and prices can be found on their website.

1 comment :

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