Each month (well, let’s be honest, whenever I get around to it) we will be featuring a different guest of The Floatation Centre’s who floats on a regular basis. This month is Joe! We love and adore Joe & know that it is going to be a good day whenever his name is on the daily schedule. Talk about a breath of fresh air! Whenever he enters TFC, I immediately feel myself relax, so it was very natural for us to highlight Joe as our FIRST Frequent Floater. Hooray buddy!
Tell us a lil’ about yourself: Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Joe Chiasson. I’m an Intraday Analyst, typical desk job. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, hanging with my pooch, and FLOATING.
When and how were you introduced to floating?
I heard of sensory deprivation tanks on a podcast I was listening to about 5 years ago. At the time, I was researching alternative forms of therapy, and the idea behind floating was interesting. I was on vacation in Toronto, and made an appointment with a spa type establishment that happened to have a tank. I had an intriguing experience that sparked my curiosity. My next float was here, at the Float Center.
Tell us about your experience at The Floatation Centre.
Nurturing. The staff genuinely cares about your well-being. They want to help you get the most out of your visits. The space is very quiet, respectful and calming, creating an atmosphere that supports your stay.
Have you noticed any improvements in your overall well-being since floating?
Definitely. At this point in my life I tend to carry around a lot of tension; a combination of living an office lifestyle, and dealing with strenuous life experience. Spending an hour in the tank with little to no tension gives my body a break. I leave the tank feeling lighter.
The deepened sense of relaxation and spaciousness that I feel post float is really what’s up. It’s remarkable. The heightened awareness makes external phenomena seem so vibrant, making it easier to pay attention and be mindful of what is here. Floating makes me feel peaceful.
Do you have a few words of advice for first time floaters?
Trust that you are fully supported during your float. The sooner that trust develops, the sooner you will feel comfortable with letting go of tension. When tension is present you are more likely to move around the tank and bump into the sides, creating distractions that pull you out of your relaxed state. When you can float with no tension, you will remain motionless, and deepen the experience! Focusing on letting go of all tension with each out breath is how I start all my sessions.