We have had some fantastic feedback from our visitors! See below for a selection of reviews or select the link below to see more.
Luke Harrison 4th January 2018
How Weekly floatation therapy has helped me:
Get more creative and feel much more in control of myself and my emotions…It’s a funny thought, to put yourself inside of an 8 feet x 6 feet x 4 feet tank of water and lie still for an hour..
But until you understand the actual POWER in doing so,
You’ll always question what you don’t understand..
So let me break it down for you…
Every week, I come and take a shower here at Driftwood float spa
I put in a set of ear plugs and lie down inside a tank filled with a foot of warm Epsom salt water..
There are several hundred Kilos of salt in there so your body naturally floats on top of the water.
Once you close the door, It’s completely silent, and completely dark…
Not scary or uncomfortable in the slightest.
Ever noticed how hard that is to do without distraction?
Because lets face it, apart from sleeping, when was the last time you laid relaxed in complete silence with NO distractions?
No one needing or wanting your attention, no mobile, no voices, sounds or lights?…
But I’m telling you now, this experience is wonderful!
I’ve laid in here plenty of times and had some incredible creative ideas, business ideas, set personal goals and targets.
Things I’ve dreamt up;
Oddly, I’ve had incredible sexual fantasies that were wildly vivid!
Don’t worry they were kept in my head during my float (until later of course ;-p)
What I really mean by that statement Is that I ALLOWED my brain to become more connected and relaxed (less stress = higher libido)
and open to new possibilities.
The experience itself, can seem like a long time at first, but when you get used to them, you’ll struggle to go without..
Imagine when you’ve left a spa and sauna..
How refreshed you feel,
Think about that.. But 10 times the relaxing feeling..
THAT’S an hour in a float tank!
It aids recovery because 1 full hour asleep in the isolation tank?..
they say is equal to 7-8 hours regular sleep!
I probably get about 15 minutes of deep dozing.
So technically I’m gaining +2 hours of sleep whilst having a productive and creative experience.
This helps my anxiety, helps me make decisions.
Stay calmer under pressure.
Recover better so I can train harder the next day.
Stay more focused on following the things that I WANT to do.
But you know whats the most powerful ‘benefit’ to coming to a float tank?..
The fact that you’re doing something for YOU…
And YOU alone,
Don’t feel guilty for doing something for yourself
Ain’t it about time you did?
Can’t recommend this experience enough..
But like anything, having just one, yes you’ll feel brilliant, you’ll enjoy it, but to have continuous results you need to be continuous with the activities which made you feel good in the first place.
Thats why I come Every week
Book yourself a block of 4 (give it a month and see how much better you feel)
Consistency = Results
You deserve it!
Liam Robinson October 26th 2017
So this was one of the weirder ones on the list, but I’m glad I’ve done it.
I’ve always been curious about them, mostly due to them popping up in Sci-Fi shows such as Fringe, and the idea that they help you reach a different state of mind and can be great for reducing stress and feelings of anxiety.
As a brief introduction, an Isolation tank is an enclosed(sealed off) tank filled with salt water so that you can float without effort, like the Dead Sea. The water itself is warmed up to body temperature, so that its difficult to sense/feel that you are submerged in water. The lights are then turned off and you are left to float in complete darkness, leaving only your mind to wander, and it certainly does.
So I’ll run through my experience (TL:DR at the bottom).
I was initially worried that, the experience wouldn’t be much as I tend to approach new ideas scientifically and assume what will happen or that my brain would go full crazy and I’d just panic and bail.
So on impulse I booked a 1 hour spot at Driftwood Float Spa, in Heaton (Newcastle).
So when I arrived, Andy welcomed me in offering tea and showed me around the store and showed me to “Bertha”, showed me what to do and what I could expect to happen and left me to it. (Which helped to settle any nervousness)
So I showered, put in the ear plugs (to remove my sense of hearing) and got into the tank.
The tank itself was actually quite spacious inside, I didn’t feel claustrophobic even when I was fully stretched out I could barely reach the sides. Though for those who are worried about tight spaces, there was a blue light you could turn on and you can leave the door open.
Inside of “Bertha”
After a few minutes the lights went out and some therapeutic music was slowly introduced into the background which helped to get me calm.
The sensation of floating in an endless space is amazing, like living in Zero G I had the sensation that I was slowly moving along the waters surface and rotating ever so slightly. Though I’m not sure if this is simply down to not having any sensory information to determine my position within the tank or my brain was over-reading any movement that was occurring.
About 10 minutes in or so, I started to see a small sparks of light like a distant star, nothing massive but bright enough to see and comprehend.
Further in I started to see circles of grey/white, brighter on the shapes edges than within forming at the corner of my eye which flickered a few times and burst/dispersed like… ink into water.
An example of the colours.
After watching these few a while, I started to notice they were now purple and blue in colour and appearing more frequently, and occasionally I could see flash of lightning blue light, not in circular shapes… more like strips of light.
After 30 minutes (though it felt much much longer) the music gradually faded out and I was left in silence, and the colour visions increased in frequency and size as they slowly enveloped my vision (for lack of a better was of describing it).
Eventually the bursts of colour became one large circle of dim white/grey light focused within the center of my vision, as if I turned my head of closed my eyes the shapes and bursts remained.
The tank also plays with your concept of time, with no information to base the passage of time on what I know had to of been 1 Hour in the tank, felt like much longer, maybe 90 minutes or so. Which is weird as knowing you’ll be in the tank for 60 minutes is the one thing you know for sure before getting in.
Either way it was very relaxing and enjoyable.
After the hour was up, Moby – Everloving starting playing to announce my experience was over, I slowly adjusted to the lights coming back on and hesitantly left the tank with a cheesy grin on my face and massive pupils. (the eyes went back to normal, the grin hasn’t yet).
It was surreal, I didn’t expect to see or experience anything like this, I had simply hoped to be able to mentally switch off and just enjoy relaxing, but I got more and I’m very happy I did it.
Just the idea of seeing colours and shapes in an absence of sensory information is amazing, it was blissful, for lack of a better way of describing it. Once I managed to shut off my brain I was extremely relaxed and feel much better for the experience.
If you’ve ever been curious about trying this out, I fully recommend it. Just make sure you go in with an open mind and willing to except a strange but wonderful experience.
- Liam the Relaxed.
Taken from his personal website which can be viewed via the link below
I have wanted to try this for a while – tried it on Wednesday and had an amazing experience.
I have an overactive immune system which and am medicated but am keen to be on the least amount of medication possible by including yoga, meditation and diet changes.
After a busy day trip to Edinburgh on Tuesday I was suffering quite a bit with exhaustion and severe pain in my joints.
I was open to trying the tank, a little apprehensive but it was all explained throughly and was told to trust the water … I did, and thoroughly relaxed in a way I don’t think I have before.
I felt like I was wrapped in cotton wool all the way home, slept deeply and without interruption and when waking on Thursday was not without pain but felt freer and more mobile than I have in a long time.
This is definitely a regular hobby I will be keeping up.
It was the first time I have ever ‘floated’ and I LOVED it!
The only place I’d ever seen sensory deprivation stuff before was on an episode of the Simpsons, and in that the tanks were much smaller – they were kind of coffin-sized, which is what I was expecting for this (which I thought might make me feel a little claustrophobic), but the tank was much bigger than I was expecting! For reference, I’m about 5ft 3in, and the tank was chest-height on me, and large enough that I could stretch out completely (full starfish!) when I was lying down in the tank. This was a really nice and unexpected aspect, as I ended up moving around a reasonable amount once in the tank, and I don’t think I would have enjoyed it so much otherwise.
After having a quick shower and putting in earplugs (to help lessen noise and stop the salty water from getting into my ears), I got into the tank, closed the doors (they don’t lock, and you can leave them open if you want to), turned off the light inside the tank, and lay down. At first, it was pretty disorienting – I kept having “ahh where’s my body gone!?” moments, and it surprised me how loud my breathing and heartbeat were when all other noise was removed. After stretching out a bit, I was able to settle down and stop moving so much, and noticed immediately that all the tension that I had had in my neck, shoulders, and back had seeped away – the feeling of total weightlessness, while still being cradled/supported, allowed me to relax muscles that I didn’t realise I was tensing – and had probably been tensing for months!
Mentally, it allowed me to come the closest to what I imagine meditation is supposed to be like (I have a very buzzy brain), thoughts floated across my mind, but then floated away again with little to no judgement or acknowledgement from me. It was very peaceful, and I can’t wait to make another appointment to go – I would love to take a specific goal (something to think about) or problem with me and see what transpires!
One small thing I’ll be doing differently – take a proper shower afterwards! I had only a cursory wash down, but as I dried off, I realised that there was SO MUCH SALT left on my skin and hair, and that I should have showered properly – I looked like I had the worst dandruff for the rest of the day!
The staff were lovely – I had a cup of herbal tea afterwards (they have a list of teas to try) and an interesting chat while I got ready to leave. In all, the experience was everything I hoped it would be, and I would (and have been) recommend it to everyone!
Emma Williams 20th May 2017
I’m in the middle of writing a masters dissertation and had been reading about the benefits of floating to induce deep relaxation and boost energy and creativity! As the stress levels are rising I thought now would be a good time to try this out and was not disappointed! It is as good as people say. What a lovely experience. Free from the usual sensory distractions of our mad world, my mind switched off completely…I can only describe it as that dozy state between awake and sleep …but better somehow… like the deep relaxation of lying in the sun all day on your jollies. It’s a lovely warm, safe feeling when you’re in the water, a bit like an hour-long hug. Don’t quite understand the science yet but it’s definitely something special. Go in with an open mind and you will love it. Guaranteed. I’ve felt extremely relaxed all afternoon and have been enjoying that a bit too much… so the masters work hasn’t quite gone the way I wanted it to… oops! But I have a feeling after a good nights sleep I will be ready to rock tomorrow! All very well explained and looked after by Cinzia throughout. Will defo be going back!
First float today…takes time to adapt to surroundings but I feel so relaxed some 10 hours later and have less tension in shoulders and back (have quite bad lower back pain) guy on reception amazingly helpful and professional and was able to answer all questions…great experience and will certainly return soon :0)
Just had my first float at Driftwood Float Spa! I had no idea it was possible to be that relaxed. A hugely unique experience. Definitely gonna go again soon! If you want to see what it feels like to be warm and relaxed while floating through infinite space then visit them!
You could be Anywhere and Nowhere.
Float Me again