So I fell asleep floating in this.
It might have been a mere second of slumber before I came back to reality. But for one amazing hour, my reality was that of pure relaxation, quiet, solitude and feeling as light as a feather soaking in a tub.
This isn’t your typical bath. I was in a Float tub or pod at Toronto’s H2O Float Spa on the Danforth – the first location in the city to offer this type of experience.
The goal of hiding out here is achieving mental and physical relaxation through sensory deprivation.
This is how:
Float rooms have either pods or an open-faced tub that are filled with ten inches of highly saturated Epsom salt water (like 1,200 pounds, making it 50 per cent more buoyant than the Dead Sea). This allows you to float effortlessly on the surface of the water.
The water and room temperature are set at 34C (the body’s normal skin surface) and the rooms are light and sound-insulated. Each room has heated floors, a private shower, and in-tub lights which you can turn on or off during your Float. I listened to nature sounds and felt like I was floating down a quiet river in the jungle. You can also bring your own music.
And of course there are no children barging in to go pee or a partner tapping on the door with a question.
Getting there: H2O Float Spa is on the north side of the Danforth just east of Broadview, steps from Broadview subway station on the Bloor-Danforth line. Paid Green P lots and street parking in the area.
Couple Floats: If for some reason you don’t want to be alone, you can book one of the Open-concept Float suites where the tubs are 8-ft long and can accomodate two people.
FYI: The water is constantly circulated and filtered. Epsom Salt is already sanitizing but the water also passes through a UV and an Ozonator filter. Plus, hydrogen peroxide is added and a pool skimmer is used after each Float session.
In the hood: Closest green space is Riverdale Park East. Across the DVP is Riverdale Park West and Riverdale Farm. Farther east south of the Danforth in between Logan and Carlaw is Withrow Park. Head up Broadview and down Pottery Road to Todmorden Mills (and nice nature walk in the Wildflower Preserve) and Evergreen Brick Works on Bayview Ave.
138 Danforth Ave.
Toronto, ON M4K 1N1