Float tanks making waves once again in Calgary
'There's a lot of answers in silence'
Lying in pitch darkness, sealed in a tank of warm water and held perfectly afloat, thanks to about 400 kilograms of Epsom salt.
In the early 1980s, sensory deprivation tanks, as they used to be known, were all the rage.
But for a variety of reasons, including a bad recession and misconceptions at the height of the AIDS crisis, the trend dried up, according to Treeka Drake.
"And so it kind of crashed. By the 90s, it was unheard of, you couldn't find them anymore," she said.
Now they're back. Drake's business, One Love Float, is one of several places people can experience sensory deprivation floatation in Calgary.
Drake says in today's hyper-connected world, floating is a rare opportunity to get away from it all.
"Here we find it's just a lot of people looking for self-exploration. People seem to love just to be able to unplug," she said. "There's a lot of answers in silence."
Dustin Ryan, who opened FloatLife in northwest Calgary in 2014, also says there is a growing interest in floating.
"It's been going great. We've definitely been seeing more of a resurgence of floating in Calgary," he said.
"Before we opened up, there were very few places where people had the opportunity to float."
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With files from Evelyne Asselin