It’s called Floating or Floatation Therapy, using float tanks, isolation pods, or sensory deprivation tanks and it’s amazing. Floating allows you to relieve pain, stress & sleep deprivation; to relax, visualize & create. What’s unique about floating is that it gives each of us what we need, yet it does so with the same three factors – reduced gravity, sensory deprivation and Epsom salt. It may sound a little strange but we’re confident that once you float, you’ll see that it’s unlike anything else in the world.
West Coast Float is the only floatation therapy center in Whistler, British Columbia.
Come float with us, and go deep into nothingness.
“As weightless as an astronaut” – a profile on Shaw TV:
“Sensory deprivation tank leaves you feeling fulfilled” – The Vancouver Sun:
“Mommy Meltdowns & Floatation Therapy” – The Whistler Question:
“The Big Idea – A Weightless Trend on the Rise” – The Whistler Question:
BIKING I SKIING I BOARDING I HIKING I CHRONIC PAIN I INJURY I STRESS I ANXIETY
Scientists estimate that up to 90% of the brain’s normal workload is caused by the effects of processing routine external stimulation. Simply put it takes a lot of energy for our bodies to fight gravity, and operate our sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems which are responsible for the fight-or-flight response and the relaxation response. Modern research has thoroughly documented how chronic activation of the sympathetic nervous system by routine daily stressors is the hallmark of the modern stress epidemic.
Floating screens out these external physical stimuli, creating a pure state of “sensory” relaxation. Under these unique conditions, your body has a chance to restore its natural powers of self-regulation, while you simply lie back and rediscover the pleasure of a deeply relaxed mind.
The most consistent and widely experienced effect of floating is a sense of deep, lasting relaxation. As humans, we are often brought down by stressful sensory experiences. Managing the ever elusive work-life balance, in today’s multi-tasking instant gratification world can cause us to lose sight of the beauty and positivity that life offers in every moment. Floating is a way to pause all of these stressors for 90 minutes and provide the mind and body a needed space for relief and reflection. After leaving the pod, one often finds their tension eased, optimism restored, and the ability to appreciate the richness of life revived.
Floating Up & Away: Experiencing Sensory Deprivation:ABC NEWS report on floating
This is a short list of some of the benefits reported by researchers and floaters:
Used by athletes to visualize and improve their performance, prevent injury, speed recovery & reduce fatigue.
Relieves pain of multiple types whether caused by an acute injury, physical exertion or a chronic condition – including tension-related muscle pain, fibromyalgia, arthritis, migraines.
2 hours of floating is more restful and restorative than a full night of sleep; alleviates insomnia and jet-lag.
Promotes relaxation, reduces stress, and deepens meditation.
Diminishes depression, anxiety and fear; facilitates freedom from habits, phobias and addictions.
All floats are 90 minutes (or longer, just ask)
To do: eat a small meal 1 ½ hours prior, remove your contacts, use the ear plugs provided
To don’t: don’t shave or wax 24 hours prior & don’t drink caffeine before you float
If you normally drink coffee (or black teas, green teas, energy drinks, etc.) you will want to skip them before your float. Stimulants may interfere with your ability to relax.
Open 7 days a week, 10am – 10pm
early morning & late night floats available on request
We accept cash, Visa & MasterCard
#7 – 4433 Sundial Place, Whistler BC (beside FanatykCo and the Keg)
see bottom of this page for a map
At West Coast Float we have two types of float pods to meet all your floating needs. Once you’re inside the pods, the experience is practically identical. Choosing your float pod is simply a matter of personal preference.
We offer two Tranquility Pods, the traditional style of float tank with a sleek modern design.
We have one Float Cabin which is fully enclosed like a float pod (a room within a room). However, the Float Cabin is 7 feet tall, providing a feeling of height and space. The Cabin can be used by one person or two people can float at the same time. Perfect for couples or BFF’s.
West Coast Float supports inclusion and diversity. We welcome guests from the LGBT community.
We have non-discrimination policies, treat all domestic partnerships equally in our personnel policies, & we support marriage equality. Simply put we treat people the way we would like to be treated, with kindness and compassion. Love is Love.
GayWhistler.com is a year-round promoter of Whistler to the gay and lesbian community and produces and promotes the Whistler Pride and Ski Festival, January 23 – 31, 2016 – a celebration of diversity both on and off the slopes. More than just a gay ski week, the 8 day festival includes social, cultural, wellness, & culinary events.
Hey…we’re Bob & Louise and we’re excited to welcome you to West Coast Float. Our journey into floating came via our constant desire to “do stuff & things”, to explore new experiences, to heal and expand our consciousness.
In our spare time we are co-owners of a Diner with locations on the coast and in the desert.
Our mission with West Coast Float is to get people floating. We believe in gifting, community and paying it forward and ART – lots of art! By providing a space for you to float and Be, we know you will feel healthy & peaceful and that will result in a compassionate influence on the world around you.
Louise’s passion is kindness, random interactions and sunshine.
We have been fortunate to live & work in Whistler / Pemberton since the 90’s. We love it – both the immense natural beauty of our surroundings and the amazing energy, creativity & enthusiasm of the people that live here.
Bob believes that the world would be a better place if we all spent time doing art, whatever your canvas may be.