There is something amazing right here in Saskatoon I never knew existed. The business is called FLOAT YXE and is situated at 215 Idylwyld Drive South #230, directly across from the Cactus Club (super easy to find). Float YXE first opened their doors as Oceanic Wellness Experience in the fall of 2012, but floating has been around since the 1950’s.

My first visit with them happened last week, the second one this week. Pictured here is one of the tanks. There is about 11″ of water which is kept at 93.5 degrees so no sweating like a steam room, it is a totally relaxing experience. Before entering the tank you are given ear plugs and you are asked to shower and remove any make-up. Each room is equipped with soap, shampoo and conditioner, along with a big fluffy towel. The water is triple filtered between floats for optimum cleanliness and the float rooms are so clean, you would never guess they had just been used. All you have to do is get in the tank and close the lid, this tank has the optional light which is first time users may like (I turned the light off about 30 minutes into the float). When your 90 minutes is up, soft music is played, you open the lid and have another shower. The only thing you may want to bring is a hair brush. The little blue square thing floating in the tank in the photo is the float pillow, you rest your head on while floating. This tank is quite big, I couldn’t touch the top of the dome, couldn’t touch side to side and if I really stretched from top to bottom I could touch toes and finger tips to the walls. Is floating for everyone? No; but neither is roller coasters or cooked carrots.

Below is a few FAQ’s I got from their website www.floatyxe.com. To find out more, please go to their site or call (306) 361-6446 and the staff would be more than happy to guide you through the floating experience.

Is there anything I should do to prepare?
Don’t drink coffee for several hours beforehand (it can make your system jittery)
Don’t shave or wax immediately before because the salt water can irritate your skin.
Eating a light meal about 60 to 90 minutes ahead of time stops your stomach from sounding like an angry monster while you float.
Other than what is listed above,  no other specific preparations are needed.
Do I need to bring anything?
If you have longer hair, you may want to bring a comb, and if you wear contacts bring something to put your lenses into while you’re in the tank. Other than that, we provide everything you need (towels, robes, earplugs, body wash/shampoo, etc.)
Will I get dehydrated if I stay in the float tank too long?
No – your skin doesn’t even “prune up”. You do absorb a lot of magnesium from the Epsom salts though.
Do I have to stay in the whole time?
There aren’t any latches on the tank doors, so you can get out at anytime. That said, the 90 minutes usually goes by w-a-a-a-a-y faster than you’d expect (our average customer usually says it felt like 30-45 minutes).
Will I drown if I fall asleep in there?
Nope. Some people fall asleep, but the water is sufficiently buoyant that you stay afloat. The worst that can happen is getting woken up by a bit of salt water in your eyes.
What if I’m claustrophobic?
Being suspended in a tank is more like floating in outer space than being shut in a box. You’re always in control of your environment, and even people with extreme claustrophobia have reported having no problems during their time in the tank.

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