Halifax is about to feel a whole lot better thanks to Lindsay! After moving back home about a year ago from Vancouver, Lindsay has left her 9-5 office routine as an engineer behind to open up a floatation wellness centre here in Halifax. Don't know what a floatation centre is? Don't feel bad, before talking to Lindsay, I didn't either. Read on to hear more about Lindsay and the wonderful world of floating. All I can say is, I'm in!
Tell us a bit about yourself?
Not to sound cheesy, but my Twitter bio likely describes me best: Meditation, craft beer, music, @TheFloatCentre, @ladybeerleague. I attack with love, am an open book and am in love with hops, Halifax & happiness.
What were you doing before this business venture?
I was practicing as an environmental engineer in Vancouver, BC. I moved back to Halifax about a year ago and have been working & volunteering in the craft beer industry while developing this fun business concept.
Why the change?
Simply put: I wasn't happy. And that needed to change. I knew I wanted to do something where I could help people. I spent a lot of time meditating about what my purpose was, and how I could serve others. And here I am!
What is your biggest challenge in opening up a new business in NS?
Overcoming the 'have not' mindset. I just don't buy into it and instead surround myself with positive people who are doing good things in the community.
Do you have any advice for someone who is looking to open a business here?
Do NOT buy into that mindset. There is a lot of great activity going on in this city - just check out the North End! - don't get caught up in the lack mentality that others may expel. Keep a positive perspective, know when to lean on others and keep following your passion. Oh, and be a nice person. You should always be kind to others.
What is floating?
Floating is amazing! During a typical float session, you enter into a sensory deprivation tank (or float tank, isolation tank/chamber) which contains 10" of water with approximately 900lbs of Epsom salts dissolved in the solution. You lay down and float buoyantly atop of the water. The surroundings are void of light, sound and smell, and the temperature of the water is the same as that of your relaxed skin's surface. So, after some time, you no longer feel the water. When your senses are deprived like this, you enter into a deep state of relaxation. It's a holistic therapy that's great for everyone and has been around since the 1960s. There are decades of scientific research highlighting the awesomeness of floating - the more I read, the more I believe in the power of floating.
What are the benefits of floating?
Pain relief (especially those with chronic pain & fibromyalgia), relaxation, improvement in sleep quality, a decrease in stress, anxiety and depression, an improvement in mental clarity, physical rehabilitation, reduction of jetlag.... the list goes on. It's great for boosting your meditation practice, which is what I'm excited about.
Who Should Float?
Everyone! Seriously. Every person who enters into a float tank will experience some sort of benefit. The magnesium absorption (from the Epsom salts) into your body, alone, has powerful benefits. It's great for pregnant women, athletes, yogis, seniors, men, women - you name it, you'll love it.
When can Haligonians expect your business to be open?
Aiming for early 2015. I'm currently securing a location in the HRM.
Where can the public find out more about your business/Floating?
You can check out The Floatation Centre on all forms of social media:
My website: www.thefloatationcentre.ca, on
and of course, if you have any questions, give me a shout: firstname.lastname@example.org
I don't know about you but I am going to be first in line when The Floatation Centre opens its doors. All the best Lindsay and thanks for sharing your story! I'll leave you all with this...
The greatest enemy of individual freedom is the
Saul Alinsky said that, and he was right. In almost every
case, nothing is stopping you, nothing is holding you back
but your own thoughts about yourself and about "how life is."
Your personal freedom to experience yourself and life
as you wish is not being limited. Step into your choices
and stop telling yourself that you can't, when what you
really mean is that you don't want other people to feel the
way you think they are going to feel when they see you making
the choices you really want to make. Got it?
- Neale Donald Walsch