I’ll Try Anything Once: Infrared Sauna vs. Flotation Therapy vs. Cryotherapy

I'll Try Anything Once / Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

The health & wellness industry is a trillion dollar market. From traditional methods, like plain old exercise, to drastically changing your lifestyle and going completely raw, there are tons of various, interesting methods to experiment with. That’s exactly why I want to try out these next three processes that are all said to improve your health & well being in one way or another. I have no idea which of these have actual scientific literature backing them up, so this is coming from solely my own perspective. And I’m also only trying them once, as opposed to an ongoing basis which many treatments claim you need to see any results. With that in mind, my first stop was the Infrared Sauna.


I was kind of nervous going into this one, because in my past experience, I can’t stay in a sauna for long. I’m in and out at Le Nordik, because I get so hot! And all of the other people sweating profusely in the same room in close proximity with barely any clothing on – it’s just kind of weird. So booking this appointment, I had no idea what to expect…at all. I’ve been to YSS in the past, and it’s always such a classy experience. Although I haven’t been to every spa in Ottawa, it’s hands down the most posh that I have been to. It’s always pristine, with a lovely ambiance, and amazing staff who take your jacket and make you cappucino’s. The only thing missing is the champagne. 😉 Anyways, you’re brought down into a room with a really pretty one person sauna, equipped with everything you need – towels, water, a makeshift chair/lounge spot, and to top it all of, a lotus flower. It’s relaxing before you even get in. And then when you do begin this thirty minute experience it’s said that you burn calories while repairing soft tissue and improving your immune system. So it’s good for those who are lazy and rich, and those who have actual injuries and/or illness. It increases blood circulation and enhances your skin tone. Afterwords, they recommend a shower to remove the toxins excreted during the sauna session to prevent them from being reabsorbed into your skin. It’s definitely not as hot as your traditional sauna, and the heat seems to build as opposed to being hit with a blast of hot air. I never thought sweating could feel so good! This wonderful feeling continued afterwards, so the consensus is that I would totally recommend this in terms of an addition to your health & wellness lifestyle. Next up: I try flotation therapy.



I’m so happy that I decided to write this blog post, because these wacky treatments are turning out to be super cool. I had heard musings about what flotation therapy is so I had a vague idea before heading to Centretown to actually try this thing out. I admittedly was a bit nervous though; with words like “sensory deprivation tank” floating around (no pun intended hehe) I was thinking “what the hell”, and a particular scene out of “A Cure for Wellness” had me trippin! But as soon as I saw what I’d be floating in, I wasn’t scared at all. It is NOT what Hollywood would have you believe, meaning it is NOT a 20 ft high silo like contraption where snakes can pull you down to the bottom of the abyss (I’m really afraid of dying at the hands (tentacles?) of a giant squid). In real life the flotation tank simply looks like a pod, or an egg – it’s too cute! To begin the process you take a warm shower, and then you can hop on in. You lay back as if you were in a tub, but due to the 1,000 Litres of water warmed to body temperature and the 1,200 pounds of Epsom salts, you simply float – easy peasy. It’s like the Dead Sea without having to go all the way to Asia. This was really a special treat because a) ISO Spa is only one of two in Ottawa, and b) Iso is the Cadillac to the Toyota, with their exclusively designed and engineered tanks that are both modern and technologically advanced. You don’t have to close the lid of the tank or turn off your light so that you’re submerged in total darkness, but you won’t get the full experience unless you do. Because then you are essentially devoid of light, sound, and touch, so you unwind and relax to the fullest. Once you’re settled and science has taken over to create this buoyant low-gravity environment where you float effortlessly, you can let the tanks do their work. Epsom salts have been shown to soothe aching muscles , detoxify the body, reduce swelling and even rejuvenate skin and hair. Sensory deprivation doesn’t sound so scary now does it?


I want to give you the opportunity to experience a float, so I’m giving away two 60-minute sessions to two lucky winners! Enter using Rafflecoptor below and I’ll announce the winner next Friday!

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Originally posted 2017-11-10 13:41:39.

12 Replies to “I’ll Try Anything Once: Infrared Sauna vs. Flotation Therapy vs. Cryotherapy”

  1. This sounds like a perfect way to destress as well as a therapeutic way to help with mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression. Having a relaxing escape from day to day stresses and routines is something I’d love! Fingers crossed and thank you for the opportunity!

  2. Another awesome article Hollie 🙂 All of these treatments sound incredibly helpful for the MVA survivors I have worked with! Will pass along the info 🙂

  3. What s great article Hollie!! You are so creative and find for us the best things to do in Ottawa!! Thanks for all your hard work!!

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