In Amsterdam’s bustling canal area, Koan Float is an oasis of serenity. This floating and massage centre opened in 1997 as the first of its kind in the Netherlands, so it has years of experience with the therapeutic effects of floating weightlessly in a warm solution of Epsom salt.
What is floating?
It’s like floating in the Dead Sea, but then in your own cabin of warm water. Because there are no external stimuli – no light, sound, changes in temperature, or sensation of gravity – it’s an experience of total relaxation and calm for body and mind.
The water you float in contains 550 kilogrammes of Epsom salt. This is rich in magnesium, which the body needs to be able to function properly: it’s good for the muscles, nerves, joints and bowels. The magnesium is easily absorbed through the skin, and your body takes in exactly the amount it needs.
Proven positive effects
Floating reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol and boosts the production of endorphins, the feelgood hormones. It strengthens the immune system, is good for blood and oxygen circulation, lowers blood pressure, stimulates creativity, and improves learning and athletic performance. People who suffer from stress, or have sleep or concentration problems, find that floating helps them to relax and improves their focus. It also helps to relieve acute or chronic pain. People with conditions including arthritis, rheumatism and migraine experience lower levels of pain both during and after floating. These and other positive effects have been proven by a range of scientific studies.
If you’d like to know more about the health effects and/or book a floating session or a massage, see www.koanfloat.nl or visit in person at Herengracht 321 (close to the Ambassade Hotel). For guests at the Ambassade Hotel, special rates apply.
Massages at Koan Float
Koan Float has around 30 masseurs and bodyworkers, each specialising in a particular type of massage. Among them they master a wide variety of disciplines, and they offer the highest quality and careful attention to every client. A combination of floating and massage provides the ultimate relaxation experience, but if you’d like only a massage, you’re also more than welcome at Koan Float.
Frances Walker, massage therapist
The challenges of everyday life mean that people often no longer experience harmony between mind and body. We may physically be in one place, but our thoughts are elsewhere. As a result we often feel disharmony and stress. ‘I’ve been working at Koan Float since 2003 and I specialise in Deep Tissue Massage, which focuses on the deeper muscle layers and connective tissue. My approach aims at helping people to experience a calm mind and body through massage. Deep Tissue Massage is particularly useful for areas under chronic stress and tension such as the neck, shoulders and lower back. It helps to relieve pain and restore freedom of movement. You’re very welcome to make an appointment!’
See the variety of massage types available at www.koanfloat.nl