I (Janina) spent my formative years as an elite athlete. I competed for Germany in modern pentathlon and triathlon. For over 10 years years I would wake at 4am and run 10km before cycling a rigorous 40km to work. There, I’d sit all day at my computer, with barely ever taking a break. After a 10-12 hour day at work, I’d prepare myself for a post-work 4km swim before cycling home, and weekends I’d compete or do even longer training sessions. This was my daily routine for as long as I can remember.
The competitive life of an athlete and the demanding academic career I was pursuing, was taxing for my mind and body but I loved it. I thrived on it. I would feel high at the end of the day, knowing I’d achieved a personal goal. I believed I was working my body to the best of its ability.
But one day it all came crashing down. Instead of jumping out of bed, I couldn’t move. I spent the next 3 months flat on my back, totally exhausted and couldn’t do the smallest things that most of us take granted.
That crippling moment when I couldn’t move led to a staggering 3-year+ rehabilitation. I was eventually diagnosed with chronic fatigue and could barely get to the other side of the room. My whole world had come crumbling down. I was shattered.
It was during a long and arduous healing journey that I discovered floating – and it changed my life.
For the first time in years I was able to deeply relax: to let go. I felt so much lighter and freer after just one session, so I decided to continue floating and see where it would lead me.
Felipe experienced a similar effect. He’d been working as a chef for many years but had been unable to work for 9 months due to chronic tendonitis. We both tried floating and came out of that first session feeling enormous relief. We knew we had to learn more about this incredible form of healing.
Regular floating has literally given me a new lease on life. I have energy again. I can ride a bike and swim again. I have the energy to run The Float Space with Felipe, and best of all I feel alive and free.
Felipe and I are dedicated to spreading the word about floating and its amazing benefits. Because we know what it’s like to struggle with your body and goals and we know how incredible the effects of floating have been for us. Floating has helped me go from bed ridden to healthy, energised and motivated, and both Felipe and I have never been happier.
We hope you get to feel that way too.
Janina & Felipe