Recovery Methods: Floating at Floathouse Victoria

Lately I’ve been talking a lot about balance, as well as the mental side of training. While I’m currently focusing on improving my mental state, my physical recovery (aside from sleeping) could really use some attention. Throughout the week, I mainly rely on foam rolling/mobility, a massage, and adequate sleep to keep my body healthy. However, after an intense or prolonged training week, travel, or even bouts of mental stress, additional methods can be beneficial and improve recovery.

Needing Some Recovery

One of the few recovery methods I’ve tried is floating. My most recent floating session was over the Christmas holidays, after experiencing a delay-filled trek from NYC to Victoria. My body was completely shot. Turns out that getting to sleep at 2:30 am local time (but 5:30 am EST), and being squished in germ people filled airports wreaks havoc on your nervous system. I slept until a respectable time of 7 am, and had great plans to train twice that day, first at 11 am and then again at 3:45 pm. I figured I could shake off the minimal hours of sleep and jet lag, push through the training, and then call it an early night.

You can probably guess how well that plan worked out. During my first session with Erik, I felt truly unfit. I could hit the ball just fine, but as a rally progressed past 8-10 shots, my legs felt as though they had been injected with burning liquid. The more tired I got, the later I got on the ball, reducing my options. Talk about a downward spiral!

After the match, Erik suggested I go to Floathouse for a 90-minute float instead of training again later that day. I jumped -lethargically- at the chance, and he set it up right then and there. (Erik owns Floathouse, and was kind enough to comp me a float).

Have you ever done 90 minutes of absolutely nothing? No, I don’t mean sleeping. I’m talking about actively taking time to shut your brain off, and relax so deeply that you enter into almost a hypnotic-like state.

What is “floating”?

Floatation therapy, or simply “floating” is a form of sensory deprivation, where you lie in a tank filled with 1000 L of water + over 1200 pounds of Epsom Salts, all heated to skin temperature. This saturated solution allows you to float, unable to distinguish between the air (which is also heated to body temp) and water, giving you the illusion of being in midair. When the lights are dimmed/shut off, your ears are submerged in the tank (your face is above the water, so you breathe normally), and you have zero bodily contact with any hard surface, you feel deprived of virtually any senses.

A float tank! The neon lights change colours every couple of minutes (it’s not green water!)

What are the benefits of floating?

In addition to stress relief, there are lots of benefits to floating. Some of the additional benefits include:

  • Engages Parasympathetic System

    This is a fancy way of saying that it helps you relax. Suppressing your sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight mode) allows for your parasympathetic system to engage, which helps decrease muscle tension, blood pressure, heart rate, and stress hormones, and increase endorphins.

  • Pain Management

    Floating can relieve back and neck pain, by alleviating compression on the spine. Conditions such as arthritis, bursitis and tendinitis can be improved simply by lying in the float tank.

  • Magnesium Absorption

    Most people are magnesium deficient without even knowing. The concentration of Epsom salts, (aka magnesium sulfate), is so concentrated in the float tank, that some of the minerals are absorbed into the skin and hair. This can prevent cardiovascular disease, regulate blood pressure, help prevent osteoporosis, and provide PMS relief.

  • Muscle Healing

    Athletes can benefit from the deep healing effects of the epsom salts, as well as the experience of weightlessness. It also improves circulation, flushes lactic acid, and detoxifies muscles.

  • Meditation and Visualization

    The float tank is truly a unique experience, as it allows you to reach a deeper and quicker level of meditation. (Personally, I found that I reached a mental state similar to what I imagine hypnosis to be like. I wasn’t sleeping, but I was not fully awake and thinking, which was incredibly peaceful). Some find that the combination of extreme relaxation and heightened awareness can induce a level of calmness needed to perform at ones best.

  • Stress Relief

    A 90 minute session in the float tank can promote the production of feel good neurotransmitters (dopamine and endorphins), while relieving stress hormones.

My Experience at Floathouse Victoria

When I walked into Floathouse, I couldn’t help but immediately feel calm. It is modern and simplistic, and feels a lot like a spa. I especially love the indoor greenery!

Real live plants growing out of the wall

I was greeted by a friendly front desk person, and headed to my float room. Each room has a tank and a shower. The float itself lasts for 75 minutes, but you are given an extra 15 minutes to shower (before and after) and get settled in the tank.

En route to the float tank. To the right, check out the housemade Kombucha on tap!

The first thing I noticed when I climbed into the tank was the water thickness and temperature. The feel of the water was remarkable. Thousands of pounds of dissolved epsom salts creates a very heavy solution, which is so saturated that it allows your body to float evenly in the water. Furthermore, because the water and air are heated to the same temperature, they are virtually indistinguishable from one another, so you never feel chilled.

I chose to keep both the neon lights and the music on during the float, and also kept the lid of the tank cracked open slightly. While I do love the isolated experience, I’m a bit claustrophobic, and simply felt more comfortable feeling as though I had some “contact” with the outside world!

This particular time, it took me a good 20-30 minutes to settle into the float, and once I did, it passed by in a flash. While I didn’t find myself in a hypnotic state like I did during my first experience,  I was able to relax and completely let my mind go.

After the float, I immediately noticed the difference in my state of mind. I felt less stressed, and much more equipped and ready to handle any crap that might be thrown my way. Although I couldn’t feel a noticeable difference in my body right away, I know that the epsom salts (paired with a good night of sleep), would help me recovery immensely for the following day’s session(s).

Would I Float Again?

If I had access to an affordable place like Floathouse in NYC, I would absolutely incorporate it into my recovery routine more often. (This is why I take advantage of my friends/family/member discount when I’m home in Victoria!). Prices aside, I think floating is both physically and mentally beneficial. It doesn’t feel like a waste of time (if you’re highly anxious, I could see this being a problem!), and the state of relaxation is unlike anything I have ever experienced.

If you live in Victoria or Vancouver BC, check out Floathouse (they have locations in both cities)! I cannot recommend them enough. Once I find somewhere in NYC I’ll be sure to post about my experience there as well!



Socks, Shoes, and Taylor

Let me start by saying that the title of this post does not by any means list the events of the weekend in ranking order. As much as I love my socks and shoes, the Taylor Swift concert I went to on Saturday definitely took the cake as the prime event of the weekend!

Taylor Swift concert

IMG_7167Saturday evening, Hadley, her sister Emma, Katie and I headed out to MetLife stadium to see Taylor Swift’s concert! She is currently on tour promoting her album “1989”, and was able to sell out not one, but two full MetLife stadiums! Yep, both Friday and Saturday nights MetLife was jam-packed with people, all eagerly awaiting T-Swift.

IMG_7171Taylor opened with “Welcome to New York”, which made the crowd go absolutely nuts. One thing I appreciated a lot was that the country singer didn’t take mounds of time in between song sets to change. Within a minute or two, she was back on stage rocking out with some sort of accessory. By accessory, I mean a guitar, a piano, or a handful of men who would fawn over her as she sang. Ah, the things you can do when you’re a pop star.

taylorswiftconcertusAll in all, I had a great time at the concert, and am so glad that I had the opportunity to go. It seems as though my teen pop music summer concerts are forming a trend… One Direction last summer, Taylor Swift this summer, what will be next year’s teen sensation?!


On a slightly less exciting note, I bought some shoes this weekend. I’ve been needing some wedges, flat/casual shoes to wear with dresses, and a pair of Birkenstocks (I LIVE in my Birkenstocks) for about a month now. Saturday afternoon, I finally got around to a few minutes of shopping and picked up all of the above at DSW!

The wedges are extremely comfortable, not super high (because I don’t need to be 6+ feet tall), and involve no buckles or anything to be secured. Slip on, slip off!

IMG_7161Great shopping attire, eh?

IMG_7163I also found these Birkenstocks in the sale section at 30% off in DSW. They’re different than the Birks I usually get, but for that price I couldn’t turn them down. Plus, after 4 years, it’s gotta be time for a change- right?



A few weeks ago, Kushyfoot reached out to me asking if I would be interested in trying/reviewing a few of their products. I’ve had the chance to try them out, but totally forgot to snap pics until this weekend when I finally remembered!

I was sent two pairs of white athletic socks, normal pink socks, grippy yoga socks, and roll-up flats.

IMG_7187White athletic socks: These socks were super comfortable, but a little small on my feet (I’m a size 10). IMG_7189Pink socks: Again, a little small, but that’s definitely my fault and not that of the socks! They work great for just casual sneakers, or if you like wearing pretty thin socks when you work out, these could work as well!

Toe socks: These grippy yoga toe socks are hilarious! They remind me an awful lot of the Barre socks, because of their grippy bottom. I haven’t been to yoga in a while, but next time I do I’ll bring these socks! When I sweat (particularly in Vinyasa), my feet have a hard time staying put, so hopefully these socks will help with that.


IMG_7192Roll up flats: I saw these at first, and I was so confused. Why would someone want to wear shoes with little to no support? Just as I was standing at the kitchen counter looking confused, Hadley’s sister, Emma walked in and started raving about the roll-up shoes. Having recently graduated from high school, Emma had been at prom a few days earlier and had seen quite a few girls whip out these portable, light-weight slippers later on in the evening. A lot of her friends weren’t used to wearing heels for several hours at a time, let alone dancing in them, and had clearly thought of this in advance!


IMG_7195And even though I have relatively big hands, I’m pretty certain that anyone could hold at least one of these shoes in the palm of their hand, which means they could easily fit in a purse!

Clearly, I had a pretty good foot-apparel weekend.


Are you a Taylor Swift fan? Yes? No?

Have you ever heard of Kushyfoot? Would you use a roll-up shoe?


Angie’s Boomchickapop Review

Disclaimer: Angie’s Boomchickapop samples were sent to me free of charge and I was not compensated for my review. All opinions are my own.

For as long as I can remember, I have loved popcorn. And I’m no popcorn snob either. I love it the movies, the homemade varieties, and of course- kettle corn! When popcorn was deemed a “health food” a couple of years ago, it absolutely blew up the market with pre-popped varieties lining several shelves in grocery stores.

I was so excited.

Popcorn that tastes delicious and doesn’t require any loud popping? How ideal for a college student!

One of the first varieties I came across at our University store was Angie’s Boomchickapop.



For the past couple of years, Boomchickapop has become a staple in my life, and is super popular amongst the students on Princeton’s campus.

When do I love to eat Boomchickapop?

  • When my friends and I are headed back to our rooms after a fun Saturday night and are looking for something to munch on while we debrief, Boomchickapop’s lightly sweet flavour is always the first item on our list.
  • When my team heads off on long bus trips, popcorn is always the first snack to be opened, and polished off before arrive at our destination. (That and chocolate covered pretzel thins!).
  • When I’ve got the late-night midterm munchies, and want something light to snack on, Boomchickapop is my go-to buddy (besides coffee!).

It’s pretty safe to say I’ve had a pretty solid relationship with Boomchickapop over my college years. So when I received four big bags of “samples” to try out, I was jumping for joy. (Not actually jumping, but there was definitely an extra pep in my step as I toted my cardboard box back to my room).

Angie’s Boomchickapop sent me four bags to try:

  • White cheddar popcorn
  • White cheddar baked ancient grain puffs
  • Sweet and salty baked ancient grain puffs
  • Sweet barbecue baked ancient grain puffs

IMG_6173I was so tempted to tear open every bag to try each flavour, but I exercised some self-control (whaaat?!) and started with just one, the white cheddar popcorn.

IMG_6178It was delicious, and is currently rivalling Lightly Sweet for my all-time favourite Boomchickapop popcorn.

What are these “Puffs”?

Along with the popcorn, Angie’s Boomchickapop also sent me 3 bags of their newest line: “Boomchickapuffs”.



When I was younger, both the word “cheezies” also meant “cheese puffs”. I’ve never loved traditional cheezies, but have always had a bit of a soft spot in my heart for cheese puffs. They’re light, airy, and of course, cheesy- how could you not like them?!

Oh right, they’re basically made with chemicals.

I had no idea what the ancient grain puffs would be like, so I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered them to be like my beloved childhood cheese puffs, but with real ingredients! 


My favourite flavour was the white cheddar flavour, followed by the sweet and salty as a close second. I’ve never been a huge barbecue fan, but even so, I actually quite liked it. However, since I’m partial to cheese, I’ve got to give it my blue ribbon. That being said, I would most definitely not turn down any Boomchickapuffs that happened to land in my hand/pocket/pantry :).

Well shoot. Now I’m hungry and am craving some Boomchickapop. Is it snack time yet?!


Have you ever tried Angie’s Boomchickapop or Boomchickapuffs?

Which flavour would you be most interested in trying?




MyProtein Impact Whey Protein Powder {Review}

I. Love. Protein Powder.

At some point when I have tried enough brands and flavours, I am going to write a comprehensive post, outlining my favourites and their best “uses”. (Hint: I never make plain, boring protein shakes!).

That being said, I am always on the lookout for new protein powders. In general, I have 3 main criteria I follow when assessing a protein powder:

  • Ingredients: Basically, if the ingredient list is ridiculously long, and I can’t pronounce the names, I don’t go for it. I know there’s probably going to be some unnatural stuff in there- I just try to make sure there’s not a lot.
  • Protein and sugar content: I like to try and find protein powders that have at least 18-20g of protein per serving. (Most vegan protein powders will only have ~15g protein per serving, whereas whey protein powders can have upwards of 20g per serving). Also, when it comes to sugar content, I like powders that have ~8 g or less per serving. Ideally less than 5 is best, but sometimes you gotta take what you can get!
  • Taste: I really cannot emphasize just how important taste is when it comes to protein powder. If it’s chalky, acidic, or just plain weird tasting, it’ll sit in my cupboard for ages. I’d might as well enjoy what I’m eating, right?

So when Myprotein contacted me a little while ago, asking if I would try and review one of their products, of course I jumped at the chance. Another protein powder to try? Sign me up!

I picked up the bag on my way down to practice, and didn’t hesitate to open the cardboard box up right away in the locker room. There were quite a few laughs when I opened the box up to find not a sample, but rather a monster-sized 5.5 pound bag of chocolate flavoured impact whey protein powder!

myprotein1I’ve since been gradually working my way through the ginormous bag, testing it to see what its particular “use” will be. The verdict?

A good old chocolate smoothie!

Although I generally put protein powder in everything (homemade bars, yogurt, oatmeal, even hot chocolate sometimes), I found that this worked best mixed in a smoothie. (If you’re looking for “healthier” ways to incorporate chocolate and/or protein powder into your diet, check out my post Healthy Chocolate for ideas!).

Myprotein Impact Whey Protein: The Verdict

  • Ingredients: On the whole, decent! Sure there’s some sucralose and artificial flavouring in there, but all in all, the ingredient list is short. 
I transferred some of the protein powder into a smaller bag for easier access.
  • Protein content: When comparing calories per serving to protein content, MyProtein gets a very good score. It’s only 90 calories per scoop, and offers 18 g of protein! Plus, only 1 g of sugar per serving- you really can’t beat that one.


  • Taste: I’m very picky when it comes to protein powders. While Myprotein wasn’t the most versatile powder I’ve encountered (keep in mind I put protein powder in everything so I’m a harsh critic!), I was really pleased that it blended well in smoothies. Chocolate smoothies is one of my favourite ways to enjoy chocolate protein powder, so I’m totally cool having basically an unlimited supply of smoothie mix 🙂 .

myprotein2Ironically, I think I managed to snag a ride from a friend after practice so I didn’t have to walk back carrying a 5.5 lb bag of protein powder. Ehhhhh I’d already done my workout for the day! 😉


Do you use protein powder, and if so what do you look for in a protein powder? 

Have you ever heard of Myprotein? 


38th and WICK Skirt {Review}

Hey guys!

It feels like ages since I’ve posted! With all of the family craziness surrounding Christmas, I didn’t have much time to put together a post of any sort, but today I’ve got something pretty cool to share with you!

38th & WICK 

wickskirt1One of my friends from school, Liz, is the co-founder of 38th & WICK, a clothing startup which has created the “No Stress Black Dress”. After having heard all of the hype flow throughout campus, I was very excited to get my hands on 38th & WICK’s “TJ” skirt to test out myself.

Dinner party outfit

I was able to wear the skirt for a couple different dinner parties this holiday season, and received a lot of compliments, especially when I showed them all of its sweet features!

38th & WICK’s website boasts the following:

  • High performance, stretchy fabric

“High performance, four-way stretch outer fabric is moisture wicking and heavier than our other fabrics for a more luxurious feel”

IMG_6008I loved the comfortable feel of the skirt- I almost felt like I could go play squash in it! (Which technically, I could, since the fabric is moisture-wicking!). The skirt was super stretchy, which was absolutely crucial for the infamous post-dinner full belly syndrome.

  • Built in spandex shorts

“Lightweight, breathable built-in shorts provide maximum coverage and smooth out VPL”

I personally loved the built in shorts. It made me feel like I was fully covered, and they were super comfortable to boot!

  • Pocket for Phone/ID/Keys

“Phone, keys, ID, or cards easily slip into the subtle yet roomy waistband pocket”

IMG_5985If you’re not a fan of carrying on to your purse when you go out at night (seriously, who wants to dance with a bag?!), you will love this feature of “The TJ” skirt. You could comfortably hide a lipstick, keys, earrings, or other personal items in this subtle pocket for safekeeping.

Oh hello there!

Overall, the TJ skirt was a huge hit amongst my friends and family. I especially loved how the skirt could be dressed up or down, for either a casual or professional look. (Please excuse my “modelling”… if you can even call it that)

One night I paired the skirt with a simple t-shirt sweater, black blazer, and chunk necklace for a professional-esque look. This outfit also looks great with black tights!


IMG_5967I also really liked how the skirt was long enough. Since I’m fairly all (about 5 ft 9), most skirts and dresses appear pretty short on me. I’ve learned to deal with it, and now accept it, but it’s nice having a skirt which is long enough such that I don’t have to constantly pull it down to hide my derriere.

Bum = very covered!

The size I am wearing in the pictures is a medium, and if I were to own one for myself, I would probably choose a large. While the medium size fit my waist properly and was a good length, it didn’t quite give enough room for my squash-butt. (For those of you that didn’t quite catch that reference- squash players tend to develop “squash butts” from all the lunging that is involved). Therefore, in order to accommodate for this, I would probably go up a size.

38th & WICK Special Offer!

Now, I have an exciting announcement! Until the end of the month, 38th and WICK is offering 20% off on their orders! Check out their website ( to learn more about their other products, all of which are other moisture-wicking, comfortable, and high-quality party-wear!

If you guys have any questions for me about the skirt, feel free to comment below, send me an email ( If you have any questions for 38th & WICK, feel free to send them an email at, or by using this form.


Have you ever heard of 38th & WICK? 

What do you look for in going-out attire?

What features of “The TJ” skirt would you appreciate?