InSPAration Float Centre offered free 30-minute float sessions to veterans on Sunday from 10a.m. until 2:30pm.
This is the second year in a row the float centre has offered this service, and this year they’re taking it one step further. $10 from each regular 60-minute session between Nov. 12-17 will be donated to the Algoma Veterans Association.
InSPAration Owner/Operator Brian Lampe, a veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces himself, told SaultOnline this is a way the centre can “give back to the people who have given for quite a while.”
Lampe said floating is beneficial to anyone, but in respects to veterans, it helps with not only aches and pains from training, deployment, etc., but also with psychological issues, such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, otherwise known as PTSD.
Aside from the free float sessions on Sunday, InSPAration also offers a veteran’s discount on their 30, 60 or 90-minute float sessions.
“(After) one session you feel really good, but it takes a while to get the full benefit,” Lampe said.
“Pain is something that never really leaves the body, so when you have a regular float session it really helps over time as well. And it really helps mitigate ongoing anxiety and other psychological issues…this is a perfect preventative or on-going maintenance procedure.”
For Troy Bailey, a veteran who served 25 years in the Canadian Armed Forces, these float sessions are beneficial for pain relief and the solidarity of it.
“It kind of brings you back to a peaceful moment, and that’s what I like about it,” he said.
Bailey said he thinks this a great local opportunity for veterans.
“The Sault did not have a lot of opportunity for veterans, but we’re slowly getting there,” he explained.
“There are people like the Algoma Veterans Association, The Legion, and new companies like this, who are opening up the doors for veterans to help them in different places, which makes it very nice, especially in the North, and especially not being from a military town.”
Lampe said as a veteran himself, it feels great to be able to offer this service to other veterans.
“The veteran community is more of a family; once you’ve served, you never really lose that familiar connection with other members you’ve served with,” he explained.
“So it feels great to be able to do something for them and to be able to offer them something that they may not have thought to give themselves regularly.”