It might have been happenstance or kismet that brought me into Radi8 two weeks before it was shuttering operations. But the purchase and reimagining of the studio came straight out of life’s unexpected trajectory.
Someone precious to me has spent the past several years in an unanticipated mental health crisis. I’ve spent those same years lamenting how few resources exist or are readily available to treat mental health. And, importantly, I’ve noticed how few resources are available to help stave off extreme stress and potential mental health crises to begin with. Stress – at least in my experience – deteriorates your body, can lead to physical injury, interferes with your sleep, and can incapacitate your reason and emotional stability. It’s poison. And, because we recognize that, I/we talk fluidly and regularly about “self-care” because we know that’s the antidote. How many of us prioritize it? I certainly didn’t. It can be time consuming to fight for yourself – to care for yourself. The very stressors that precipitate mental and physical health struggles are often the same time-sucks that keep us from preserving our own sanity and well-being.
I reinvented Radi8 to serve the community of people who struggle, but desire, to restore themselves – body and mind – so that they can care for others. To pack the most healing into a manageable amount of time. To ensure that it’s accessible and affordable. To remove the obstacles and distractions from regular self-care.
I had experienced the power of float therapy long before I became Radi8’s owner. I spent decades in a high-pressure job; in a crucial moment, floating restored me. So, I went back to it when everything in my life changed at once – my health, my career, my family. Two of my closest friends remembered how I’d spoken of floating and gave me a gift certificate to Radi8 for my birthday this year. When I went to enjoy the gift, I learned that the opportunity existed to buy the studio and help transform it into a serene place of healing – to serve needs that I had also experienced.
Radi8 has been completely remodeled and is actively being reimagined to create serenity…physical healing…inscrutable tranquility…athletic recovery…catharsis…from the moment that you walk in to the moment you leave, it is my intention to value your time and tailor your experience to what restores YOU.
Sometimes I climb into the water and process whatever is on my mind. Sometimes I get the bliss of tuning out of everything and enjoying full sensory silence. Often, I fall asleep because that is what my mind and body need most – a blissful restorative nap. Sometimes it feels healing and philosophical. Sometimes it just feels like a welcome place to hide. But I know this: never once have I climbed out of that water and not felt BETTER. Head, body and heart. I’m clearer. I’m calmer. I hear it in my own words. I experience it in my own relationships. I sense it in my business. And, when I start veering from that, one of my kind staff leaves me a little note reminding me that it’s time to float again.
An ounce of prevention. 60 minutes of antidote. One hour of your week or your month to reset. It’s more doable than you think. The reimagined Radi8 is accessible healing. Care for YOU is care for others: that’s what I’ve learned and what I strive to share.