RICHMOND CHEFS FIND INSPIRATION THROUGH FLOATATION
A symbiotic relationship has always existed between any culture and its food that makes culinary artists such an important subset of any community. A local example of this is the varied and talented gastronomists of Richmond, Virginia that continually carve local culture. Over the past several years, Richmond has transformed into a foodie culture. There are an impressive number of rising and talented local chefs whose creations are only limited by their own inspiration. However, the work of a chef is much more than just the planning, purchase, prep, staff instruction and execution of the meal. Administrative duties, equipment maintenance, marketing and other intricacies of the kitchen often hinder proper sleep patterns, which affect the very inspiration needed to keep producing new and different gastronomical masterpieces. This is why chefs like to float.
Floating or floatation involves a sleek 8’ by 5’ fiberglass “pod”. It is filled with 10” of skin temperature water and saturated with 1000 pounds of Epsom salt. There are light and music controls within the pod for which you can float in the light or dark and listen to music or silence. The pod can be left open or closed, while you float face up effortlessly like a cork, for an hour. By removing gravity and other sensations such as light, sound or the sensation of water temperature, the brain enters a very restful, restorative and left/right brain synchronized state. Further, the magnesium salts have a powerful muscle relaxing and pain relieving effect. The result is that one feels both physically and mentally refreshed. A pleasant side effect of this sleep-promoting, stress-reducing therapy is that it seems to inspire creativity. Sometimes that new idea comes in the middle of a float. Sometimes it happens on the ride home afterwards or through a float inspired dream that night. But when you feel calmer for the next few days, less reactive and brighter in mind and body, you’ll appreciate the benefit of the float experience.
The month of July is culinary arts appreciation month. We appreciate good gastronomical efforts and want to reward those that make Richmond’s food scene.
To all RVA chefs: Thank you for all the culinary inspiration that you bring to our city!