Culture | 08.22.2022

Experience Emotional & Physical Well-Being At Othership, Toronto’s House Of Transformation

From saunas and ice baths to breathwork, Othership creates playful peak experiences for anyone and everyone.

There’s a new trend on the rise that people swear by for physical and mental well-being. Are you willing to plunge into ice-cold waters or relieve tension in a steamy sauna?

While saunas seem less intimidating than ice baths, they both offer incredible health benefits and promote emotional wellness. These experiences are a one-way ticket to transformation. They let you tune out the outside world and focus on what’s within.

However, you might find your journey to transformation a bit easier with help from a guide and a facility that contains everything you need to become your best self.

We’d like to introduce you to Toronto’s “vessel for transformation,” Othership. The brand brings members through social bathhouse experiences and lets them be the captain of their own ship through the immersive breathwork app.

What Is Othership?

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Located at 425 Adelaide St. W, Othership is a 3,000-square-foot spa facility that holds:

  • Four private ice baths
  • One 50-person sauna
  • A 300-square-foot tea room with a fireplace

Othership‘s experiences are backed and proven by science to promote positive emotional and physical well-being. The spa space is designed to relax members with natural materials and textures, soft color palettes, immersive music, and comforting lighting.

“Our goal is to help people find a more mindful, meaningful, happier state, and by making it community-driven and fun, we’re making emotional wellness work accessible to everyone,” CEO Robbie Bent tells Herb.

If you don’t have time to stop in for breathwork classes, Othership also offers an immersive app to let you meditate on your own schedule.

At the facility, Othership has everything you need for transformation:

  • A Sauna
  • Ice Baths
  • A Tea Lounge
  • Lockers
  • Towels
  • Guides

We can’t stress enough that this isn’t your usual cutesy spa. Othership truly cares for your transformation and does so by remaining:

  • Body Positive
  • Alcohol-Free
  • Open To Everyone
  • Trauma-Aware

There are three different classes, all meant to alter your emotional state through ceremony, performance, and education:

  • Self-guided 75-minute “Free Flow” sessions
  • Self-guided 120-minute “Evening Social” sessions
  • Guided 60-minute “Up” classes

See more information about all three classes below.

Free Flow

When you need some alone time and want to control your meditative experience, Othership‘s Free Flow classes are a great way to do so.

These sessions are completely unguided and last for 75 minutes. Othership lets you use the space as you please, with complimentary items like a curated soundscape and essential oils.

In case you want a little help, there’s a guide available for support during your ice bath.

Evening Social

Your journey to transformation doesn’t have to be quiet. With Othership‘s Evening Social sessions, you’re invited to bring your crew for 120 minutes of socializing.

This particular session strives to redefine the typical “night out.” Instead of heading to a busy club, enjoy the music, performance, tea lounge, and TGIF energy with Othership‘s Evening Social.

You can relax in the sauna with aromatherapy or chill in the ice bath with the help of two available guides.

"Up" Classes

If you wish to experience the sauna and ice bath through more of a class setting, Othership‘s “Up” classes await.

These classes are guided and last for 75 minutes, inviting you to “explore your extra-sensory faculties.”

A professional guide helps the group through the sauna and ice bath experiences while combining movement, ceremony, and performance. You’ll be feeling “Up” and at ’em after 75 minutes of rejuvenation.

The Sauna Experience

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Othership (and science) attests that saunas are excellent for:

  • Achieving deep rest and better sleep
  • Relieving stress
  • Promoting muscle and joint relaxation
  • Promoting blood circulation

If you want to get the most out of your sauna experience, Othership suggests sitting inside for 15 to 20 minutes. Its sauna’s temperature ranges from 60°C to 100°C, and humidity ranges from 0% to 20%.

The Ice Bath Experience

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All it takes is 30 seconds to 3 minutes in Othership‘s ice bath to reap the rewards. It may seem intimidating, but you’ll be shocked at the benefits, literally and figuratively.

These benefits include:

  • Increased focus and mental clarity
  • Quicker athletic recovery
  • Boosted metabolism
  • A natural day-starting pick-me-up

Othership‘s ice bath temperatures range from 0ºC to 4ºC.

The Breathwork Experience

Anyone can benefit from intentional breathwork. Take a few mindful minutes out of your day and join Othership or experience this meditative practice on your own time.

This active form of meditation offers benefits like:

  • Reduced anxiety
  • Increased awareness
  • Lifted mood
  • Released pent-up emotions
  • Increased energy

The Othership Environment

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Proven science, powerful techniques, and a little magic is the core of Othership. They carefully curate your spa experience through different elements and angles that are designed to benefit your mind, body, and soul.

Meditative Techniques

The professional guides at Othership use visualization, vocalization, breathwork, and more to ensure each member is rooted in their own path to transformation.

Immersive Music

It might interest you to know that Othership‘s many sessions are driven by music to help keep your mind focused on the zen present moment.

A Social Setting

Again, this isn’t your average spa with a sign that reads “Quiet Upon Entry.” We and the staff at Othership promise you won’t hear any annoying shh-ing. Instead, you’re encouraged to explore human connection on your path to transformation.

A Mood For All

If you’re feeling down and out and need some alone time, Othership has a session for that. Or, if you’re looking for a different kind of night out with friends, Othership has you covered.

Experienced Professional Guides

First time taking an ice bath? No problem, Othership‘s friendly guides calmly walk you through each step of the way. Even if you’re an experienced ice-bather and want a helping hand, the professional guides are here for you.

Essential Oils & Aromatherapy

Othership smells heavenly. It even has custom essential oil blends that were precisely designed to awaken all five senses and maybe even help you tap into your sixth.

For more information about Toronto’s “House of Transformation,” Othership, visit its website at othership.us.

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