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Northern Ireland's Original Floatation Centre

About Us

At Hydro-ease we take a new, cutting edge approach to healing. Through floatation and the offer of the latest therapeutic solutions or a combination of both, we can help with; emotional and psychological trauma, anxiety, fears and phobias, post-traumatics stress disorder/injury, depression, grief, guilt and shame, anger and rage, chronic pain and illness, cravings and emotional eating, insomnia and sleep issues, compulsions, obsessions and addictions, self-esteem and self-confidence, stress and resilience, visualisation and creativity, sports injury and enhancement, performance, installing positive beliefs and motivation towards goals.

The main responsibilities for all of the team in Hydro-ease include float cabin water maintenance, involving checking and ensuring high quality water standards with daily water tests, balancing water chemistry, changing filters, topping up Epsom salt, deep cleaning and sanitising float cabins and float rooms.

Meet the Team

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Vivian McKinnon

I am a multi award winning speaker, author, entrepreneur and therapist I set up Hydro-ease
in Inspire Business Park, Dundonald on the outskirts of Belfast in 2015.

I established the business in response to my own adverse childhood experiences and
subsequent adult decisions. Find out more in my blog The Magic is Within You.

The idea came about during my first float in Edinburgh in 2004 where It took just minutes for my mind to rest and my inner critic to disappear. Residual fibromyalgia type pain and soreness in her muscles also subsided.

In that moment, my life purpose became clear. I now dedicate my time to helping people
heal from the pain of their past through opening a healing centre.

I studied and became qualified and practiced in: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Neuro
Linguistic Programming, Time Line Therapy, Hypnosis, Clinical Hypnotherapy, Havening
Technique, Laughter Yoga, Auricular Acupuncture and is the only Spectrum Performance and Emotional Coach in Ireland.

Free of my own traumas, I am now an inspirational and creative therapeutic practitioner with almost 3 decades of experience as a change-work specialist. Thriving and living out my mission of ‘healing the world, one float at a time.’ As I firmly belief ‘there is magic within us
all to heal and grow’

The services i offer at Hydro-ease, can be combined with floatation through my RAFT
programme where I help individuals, teams and community groups improve their mental health.

I specialise in floatation and mental health and I am gaining increasing recognition on local,
national and international conference and speaking circuits. Find out more on my LinkedIn Profile here.


Victoria Kennedy

Victoria joined Hydro-Ease at the end of January 2021 after volunteering in the centre for a few months. She is in the role of Float Advisor and can be seen meeting and greeting clients with a warm smile on a Tuesday and a Wednesday.

Victoria previously worked in sports development for over 20 years in a range of sports. Athletics being the main sport as she also competed internationally for Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

These days she is kept busy trying to keep up with two lovely boys on their bikes. She is also the founder of Amare Yoga by Victoria which she delivers sessions in her spare time. Victoria uses flotation and yoga to relax and recommends it to all!

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Lisa Robertson

Lisa joined Hydro-ease in August 2018 in the role of REST (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy) Advisor. Her job entails, meeting and greeting customers, explaining the Hydro-ease floatation process and ensuring hygiene standards are always met.

Prior to joining the business, she worked for over 20-years in a variety of retail positions developing her skills in customer services and relationship management.

With a busy family life and two children, Lisa works part-time. She loves the reactions Hydro-ease clients have after floating ‘their smiles, their relief, even the confusion that happens, the expression of what just happened there?'

Lisa enjoys meeting people and feels it is important to empathise and listen to their stories. Hydro-ease, she says, has a relaxing atmosphere and is ideal for busy people.

In her spare time and while not floating, Lisa takes long walks while listening to music.

Hydro-Ease employee Hayley-Rae Hopkins

Hayley-Rae Hopkins

Vivian McKinnon’s daughter, Hayley-Rae volunteers at Hydro-Ease most Saturdays. She is studying to become an accountant. On her days off from office work, she can usually be found horse riding, organising young farmers or in a float cabin.

Hayley has benefited from the vast amount of knowledge her mum has passed on to her over the past four years and puts that to good use when introducing ‘newbies’ to the ‘floaty world of Hydro-ease.’

Hayley is interested in all things agricultural, accountancy and is also passionate about mental health.