Have you heard of float therapy? It’s been around for ages but I’ve been hearing a lot of people talk about it lately, sooo I had to give it a try. Here’s what I thought!
First of all, what the heck is it?
Float therapy is a practice where you’re in a shallow pool of water that is almost entirely saturated with Epsom salt. The salt increases the density of the water, which allows you to float on top of the water without any effort, just like in the Dead Sea. Traditionally it is done in a tank that blocks out all noise and light, so there’s no stimuli, which essentially forces you to relax. It relieves muscle tension, helps with sleeping problems, reduces anxiety, and forces your brain to chill out for a bit.
Where do they have it?
There are places where floating is their one and only thing, and there are other places, like spas, that offer floating services in addition to other services.
Why’d I do it?
Over the last month and a half I have had major sleeping issues. I was pretty desperate for some sleep! Plus I was really curious…
What’s it like?
…but I was pretty anxious to go for a few reasons. Mainly because I don’t float. At all. Whenever I’m at a pool or the beach and see people floating on their backs I try to do it too and just cannot. I sink! I must be doing it wrong…?! So my #1 concern was that I wouldn’t be physically capable of doing it – ha!
My second worry was about the sensory deprivation part. I have a lot on my mind and worried that the silence would make things really difficult for me. The purpose of the tanks is to cancel out all light and noise, but I wound up deciding that the tanks were too hardcore for me. Instead I went to a spa where the experience was a little different.
The spa I visited was called Balans Organic Spa on Newbury Street in Boston. They have a private floating suite – it had a full bathroom with shower, plus the pool, which was behind a glass door. They leave a Himalayan Salt Lamp on so it is never pitch black in there. The pool was big with high ceilings, so I didn’t feel claustrophobic at all! I didn’t think to take any pictures while I was there, but here’s one of their Instagram posts of the pool so you can get a better idea:
Here’s the order of operations: first you shower, using their organic body wash and shampoo, and make sure to remove all of your makeup. The overhead lights go off after 5 minutes and you tie your hair up on top of your head and put in the earplugs they provide. Then you climb into the pool and relax!
And relax I did…I floated without any issue for 30 minutes. I was able to adjust the volume of the music from inside the pool and zen out for a while.
The woman who greeted me at the spa entrance mentioned that a lot of people worry they could fall asleep and drown (!!!) in the water. Personally I did not fall asleep, but can totally see how someone would. But take it from this sinking chick: you won’t drown. Your head and neck are totally supported and you’re safe! But just in case you’re really worried, they have an inflatable neck pillow in there. But, trust: if I can do it, you absolutely can too!
Afterward you shower without any shampoo/body wash/soap. Just rinse and add their organic conditioner to your hair. That way the salt can keep working its wonders long after your appointment.
Would I do it again?
Absolutely! Even just for the skin benefits alone. Holy exfoliation! I walked out that night knowing my skin felt good, but it felt even better the next day. And it definitely got me a few hours of sleep over the next few nights, which I was really grateful for. It was relaxing without being hallucination station like I’ve heard it can be in the tanks 😐 .
Has anyone else given it a try? If you haven’t yet you definitely should! Balans offers a “First Time Float” special price of $59 for 30 minutes or $99 for 60. Check it out here. It was my first time visiting that spa but I will definitely be back – I loved the products, the experience and the really sweet people.