The other week I decided to try something new and I went to Pure Sweat + Float Studio for a little floatation therapy.
I had heard about floatation therapy when I saw a post on Instagram about it a little while ago. My initial thought was “that sounds miserable”. Floating (aka doing nothing) for an hour?! I don’t know about that…
According to Pure Sweat + Float’s website, “Over 60 years of research into Floatation Therapy has revealed the power of weightlessness, total stillness and soothing Epsom salt water at body temperature to act together as a healing force. Floating is one of the best methods for achieving deep mental relaxation and physical relief because it induces a neutral state for your mind and body, allowing them to rest, recover and rejuvenate.”
I tried Epsom salt baths back when I was marathon training and found it relaxing and hoped that it was helping my muscles relax and recover as well. And on this particular day that I signed up for Float therapy, I was feeling extra anxious and having a hard time relaxing. So I was willing to go outside of my comfort zone and try something new.
I arrived at the studio a few minutes before my appointment. I was shown my floatation room and the girl told me about how it works and how I could customize the room. Options include leaving the lights on or off, having music on or off, and you can either choose to have the lid of the floatation pod open or you can close it for a “womblike experience”.
The lady also showed me there were some ear plugs to wear. I asked if these were required or optional. She said she highly suggests wearing them because if not, the salt will get deep down in your ears and you will be able to hear it inside your head for about a week. Yikes! Definitely wearing the ear plugs.
After taking a selfie with the float tank, I was ready to hop in! The ring floating around in the pod is a head pillow that you can use.
I kept the lights on low and the pod lid open. I had the music on and just tried to relax. I was able to relax for a little while but then I got kinda cold. The girl hadn’t said anything about changing the temperature but I remembered seeing a thermostat by the door. So I got out of the pod to investigate and there was a control panel that adjusted the temp. So I turned the temp up a few degrees (does it change the room temp or the water temp?) and got back in the pod. It seemed to me the temperature never changed but oh well.
I floated a while longer and then started to get antsy. I began swimming a little (as much as the pod size allows) and that was fun. Then I really had to pee and I kept thinking “it hasn’t been an hour yet?” Finally I got out to check the time and it was a few minutes shy of time so I went ahead and got out.
There is a shower in the private float room so you can rinse off all the salt. I thought this was very nice. I did get some salt in my eyes when I got out of the pod. That was not fun!
Overall, it was a unique experience and I’m glad I tried it. I think it is similar to when I first tried restorative yoga and had a hard time quieting my mind and relaxing. But once I got used to the idea and returned for more classes, I began to like it. I did feel sleepy after my floating experience (also why I purposefully scheduled an evening appointment) but otherwise didn’t feel extremely relaxed or rejuvenated. Maybe that takes time…
Have you ever tried float therapy?