Since prehistoric times, people have traveled to springs, lakes, rivers, and oceans to experience the healing power of water. At HÄLSA, we see flotation therapy as a contemporary take on this timeless practice of “taking the waters.”
What is Flotation Therapy?
Step into a pod or cabin filled with 10″ of water and 1000lbs of Epsom salt (MgSO4) and float effortlessly on the surface, much like a cork floats on water. The water is heated to the same temperature as your skin so you lose perspective of where your body ends and the water begins.
The effect of this experience is striking – with your body fully supported and unconstrained by gravity, your muscles, tendons, and ligaments stretch out, your spine lengthens, and with the body completely relaxed, the mind follows. To enhance the experience, turn off the music and lights, and float peacefully in quiet, calming darkness.
Flotation therapy is an experience like no other and a particularly fitting one for 21st century life where we’re constantly bombarded with light, noise, and information. Taking time away from our daily routines, shutting out sensation and reconnecting inwards allows us to step back into the world refreshed, restored, and better able to cope with the stresses of modern life with presence, grace, and poise.
The Float Experience
You’ll be shown into a private suite with either the Genesis Pod or Ocean Float Room and given an orientation about the equipment and experience. We’ll answer any questions you have then leave you to shower and enter your float environment.
In our Ocean cabins, gentle music will play for the first 10 minutes, allowing you to relax and get accustomed to this unique environment of weightlessness. As the music fades out, you’ll have the chance to experience something truly profound: A state of nothingness where all sensation is muted and the mind is free of outside stimulus. If you are an experienced floater and prefer to have no music, please let the attendant know and we’ll be happy to begin your float with silence.
In our Genesis pods, you have control over the music. If it is your first float, we suggest you listen to the music for a few minutes, while concentrating on your breathing. Once you feel relaxed and ready to float away, turn off the music and enjoy the quiet calm.
Both Ocean cabins and Genesis pods are equipped with lights that you can choose to turn out whenever you wish. Floating in silent darkness is an incredible experience, but should you not be ready to jump right into it, you can leave the lights on until you feel relaxed and at ease.
After 90 minutes of floating, music will fade in to let you know that your float journey has come to an end and you’ll take a refreshing shower to rinse the salt off your body. We hope you have some extra time to relax in our upstairs lounge, or perhaps BOOK a SAUNA or MASSAGE for after your float.