Last week I was lucky enough to try a float at True REST Float Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. This was not my first time floating but I was excited to try out the newest float therapy technology. I enjoyed my previous floats at other spas but I never got myself to float consistently. This was probably because the flotation tanks used to look scary, it was like walking into an oven. At True REST float spa the flotation pods are lovely. The modern design is beautiful and you can leave a relaxing dim light on inside the pod if you would like. To enhance relaxation True REST spa offers 10 minutes of soothing music to start--and wraps up your session with 5 minutes of music at the end. I really enjoyed the music to help relax me in the beginning and wake me up towards the end.
When you arrive at True REST float spa you are greeted at the front desk. After signing in you are brought to a comfortable room where you watch a short instructional video on how to prepare for your float. You then are showed to your private float room. The float room includes a shower with soap, shampoo and conditioner. Before the float you must shower to ensure cleanliness. The spa provides ear plugs, towels and sandals.
After showering I stepped into the pod, closed the lid and started floating. You may leave the lid open if you are claustrophobic. The room at True REST spa is private, dark and soundproof so leaving the lid open is fine if you are more comfortable. It is recommended to float in the nude because anything you wear will touch against your body and may be a distraction. The music began and I started to drift off. It took me a few minutes and a change in position until my body completely relaxed. I began meditation breathing exercises and my mind drifted away. I left the light on inside the pod for the first 30 minutes and decided to shut the light off the last 30 minutes. In the beginning I felt a slight wave of nausea, but that seemed to pass after a few minutes. When the float was over I felt extremely calm, relaxed and an intense feeling of well-being and happiness. Days after the float I continued to feel the benefits include increased relaxation, improved focus and decreased muscle pain.
During a float, you produce slower brain-waves patterns, known as theta waves, which are normally only experienced during a deep meditation or just before falling asleep. This is usually accompanied by vivid imagery, very clear, creative thoughts, sudden insights and inspirations or feelings of profound peace and joy. Because of these effects, floating is used effectively in the treatment of depression and addictions. Float therapy is currently being studied for its effectiveness in treating PTSD as it is said to show that the stress circuits of the brain are shut off post-float.
Benefits of floating:
- Increased blood circulation
- Increased healing abilities
- Pain management
- Increased immune system functioning
- Used in athletic training and natural performance enhancement
- Stress reduction
- Increased creativity and mental focus
- Increased reaction time and sensory acuity
- Sleep schedule maintenance
- Feelings of euphoria
If you are worried about cleanliness don’t be, the flotation pods all have a filtration system that runs after each session. There are approximately 1,000 pounds of medical grade Epsom salt dissolved in the tank - a concentration so high no living microorganism can survive. In addition, an ultraviolet light sterilization system is used. UV is the safest, most effective system available and uses the same technology as water purification systems used for drinking water. To maintain cleanliness, a shower is mandatory before floating.
I recommend trying float therapy at a spa near you. If you are in the Palm Beach, Florida area head on over to True REST float spa in Palm Beach Gardens. Cheers to your health!