I had my first floating experience at The Float Zone and my quick two word review is relaxation station.
Floating is great for relaxation, stress relief, pain relief, and well-being and claims to improve a list of conditions including chronic pain, jet lag, anxiety, and insomnia. I got a gift certificate for my birthday and almost a year to the day I still hadn’t gone. Why I have no idea, but I can tell you I won’t be waiting very long to go again.
Here is how the process goes:
- You will watch a short five minute video which outlines everything you need to know once you get into the room.
- They will show you around the post float room which has books, water and teas. You can hang out in there as long as you want afterwards.
- You will be taken to your room which is where you will shower before and after you float.
- Once they leave the room you have eight minutes to shower and get into the pod.
Once in the pod I had one hour of pure bliss. The only decisions you need to make are music on or off, light on or off, and door open or closed. I went with music on, light on for half the time and door closed, but next time I’m going to do it with the light off the entire time to see if it really makes a difference.
Now for the most important part – the float. I can honestly say I’ve never done something where I’ve felt more relaxed than floating. The weightless feeling that the salt provides combined with the ambient music was really amazing. I spent part of the time with my hands behind my head and the rest with them by my side. Of the two I preferred them by my side as after a while my hands started to fall asleep behind my head. I don’t meditate or do yoga very often so shutting my brain off at will isn’t something I have good control over, but somewhere about halfway through I noticed I was just laying there focusing on my breathing. I never fell asleep, but I feel I was able to really understand the appeal.
Some things to note before you float:
- Don’t shave right before going as the salt will burn your skin.
- If you have any cuts or open wounds you may want to wait. They do provide Vaseline otherwise.
- You will be naked so it really doesn’t matter what you wear.
- The pod is quite big so unless you are really claustrophobic you shouldn’t have any concerns.
- You will be wearing earplugs so just make sure to create a tight seal and then shower.
For those reading this in Richmond, VA I would also recommend Vitality Float Spa if you’re in The Fan.