At True REST Float Spa, “Reduced Environmental Stimulus Therapy,” allows you to completely relax while floating in a zero-gravity environment. Sensory deprivation float tanks have recently become more popular, and last week, I had the opportunity to try one. Floatation therapy has been used by NFL teams, NBA stars, and Olympians, and its benefits include relaxation, improved recovery, and better sleep.
Each float tank contains about ten inches of water, and 1,000 pounds of Epsom Salts, which provide the buoyancy that allows you to effortlessly float on the surface. While floating, you can stretch, meditate, or completely zone out without distraction.
When I arrived at True REST Float Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, first I watched a video about the benefits of float therapy, and then took a tour of the spa. The staff is using Covid19 safety precautions, and everything was cleaned and sanitized. My float pod was in a private room with soothing music playing. I put in ear plugs provided by the spa to prevent water getting in my ears, and stepped into the float pod. At first, the sensation of floating on top of the water was a new one; I felt like I was floating in space. The water is so buoyant you do not need to support yourself at all, and you can let your body drift into a comfortable position without any strain on your muscles.
The float itself was about an hour long. At first, I wondered how I would lay there, floating, for an hour—usually I’m a person who is constantly busy, whether I’m taking care of my kids, working, or writing—and as I got more comfortable, I was amazed at how quickly the session went by. I heard relaxing spa music playing over the speakers, which signaled the end of my session. I stepped out, took a shower to rinse off the salt water, and was pleased to feel totally relaxed.
Floatation therapy is great for anyone, including athletes, people with chronic pain, or anyone who wants improved sleep, and a relaxing experience. If you would like to try True REST Float Spa, mention Palm Beach Mom Collective to receive 50% off your first float!