Today’s guest post is by Peppercommer Dan Salazar.
Essentially it’s a coffin-like pod filled with 10 inches of salty water (1,000 pounds of salt in 200 gallons of water) where you lay completely void of any sensory input, naked. The point is to get out of your regular routine of sensory distraction and be forced to confront yourself.
Last week I decided to give it a shot. I went online and found a spa-like place “where expertise and quality care meet”. As soon as I arrived at the center I realized it was nothing like I saw online. My float attendant didn’t seem to be too familiar with floating at all. When she took me up to the second floor of what I found out was a physical therapy office, she revealed to me that the float tank was located in the employee break room – online they called it a locker room. It seemed as if they just happened to have a tank in this location as opposed to building the office around it.
My friend’s attendant gave him a 20-minute chat about different breathing techniques, and told him exactly what to expect…while drinking tea. He said it was obvious the guy floated a lot himself. I had none of that.
Most of my first time was spent getting comfortable, figuring out what to do with my hands and trying not to hit the sides of the pod. All of which could have been mitigated if explained to me prior to my float. I ended up having a positive experience only because, there and only there, the only person in charge of my float experience was me. That said, next week I’ll happily spend an additional $10 to be at a real spa with real experts.