Last weekend my husband suggested we go to Float Clinic in Torrance. The flyer said “Being in a float tank is like relaxing in outer space.” How they know that is beyond me but whatever, sounded good!
So here is how it works… you go in to a private room with a shower. You put in earplugs then soap up and wash off all the oils on your body and hair. Then make sure you dry your face. That will keep you from inadvertently touching your face with your salty hand – you don’t want salt in the eyes! There is a door in the wall that leads in to the tank. You step in and close the door behind you. I hear some places are actually “tanks” but this was more like a room. It’s pitch black, the water is 93.5 degrees and the air is skin temperature. The water has 1200 pounds of epsom salt. You lay down in the water, which is only a couple feet deep, and you FLOAT! After 90 minutes music comes on and eases you out of your float. Now don’t panic! It might be a little hard to find the door but you know it is there! Just feel around the walls until you come to it. You get out, wash off the salt water and that’s it!
The only bad part for me was my own fault! I had just gotten my hair done the day before. I read the night before that you shouldn’t float if you’ve had highlights in the last 2 weeks. So I wore a swim cap in an attempt to keep the salt water off my hair. Don’t bother!! My hair was soaked and the cap bugged me the whole time. I suggest you just go with the intent of getting your hair wet and washing it in the shower when you come out.
Those who advocate for floating suggest there are great physical, spiritual and learning advantages. I’m not sure about that but for only $45 I really enjoyed the experience and will definitely do it again!!
My husband said that he was extremely relaxed and just floated on his back the whole time…if you know us you know he is way more Zen than me! I have a mind that is always working on something. I did some stretching and worked on a couple projects in my mind…good time to concentrate on one thing and work it out. It wasn’t until the very end that I was really still and started more of a meditative state. Even though I wasn’t still the whole time I still enjoyed the whole experience.