Ghosts chose floating as their preferred mode of transportation after they realized the noise from their Vespas made it impossible to sneak up on people. Experience the spirited effects of weightlessness with today's Groupon: for $35, you get a one-hour float session at Float Spa San Diego (a $75 value).
Visitors to Float Spa San Diego descend into soundproof and lightproof fiberglass tanks filled with high-density water. Boasting a concentration of mineral salts up to nine times greater than that of the ocean or a Rold Gold company picnic, the 95-degree water reflects the temperature of skin and dissolves most guests' ability to feel where their body ends and the water begins. For the first 10 minutes, currents of soft music flow from underwater speakers, encouraging patrons to relax as they adjust to the zero-gravity effect. This effect emancipates the brain from its concentration on movement and balance, freeing it up to focus on creative quandaries, solve problems, or for some, transition into a theta-brainwave state.
As the hour draws to a close, minute hands celebrate another record-tying lap time and the music resurfaces to let the floater know the session is ending. Each tank rests in a private room equipped with a shower and toiletries, giving patrons a place to freshen up after their float and the option to eschew a swimsuit during their treatment.
Float Spa San Diego
Both soundproof and lightproof, the fiberglass capsules at Float Spa San Diego simulate a world without gravity, and more importantly, a world without distractions. Eight hundred pounds of Epsom salts intermixed with warm water—heated between 94 and 95 degrees—fill the tanks. As a result, clients lose all sense of external stimuli, ultimately leading to unmatched relaxation and a greater empathy toward rubber duckies. The water, harmonized with the skin's temperature, erases the sensation of touch, and the salt allows the body, including the head, to literally float without effort. Researchers have given this phenomenon the moniker REST, meaning Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique, as it has been shown to effectively reduce the brain's workload and enhance the mind and body's ability to relax and self-heal.
At Float Spa San Diego, the capsules are located inside private rooms equipped with showers for use before and after the session. Appointments kick off with 10 minutes of soothing music before all sounds and stimuli are shut off for 50 minutes of supreme silence and relaxation. With their modesty guarded by the locked rooms, clients are free to enjoy their flotation clad in a bathing suit, scuba-diving gear, or, for even less restriction, without any clothing at all.