A session in a flotation tank can induce a state of deep relaxation rivaled only by meditating for hours or hypnotizing the mirror. Put yourself under the trance of today's Groupon: for $39, you get a one-hour flotation-tank session at Float First in Chesapeake (a $79 value).
The two saltwater flotation pods at Float First imbue guests with a feeling of weightlessness that aims to induce deep relaxation and alleviate physical ailments. Within a private float room, patrons rinse off in a steam shower before donning provided earplugs and reclining in the 8'x5' i-sopod, where 10 inches of water lie saturated with 1,200 pounds of epsom salt. The ultrasanitized water is heated to skin temperature to simulate a state of antigravity typically experienced only by astronauts or Bizarro Newton––an experience that made Mike Gruss of the Virginian-Pilot feel like "the John Glenn of the suburban relaxation frontier." Calming music plays for a few minutes upon entry and again to signal the end of the session, and floaters may opt to leave the tank's interior lights on or open the lid at any time. Aside from making guests feel lighter than air, the soothing session boasts benefits such as improved quality of sleep, faster recovery from muscle injuries, and facilitated detoxification. Consult a list of frequently asked questions to see why a session makes an ideal Valentine's Day gift for a loved one or homesick clown fish.
Our customers loved this deal last year, earning Float First a spot on Groupon's Best of 2011 list.
“I don’t fall asleep⎯though many people do⎯but I am relaxed. I lie there, my thoughts drifting from the to-do list of life and, then, naturally, to space,” says Mike Gruss of the Virginian-Pilot, who stepped into one of Float First’s pods for the first time in January 2012. “I am the John Glenn of the suburban relaxation frontier.” The sense of antigravity Gruss describes in his piece is a common one. It occurs in part because the water inside each 8'x5' i-sopod is heated to skin temperature, which makes it hard to tell where the water ends and one's body begins. Of course, the ability to float effortlessly also aids in creating this sensation. More than 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt combines with 10 inches of water inside each pod, a ratio that helps any man, woman, or unplugged mini fridge to float. Each float session⎯which can be conducted with the capsule’s lid closed or open, in case patrons are concerned about experiencing claustrophobia⎯is meant to imbue a deep sense of relaxation in clients, as the tank deprives all senses of stimulation. Aside from making guests feel lighter than air, the soothing session also boasts benefits such as improved sleep quality and faster recovery from muscle injuries.