As modern life is full of jet packs, their rattling noise, fiery glare, diesel fuel taste-smells, shoulder-straining weight, and tanks full of ghosts always overrun human senses. Escape overstimulation with today's Groupon: for $37, you get a one-hour float in a sensory deprivation tank at FLOAT in Oakland.
FLOAT provides a genuine sensory deprivation tank within the confines of a chic urban art gallery. The tank is filled with warm water, heated to match your body temperature, and saturated with Epsom salt. As this gallery-spa's name coyly implies, you will spend an hour floating within this serene oubliette. As the shadows coalesce around your corporeal form, your mind will drift gradually from its fleshy prison, reaching a state like that of a darkling dream. Removed from the constant stimuli of twitterpated Internet, wildly oscillating political pundits, and spontaneous reality television, stress levels drop, aches and pains abate, toxins pack their bags, and endorphin levels float steadily upward. Prepare for the float by reading FLOAT's helpful online information and frequently asked questions.
More than 25 Yelpers give FLOAT a nearly perfect 4.5-star average rating:
- After time lost all meaning I emerged refreshed. My back felt so much better, I walked in not being able to stand up straight and left walking normal. The green tea after showering the salts of [sic] was the perfect conclusion to the experience. I can't wait to go back again. – Nicholas C.
- The peace, warmth and quite of the tank allows me to stay centered and calmly focused on what I need to achieve day to day as a business owner. Floating has allowed me to take on challenges that I may never have attempted before, resulting in great success for myself personally and for my business. – taryn e.
FLOAT Floatation Center & Art Gallery
Though FLOAT's neon sign is small and easy to miss in the window of a converted historic cotton mill, its interior is anything but unremarkable. The artist-owned urban art spa stimulates the mind with work from established and rising local artists and submerges clients in warm, dark chambers that relieve bodies of their senses. These floatation therapy sessions enhance relaxation and open up channels of creativity, freeing brains from the incessant digital stimulation and algebraic speed-limit signs of the outside world. While enclosed inside the tank, clients float in a weightless state in a solution composed of 1,100 pounds of medical-grade Epsom salts and water. There, air, water, and skin become alike—refreshing the nerves while recharging the mind more efficiently than sleep. Complementing floatation sessions are massage services that enhance already relaxed states.