The floatation tank gained popularity among pacifists in the 1970s as a peaceful alternative to the dunk tank. Make waves, not war, with today's Groupon: for $35, you get a one-hour floatation therapy session at Float Spa San Diego (a $75 value).
Float Spa San Diego unanchors bodies tethered to stressors in private, heated tanks of salt-enhanced waters. Mirroring the float-facilitating Dead Sea, an 800-pound foundation of Epsom salts skirts the bottom of a 4'x8' soaking tub and creates enough buoyancy to support drifting men, women, and mini-fridges. Each private tank warms its waters to a toasty 95-degree temperature that coalesces with the mineral-laden crystals, soundproof walls, and lightproof design to create an uninterrupted one-hour calm. Research reveals regularly buoyed bodies to have lowered levels of blood pressure, depression, and stress, as well as a boost in feeling good normally found while snuggling a litter of puppies. For clients prone to claustrophobic anxieties, the tank door can be left ajar or completely open, but many note that the calming capsule actually helps them overcome small-space fears.
Each of Float Spa San Diego's tanks sits in its own private suite, complete with a shower. Bathers can choose to spend their soaking hour in the nude, or, if more comfortable, in a swimsuit or waterproof suit of armor. The spa stocks a linen closet chock-full of for-rent towels (not included in this Groupon), or waders can bring their own.
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. A tank the size of a full room is also available for clients who feel they need more room to relax.
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.
9520 Padgett St.
San Diego, California 92126