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 $59, you get a holistic spa package at The Chicago Stress Relief Center in Northbrook (a $120 value). The package includes the following:
- A 60-minute floatation-tank session (a $75 value)
- A 30-minute far-infrared sauna session with a rain shower (a $45 value)<p>
The Chicago Stress Relief Center washes away mental and physical ailments with water and heat during sessions that afford clients solitary peace and quiet. Customers can release stress and soreness while suspended in 10 inches of water infused with Epsom salt inside the floatation tank. The water is heated to body temperature to render its presence almost undetectable to suspended patrons and to deter snuggly polar bears. Slightly larger than a twin bed, the tank features a door that can be closed to preserve privacy, allowing guests to clear their minds during one hour of tranquil floating.
The FIR sauna blasts bodies with heat from far-infrared light in order to improve circulation, promote healing, boost metabolism, and stimulate cellular renewal. Wrapped in a cloth cover embedded with silver, guests bask in the reflected beams of light that bounce throughout the treatment room during a session that’s as revitalizing as a steaming coffee shower.
The Chicago Stress Relief Center, Inc.
Tension and worry creep through the body, elbowing into sleep, pinching at joints, and generally making life unpleasant. As harbingers of that larger monster, stress, they are formidable foes—but they prove no match for the staff of The Chicago Stress Relief Center, Inc. Led by founder Dr. Howard K. Weissman, the team develops personalized plans to help clients to manage mental and physical ailments. Concerns can be washed away with water and heat during flotation-tank and infrared-sauna sessions that afford clients solitary peace and quiet. Further aid takes the form of massage and art therapy, yoga sessions, and unlimited rolls of bubble wrap ready to be popped.