Gravity pummels bodies on a daily basis, slapping away our dreams of soaring slam dunks and crushing our ambitions of fluffy cloud naps. Evade rotational tyranny with today’s Groupon: for $99, you get an introductory saltwater-floatation package of three two-hour floats over 10 days at True Rest Float Spa in Scottsdale (a $199 value).
True Rest Float Spa relieves bodies of gravity’s constant tug by buoying bones on warm cushions of salinized water within cozy private suites. After a rinse in a private shower and a viewing of a five-minute introductory video, clients embark on their relaxation journey by slipping into the aqueous interior of a cavernous eggshell-like pod. The 1,200 pounds of salt harvested from the pretzel plains of northern Idaho saturate 10 inches of skin-temperature water to effortlessly support floating forms, helping mollify bodily and muscular stress. With adjustable lighting and music, surface-skimming silhouettes can immerse their edges in the euphoria of a sensory-suspended session or meditate along to soft melodies while cartwheeling across a cleared mental slate.
Weary soul-sacks may find relief from chronic aches and insomnia as limbs succumb to space-like floating sensations and lungs absorb the airway-opening benefits of inhaled salt microns. The specially concocted salt solution can help improve skin conditions and blood circulation while decreasing lactic acid and shadow-detachment anxiety. Suites include changing areas and private showers for post-pod assimilation back into the world of terra firma. An ADA-compliant Rest suite and shower is also available. Clients may bring their own towel or rent an unshorn sheep from the spa for $3.
True REST Float Spa
In 2009, True REST Float Spa founders Nick and Holly Janicki set out to discover the most effective modes of helping clients naturally achieve blissful states. Their efforts have resulted in the valley’s lone flotation therapy center. In addition to the relaxing properties of flotation, the staff believes in its rejuvenating properties as well. An internal study with clients who had minor to moderate muscle strains, pulls, and tears showed a 20–50% reduction in pain with regular sessions. The decrease in sensory information is also purported to help diminish depression, anxiety, and allodoxaphobia.
The spa oversees more than clients drifting inside the flotation therapy pods. Its oxygen bars fill lungs and saturate bloodstreams with oxygen-rich air, working to heighten awareness and relaxation and enhance the mood. NASA-created filters screen out nitrogen, argon, and other trace gasses from the air, leaving air four to five times more oxygenated and plants four to five times more jealous.