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I tried flotation therapy — here’s what happened

I’ve done some pretty interesting things in the name of DIG. I’ve tried mascara that claims to be “better than sex.” Kylie Jenner’s lip kit? I’ve worn it.

Over the past few months, I’ve been making an effort to take better care of myself. I’ve been diligent about taking a multivitamin every night, exercising at least a few times a week and eating better foods. But one thing I haven’t been very good about is relaxing.

My life can be stressful. I chase a little puppy around in the mornings and evenings, sit at a desk craning my neck for most of the day and have a job that requires me to stare at a screen. So this month, I decided to try something to help me let go of that stress and relax.

I’ve seen YouTube videos of people trying floatation therapy, and it always seemed a little bit odd to me. Basically you float in a heavily epsom-salted tub with the lights off and no sounds. I’ve heard people say it emulates being in the womb, but I honestly don’t want to be in the womb again. But once I started doing a little more research, I saw that a lot of people swear by the therapy. I decided to give it a shot.

I went to Fleauxt, a business that specializes in dry salt therapy and flotation. Before I journeyed to Jefferson Highway, I took a look at the FAQs on the company’s website to see what I was getting into. I saw that most people float in the nude, which was a little off-putting, but I wanted the full experience, so I decided to try it.

I got to Fleauxt around lunchtime and was shown the shower and float tub I’d be using. After being given the run down, I was on my own to prepare for the float.

After being instructed to take a five minute (cold) shower with no conditioner, I hopped into a large bathtub-like pool that was filled with body temperature water. You take the shower cold so you won’t be chilly when you enter that water, which you’ll be floating in for about an hour. Earplugs were provided to me, but without being too TMI, I have strange ear canals, so I didn’t wear them. I did, however, use the short pool noodle. You can float with this under your neck for some extra support, and I chose to do this because I carry a lot of tension there. I also chose to do this because I didn’t wear earplugs, and I didn’t want water to get in my ears.

The one thing I could not do was turn out the lights for very long. There’s a button on the side of the tub so you can turn the lights on and off when you want (it’s recommended you spend the entire experience with the lights off for full relaxation). Because it was my first time floating, I wasn’t completely comfortable with laying in just a few inches of water with no senses, though I did try it at first.

One strange thing that I did not expect was the feeling of epsom salts on my skin after laying in the water for a bit. As the epsom salt water dries on your skin, it leaves a sort of film. It wasn’t unpleasant, just something I wasn’t expecting.

It was also very difficult to turn my brain off. I’m always checking things off of a mental to-do list, so to just shut my eyes and float was certainly out of the ordinary. But after about 20 minutes or so, I was able to float with no distractions, though I did this in spurts. I was told it was OK to fall asleep, but this wasn’t in the cards for me. Maybe next time!

To be completely honest, floating was nerve-wracking at first, but I’m glad I tried something new and went outside of my comfort zone. After I got out of the tub and showered off again, I realized I felt lighter and more relaxed than when I went into the tub.

*Fleauxt provided a free session for me to try the therapy. My opinion is 100 percent my own.


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