Let’s face it, between holiday shopping, travel, parties and family visits, the holiday season can leave us all short on energy. Making the time to unwind can be a challenge, but it is necessary, because the reality is that your health and emotional well-being are your most important personal assets. If you have an interest in relaxation, or self-reflection of any form (and you should!), whether it’s seated meditation, yoga, or alternative healing, then flotation therapy is worth your while.
Until recently, floatation therapy has been considered an alternative, new-age form of healing. But celebrities like Steph Curry, Joe Rogan and Carl Lewis are just a few big names who have unlocked the secrets of flotation therapy, spreading the word to the mainstream. Benefits include better sleep, relaxation, meditation, enhanced performance and recovery, and increased creativity. For peninsula dwellers, a sanctuary for flotation therapy awaits in San Carlos at Insight Float.
From the moment you walk into this boutique therapy center, you will be greeted with warm, welcoming vibes. If it is your first float (your first float will run $59, while an intro-series of three floats is $169), you will learn all about the benefits of flotation therapy before being directed to the lovely shower and changing area. Then, make your way to one of two floatation rooms: There is one larger room suitable for couples, and a small flotation tank for a more intimate experience. Each tank is filled with 8 to 10 inches of hyper-salinated water, which equates to about 900-1200 pounds of Epsom salt. You’ll be fully enclosed in an environment where you can relax, unwind, clear your thoughts, unlock creativity, and heal your mind, body and spirit. If you still need more convincing, here are the major takeaways to give Insight Float a try.
- Deep Relaxation: Once you get over the initial feeling of floating in absolute darkness, you start to relax. Studies have shown that floatation therapy is an effective way to reduce many symptoms of stress. Elevated moods, better sleep, reduced cortisol levels and lower blood pressure are all results of flotation.
- Sensory depravation brings on self awareness: Flotation therapy allows for deep relaxation and focused attention, which are the two most important elements for motivating oneself to accomplish specific goals, and be free of disempowering beliefs.
- Physical Healing: Flotation has been shown to loosen the muscles, accelerate the recovery process and release endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers. The reason you float so effortlessly in the flotation tank is that the water is saturated with Epsom salts – a naturally occurring mineral compound of magnesium sulphate, which is known for muscle healing and recovery.
- Give it a try more than once. The same way that any exercise takes repetitive results to yield results, the same is true for flotation therapy. The more you float, the deeper and deeper the results can be. Monthly membership pricing is available in addition to the drop-in rates.
When you’re finished floating and showering up, you’ll be invited to relax in the lounge, and to enjoy the essential oils diffusing throughout the center. You will noticed a more refreshed body and mind immediately. Feel free to chill while you transition back into the world with a renewed feeling of wellness.