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In First Take we’ll report the who, what, when, where, why and how do I not make a fool of myself. If it sounds like a good fitness fit, join us for a Second Take.
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First Take: True Rest Float Spa
by Heather McCann
When I was a kid, my favorite fantasy was jumping from one billowing cloud to the next and settling in for a long nap in the coziest of clouds. That feeling is still my goal each time I climb into bed. It was an impossible goal really, until now.
“If you are bored by you, what does that say about you?
I hate wasting time. I prefer sleeping in my own bed for recovery to getting a massage. I’m not claustrophobic but I don’t ride crowded elevators and MRI’s freak me out. But, I’ll try anything once and Kelly Clay, the owner of True Rest has me on video shouting, “Face your fears!” so I have no excuse when she suggests I come for a float.
I rescheduled twice before I made it through the doors of True Rest Float Spa.
It’s a late Saturday afternoon. I’m greeting by Rheavynn (pronounce Ray-ven) and we chat about the X-Men. She doesn’t know that Mystique’s given name is Raven (duh) and I want to know how her teachers in school pronounced her name with it’s unique spelling. She makes me feel calm and comfortable.
They requested I arrive 30 minutes prior to my appointment to watch a short film and show me around. I sink into the recliner and learn a few tips I’ll use later. So far, no wasting time, no panic. The cartoon film says, “If you are bored by you, what does that say about you?” So, now it’s a challenge.
What the heck is floating?
Climb into a large pod filled with 180 gallons of water and 1000 pounds of Epsom Salts to lay weightless and distraction free for an hour.
I hear there are many benefits to float therapy. Tonight, I’m particularly interested in muscle recovery after a hard workout and possible rehabilitation for an injury.
The facility is clean and peaceful, like a day spa. Behind a set of doors, Rheavynn takes me through a communal room with an oxygen bar, adult coloring books and magazines, a bathroom with a blow dry bar and all necessities for post float.
The float room is spacious with a shower and the float pod. I’m asked to shower and wash my hair with shampoo provided before getting into the pod. Cool, I like to be clean and I like clean people so win-win.
Questions running through my head:
- Do I really need to pay money to clear my mind?
- Am I going to leave the pod up?
- How am I going to feel 40 minutes in?
- Do I go naked?
- Is my skin going to wrinkle?
- Should I have brought a different change of clothes?
- Is drowning a possibility?
Rheavynn shows me a few other important items. Ear plugs, vaseline for any cuts I may have that the salt will sting and a head rest shaped like a donut she tells me first-timers sometimes like to use. She’ll give me five minutes to shower, soft music will cue my float time to begin and again before my float time ends. Here it goes.
I decide to go for it, clear my mind of negativity or expectations and sink into the feeling of…. floating weightless in a cloud.
It takes me approximately 20 minutes to get warmed up to the idea that I will be here for an hour. I decide to go for it, clear my mind of negativity or expectations and sink into the feeling of…. floating weightless in a cloud.
The lid to the pod is down. I am not wearing anything. I don’t care about a change of clothes afterward. Drowning is absolutely not a possibility for me. 40 minutes into it, I’m dreaming of huskies pulling dog sleds in Alaska as I doze in and out of that weird awake-dream state that happens right before you fall asleep.
It’s heaven and then it’s over. I feel fantastic.
My favorite part of this experience is not hurting anywhere. A screaming injury is silent for the remainder of the night and my muscle soreness disappears completely. I’m not an expert on why my aches disappear (you can find that information HERE). I do know that floating in this weird bowl feels as if I’m in billowing clouds, weightless and worry-free. Childhood fantasy fulfilled.
Want to give floating a try? Sign up HERE and use coupon code valleysweatlife for a $39 float.