The hustle and and bustle of the holiday season is in full swing and the countdown to Christmas is on! Are you stressed out yet?
Some people may schedule a massage for some relaxation. But that is SOOO cliche! 😉 I have been dying to share my experience with something new (at least, new to me): Floating!! We featured Elements Float Spa on our local morning newscast a while back, and I was able to give it a try!
It seems pretty self explanatory, but floating is essentially relaxing in a salt bath without having to TRY to float. The water is so saturated, your body naturally rises, allowing you to achieve ultimate relaxation.
I was excited to try this because I have self-diagnosed back problems and some of the benefits of floating include: pain management and reduction, depression and anxiety treatment, even PTSD and addiction treatment.
Let me tell you about how it went down for me.
I was welcomed into an inviting, quaint space. There were coloring books to offer relaxing entertainment while you wait. Tea and water were readily available. Tranquil music played in the background and a pleasant aroma filled the air. I was a little nervous about what I was getting myself into, but the atmosphere definitely started to put me at ease.
I didn’t have to wait long before it was float time!
The manager offered a quick tour of the facility and went through the floating instructions.
First, shower/wash hair before entering a float pod. This prevents any dirt or hair products from building up in the pool. Shampoo and body wash are complimentary.
A towel, robe and slippers are provided for walking around in the room comfortably.
Put in moldable ear plugs (also complimentary) to prevent water from getting in your ears while you float. (I actually forgot to do this at first and then I had to get out of the bath to insert the plugs!)
If you have any nicks or cuts, petroleum jelly is also provided so you don’t experience a painful sting from the salt water!
Keep a spray bottle and wash cloth handy next to the float pod in case you need to squirt/wipe away any salt water from your eyes.
I also kept my phone on a nearby platform so I could share these lovely pictures!
Turn off the lights for the ultimate relaxation experience!
You can enter the pool in your birthday suit if you’re bold and Euro-inspired, but I opted to remain in my swimsuit so as not to impair your vision!
Once inside, you turn off the filter/jets (they are usually on to keep the pod sanitary). There was also a button to turn on music, but mine didn’t appear to be working.
You can keep the pod cover open or closed. I didn’t want to feel claustrophobic, so I kept my door open (which I regretted)!
You lift your legs, lean back…and you’re floating in 93.5 degree water!
It took a few minutes for me to get used to it all, but I was completely relaxed…suspended in the water without a care in the world.
Before I knew it, I was asleep!
And then, before I knew it…I was awake! And a little cold! Because you’re not completely submerged, the top part of your body is not in the warm, cozy water. So, the decision to keep the pod door open allowed the warm air to escape the confined space. My friend who was floating in the adjacent room kept her pod closed and she said actually got hot, which I would’ve preferred for some extra calorie-burning floating, ya know what I’m saying!
I wasn’t going to let that ruin my relaxing experience, so I just crossed my arms behind my back to keep them underwater and kept on floating!
My 60 minutes was up shortly after that.
You take another shower to wash off all the salt, get dressed and you’re good to go!
There’s also another area where hair dryers and beauty products are provided to complete the primping process.
Now you’re ready to face your day with a refreshed and rejuvenated spirit!
So, what did I think? It was pretty awesome and I would definitely do it again so I can experience it with a closed pod! For more details about floating, click here. First time floaters can experience 60 minutes for $50. But, as a thank you for reading, one lucky Birmingham-area resident can experience it for free!
To win a 60-minute float experience, just:
- Subscribe to my blog (mobile users: scroll to the bottom of the article to sign up, desktop users: sign up on the upper right side of the page)
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- Follow Elements Float Spa on Facebook.
- Comment below stating you have entered.
Contest ends Friday, December 18th at 5 p.m. CST. I’ll announce the winner on Monday, December 21st by 8 a.m. CST…just in time to unwind before Christmas or to unwind right after!
***Congratulations to Sara Franklin! You were randomly chosen as the winner of the free float session! I’ll contact you with details on how to claim your prize!***
Good Luck and, as always, thanks for reading!