Last week I experienced my first 1-hour floatation therapy at A Quiet Place Floatation Spa in San Marcos. Flotation therapy is therapy undertaken by floating in warm salt water (Epsom salt, magnesium sulfate) within in a large tank or pod. The water/magnesium mix feels similar to the density of plain water, but just dense enough that your body will immediately float to the top. Float sessions usually last an hour, in which one can meditate at the same time magnesium is absorbed through the skin.
The full experience – relaxing in a weightless state, freed from gravity, in the silent warmth of a floatation tank, all while absorbing magnesium, is difficult to describe. For the first few minutes, all I could think of was this is fun! I was excited to finally feel a floating sensation similar to what I’ve heard about floating in the Dead Sea. It didn’t take long for the initial excitement to wear off, and for my body and mind drift into a relaxing state of meditation.
Compared to anywhere else I’ve tried to meditate, the tranquil isolation tank made it much easier for me to free my mind of work, responsibilities and stress. With absolutely no tension on any body part, muscle or joint, the floating sensation naturally led me to thoughts of floating through space and clouds. The whole floatation experience lasted one hour. Before going in I had doubts I would last the full session. By the time the float was over, I wanted to stay longer. It was fun, incredibly relaxing, and one of the best meditation experiences I’ve ever had.
After I showered and dressed, I was treated with a large bottle of water in the lobby. As I was sitting there, drinking my water and chatting with Richard (the owner), I noticed a relaxing, slightly buzzing sensation throughout my entire body. I won’t even attempt to explain the science behind it… but this enjoyable feeling stayed with me the rest of the day and night.
Since my first float therapy, it’s been fun learning more about how and why it works, and some of the additional benefits of floating. A Quiet Place Floatation Spa has a comprehensive website that discusses how float therapy is used for more than just meditation; like pain management, sore muscles, immune function, blood pressure and more. If you’re interested in reading more about floatation therapy, I’ve compiled a list of helpful links for you below. As a reader of the Santa Fe Hills News/Events website, please enjoy this exclusive $38 first float coupon below. (1 hour floats are normally $69 for non-members, $59 for members).