Float..float onnnnn. Every time I think of float therapy I automatically play “Float On,” by The Floaters in my head. I’m sure float therapy is nothing like what they were thinking about when they wrote the song, but it’s EVERYTHING you need to try.
We wanted to learn more about Float Therapy, so we took a trip over to Nimas Float & Spa in Mokena, IL. We were told to eat light before our session and had the option to float with a swimsuit or nude, based on our comfort level. Once we got there Maggie Smith, one of the spa owners, eased our fears of drowning and being trapped in a float room (hey, we’re human and have a few fears too!).
Lucky for us, Nimas Float & Spa utilizes float rooms instead of float tanks. A float room provides a dark and sound-free environment to facilitate rest and relaxation. The float/room contains 10-12 inches of a solution consisting of water and about 1200 pounds of dissolved Epsom salt. The water temperature is maintained at external body temperature (around 95 degrees). This allowed us to float effortlessly and comfortably, without gravitational restriction and without consideration of sound or light interruption.
The benefits of float therapy vary from person to person but can be MAJOR. Some of the benefits of float therapy are:
- Pain relief from chronic and acute conditions and pain, such as back, neck, athletic, or sport injuries
- Relief from muscle tension and inflammation
- Stress reduction
- Migraine relief
- Symptom relief related to
- Fibromyalgia and Multiple Sclerosis
- Arthritis and other muscle and joint disorders
- Improved muscle recovery
- Improved sleep quality and can help manage insomnia
- Relief from fatigue and jet lag
- Assistance with lowering blood pressure
- Help with weight loss
Check out our session at Nimas Float & Spa below and let us know if you would try float therapy for yourself!
Bryana Holcomb is the Editor of BlackDoctor.org and graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Gender and Women’s Studies, an MBA in Management Strategy, and Life Coaching and Nutrition certifications. Connect with Bryana on Instagram, @BryDelicia.