"Imagine if you could close your eyes and feel like you are floating in air. Flotation therapy is a highly effective means of stress relief and relaxation. Flotation consists of lying in a tank containing 10 inches of super-saturated salt water. The high concentration of salt enables the individual to float effortlessly on the surface of the water. By heating the water to 93.5 degrees Fahrenheit, or skin temperature, it is virtually impossible to distinguish between parts of the body that are in contact with the water and those that are not. In effect, the flotation experience 'fools' the brain into believing that the person is floating in mid-air... While floating, the individual is in a dream-like state similar to the feeling just before falling asleep. In this state, the brain release vast amounts of endorphins not only powerful in calming the body when in pain but also aiding immune function."
I got a package on groupon that included a massage, sauna, & flotation session, & I have to say, this was a pretty neat experience! TThe sauna session was one of those boxes you sit in & zip yourself up into so your head is sticking out while your body is in this sweaty, toxin-eliminating, infrared heat-box... which is awesome! There is not moisture in there whatsoever, so you KNOW all that liquid dripping down you is your own sweat. Just like in any sauna, make sure you're hydrated before you do this! Especially here because the epsom salt in the tank can dehydrate you, too, & some people can get headaches from this.
The flotation tank session came next. You're required to shower (before & after), & you lay in this tank full of 10 inches of salt water, & simply float... & relax... sounds easy, right?
Most people that come & have float sessions relax to the point where they fall asleep (& I guess you get the most benefits this way), but I was too excited & was experimenting the entire time I was in the tank, I didn't get a chance to fall asleep. The session was an hour long, but it truly felt like 20 minutes!
I'm going back for another session in March, & I know for a fact my experience will be a bit different. I can't necessarily put into words how cool it feels; it's definitely something I think everyone should experience at least once!