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I Tired Flotation Therapy for the First Time. Here’s What Happened

One night on my quest to find ways to bring more wellness into my life, I took to Groupon to find discounts on flotation therapy. Having been on my list to try for some time, I found a Groupon for Stillpoint Yoga and Float in King of Prussia.

Two 60-minute float therapy sessions for a grand total of $70. I said, “Perfect! Sign me up!” So I did just that for Mike and I.

What is Flotation Therapy?

Float therapy is an increasingly popular wellness experience where, thanks to a special mixture of saltwater, you’ll find yourself completely weightless because of the buoyancy. This weightlessness is meant to help release tension in the body and aide in meditation and relaxation.

The saltwater solution contains a high concentration of Epsom salts, where your body can reap some benefits from the magnesium. Float therapy benefits can include better sleep, stress relief, improved muscle function, and helps promote better wellness overall.

Before the Float

From desk at Stillpoint yoga and float
Front desk at Stillpoint

We arrived at Stillpoint Yoga and Float with twenty minutes to spare. I feel like you can tell the kind of experience you’re going to have by the environment. At Stillpoint, you’re walking into quiet, calm, and serene – all the ingredients you’d want in a place that promotes wellness and relaxation.

Another plus was the staff. We had such a friendly lady walk us through our float process and get us set up. If you didn’t do it previously, you’ll sign a waiver once you arrive. Other than that, we were taken back quickly.

view of the four float therapy rooms from the Sunset room
Hallway where the float therapy rooms live

There’s four float rooms that each have different names. The layouts are all the same. The only thing that changes are the paint colors and décor. Mike had the Dreamcatcher room, while I was in the Sunset room at the end of the hall. The rooms are equipped with a shower and the float suite, plus you’ll also get a towel, washcloth, ear plugs, petroleum jelly (for any minor cuts), q-tips, makeup remover wipe, and a mirror.

Your room also comes with shampoo, conditioner, and bodywash which gives you one less thing to have to bring with you. (You really don’t have to bring anything with you, unless it’s deodorant or a comb.)

View of the shower in the float therapy room

We were told to shower before getting into the suite with only the shampoo and bodywash (the idea is that you want to remove any excess oils, dirt, or makeup beforehand) which they allot six-minutes for. Your session officially starts once the lights in the room go dark.

The float suite itself is essentially a giant bath tub with a shower door. It felt more spa-like for me than anything.

view of the door to the float suite
Door to the float suite
view of the float suite
The float suite itself! The blue ring is the Halo pillow.

You have the option to float in darkness or with lights. You also have the option to float with spa music, your music, or nothing at all. I opted for both the lights and spa music for my float, while Mike went with no lights and no music.

After showering, you just hop right in! You’re encouraged to float nude, since bathing suits can be considered a distraction. At first, I was hesitant to float ~in the nude~ but f*ck it. You do have the option to float with a bathing suit which I did bring just in case. All the rooms lock so no worries about some rando walking in.

During the Float

The float suite is quite wide and is only 10 inches deep. In the suite is a spray bottle of regular water in case you get salt in your eyes or need to freshen up. There’s also a Halo pillow which you can use to help support your head and neck during the float.

The temperature in the suite is controlled to mimic that of our own skin temperature. I found it to be enjoyable, while Mike mentioned he felt a little overheated at one point.

Even if you initially opted to have lights or music and decided against it after, there are controls in the suite that you can use to turn the lights on or off. Same with the music. There’s also an intercom button in case you need to page the front desk.

Adjusting to floating and letting myself go was a struggle at first. I’ll be honest, I found myself switching between floating and just sitting – mainly because I wore contacts and getting the saltwater solution in my eye while floating was a huge distraction (and painful). So, to avoid it happening again, I just sat up for periods of time.

After the Float

I read that people feel like the floats feel quicker than 60-minutes, and I can attest to that. It felt like I was only in the suite for half the time, despite me getting distracted. You’ll know your session has come to an end when the lights in the room and the jets in the suite go on.

As your skin dries, you’ll see the salt residue all over. You’ll take a shower again where they also allot six-minutes for you. When you’re done, there’s a blow-dry station available if you need to do your hair.

view of the decompression lounge at  stillpoint
The compression lounge, which has complimentary lemon water and treats

After the float, you can hang out in the decompression lounge which has a complimentary pitcher of lemon water, plus some Hershey kisses. Zen out and reflect. There’s even a book where you can write down your experience!

Mike drinking water in the decompression lounge

We probably spent 15 minutes here before heading out. On our way out, we both got a card for a discount off our next float. Yay discounts!

Takeaways

I’m not sure what I expected floating nude in a tub for an hour. I went into it opened-minded, as I realized the first time would be a learning experience. Did I secretly wish I would let go and experience some outer-body phenomenon? Hell yeah.

While that didn’t exactly happen, floating did help me see that I lack the ability to easily let go and just clear my mind. The whole point of floating is to let your body and mind relax and enjoy shutting off for a bit. It felt like I was forcing myself to focus on something. Like, what do you mean I just float here?! It was the first time where I experienced 60-minutes of pure, uninterrupted me-time. No phone, no people. Just me.

I think disconnecting was the most blissful part of it all. It was a realization that I’m so easily distracted, and I spend too much time focusing on what’s next, instead of truly living in the moment. While I didn’t float like a pro, I left with a new internal perspective that I wouldn’t have gotten otherwise. Plus, I felt calmer and relaxed, so I took that as a win.

Stillpoint Yoga and Float was a great place to experience our first float, and I’m so glad they were on Groupon. Personally, I would try floating again now that I have one under my belt. And maybe that time, I’d float the WHOLE time!

Things to Consider

For anyone new to floating, there’s a couple things to consider:

  • Any minor cuts will BURN the minute you get in that suite. Use the petroleum jelly before hand to minimize that feeling.
  • The saltwater solution may get in your eyes, so it might be best to not wear contacts during the float. I had contacts in and sure enough, got water in my eyes and it burned. I couldn’t do much since I didn’t want to mess with my contacts, so it’s just easier to not wear them IMO.
  • Eat a little snack and drink water before floating! Hunger may distract your floating and it’s always good to be hydrated.
  • Some people worry about being claustrophobic. You’re completely in control! The float suite is basically a bath tub with a shower door. You can come and go as you please, so there’s no need to worry about being locked in a chamber.
  • Stillpoint has a full list of other things you should consider before floating, which is worth checking out.

Have you tried flotation therapy before? Let us know in the comments what your experience was like!


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