Getting Salty at Float
In today's fast-paced world, rituals from bubble baths, to face masks, to spa treatments are carefully curated in social media feeds and posted with the hashtag #selfcare to remind us that it is okay to take an adult "time out." In fact not only is it okay--there are times when it is absolutely necessary, and if we don't make time for it ourselves, the universe has a funny way of making that time for us. Case in point? When a broken collarbone brought my active lifestyle to a screeching halt a year ago and forced me to slow down and be more gentle with myself. But like most patterns, mine tend to repeat, and apparently I didn't learn the lesson because the past few months have once again reminded me that finding ways to calm your body and still your mind is the only way to stay afloat when things in your world turn upside down.
As a result of recent events, I've been experimenting with various self-care techniques that I'll be sharing over the next few weeks. I'm talking about more than just massages and manicures here--although those definitely have a place in my world. The techniques I've been trying are a little more "off the beaten path," so to speak, but I've found many of them extremely helpful in making me feel more relaxed, centered, grounded, and peaceful.
Today I'm focusing on Dry Salt Therapy, one of the many services offered at FLOAT. Best known for its floatation tanks, FLOAT has added several relaxation and self-care modalities to its menu over the past couple of years. From infrared saunas to compression boots, and the Pandora Star light machine that helps guide you into a meditative trance, there is something to relax and restore every body. Dry Salt Therapy (also called Halotherapy) is the newest addition to FLOAT, but the practice of using salt in a variety of therapeutic, medicinal, and healing ways has been around for centuries.
According to the FLOAT website, Halotherapy is a natural alternative and complimentary way of improving general wellness, respiratory issues, skin conditions, detoxification, athletic performance and more. It uses dry salt in an environment that is completely void of moisture and humidity to remove toxicity from the respiratory system, improving the function and appearance of the skin, boosting the immune system, relieving stress, and improving the quality of sleep.
I hung out in the salt lounge at FLOAT for about 50 minutes, during which time I was reclined in a comfortable chair with my feet on a heated lamp. Blankets were provided for comfort and the dark room was lit only by the simulated starry sky. You cannot feel, smell, or taste the salt in the air, but you can feel the benefits of relaxing in that blissful environment for almost an hour. Do I think it does all it claims to do health-wise? Since I don't suffer from respiratory problems, I really can't say for certain. But what I can say is that there are worse ways to spend an hour than sitting quietly and comfortably in that peaceful space. Check it out for yourself and let me know what you think.