With 33.7% salinity, the Dead Sea is one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water. Millions travel from around the world to float and spread mud on their bodies for a nature’s best spa treatment. So what is saltier and potentially more relaxing than the Dead Sea?
A float tank.
What in the world is a float tank?
Float tank centers are not new, but they are picking up popularity and starting to pop up in major cities. I experienced my first float experience at Float On in Portland and was intrigued by the science behind my ultra-relaxed state after completing a 90-minute “float”.
A float tank is a flotation chamber or tub located in personal rooms that have enough water to float on your back and achieve a deep state of rest and relaxation. The water is so salty that it allows you to float with zero-effort, allowing your body to experience complete weightlessness, and for your brain and body to take a much needed break from our intensive, external environment. Anyone can really benefit from this experience, but I found it perfect for travelers recovering from long flights or jet lag or Type A personalities (like me), who’s brains never seem to shut off.
The Science: The Benefits
No need to re-invent the wheel, here’s a great article that breaks down the science behind what your brain and body experience during a float session: Here.
I can speak first hand that I came out feeling extremely well-rested physically and mentally. This couldn’t have come at a better time as I was preparing for a big business presentation the following week. Some people experience an “unlocking” of areas of the brain after years of meditation, but if that’s too “yogi/crunchy-granola” for you, I can honestly say that I felt like I had better access in my brain to think more clearly after simply floating for 90 minutes. My skin was soft, my head was clear, my neck and back felt great, and I felt a state of relaxation that I’ve only experienced laying on the deck of a hut in Bora Bora. It was fabulous and I definitely recommend checking it out.