Float North County, Solana Beach, CA
I had seen sensory deprivation tanks. They have been around since the '80's called "samahdi tanks". These terrifying pods were supposed to cut a person off from all sensory experiences while creating the sensation of weightlessness through a high-buoyancy Epsom salt bath. What passed as relaxation looked liked a claustrophobia-inducing bad dream.
Float North County offers the new incarnation of the samadhi tanks - the float tank. The set-up is similar to a very large bathtub.
The experience starts in a small private room with a shower and bench. The private tank is in your room. There is a door to the tank, but I chose to leave it open. The room was warm, so I showered off with cold water and stepped into the tank. The dimensions are around 8'X5' with a ceiling height of about 8'. It felt very spacious. It really did feel like a big bath tub. The water is only about 1-1/2 feet deep, but the salt made me so buoyant, it was a major effort to touch the bottom. I asked for the "Starlight" room. It was relaxing to count the stars. There is music, if you prefer.
Then, you can float and stretch out. I have arthritis in my neck, so the quiet amplified the crunching sounds my vertebrae normally make. It sounded like fireworks. My neck issues also made it hard for me to make my upper body feel comfortable. The floating made my legs feel so loose. It was nice to easily and comfortably stretch, as well. I got home at 7:30 PM, went to bed at 9:30 and had the best sleep I have had in years!
The salt makes you oddly slippery. Your room has a full set of products, such as shampoo, conditioner and body wash.
I am going to try this again. I think I may take an aspirin ahead of time to see if it reduces the arthritis issues. The price was $69 for 90-minutes and there are other rooms that are less expensive (no star ceiling). I thought this was very reasonable.
This is a hyperbaric oxygen tent. They offer this
and an infrared spa in addition to the float