If the circumstances of this current season of life have impacted your ability to travel to a much-needed vacation destination, we have a solution that can provide you with the relaxation you need without having to leave Idaho. At Nouveau MedSpa & Salon in Chubbuck, ID, we offer float pod sessions that provide you with complete sensory deprivation and allow you to unplug from the stresses and distractions of your life and find physical and mental healing.
What Does a Float Pod Do?
A float pod removes all forms of physical and mental distractions. It creates the perfect environment for the purest form of relaxation. While inside the sensory deprivation chamber, your body will float in water with a very high salt content. There are no noises or outside lights to distract you from relaxing. The treatment allows you to relax and disengage from the world around you, completely distraction-free.
What Are the Benefits?
It Can Reduce Stress Levels
How many times in your life are you ever able to enter into a state of pure relaxation? The answer is, probably not many. If you deal with stress, even a goods night’s sleep, which should be relaxing, doesn’t always help with stress. When we are stressed, our bodies tighten and muscles contort and can stay in those unnaturally stiff positions even while we are sleeping.
The ability to completely relax and even disengage from gravity through the sensory deprivation chamber can significantly reduce your stress levels. This treatment can also help solve mental and emotional issues stemming from anxiety and depression.
It Can Improve Health Conditions
Pain can be eliminated during a float pod session due to the way that the sensory deprivation chamber takes gravity out of the equation. Pressure often causes physical stresses and pain. When there is no gravitational pressure, the body floats and experiences natural pain relief. Float pods have been shown to help improve several different health conditions including:
- Muscle pain or injuries due to sports
- Muscle pain
- Jet lag
- Chronic bodily pain
- High blood pressure
- Back pain
How Does It Work?
The float pod is a chamber that is filled with water. That water contains close to 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt, which has been shown to have a multitude of health benefits for the hair, skin, and nails, among others. The water’s high salt-content allows the body to float, free from gravitational pressures, which are often partially responsible for many aches and pains.
The Role of Magnesium Sulfate
Epsom salt is used in the float pod as a way to make the body buoyant throughout the session. This helps relieve physical and emotional stresses. However, magnesium sulfate alone has many health benefits and has been utilized for thousands of years for these benefits. When absorbed through the skin, magnesium sulfate can benefit the body by:
- Improving sleep
- Resolving constipation
- Reducing muscle soreness
- Easing cramps
- Reducing swelling
- Easing symptoms of fibromyalgia
- Helping symptoms associated with arthritis
- Helping improve the skin
- Helping relieve skin dysfunctions such as eczema and psoriasis
- Helping rid the body of toxins
What Happens During a Session?
Typically, sessions last 60 to 90 minutes. During your session, you will enter the float pod which will be filled with approximately six to twelve inches of water heated to a temperature of 93.5 degrees, which is close to the temperature of the body. Once inside the bed-sized chamber, the top will be shut to create a sound-free environment, yet there is optional soothing music to choose from if you so desire.
You Control Your Experience
Sound or soothing music? Lights or darkness? The choice is yours to make during your session. Some people enjoy total darkness, while others like the changing lights. Some people crave complete silence while others find nature sounds to be the most soothing for their individual experience. You can choose to wear a bathing suit or nothing at all, and you can also sleep or stay awake and meditate.
What If I Fall Asleep?
It is perfectly safe to sleep during your time inside the chamber. The water levels only reach 12 inches at their highest, and the high levels of salt in the water make it nearly impossible for you to roll over from your back onto your stomach.
Who Is a Candidate?
Everyone who struggles with stress is a good candidate for a treatment session. Athletes can find pain relief from muscular tension and injuries. People dealing with health issues and chronic stress can relieve their pain and stress with this treatment. Pregnant women can experience weightlessness in the float pod as well. The following conditions exclude you from this treatment:
- You have open cuts and sores
- You are suffering from untreated epilepsy
- You are under the influence of drugs or alcohol
What If I’m Claustrophobic?
If you are claustrophobic, you aren’t suddenly ruled out as a good candidate. Modifications can be made that will allow you to enjoy the zero-gravity calming environment that sensory deprivation provides. Instead of shutting the top of the pod, it can remain open so that you can still experience this stress-relieving treatment.
Schedule Your Treatment Today
Self-care is a crucial part of maintaining a balanced, healthy lifestyle, and scheduling regular sessions of this sensory deprivation treatment has been shown to reap endless benefits mentally, emotionally, and physically. Don’t wait any longer to experience pure relaxation; every ounce of your body will thank you. Contact us today at Nouveau MedSpa & Salon in Chubbuck, ID, and schedule your initial float pod session, and ask us about our different treatment packages.