The spa business is competitive—especially in appearance conscious South Florida. Now, we’re not saying that people here are shallow, but spa owners are constantly looking for the hot new treatment to keep customers coming in, especially during the slow summer months.
Why settle for a massage when you can be rubbed down with hot volcanic stones? A facial is great, but surely rubbing down the body with chocolate will be more decadent. A few minutes in a sauna can pull the toxins from the body, but sitting in a room constructed of Himalayan salt will be even more effective.
One of the most popular new relaxation therapies involves flotation and we’re not talking in a pool or even a deep soaking tub. Flotation therapy is conducted in a large plastic pod filled with about 10 inches of water saturated with magnesium salts. The water is heated to body temperature and, in theory, when the lid is closed the occupant can float away into peaceful bliss. I knew I had to try it, but when I heard the backstory about the technique, I was even more intrigued.
According to Dr. Vladimir Turovskiy, this technique is used by the British intelligence agency, MI-5, to acclimate their “00” agents for sensory deprivation situations. Someone in the bowels of the agency’s London headquarters, agents are locked into similar pods, in the dark, for hours on end and must avoid going insane.
Fortunately, my experience would not be nearly as intense. Dr. Turovskiy explained that the treatment is especially popular with people who practice yoga and meditation. Some meditate and even fall asleep in the pods for hours on end. As I stepped into the pod, I quickly realized the experience would not be nearly as claustrophobic as feared. I had the option of leaving a soft blue light on in the pod and soothing “spa” music in the background.
As I laid back, the dense water took over, completely supporting my body on the surface. I “ping ponged” a bit against the walls before relaxing and finally settling into a restful position at the center. I closed my eyes and settled down for the duration. The hour passed quickly as I contemplated life, suspended in an almost zero gravity state. Not that I personally remember, but the experience struck me as similar to being in a mother’s womb—warm, wet, peaceful and safe.
As I reemerged from my pod, I couldn’t help to wonder, “what will they think of next?”
19999 W. Country Club Dr.
Aventura, FL 33180
Inside Turnberry Isles Resort
Treatments start at $85/30 min.
Looking for a “cooler” spa treatment?
Cryotherapy, treating the body to short bursts of -160 degree Nitrogen gas, has been shown to aid weight loss and provide a metabolic boost, enhance sports performance and recovery, soothe rheumatoid and osteoarthritis and rejuvenate the skin.
Check out these local cryotherapy services:
Below Zero Cryotherapy
18205 Biscayne Blvd., Ste. 2214
Aventura, FL 33160
Full body sessions start at $90.
430 S. Dixie Hwy., Ste. 8
Coral Gables, FL 33146
12 min. cryo-facials start at $75.