Two “float rooms” are under construction at 4302 Bryant Ave. S., where patrons will undergo flotation therapy in 4-by-8-foot tanks.
Owner TJ Stalzer said there are many benefits of floating. A thousand pounds of Epsom salt dissolved into the water helps pull toxins from the body, he said. People who suffer from chronic pain say floating provides relief. It’s akin to floating in the mineral-rich Dead Sea, Stalzer said.
“For a lot of athletes, it shortens the recovery time for muscles and joints,” he said.
A segment on ESPN last December followed NBA players Stephen Curry and Harrison Barnes into floating tanks to learn about their therapy.
Stalzer said the concept of flotation therapy has been around since the ‘60s, when tanks were sarcophagus-like cocoons that were a bit intimidating to people.
“I’ve provided a lot more inviting atmosphere,” he said.
There is a spiritual side to the therapy as well, Stalzer said.
“A lot of people say it’s one of the most relaxing things they have ever done, even more so than massage sometimes,” he said. “It’s a fast track to meditation.”
Sessions last 60-90 minutes. The salt water keeps bodies buoyant, but some opt for neck pillows if they’re concerned about falling asleep or water in the eyes. Lights dim and music becomes softer until everything fades to black and quiet, Stalzer said. The water temperature is about 94 degrees, designed to be the same temperature as the skin.
Stalzer works as a supply chain analyst, and he first heard about flotation therapy through a podcast. He gave floating a try at a tank in St. Paul, and became a big believer in the effects.
“You can’t really explain it, you just have to experience it,” he said.
For more information, visit the facebook page Float Foundation.
The opening date is targeted for late February.