The Best Savasana You’ll Ever Have

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I don’t know about you but my favorite part about a really great yoga class is the Savasana, or “corpse pose” at the end. It is the ultimate moment of meditation, where you release all tension from your body, relax, and just lay there and breathe. Recently, I had the pleasure of experiencing this relaxation on a whole other level at the brand new Float8 Wellness Lounge in Deerfield Beach, FL with a 90-minute sensory deprivation float tank session.

 

You may have heard celebrities like Joe Rogan, Tim Ferris, Kristen Wiig, and Jeff Bridges singing the praises of salt tank floating. Float, or isolation, tanks have been around since the mid-1950’s to test the effects of sensory deprivation. However, they are now just starting to gain popularity as a form of alternative medicine. While there isn’t a huge amount of evidence supporting the claims for salt tank floating as a form of medicine, many have sought out floating to help with overall well-being. This includes stress and pain relief, lowering blood pressure and heart rate, a catalyst for meditation, creative thinking, and mental clarity, improved sleep, athletic performance and recovery, more supple skin, and strengthened hair. If you have ever heard of putting epsom salts in a bath to help with sore muscles, or to help you relax and detox; a float tank session is like that but on steroids.

Float8 is more than just a float tank center, it is a relaxation haven! The owners, husband and wife, Destiny and Matt have taken every step to ensure you feel at home when you come to Float8 and leave on Cloud 9. They have created a cozy little area in the front where you can get in a little pre-float yoga or maybe unwind and read a book or meditate. The walls are decorated with awesome works of art from the Moksha Art Collective Studio located in Wynwood, Miami that is all available for sale. Towards the back, just outside the pod rooms there is another cozy lounge area for relaxing post-float.

There are 4 float rooms, one being their Deluxe Float room with a walk-in pod 3x the size of the single pods that is also handicap accessible. Each room is fitted with a shower, clean towel, EO Products shampoo, conditioner, and soap. They also have a tray of extras like ear plugs (which are good for keeping the salt out of your ears) and liquid bandages to seal off any cuts you may have that will sting from the salt water. They have really thought of it all!

 

In order to keep the water in the float tank as sanitary as possible, they ask that you take a shower prior to entering the pod. The pod itself has a small foam headrest in it to help you relax and float if you are new to the experience and may get nervous about your head not staying above the water. I used it most of the time during my session because I have a bad back and neck and wanted extra support, but removed it for a little to test floating without it and had no issues.

 

Each float tank session is 90 minutes. I initially thought that was a really long time to just float in quiet darkness, but Destiny assured me that it is the minimum amount of time you want to have in order to get the most benefits from it. You need time to get situated into the pod as well as time to clear your mind and get into a state of relaxation and meditation. Each pod has 3 buttons- one for the lights, one for music, and one to call for help if you need it. While many people go into the float tank for a period of sensory deprivation to meditate free of any lights and sounds, some may choose to go in for reasons including pain relief, skin benefits, and more and may prefer to listen to music while they float. How you float is up to you!

I chose to go in for a meditation session with no music or lights. After taking the pre-float shower I got into the pod and closed the door. I was told that once the sessions was over, the lights would automatically come back on and the filter would start to run letting me know that it was time to get out. Float Tip: Get your bearings before turning off the light in the pod because once you do it is PITCH BLACK. Once I hit the light switch, it almost felt like I was inside a cave deep in the center of the earth. The thanks are kept at 93.5 degrees which is the temperature of your skin which means you won’t be too hot or too cold. I tend to prefer a warmer water but was very comfortable with the temperature of the tank. I laid back and used the foam neck rest to get comfortable. It took a few minutes to find a good position for my Savasana, but I ended up putting my arms above my head because I happen to like to sleep like that and I feel that it opens up my lungs more to be able to take deeper breaths.

 

It was a very relaxing experience that allowed me to get into a meditative state that would be difficult anywhere else. I can’t be sure how long, but I definitely dozed off a few times during my session. Destiny was right about the length of time for the float as well because right as I was coming out of my last meditation nap the light turned on to let me know my session was up. I took my time getting up since I had just floated weightless for about an hour and a half, let as much of the salt water drip off me as I could, took my post-float shower and made my way out to the lounge to relax before heading back out into the real world.

 

The sensory deprivation float tank session was an amazing experience and I highly recommend it. Now you don’t have to travel all the way to the Dead Sea to experience the great effects that hypersaline water can have on your skin and your physical and mental health. Just take a trip over to Float8 in Deerfield Beach and let them know you found them on Healthy Places!

Nina Anderson
Founder at Healthy Places |

After graduating from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition as a health coach, Nina has been on a mission to help connect people with healthy businesses as founder and creator of the Heathy Places app. She is a true Floridian who is passionate about health and wellness, and loves practicing yoga.