Deal: 2 60 min float deal, $50
Price: $55 (first timers) 60 minutes, $90 there after
Money saved: $125
The Healing Waters Float Spa experience was the first on my quest to see how much Groupon could contribute on my quest to live my best life.
In an effort to manage my stress more effectively, I’ve been practicing meditation in a somewhat controlled environment (a specified “meditation corner”). I’d heard of deprivation tanks a long time ago during a random google search so I decided to give it a go. On the actual HW website I found that the benefits include a whole slew of things including:
- Relaxation Response
- Increased Stress Resistance
- Pain Management
- Increased Immune Function
- Cortisol Reduction
- Enhanced Recovery & Rejuvenation
- Musculoskeletal Awareness
- Magnesium Absorption
- Anti-Gravity Benefits
- Heightened Senses
- Chronic Stressor Relief
- Behavior Modification
- Brain Synchronization
- Visualization & Super-Learning
- Poor Sleep/ Insomnia
Although I was only there for the meditation and pain management, I thought it was pretty cool that something so simple would have so many benefits so I concluded it would be value added.
The overall experience was amazing! The minute you step into the door the atmosphere is so beautiful and zen I almost went into a trance waiting to be escorted to the back. The owner is great and makes you feel at home. The facility was clean and beautifully decorated, and the entire building is sustainable.
I started with a 60-minute float session. You get your own personal suite to float. You shower 5 minutes and insert earplugs before hopping into the chamber.
You go into the sensory deprivation chamber. It’s recommended that you are buck ass naked, but I’m sure you can wear a bathing suit if you like. Be careful not to scratch or exfoliate in any form before doing this. You’re soaking in 2000lbs of Epsom salt. I made that mistake and can assure you that it is difficult to blank out when you’re marinating and sizzling in salt water.
There’s the option to use the dim light and/or listen to music, although it’s suggested you don’t use either to really check out, but complete silence might be overwhelming for some. I get it, but I decide to go for the full experience.
The water is body temperature, so you can barely feel it and before you know it, you slip away.
The best way for me to describe it is like floating in a celestial womb and once you emerge you feel renewed and stress free (and naked) as a new born baby. It’s so peaceful, and even if you can’t quiet your mind, it’s a good time to sort through feelings you might be using distractions to avoid. I personally have trouble quieting my mind but managed to do it while I was here. My muscles aches even disappeared.
Afterwards you shower again to remove the salt (be thorough the salt will dry and crust) and can enjoy the ambiance and sip tea in the lounge while you’re still on a relaxation high.
Would I do it again?
This experience and this facility get 5 stars. Immediately after, I purchased 3 more sessions. I recommend this to anyone who needs to relax or wants to know what it’s like to be in outer space. If you’re in Houston, I strongly suggest stopping by Healing Waters Float Spa or just going to try a local float spa in general. You surely won’t regret it.