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Enlighten Wellness co-owner Ken Pintor shows one of the two float tanks at his spa. Pintor opened a float spa about 10 years ago after seeing a video made by comedian Joe Rogan, who talked about flotation therapy as a means to self-discovery, relaxation and recouping energy. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)
By Rosalie Rayburn / Journal Staff Writer
Sunday, March 25th, 2018 at 12:02am
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Floating naked in a soundproof, lightproof tank of mineral-rich water has become one of the latest trends in the quest to find ways to escape from the stresses and strains of 21st century life.
The experience is touted for improving sleep, relieving chronic pain, aiding relaxation and boosting athletic performance – basketball star Steph Curry is a big fan, according to Inc.com.
Nationally, the number of spas that offer what’s now being called “flotation therapy” has jumped from around 85 in 2011 to 410 at last count, according to the directory FloatationLocations.com.
Albuquerque has joined in the trend. The city now boasts four spas that offer flotation, two that opened within the last 13 months.
Lumen Mind Body Float, a whole-body wellness center,
has two flotation cabins 6 feet by 8 feet by 7 feet.
(SOURCE: Lumen Mind Body Float)
The idea is to shower, then climb into a tank filled to a depth of 10-to-12 inches of water saturated with about 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt, the popular name for magnesium sulfate. Tanks come in different sizes, spacy looking pods or roomier cabins. Once inside, you float effortlessly in the buoyant salt-laden water that’s kept at skin temperature, about 93.5 degrees Fahrenheit.
Soft ambient lighting and gentle music gradually fade, leaving you in total darkness. The silence is broken only by the rhythm of your own breath. You feel like you’re suspended in space.
“It’s just full-blown relaxation, an out-of-body-and-time experience. It was like a high I’ve never…Continue Reading