On my recent visit to the Waterloo region I had the opportunity to visit The Rock Spa in Kitchener, Ontario and I got to try the Floatation Therapy for the first time. I have heard a lot about floatation therapy so couldn’t wait to give it a try. My husband and I love visiting different spas and trying out different therapies.
My husband and I arrived at The Rock Spa and were greeted by the owner and practitioner Ulmar Rocha. Ulmar took us on a tour of the spa. This is not your typical spa. When I first entered the store I was surrounded by beautiful crystals, gemstones and healing crystals. They have an impressive selection at affordable prices. Some of the services offered at the spa:
- Floatation Therapy (R.E.S.T)
- Steam Bath (Wet Sauna)
- Light, Sound, and Heat
- Salt Therapy (Halotherapy)
- Breathe Well Program
Floatation Therapy Spa
After our tour I went off to the Floatation room. Have you ever tried Flotation therapy?
Floatation combines the sensation of weightlessness with a technique known as Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy, or R.E.S.T. Floatation therapy is a natural way to heal the body and mind. The concept is similar to the mineral salt baths at the Dead Sea in Israel. Eight hundred pounds of Epsom salt is dissolved into a well-engineered, sound proof enclosed tub of skin temperature water to create this effect.
Floatation therapy is a natural way to heal the body and mind. The concept is similar to the mineral salt baths at the Dead Sea in Israel. Eight hundred pounds of Epsom salt is dissolved into a well-engineered, sound proof enclosed tub of skin temperature water to create this effect.
The floatation pod is in its own private room. No bathing suits are required for the flotation pod as you float in the buff. Before jumping in the pod, a quick shower (which is in the room) is a must to wash off any oils, perfumes, etc. Make-up facial wipes are also provided to remove your makeup (no one likes that smeared black-eyed makeup look). It is recommended to remove any jewellery due to the high salt volume in the water. Individual packets of vaseline is also available to apply to any slight cuts or open wounds prior to entering the pod to avoid the salt water enter the cut. (ouch)
I removed my make-up and showered before entering the pod. I kept thinking how am I going to float in this little water? When you enter the pod there is a button on the inside to start the session and another one to control the volume of the music. I entered the pod and sat down, pressed start and proceeded to move into the reclined position and immediately my entire body started to float. It took me a little time to relax as it was my first time and I didn’t know what to expect but after about 20 minutes in to my session, my body and mind started to relax. In fact, I think I even dosed off. My float session was one hour but when the chime went off to let me know my session was over, I knew I could have used at least another 30 minutes. Both my mind and body felt so relaxed. It was the most amazing thing I have experienced and would highly recommend it to anyone to try.
Salt Therapy (Halotherapy)
My husband enjoyed the Salt Therapy room while I was floating away.
The humidity and temperature in the room are at the most ideal levels to keep you breathing easy. Your nasal passages will be opened, naturally, without the use of nasal sprays or decongestants. Mucous clears out and sinus pressure is relieved. Itchy throat and puffy eyes caused by your allergies will be soothed by salt therapy
How does it work? As the salt is inhaled, it travels through the sinuses and respiratory tract absorbing moisture, cleansing, clearing mucus and killing bacteria. Salt is known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties as well as helping to loosen mucus build up and phlegm.
I would highly recommend The Rock Spa for their spa services as well as their mesmerizing selections of crystals. They have an online store for their crystals as well. Have you tried floatation therapy?