Self-care is somewhat of a mantra around here. At Real Beauty Real Women, we keep ourselves well occupied with a multitude of issues going on in the world, whether researching them, speaking to and with others about them, creating conscious campaigns, filming, or otherwise publicizing them. Sometimes we forget what self-care looks like – and that it can be as simple as taking time to enjoy a good book, play a game with our families, disengage from electronics for a while, or actually go enjoy a guilty-free experience such as Healing Waters Float Spa. That is why it becomes a mantra and a reminder to each of our team members to take time out and re-energize.
When I was first invited to try out a “float spa”, I will admit I was a little skeptical. I generally do not enjoy sitting still, and especially not in a tub, jacuzzi or otherwise. To me, it almost always sounds better in theory than practice. There was something intriguing about the idea of floatation therapy, however, that drew me in. According to the experts, “Floatation therapy is a therapeutic practice involving custom designed floatation cabins filled with 10″ of water and over 1300 pounds of dissolved medical grade Epsom Salt, a higher concentration than the Dead Sea. Floaters are free from external stimuli such as sight, sound, touch, temperature, and the force of gravity as they float weightless and effortlessly in water calibrated to match the skin’s temperature (F 93.5).”
I thought this sounded like the perfect way to decompress and re-set for the weekend after a week of traveling to both Detroit (snowy and cold) and Los Angeles (sunny and warm) before coming back to Houston (rainy and muggy). After experiencing Healing Waters for myself, I can honestly say that I would love to start every weekend in a floatation cabin.
My guest and I were greeted by a large Buddha in a beautiful room full of light, with natural elements including wood and salt permeating the design from the furniture to the décor.
We were given a tour of the spa, including a look into what would be our individual treatment rooms.
The owners really thought of everything – from the wax ear plugs so that salt water wouldn’t enter your ears, to the floatation pillows for those of us who want a little head support and aren’t quite ready to just let our bodies do the floating, to our private chambers and showers so that the experience really is about stillness and the experience of oneself.
Co-Owners, Joseph Cyrus and Juan Carlos Mazorra met at a mutual friend’s birthday and quickly bonded over their loves of both entertainment and meditation.
“Floatation therapy is a phenomenal tool to cultivate mental stillness, provide stress relief, and pain reduction. Experiencing deep rest in the float cabin rejuvenates the body and mind leading to a vastly improved quality of life and greater level of overall well-being. We traveled across the United States and Europe to research floatation and we wanted to create for our community the most tranquil, luxurious and eco-friendly atmosphere for one to gain the most blissful experience,” states Cyrus.
Behind that white door indeed lies a chamber of relaxation. Upon entering and floating, I decided to use the floatation pillow, and leave the lights and the meditation music on. The ceiling was so high that I never felt claustrophobic, which had been a concern. I then experimented with both lights and music off, and finally settled with lights off, music on. What was really cool is that the 60 minutes I experienced was completely different than the 60 minutes my friend experienced, yet we both came away feeling refreshed, relaxed, inspired, and ready to experience it again. He chose to not use the pillow support and to have both the lights and music off in order to get the complete experience, and as an artist, became extremely inspired to create.
Post-treatment and showering off all the salt water, there is a meditation room in which to continue relaxing. Although it’s months away, I’m already excited for friends coming in town for my upcoming wedding to plan an excursion here!
Special Offer for first-time floaters, only $55, for scheduled floats between Tuesday – Thursdays. Use promo code SOCIALFLOAT when booking online at HWFloatSpa.com