A local wellness clinic is the first to install a unique form of meditation in the Finger Lakes region.
Live Well Upstate located in Elmira is providing people across all age spectrums with flotation therapy – a different method of meditation.
Its purpose is to reduce external stimuli to your brain to near zero levels. It also aids in having a good night’s sleep.
The floater is in complete quiet and darkness while in a closed tub. Music can be played if wanted.
Owner Seamus Kennedy says first-timers might go through a learning curve.
“Often people who float for the first time spend the first 45 minutes or so just getting used to the environment,” Kennedy said. “It takes a while. You realize where you’re holding and think, ‘Oh, I don’t have to hold my shoulder up. It floats.’ The last part to go almost always is the neck, so that’s one of the main side effects. You become really deeply aware of where you’re holding on.”
Because of the high salinity, customers are completely weightless floating, and if you’re claustrophobic, you can still experience the advantages.
Kennedy recommends closing the door on a rolled up towel so it props open providing some ambient light.
The flotation tub is four feet wide by eight feet long, so it can fit a wide range of people including large professional athletes. The door doesn’t lock which means it can open and close as you please.
There are ten inches of water inside with nearly half a ton of Epsom salts, and Kennedy explains the benefits of the salt.
“It reduces tension in the body to help the body heal and to increase circulation, and because of all the salt in the water, there are no pressure points on your body anywhere.”
Insurance doesn’t cover the session, but the clinic can provide customers with documentation to submit for reimbursement depending on your provider.