Tucked away on the corner of Montgomery and Gaston Streets is Savannah’s hidden therapeutic treasure: Remedy Float. The shop, which celebrated its two-year anniversary in late 2018, is the only one of its kind in Savannah to offer flotation therapy, a sensory deprivation experience that relaxes the body and energizes the mind.
The concept is simple: guests enter a flotation chamber four feet wide, eight feet long and seven feet high. The chamber is filled with 12 inches of solution heated to roughly 95 degrees, a little cooler than the average body temperature. The solution is made up of purified water and about one thousand pounds of dissolved Epsom salt, which causes the body to float effortlessly. Once the chamber closes — shutting out the distractions of the outside world — sensory deprivation begins.
“People often think that it will be scary being left alone with just your thoughts,” said Haley Wars, manager of Remedy Float. “But it’s actually quite the opposite when you can just be in the tank. Because it’s light-proof, sound-proof and pretty much touch-proof, your body starts to experience a myriad of effects.”
The effects? The nervous system quiets down, blood pressure drops and circulation increases due to the magnesium in the Epsom salt. This makes it appealing for a wide range of customers, including current and former members of the military with long-term injuries.
“There are studies that show if you have a head injury, while you’re in the float tank, during that REM state of mind, and with all of the magnesium from the salt, your brain is actually rewiring and fixing the problems,” Wars said.
But it’s not just people with severe injuries who find what seems to be a simple act of floating so beneficial. Other benefits of floating include improved sleep patterns, a strengthened immune system, pain relief and reduced symptoms of depression, anxiety and PTSD.
“Our customer base is pretty broad,” Wars says. “I’ve gotten people as young as 15, then I guess as old as 80. I get people who come in from the military, people in need of pain management, athletes who want cellular relief. It’s really cool to see that we’re all more alike than you think.”
Whether you’re in need of a detox from our technology-infused society, pain management or just want to expand your mind, floating is a great way to indulge in a little self-care.
“People who say they don’t have time are the people that need to float,” Wars said with a laugh. “I have to remind myself when I say I don’t have time to float, to listen to my own advice. Self-care is important.”
Remedy Float offers 30 and 90 minute floating sessions. They are located at 466 Montgomery Street and are open every day except for Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, visit remedyfloat.com or call (912) 495-5008.
Article by Cory Hott.