Discover the Benefits of Float and Salt Therapy: The Salt Center
I am always looking for new ways to relax and destress. Today it seems as if we are always on the endless hamster wheel of life. Making time to just relax and be is something that I make sure to schedule for myself. Whether it is a simple walk to soak up some sunshine and fresh air, a massage, or a yoga class. Float and salt therapy is the latest thing to add to my list of relaxing experiences.
Recently, I was introduced to float and salt therapy at The Salt Center in Alpharetta, GA. This concept was totally new to me. I didn’t know how I would react to being in a sensory deprivation tank. Well, I’m here to tell you all about my experience and why it will be something that goes into my calendar regularly.
What is Float Therapy
Float therapy is done in a float tank. Float tanks are also known as sensory deprivation tanks or an isolation tank. It is basically a vessel that is filled with salt water that is heated to your outer skin temperature. The water is highly concentrated with Epsom salt so it makes it very easy for you to float on your back.
The tanks are rather large so that you can stretch out completely without touching the sides, floor, or roof of the tank. The tank is also dark or it can have little twinkle lights. Some have relaxing music or they can be completely silent. This environment makes it so that you can go into a quiet, meditative state while you float.
Benefits of Float Therapy
Float therapy’s main benefit is to ease anxiety and muscle tension. Other benefits include:
- Stress Relief
What is Salt Therapy
Salt Therapy, also known as halotherapy, involves breathing in tiny particles of salt. Breathing salt in this way can improve your overall breathing. Many consider this therapy as an altertative health option for lung inssues such as asthma and bronchitis.
Spa like settings are where you will find salt therapy room. Thus, it can help you relax. Other issues that it may possibly help with are skin conditions and allergies.
Types of Salt Rooms
Salt therapy is experienced in a salt room. The rooms can be either active or passive.
Active Salt Room
A halogenerator is a machine that is what makes a salt room active. Medical grade salt is added to the machine. The machine then breaks down the salt into tiny particles that circulate in the room for you to breath in.
Passive Salt Room
Different types of salt, including Himalayan Salt fill a passive salt room. These rooms can look more like a salt cave and have regulated temperature and humidity. Salt is on the walls and the floor of this type of room. Relaxation and meditation is the purpose of this type of room.
Now that we know what float and salt therapy are all about, let me tell you about The Salt Center and my experience there.
The Salt Center
The Salt Center is a halotherapy and float spa located in Alpharetta, Georgia. From the moment you walk in their doors you start to feel the relaxing benefits of being there. The smell of peppermint in the air fills your lungs and just makes you want to take in a deep breath and sigh all of your worries out.
Wellness services offered at The Salt Center include:
- Float Therapy (there are 2 float suites)
- Dry Salt Room (active salt room)
- Infrared sauna with chromatherapy
- Massage Therapy (in a passive salt room)
- Ion Cleanse
- Normadic Compression
You can learn more about each of those services here.
Let’s Meet the Owner of The Salt Center
Tell us a little about you, the owner.
My name is Melissa Vance and I’m a busy mother of two that experienced a major health crisis after not taking my own self-care seriously. For many years, I pushed myself in a high-stress tech sales position and then brought that same mentality into motherhood. My anxiety and stress was at an all-time high and the negative effects on my body and health were undeniable. As I found my way through this challenge, I developed a passion for learning about health that lead me on my path to my work as a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and 500 RYT Yoga Teacher.
Why did you open The Salt Center?
After healing from my own health crisis, I knew it was important to help others navigate their way through theirs. My intention for The Salt Center is to hold space for people where they are currently in their healing process. People choose the services at our wellness center for many different reasons, but the majority of those reasons have on some level to do with stress & fatigue: of the physical body, emotional heart space, and even mental state. Our services are centered around the therapeutic healing properties of salt in its various forms and help facilitate deeper healing for our clients.
What are your most popular services and why do you think that is so?
Those would be Floating and Dry Salt Therapy. People were already living with high levels of stress, anxiety, and inflammation, but after the last few chaotic years, we have seen it get exponentially worse. They want relief. Floating drops their cortisol levels by up to 80%
and Dry Salt Therapy helps the body fight off inflammation and respiratory illness. With both services, the client also experiences a nice relaxation of the mind.
For a person who is coming to The Salt Center for the first time which service(s) do you recommend and why?
That depends on their own health journey. I would suggest asking yourself the top two health concerns or where you feel out of alignment. If one of those is stress, anxiety or physical pain, then a Float and Massage would be where to start. If you need to detox or feel like you are likely susceptible to illness, I would start with Infrared Sauna, IonCleanse, and Dry Salt Therapy sessions. Adding regular Customized Therapeutic Massages to any health strategy is smart and helpful since our bodies can hold on to tension in the fascia. If detoxing is more of a concern, then adding a monthly Lymphatic Detox Drainage Massage to your health routine will better assist in your health goals.
How can people find out more details about your services/pricing/booking?
Everything you need is at your fingertips on our website. Customers can find pricing, service information, and book and reschedule their appointments on our booking software directly on our website, www.TheSaltCenter.com.
My Experience at The Salt Center
I must say that the first time that I went to the wellness center all that I did was meet with Melissa and take photographs. Melissa walked us through all of the services and explained how each work and its benefits. I spent a good thirty minutes that day in the salt room. The photos in the float tank took some time as well. Once we were finished and I was in my car I realized that my body was totally relaxed. It was if I had taken a long yoga class or had a massage. My body was like a limp rag and I didn’t even really experience the services.
My First Visit
Since then I went back to experience float and salt therapy. First I went into the infrared sauna and then into the float tank.
My body is used to infrared heat from my workouts at Hotworx. However, this sauna is different. Yes, it was the same type of heat, but with the chromatherapy it was a very relaxing fifty minutes for me. I actually dozed off a few times.
Next up was the float tank. I will be honest. Neither am a great swimmer nor am I huge fan of being in water. However, I do love my Epsom salt baths at home. Mentally this challenged me. To be honest, I left the twinkle lights on in the tank and the relaxation music.
From the time I got comfortable and used to the feeling of just floating and being I couldn’t tell how long I had been in the tank. I would move back and forth a bit and rearrange myself from time to time. There was just no way to tell if I had been in there 5 minutes or 35 minutes. When the machine came on to let me know that it was over I was in a pretty deep sleep.
To summarize my two hours there VERY RELAXING. I found the therapies to be more relaxing to my body than massage. Also, I went to the chiropractor the day after and he couldn’t get over how well my body went back in to alignment due to the muscle relaxation. A little tip is to make sure that you are very hydrated before and after. You can read how I stay hydrated all of the time here.
In conclusion, this will definitely be a part of my self care routine going forward.
Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by. I appreciate each and every read and share. Float and salt therapy is definitely something to try if you need to relax or have some health issues that it could possibly help you with. Let me know if you try it out.
Remember to always have a little SASs in your day!