Zero Gravity Therapy: Float Your Troubles Away

. May 17, 2018.
Photo courtesy of facebook.com/neurofitnessannarbor/.
Photo courtesy of facebook.com/neurofitnessannarbor/.

Barreling down Jackson Road as you talk, text or fiddle with internet radio, you might miss Neuro Fitness’ discrete sign. A new age relaxation therapy center, Neuro Fitness offers high, and low, tech therapies designed to facilitate deep physical and mental relaxation. The menu of Neuroptimal Brain Training, Cryotherapy, Salt Therapy, and Floatation Therapy greeted us, along with Matt, a gentle and extremely chill young man who explained the process of the individual 60 minute float sessions. After signing an exhaustive release form (release to relax, why not), we were ushered into separate floatation chambers.

Opting for the pool format, with floatation tubs open to the room, rather than the enclosed pods, the tubs are filled with a water and magnesium salt mixture, like epsom salts, heated to 98.6 degrees. Your body floats effortlessly near the surface of the water. The lights go out (or you can keep them on if you’d prefer), and gentle music plays for about five minutes while air jets bubble beneath you. When the jets and the music stop, you are left, floating, in total darkness.

Slipping into darkness

The concept: floating in body temperature water in the absence of light and sound, you lose awareness of your body, facilitating full relaxation. Losing track of mild sensations and distracting thoughts of the day, I found myself relaxing by degrees. At first, I noticed how wonderful it was to have my head supported without any pressure. Then, different parts of my body gradually shed tension and resistance, succumbing to the water. I didn’t realize I was holding my shoulders up until about half-way through my float. As I relaxed, I could feel them suddenly drop, as tensions dissipated.

Kyle (my co-floater in a separate tub) who works with his hands, experienced a mild degree of pain as the salt mixture worked its way into all the little cuts and abrasions on his hands. His finger joints also hurt at first, from all the gripping and pounding they do each day. But after those first few minutes, the stinging and tension in his hands evaporated and he felt amazingly relaxed. For about forty minutes, that is, until he made the mistake of getting the magnesium mixture in his mouth. Aaarrrggh!! Searching wildly, in the dark, for the water spritzer to abate the wicked taste, his repose was interrupted, and he decided to end his float a few minutes early.

We emerged from our floats feeling light, refreshed, and cheerful. The results were immediate, not often the case in my experience with other therapies. We left ready to recommend Neuro Fitness to anyone seeking a total mind/body dial-down.

Neuro Fitness Wellness Center | neurofitcenter.com
6360 Jackson Rd, Ste A | 734-206-2012

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-8pm | Monday, Closed

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