By Joe Southern
Have you ever wished you could cast your cares adrift and live stress-free, even for a minute?
ReConnect Chiropractic and Holistic Center in Missouri City allows you to do just that.
Although only open since March, clients at ReConnect have been taking advantage of their new Float Pod to disconnect from the stress of everyday life and allow their minds and bodies the chance to mend and recover. The process is called floatation therapy. It involves floating in a tank of temperature-controlled salt water with complete sensory depravation.
“When you’re in the Float Pod you don’t even know you have a body,” said therapist Theresa Buede, who co-owns ReConnect with Dr. Logan Barbiche, a chiropractor.
The giant egg-shaped pod contains about 200 gallons of water and 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt, giving it the equivalent salinity of the Dead Sea. The human body will not sink, so a person can completely relax and float enclosed in the pod. The water is maintained at 93.3 degrees, the same as skin temperature, so it allows for great comfort and relaxation.
Buede said the experience of sensory depravation allows the brain and body to get vital rest.
“The brain waves slow down … and the theta brain wave pattern allows the body to rest and repair,” she said.
She said an hour of rest in the pod equals four hours of sleep for the body.
When a person first starts a floatation session, it often takes them about 15 minutes to calm their mind down to a theta type state. Buede said the novelty of the first float usually takes some adjustment, as the client learns to keep their body still and find a comfortable floating position. After the first session, however, most people report noticeable benefits. She said the full benefit is often not felt until after the third session.
There is a shower located in the same private room as the pod. She said the client fits wax earplugs in place and then takes a shower. The earplugs are necessary to prevent salt from entering the ears. They can also use a petroleum jelly to cover any cuts or rashes, as the salt water can cause them to sting.
Buede said clients can choose to wear swimwear or be nude for the session. Most are enclosed inside the pod, however, those with claustrophobia can opt to keep it the lid up. The Epsom salt solution is very beneficial to the skin. Those who can put up with a slight stinging for the first 10 minutes of their session may prefer to go without the petroleum jelly.
After the session the client takes another shower with all natural soaps and shampoos to remove the salt water.
Buede said it is important to avoid stimulants like caffeine and tobacco for at least two hours prior to the session.
The average person prefers a one-hour session to start, and may opt for longer sessions later on. Anyone wishing to maximize their experience can arrange for a session of four or more hours. Buede said that is often used by many professional athletes following intense workouts.
Buede said the therapy is not only good for the body but it helps the mind and is very beneficial for people with ADD/ADHD. Some clients use floatation therapy to improve their cognitive function and increase their concentration, creativity and learning.
The therapy was developed during the 1950s by Dr. John C. Lilly, who called it sensory deprivation, or isolation. The tanks were called isolation tanks or sensory deprivation chambers. The ominous names often promoted fear rather than health and healing, so the terms were later replaced by Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique (REST). Today it’s called floatation therapy and the tanks are known as floatation tanks.
The Float Pods are just one of many therapies offered at ReConnect. Among the other services are spinal/health assessments, bioscan health assessments, cancer recovery and prevention information, far-infrared sauna treatments, lymphatic stimulation, hot bamboo massage, mud wrap detoxification, aromatherapy massage, couples massage, sugar scrubs, dry skin brushing and more.
ReConnect Chiropractic and Holistic Center
Address: 8770 Hwy 6. Ste. 200, Missouri City
Hours: Monday- 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. • Wednesday- 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday- 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. • Friday 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. • Sunday closed.
(Closed weekdays noon to 2 p.m.)
Pre-book $49 first float.
Pre-pay 5 get 1 free