KERNERSVILLE, N.C. -- It can often feel like we're all moving at a mile a minute. At work, we're running around the building for nine hours at a time. Going home can be just as busy.
The day can be a drain on your mind and your body. What if you could slow down - I mean all the way down, enough to get a complete reset.
That's the goal for a trend, growing in popularity in the Triad and elsewhere.
Meet the float pod - the vehicle of float therapy at Abundant Life Wellness Center in Kernersville.
"The majority of the people come out thrilled and you just don't ever know what it's going to be like for people when they go,” said owner Patty Sorrells. “It's a great experience and they all say they've never experienced anything like that."
So what is it? A sensory deprivation chamber.
No sight, no sound, no touch. A feeling of floating weightless in complete darkness.
"So you're giving your brain and your body essentially, an opportunity to do complete rest and recovery from all the stress and stimuli," said Sorrells.
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The pod is filled with 200 gallons of water and a thousand pounds of salt, enough to keep you afloat when laying in it. And the water is kept at 93.8 degrees, the exact temperature of your skin.
"You'll not be able to tell the difference between where the water and the air meet,” said Sorrells. “And because of that, it gives you that full suspension feeling."
Users float inside the enclosed pod for at least an hour. Complete relaxation is the goal. "As long as you're laying still, you do not know if you're asleep or awake a lot of times," said Sorrells.
So why would somebody want to do this?
Physical or mental stress relief.
"Whether it's anxiety, sometimes it's headaches, back pain, they're sitting at a desk with computers,” said Sorrells.
Even some professional athletes like Steph Curry have used float therapy for relief. The idea is to give your body a reboot. "You're not going to have an out-of-body experience or anything like that. It's really about getting to a place that your mind and your body can rest and reset itself."
But it's not for everybody.
People who are claustrophobic, for example, might have a difficult time in it. Sorrells said some people have been disappointed because they went into it with certain expectations. "That they were going to have some sort of twilight experience and it just didn't happen for them. Sometimes those are folks who are maybe already meditating and thought that it would be exactly like that."
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So how did it go?
Here's what WFMY News 2's Chad Silber wrote this about his experience:
Let me tell you, it was not what I was expecting!
I was pretty nervous once I got in. I can admit I didn't like the first 5 minutes. It felt claustrophobic.
Then I did some breathing exercises and was able to really relax. I'm not sure if I fell asleep or was just zoned out, but either way I was very relaxed. There was a 30-minute window where I lost track of time.
Also, Patty Sorrells was right. I couldn't tell where the air and water met so it felt like I was floating in complete darkness. I can honestly say it gave my mind a reset. I would absolutely do it again!
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