Floating used as a new form of relaxation

Still Waters in Quincy

Around since the 50's, floating is now resurfacing as an alternative for relaxation.

It is exactly what it sounds like - you simply float in water to clear your mind and relax.

Beth Lane and her son, Russ Lane, opened Still Waters Float Center together at 900 Broadway in Quincy.

It is a reservation-based float center that consists of two float rooms and a pod.

The float itself takes about 80 minutes.

Lane says bringing this business to Quincy was an easy decision.

"The rise of all the digital media, the constant connection, you're never away from your email, you're never away from your news feed, you're never away from your Facebook feed, and that lack of downtime seems to only be getting worse to the point where people need to schedule it, people need to make it a priory to find that relief so we think it'll fit in any modern city," said Russ Lane.

Now Tri-State residents can try floating for themselves.

KHQA's Hailey Vetterlein went to try it to show you what it's like.

She met up with KHQA's Rajah Maples, who had floated before, to help with her first float.

"I would describe it as zen like. You're taking a break from the stress of the world and it's all about your spirit and relaxation," said Rajah Maples.
"Did you have any reservations coming in here?," Hailey asked Rajah.
"I did not, none at all. I wasn't scared, I wasn't fearful, I was just an adventurer and I wanted to try it to see what all the excitement was about," Maples answered.

Hailey on the other hand, had some concerns.

"Will I float? Will I get bored? Will it actually relax me?," Hailey said.

Apparently Hailey's concerns are quite normal.

"It's really common for people to be a little bit anxious. For some people it's the dark, for some people it's the smaller space, for some people it's just having to surrender and give up. It's okay to feel that. You can take those feelings with you into the take and they will go away in the tank," said Lane.

Lane says the purpose of floating breaks down into three parts.

"There's a physical relaxation which is where all the epsom salt and the warm water and zero gravity lets your body relax. Then our mental relaxation chases our physical relaxation. Then as your mental relaxation comes down with it what happens is when you get out of the tank often you are in a place where you are better able to navigate life. It's less about feeling de-stressed in here and more about living de-stressed out there," Lane explained.

Lane said another concern people have is about the water.

The tanks go through three levels of filtration in one round, it goes through three rounds between each client.

The filtration system also runs on and off throughout the night ensuring the water is clean for every new person.

To book a float visit the Still Waters website here.

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