A Look Into Floatation Therapy at Theta Wave Float Spa
As I got ready to enter the futuristic looking “float pod” at Theta Wave Float Spa in Sebastopol, I wondered if I would really be able to relax and turn my very active brain off for the duration of my 60-minute session.
Two hours later, I re-entered reality on a very different plane after drifting happily in the Epsom salt filled waters in a state of complete relaxation and peace. Yes, thoughts drifted into my brain, but they then drifted out again as my body relaxed more and more in my cozy little pod cocoon.
Floatation Therapy at Theta Wave
In a world with so much visual stimulation and information input, there is something very satisfying about floating in a quiet (though music is available to listen to in the pod if you prefer), dark (lights are an option also), warm space without any kind of input whatsoever.
Theta Wave Float Spa in Sebastopol enhances the floatation experience even more by offering complementary treatments like light therapy sessions, reiki, sound healing, and massage in addition to float sessions.
The massage I received at Theta Wave was a wonderfully unique blend of sound healing and hands-on bodywork by a practitioner who had a soothing, relaxing presence and gentle hands. My therapist used high quality oils and explained her approach before we started, extra touches I appreciated.
I also really liked the thoughtful layout of the float spa, which has showers in each room and every amenity you might need to enjoy your float, including a floating head and neck support so your body can float for long periods without experiencing any tension.
History of Floatation Therapy
Floatation tanks were invented by Dr. John Lilly in 1954 as an experiment to see what would happen to the brain when it wasn’t receiving any outside stimulation. In later experiments it was proven that rather than the brain simply shutting down and going to sleep without outside input, certain sectors of the brain were in fact activated, including areas that promote creativity, health, and the ability to learn.
While I can’t attest to those benefits as I only did the one floatation, I do know that my experience at Theta Wave Float Spa left me feeling much better when I left than when I arrived. I will leave the how and why of float therapy to the scientists to figure out, and will instead look forward to my next floatation experience at Theta Wave.
Theta Wave Float Spa: Open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Sunday; closed Mondays; closed Tuesdays until summer.