Slightly claustrophobic, we never dreamed we would turn up in a float therapy tank (this, a euphemism for sensory deprivation tank) but the folks at two-year-old Lift/Next Level Floats, an outpost of the original one that operates in Brooklyn, were gently reassuring, dubbing the experience as “gravity-free bliss” and a chance to relax and reset.
The place, dimly lit, offers four distinctly separate “ocean” float rooms (not pods) — with heated floors. First, you shower and then plop into a tank filled with 10 inches of warmish water that is loaded with 1,000 pounds of Epsom salts. The company suggests floating sans a bathing suit “so that your body is free from tactile distractions.” Yeeks. To be honest, our nerves were on edge.
Co-owner Gina Antioco, 39, helped squelch them with this piece of advice: “When you get in the tank, spread your arms out and say, ‘This is my time.’” A small, open door beckons, (you’re supposed to close it all the way. We did not). Instead of the darkened, coffin-like tank we expected, the inside was pretty — a white almost mini-room with some twinkling starry lights on the ceiling (the tank is 7-feet high, so phew to that) and lavender lighting generated from below.
How’d we feel? Proud that we conquered a fear, rested and relaxed like we took a real break and even after showering for a second time, still salty, though our skin felt soft.
Details: One-hour float for newcomers is $59; after that it’s $85 per session and there are several packages. Towels, earplugs, shampoo and soap are provided for customers. On an upbeat note in hard times, Antico says, “We recently implemented a ‘community floats’ program which offers discounted float sessions to anyone financially impacted from COVID.” (42 Gerard St., Huntington, 631-923-3099)