Salt water deprivation: new form of therapy that lets you float the stress away

Published: Apr. 1, 2019 at 9:11 AM CDT
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Over the last five years, salt water deprivation, or floating, has become a popular form of therapy. Why? Because therapeutic floating is similar to floating in the pool during summer. Peaceful and easy.

Sanford Family Medicine Doctor, Ann Safo says,"salt water sensory deprivation is the idea that if you immerse yourself in this salt water, your body fails to give you feedback on the senses."

People use floating as a way to relieve stress from everyday life. However, more float spars are seeing people with anxiety and depression use it as therapy.

"The most profound thing that we see here is people who suffer from mental illness. Things that are real monsters that affect peoples day to day well being and after their first float, you can see a noticeable change," says Jarrid Gable with Salt2o Float Spa here in Fargo.

If this is your first time hearing about floating, you may be wondering, how does it work?

"You lay on a bed of 10 inches of water with 800 pounds of Epson salt. Takes away about 80% of your body weight. The water and the air is heated to the same temperature as your skin so you blend in," says Gable.

This may sound intimidating, especially if you're claustrophobic. But, both Dr. Safo and Gable agree that there is nothing more soothing.

"People say that they go in there and they feel an immense sense of calm because they can't feel anything, so you're really, you have no outside distraction," says Dr. Safo.

Gable says that Salt2o has multiple clients with anxiety and even some with claustrophobia. However, once they enter the room, that all disappears.

"So, on a physiological level what you get into is a meditative state. Not an anxious state. So, it's almost impossible to be stressed out in there just because of the physiological changes that happen," says Gable.

Dr. Safo says that she was nervous when she first floated, but it didn't take long for that peaceful state of mind to set in. She says, "I was trying to feel like, how does it feel to - can I breathe, can I move, can I splash? And then after 20 minutes I was able to relax and I almost fell asleep."

Dr. Safo says it's important to do your research on the topic and to make sure to read reviews of different float spas before going.

If you're interested in floating, Salt2o charges $45 for one sixty minute float session. For more on their memberships, visit

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