The Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel Spa Manager, Kate Lake, shares the top wellbeing benefits of dry flotations and treatment recommendations
Despite being a spa concept originating from around 50 years ago, Flotation Therapy has had a resurgence in popularity over the last few years with many using the experience as a stress management tool. The Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel’s Spa Manager, Kate Lake, shares her knowledge of the experience and its wellbeing benefits.
“Traditional float therapy uses an enclosed space filled with water and a large quantity of Epsom Salts to allow the floating effect, with the experience intended to deeply nourish and remove toxins. However dry flotation, despite the name suggesting, is completely different with the experience placing a focus on pure relaxation of the muscles and joints.”
How does it work?
During dry flotation therapy, guests lie peacefully in the soft embrace of a dry membrane. Imparting a feeling of weightlessness, to simulate zero-gravity, this allows troubles to float away while keeping guests totally dry. In some dry flotation experiences, gentle vibrations will massage the body to release muscle tension and further a transcendent state.
What are the benefits?
Unsurprisingly, there are many benefits of a dry flotation – some which may not be known! The main takeaway for spa-goers is the ability to help enable deep and healthy sleep patterns. As the experience invites guests to float away in a state of tranquillity, this can energise the body and clear the mind.
From a physical perspective, dry flotation helps to aid in a speeded recovery time from physical exercise, increase endorphins, reduce blood pressure and improves circulation.
Experiences to try
At The Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel, we have two flotation therapies:
Deeply Relaxing Lavender Floatation
£85 for 60 Mins per person
An intensive treatment to relax the mind and body, the experience begins with a skin softening body exfoliation combined with powerful essential oils, to leave skin nourished, soft and supple. A nourishing wrap combined with healing lavender essential oil is applied to the skin to gently soothe, smooth and de-stress. Guests can then relax in the warmth of the dry flotation as they gently drift into a state of tranquillity.
Tension Release Floatation
£85 for 60 mins per person
A powerful treatment designed to alleviate tension and muscular stress. Following a body scrub, a complete body wrap of marine mud combined with fitness body oil, containing clove and West Indian Bay, will promote relaxation and ease tense muscles. The gentle warmth of the floatation will soothe and calm, as any stress slowly melts away leaving the body refreshed and revitalised.