Soulex Float Spa
While I've tried to pass it off as being a "night-owl" and having more energy in the evening, truth is, I suffer from insomnia. I literally cannot turn my brain off at night. I eventually fall asleep, but I face the consequences of my restless night in the morning. It is an ugly cycle that I've been working diligently to break. I'm not big on taking medicine. I'd much rather try all the home remedies before making a trip to the pharmacy. My uncertainty of what these drugs are and the potential side effects they can cause, give me pause. I try to listen to my body and understand what it needs before throwing back pills. This could also be due to my inability to swallow pills (I know, I know, leave me alone about it).
I've tried drinking tea, taking baths, essential oils, melatonin, red wine, pear juice, exercise, etc. etc. The one solution that works pretty well is listening to a playlist comprised mostly of nature sounds. The first thing I do now when I'm ready for bed is to turn on one of the many sleep playlists by Spotify. It is a great distraction for my spiraling thoughts, and now that it is my go to, it is a signal for my mind to slow down. There is one tiny downside... listening to rain and bells every night does impact the music suggestions from Spotify. But you know, priorities. Luckily I have enough music head friends to work through that issue. Nature sounds help but definitely aren't a cure for my problem. Lately, I've noticed I'm much less focused which is not ok in the workplace. I explained it to a friend that it is like trying to put five very different puzzles together at the same time. My brain was overwhelmed and I needed to do something about it.
On my way home from work one day, I saw a sign that read "Soulex". I tried guessing what the establishment had to offer based on the name alone and quickly decided to utilize google instead. Soulex Float Spa "A relaxing space for rejuvenation and transcendence." With a tagline like that, my interest was completely piqued! I heard about floating and sensory deprivation tanks but didn't think they were available in my own backyard. Considering all the benefits of floating and how perfectly aligned they were with what I needed, I booked an hour long float session.
The day after Thanksgiving I started my day with a float. I read all the tips for first timers and felt well prepared for the experience. Soulex, located at 1010 Massachusetts Ave NW, is super cute! Definitely gives you spa vibes but each room has a flotation pod rather than a massage table and masseuse. I was instructed to shower before entering the pod, use the handgrip because the pod/water combo tends to be slick, relax, and enjoy. In the online gallery, everyone had on swimsuits... Clearly, they needed the bathing suits for public photos. I felt pretty silly for packing a swimmie for my float. LOL
I showered as directed and was ready for the moment of truth... could water concentrated with Epsom salt really keep me afloat? YES! For about 30 seconds I was amazed by the buoyancy of the water. The first 5-6 minutes of the session included nature sounds (my favorite) and ambient lighting. I opted to keep the lights for my entire session, but the option is totally yours. For 60 minutes I felt the most relaxed than I've felt in a very long time. I tapped into my meditation practices, yoga breathing exercises and the next thing I know, I was asleep! I woke up thinking I had been asleep for hours but decided someone would've come to get me had that been the case. After a little while longer (I had no sense of time) an automated voice indicated that the session was over and to exit the pod.
This was my first float and I felt BRAND NEW! My mind was clear, the tension I have in my shoulders was releived and I felt like I had hours of peaceful sleep. I was told that I could rinse off after the float but some people don't because it is moisturizing. I wasn't too sure about salt water being moisturizing, but when I touched my arm, it felt like butter. I lie to you not. So I decided I'd stay salty the rest of the day LOL! A first-time float is $99 after which floats are $150 each. I know I would benefit greatly from more sessions, but the way my bank account is set up... I need some Soulex gift cards for Christmas and my birthday LOL. I'm sure I'll be back, the only question is when?
My Letter of Rec: Try, try, and try again. What works for others will not always work for you. I've tried all the recommendations from others on ways to help with insomnia. Truth be told, my remedy is probably a combination of a few things. Which goes back to the point of trying again and again until you figure it out. Check out Soulex here, and let me know if you go for a float!