Floatation Therapy in Alexandria, VA | Synergy Float Center

Floatation Therapy

Floatation therapy is an escape from the constant stress of life’s daily pressures and a natural way to heal the body and mind. The concept is similar to the mineral salt baths in the Dead Sea in Israel. Eight hundred pounds of Epsom salt are dissolved into the spa tub in skin temperature water to create this effect right here in Alexandria, VA. Both lightproof and soundproof, this peaceful space frees you of gravity, noise, and other distractions. Floatation therapy brings the body back into homeostasis. Read our floating tips and watch our video on this page to get the most from your session.

“The open-air design completely removes all feelings of claustrophobia. I cannot overemphasize the importance of having an open pool for anxious populations. Without it many of our patients would have refused to even try floating.”

​ – Justin Feinstein, PhD, Clinical Neuropsychologist Director, LIBR 3Float Clinic & Research Center, Principal Investigator, Laureate Institute for Brain Research

Benefits of Floating

Floating, with no light or sound, is one of the fastest and most effective ways to elicit the body’s natural relaxation response and enter a state of deep relaxation. Your brain responds by removing undesirable chemicals and releasing endorphins, stimulating feelings of happiness and well-being. Simply put, floating in floatation pods calm our overly stimulated systems and restores the body’s chemical and metabolic balance. Studies have shown that stress can be profoundly helped by floatation therapy. That is why Synergy Float Center partners with Pathways for Veterans to help people with PTSD.

Perceived stress can be correlated with increased levels of cortisol and in floatation therapy there is a natural tendency for cortisol to be reduced. For this reason, floatation therapy is one of the few noninvasive techniques available to manage stress when it is a factor in reducing a person’s ability to cope with normal life. Daily life has a way to take you away from yourself. It’s not uncommon for people to be in a state of constant stress activating the “fight-or-flight” response multiple times during the day. This can be brought on by any number of events such as traffic, inconsiderate people, or looming deadlines. Over time, such low-grade chronic stress can lead to high blood pressure, increased heart rate, and muscle tension. Visiting a floatation spa can help people counteract the toxic effects of chronic stress by slowing breathing rate, relaxing muscles, and reducing blood pressure. People often report feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and better able to cope with life’s minor annoyances after floating. These effects can last for a few days after a float. Read our floating tips to get the most from your session.

Research has shown that regular use of the float pod can help health problems that are caused or exacerbated by chronic stress such as fibromyalgia, insomnia, hypertension, anxiety disorders, and migraines. By invoking the relaxation response, blood flow increases to all parts and systems of the body, including the brain, creating a whole body healing effect. Floating also provides relief from the constant downward push of gravity, the single greatest cause of wear and tear to bones, joints and body tissue. The zero gravity effect also provides relief from discomfort during pregnancy.

Although athletes often turn to floatation therapy in order to cope with an injury, floatation therapy can actually be used to enhance athletic performance as well. Floating can help to relax muscles so that an athlete is better prepared physically for a big event, but it can also be used to enhance mental clarity in athletes. Since floatation therapy is able to impact both your mental and physical capabilities, it is an invaluable practice for serious athletes. As floating enhances your mental and physical abilities, you will experience a dramatic improvement in your overall athletic performance. The relaxation caused by floating can help to take pressure off of the tired joints and muscles that might be causing you pain. Floating can also help your whole body to relax so that your muscles align properly, which can prevent injuries and can help to speed your recovery time when you are dealing with an injury. CrossFit athletes, MMA fighters, long distance runners, and even professional golfers have been utilizing floatation therapy for some time. Several professional sports teams are incorporating it into their standard practices. Whether you’re a professional athlete, or play a sport for exercise or hobby, you can benefit from floating. Check out some articles on floating to see who else has benefitted from it. Read our floating tips to get the most from your session.

Being inside the floatation pod, where sensory input is eliminated, produces a mental state where one’s learning abilities are at their highest and powers of visualization and auto-suggestion are greatly enhanced. As the float progresses, there is a transition from beta or alpha brainwaves to theta which can last indefinitely without losing consciousness. With practice one can increase the amount of time that they spend in the theta state. Many use the extended theta state as a tool for enhanced creativity and problem solving or for super learning. With the brain being held in a theta state wave-length, the mind becomes hyper-suggestible. With less distractions and greater resources at its disposal, the mind is able to absorb new material very deeply, with research showing improved performance in memory and recall activities. Check out these videos on what it’s like to be in a float tank.

“Each day I become more and more convinced that the positive clinical benefits we are witnessing in our research are enhanced by Floataway’s masterful engineering.”

​ — Justin Feinstein, PhD, Clinical Neuropsychologist Director, LIBR Float Clinic & Research Center, Principal Investigator, Laureate Institute for Brain Research

Types of Floating

Floataway Tranquility Float Tank

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The Floataway Tranquility Float Tank, provides you with the traditional ‘pod’ experience. The tallest possible floatation tank is 7 ft 8 in. The tank includes an attendant call button, internal lights with user control including a stars setting, a motorized door with control button inside and out, and a full airflow design ventilation.

Floataway Float Cabin For Two

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The Floataway Float Cabin For Two is a two person cabin. The tank includes an attendant call button, internal lights with user control, and a full airflow design ventilation. The cabin allows you the ability to step into the tank and then lie down, similar to being in a bathtub with a glass enclosure that helps with sound proofing. If you’re concerned about claustrophobia, this is an excellent option that still grants you the benefits of floatation therapy.

Floataway Open Pool
For Two

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The Floataway Open Pool For Two can be used by a single person, but can also accommodate two individuals. The pool includes an attendant call button, and lights with user control. during  Similar to the float cabin, you can stand up in the pool and thus it is an excellent choice if you are concerned about claustrophobia.

Superior Revolution
Float Orb

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The largest float pod designed for taller users which can be used in the enclosed position or left open during the float session. Low side-entry threshold for ease of entry and exit. Superior is one of the leading manufacturers in the industry and provides similar float tanks to Tom Brady,  Boston Celtics, US Navy Special Operations, US Air Force Special Operations, LA Rams, Notre Dame, New Orleans Saints, University of West Virginia, US Army Special Operations, Baltimore Ravens, Washington Commanders, to name just a few.  So you will be in good company, floating in our Orb!


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Meet our new Energy Healer - Lakshmi Puri

I was given the name Lakshmi from a renowned Yoga Master as a baby and grew up in a spiritual ashram near Washington D.C. I was immersed in the smells of incense, chiming bells, devotional prayers, and dedication to the healing path through practicing yoga asanas, pranayama (breath work), performing holy rituals, and repeating a mantra in meditation. 

In meditation, a whole realm unveiled itself before me involving my intuitive wisdom to work with energy and connect to a higher consciousness beyond my mental comprehension and reasoning. It felt as if I had been doing this for lifetimes. I was guided to travel to Rajasthan, India where I started working with others as a healer here while strengthening my own Divine connection being in this Motherland of Spirituality. I then returned to the States to continue practicing with people all around the world. I truly look forward to connecting with you.  Sessions available on Sunday and Mondays starting on Feb. 19th.