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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, full airflow design ventilation and a music system should you wish to hear music during your float session versus being in silence.

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, full airflow design ventilation and a music system should you wish to hear music during your float session versus being in silence. 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, lights with user control and a music system should you wish to hear music during your float session, instead of being in silence. 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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What People Are Saying

  • I loved my visit to Synergy Float Center! The staff member was so helpful and accommodating. I used my time there as a mental health day and did the 60... Read More

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    Adam F.
    4/17/2022

    4 star ratingI really like this place. The own does a good job explaining float therapy. The entire experience is very relaxing. Just make to sure to cover your hair really good... Read More

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    coleen h.
    3/02/2022

    Easy to make an appointment online, which is always a big plus for me! Synergy is in the basement of a building with a parking lot. Nice facility - waiting... Read More

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    Deirdre F.
    2/25/2022
  • Very clean facility and very polite staff. Super relaxing to float in the open tank. My boyfriend and I have done a 60 minute float twice and he gets so... Read More

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    Amy H.
    2/25/2022

    As soon as I walk into Synergy Float Center, the atmosphere changes and becomes a calm, tranquil environment. The staff are very helpful and friendly. They provide an overview of... Read More

    Ashley Horne Avatar
    Ashley H.
    2/25/2022

    My first float was with a friend because neither of us knew what to expect. Now, I’ve gifted this experience to multiple friends and family members. I give it as... Read More

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    Gina R.
    2/20/2022
  • This place is awesome! This was my first time floating and I loved it! Plan to arrive in time to get a tour of the place. I felt great afterwards... Read More

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    OSchae B.
    2/19/2022

    This place feels like a treat every time my husband and I visit. We have tried all of the float tanks/pods and have been pleased with them all. The entire... Read More

    Rana Draganja Avatar
    Rana D.
    2/19/2022

    This was my first float, and it was great! The facilities were clean, everything was explained cleary, and there's just a very nice vibe about the whole place. Will definitely... Read More

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    Kyrstyn K.
    2/19/2022
  • 5 star ratingI really enjoyed my first float here and am now a member. I tried floating at another business while on vacation and decided that taking time out for a float... Read More

    Dave M. Avatar
    Dave M.
    1/27/2022

    5 star ratingI saw Heather for a manual lymphatic drainage massage after having liposuction to get everything healing and feeling better and man was it worth it! I felt so much better... Read More

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    Cheryl L.
    1/24/2022

    My float at Synergy Float Center was amazing! I will definitely be returning for another float.

    Everything is provided for you: earplugs, towels, soap, shampoo, and conditioner. I recommend bringing a...
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    Pamela O.
    1/16/2022
  • My float at Synergy Float Center was amazing! I will definitely be returning for another float.

    Everything is provided for you: earplugs, towels, soap, shampoo, and conditioner. I recommend bringing a...
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    Pamela O.
    1/16/2022

    4 star ratingThis was my first time doing float therapy and it really was a cool experience! I received a session as a Christmas gift and I was very eager to... Read More

    Tony G. Avatar
    Tony G.
    1/07/2022

    I love this place. It’s a bit expensive but worth it and the prices are fair for their niche services. I have a sauna membership and love my visits. I’ve... Read More

    Ashley Rhodes Avatar
    Ashley R.
    1/05/2022
  • I've taken advantage of several float sessions at Synergy and one IR sauna. I've also purchased things in the store - candles and more. The mood is so... Read More

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    Klein F.
    11/26/2021

    I loved everything about my floating experience. I felt lite and free. My mind was at peace. Just remember to wear a tight swim cap and shower cap under to... Read More

    Trena Taylor Avatar
    Trena T.
    11/22/2021

    Synergy Float Center is a little piece of heaven in the heart of Old Town. I love this place! Whenever I'm feeling a bit stressed or just need a quiet... Read More

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    JoAnn C.
    10/05/2021
  • From the moment you step through their doors, a sense of calmness invites you to relax. This my first visit and I can't wait to return! Very informative and accommodating... Read More

    Ken Williams Avatar
    Ken W.
    8/23/2021

    For the ultimate relaxation of your mind, body and soul. From the time you step in the door, the stress starts to lift from your shoulders. For true self... Read More

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    Jennifer B.
    8/23/2021

    I found synergy over a year ago and have been in love ever sense. The float rooms have everything you need to enjoy a peaceful float session, the infrared sauna... Read More

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    Charlene F.
    7/29/2021
  • Synergy is in a great location in Old Town Alexandria that has free parking. The facility is calming from the moment you enter. I had called and spoken with someone... Read More

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    Amy C.
    7/27/2021

    I love this place. I had heard about floating for years, but never realized I lived near one. Once the presidential election was happening I needed a way to de-stress.... Read More

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    Justin E.
    7/24/2021

    5 star ratingI want to speak about the above class customer service, Big KUDOS to both Jasmine & Cassadi who greeted me soo warmly. Their smiles truly set the tone for a... Read More

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    Brandy C.
    7/08/2021
  • 5 star ratingSo my daughter gave me a float as a present. Got to Synergy twenty minutes early today and got the chance to check the place out. It's a bit of... Read More

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    RayRay B.
    6/25/2021

    5 star ratingThis place is amazing first of all, When you park in the designated parking spot that says 1240 you have to proceed downstairs of the sign that you see synergy... Read More

    Christianne W. Avatar
    Christianne W.
    2/27/2021

    4 star ratingThis was my first experience doing a float tank. Some general thoughts:

    1) it ain't cheap. $89 for a one hour float. There are packages which reduce the cost.
    2) it is...
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    Steve K. Avatar
    Steve K.
    1/13/2021
  • 5 star ratingSynergy Float Center is a wonderful little spa. My fiancee and I have been going here since we have been so stressed during the pandemic. At first, we were worried... Read More

    Alan M. Avatar
    Alan M.
    1/05/2021

    5 star ratingI love this place! Friends gave me a gift certificate. I was a little skeptical about all this floating therapy stuff, but decided to suspend my judgement and give it... Read More

    Julia K. Avatar
    Julia K.
    12/05/2020

    5 star ratingVery good experience, if you like saunas and floats this is the place to go. Neat and clean, friendly staff and super easy in and out experience.

    Ohma S. Avatar
    Ohma S.
    10/09/2020
  • Absolutely amazing! I slept better the first night than I have in a very long time. It's totally worth it. You'll be glad you did it.

    Jim Thomas Avatar
    Jim T.
    10/05/2020

    Ms.Susan is a true asset to this business she was so nice and informative. The young lady receptionist was nice as well. I will recommend this center to my family... Read More

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    TONI L.
    10/04/2020

    If you’re looking for a rejuvenating and relaxing experience, try floatation therapy at Snygery. It is amazing. I have chronic pain and floating helps me to manage it. I’ve also... Read More

    Melanie Katsur Avatar
    Melanie K.
    9/12/2020
  • Excellent Service, super relaxing and out of this world feeling. Sauna only service is amazing as well. Def recommended

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    ohma s.
    9/12/2020

    Perfect atmosphere for a deeply healing experience. All the small details are attended to. Helpful, caring staff, and a clean and quiet environment. I’ve had a great experience every time... Read More

    Marisa Harrington Avatar
    Marisa H.
    9/06/2020

    Superior customer service and I appreciate the calming ambiance of the center. I would highly recommend to anyone curious about floating.

    Andrew Kim Avatar
    Andrew K.
    9/05/2020
  • My experience was amazing. From the staff to the float, was definitely worth the time and money. I've been struggling with chronic back pain and after the float my body... Read More

    Kenya Green Avatar
    Kenya G.
    9/05/2020

    This is the best float center. They have nice rooms, it's very clean and always a personal greeting

    Alicyn Drew Avatar
    Alicyn D.
    7/26/2020

    I have to admit I was skeptical, but when my daughter told me about floating, and treated me to my first float, I found that it was just as relaxing... Read More

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    Marsha M.
    2/27/2020
  • Synergy Float Center is phenomenal. The space is very conducive to healing and relaxing. Impeccably clean and the staff go out if their way to accommodate the clients.... Read More

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    Andy W.
    2/04/2020

    Had my first float here and it was a really cool experience. Great atmosphere and amazing customer service. Ended up purchasing the 3-class deal at the end of my session.... Read More

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    Swati S.
    2/04/2020

    Had my first float experience here and it couldn't have been a better choice. The atmosphere was very welcoming and it was great to have a small explanation on what... Read More

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    Jazzy G.
    1/24/2020
  • Synergy is excellent. I have been a few times now and it never disappoints. The staff is friendly, the venue is serene and cleanly. I love floating and always come... Read More

    Tiffany Thigpen Avatar
    Tiffany T.
    1/17/2020

    What an amazing experience! Highly recommend Synergy Float Center. I was given a gift certificate for Synergy, otherwise I wouldn’t have known it was there. I’m so grateful for the... Read More

    Karin C Avatar
    Karin C.
    1/14/2020

    5 star ratingI have visited this spot twice in the past month; both times I booked a 30 min IR Sauna followed by a 60 min float. I've really, truly, completely loved... Read More

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    D B.
    1/13/2020
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