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, 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

  • We had company from out of town and wanted to have a new experience. A float session was the right choice.
    The people were very professional and helped us to pick...
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    Very pleasant staff. Peaceful, quiet and calming atmosphere. My float experience was amazing!! I highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for a way to relax, rejuvenate and relieve... Read More

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    Synergy Float Center has been a God-send for my mental wellbeing. The facility is always clean, tidy and relaxing. The staff is kind and thoughtful. Floating has really helped... Read More

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  • 5 star ratingHighly recommend Synergy Float Center for a relaxing experience. I found out about floating and tried it while on vacation... I came back home and found Synergy Float Center... immediately... Read More

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    This was our first time floating. Synergy is very clean and elegant. The staff was very personable and informative, making sure we were comfortable every step of the way. Our... Read More

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    This place is wonderful. A very relaxing place for anyone on a healing journey, whether physical, mental or emotions. A variety of therapies to support wellness. My... Read More

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  • Very cordial and helpful staff. Kim showed us the facility and made recommendations that helped us make the most of our experience.
    The facility was very clean and the...
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    My husband and I really enjoyed floating together. Very relaxing and they thought if everything to help make the experience great. Thank you!

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    5 star ratingThis place was just what I needed! It was so relaxing. The staff was friendly. It was my first float and I appreciated the tour, with explanation of the... Read More

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  • The staff are very kind and customer service oriented. The prices are reasonable and scheduling is easy on their website. I love this place!

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    My experience at Synergy Float Center has been amazing. The center is very clean and the staff is very professional. I love floating so much that I had to purchase... Read More

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    Very therapeutic experience. Great way to bring awareness to the monkey mind and teach yourself self-discipline. Additionally, I felt a great relief in my spine and bones, like all pressure... Read More

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  • I had a wonderful first experience and I highly encourage any newcomers that may be on the fence to give it a try, and those that have tried other places... Read More

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    This is a great place for an infrared sauna and I really liked the floating pool. Service is super friendly and the facility is very clean. I look forward to... Read More

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    I did the 30 minutes sauna & 60 minute float. It was extremely relaxing. I can see why they recommend 3 float sessions though. It took me a little while... Read More

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  • Synergy Floats are an important part of my mental and emotional well-being. Very professional operation - first-rate equipment (always clean and in good working condition), responsive and client-centric staff.... Read More

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    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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    A cut above other float spas. The energy is calming. Several open float choices. Nice amenities. Friendly, helpful staff. Loved the special drinking water.

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  • Although I’ve heard much about the floating experience, this was my first time. Synergy’s staff and facilities were welcoming. The float did the trick. I chose the pod float. I... Read More

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    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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    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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  • 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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    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

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    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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  • 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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    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

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    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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  • 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

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    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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    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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  • 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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    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

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    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

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  • 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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    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

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    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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  • 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

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    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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    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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  • 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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    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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    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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  • 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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    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

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    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.
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