Flotation Therapy in Alexandria, VA | Synergy Float Center
 

Flotation Therapy

Flotation 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. Flotation 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 flotation 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 flotation 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 flotation therapy there is a natural tendency for cortisol to be reduced. For this reason, flotation 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 flotation 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 flotation therapy in order to cope with an injury, flotation 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 flotation 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 flotation 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 flotation 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

Flotation Therapy in Alexandria, VA
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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

Flotation Therapy in Alexandria, VA
Photo Courtesy of Floataway

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 flotation therapy.

Floataway Open Pool
For Two

Flotation Therapy in Alexandria, VA
Photo Courtesy of Floataway

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.

Pricing

60 Minute Float

Studies show it takes about 3 floats to fully embrace floating. This package was designed for the first time visitor to Synergy Float Center. It includes three 60 minute  discounted floats.
  • First Timer 3 Float Special

    $178

Non-Member

  • First Timer

    $65
  • 1 Float

    $89
  • 3 Floats

    $214
  • 10 Floats

    $623

Member

  • Membership

    Includes 1, 60-minute float per month

    $65 per month

90 Minute Float

Non-Member

  • 1 Float

    $119
  • 3 Floats

    $303
  • 10 Floats

    $833

Overnight floats available. $100 overnight fee plus $89/hour for non-member, $66.75/hour for members. 

What People Are Saying

  • 5 star rating  Had a wonderful experience, it’s was mine and my girlfriend’s birthday when we went and they gave use both a... read more

    Tyler J. Avatar Tyler J.
    2/11/2018

    5 star rating  Great experience! Incredibly relaxing - felt like I was floating in space. Definitely going back.

    Chris F. Avatar Chris F.
    2/17/2018

    5 star rating  I had my first float ever last week and felt completely cocooned in their pod... so relaxing it was like... read more

    Elisa C. Avatar Elisa C.
    11/17/2017
  • 5 star rating  I'd never heard of "floating" before. What a relaxing experience! Everyone in my family has tried it now... read more

    Chris F. Avatar Chris F.
    2/17/2018

    5 star rating  A wk ago I very much enjoyed the cabin float!! With the stars overhead & meditation music. The spa was... read more

    Claire G. Avatar Claire G.
    1/08/2018

    5 star rating  The Magnesphere is magical. I was taken into a fairly deep state of meditation quickly and could feel energetic shifts... read more

    Elena A. Avatar Elena A.
    2/14/2018
  • 5 star rating  Experienced my first float today, pure relaxation! Beautiful set up, awesome customer service, just an all around great experience.

    Danette S. Avatar Danette S.
    12/07/2017

    5 star rating  This place was amazing. As soon as you walked in you immediately felt serene and at peace. The energy of... read more

    Suzy O. Avatar Suzy O.
    12/07/2017

    5 star rating  We came here using our groupon.  The associates were very informative about the whole process of using a Groupon,  scheduling... read more

    Macky T. Avatar Macky T.
    4/29/2018
  • 5 star rating  Synergy Float Center just recently opened (11/2017) and it is tucked away in Old Town North, but don't let the... read more

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    1/20/2018

    5 star rating  What a great experience! They did everything possible to make me feel welcome and comfortable. Looking forward to the next time!

    Alexandra B. Avatar Alexandra B.
    11/25/2017

    5 star rating  Took my husband for his birthday, it was an amazing experience!! Senergy Float is now apart of our life!

    Everyone should... read more

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    2/05/2018
  • 5 star rating  I floated here for the first time not long ago and had a fantastic experience. The staff is very professional... read more

    Sammy I. Avatar Sammy I.
    1/03/2018

    5 star rating  Great experience. Staff very professional and knowledgeable, high recommend.

    Leo L. Avatar Leo L.
    1/15/2018

    5 star rating  We’ve done all the float places in this area and highly recommend Synergy. Great atmosphere and equipment, and the owner,... read more

    David H. Avatar David H.
    1/28/2018
  • 5 star rating  First time here. Tried the infrared sauna, room was relaxing and had a shower. The front desk (guy, forgot his... read more

    Natasha D. Avatar Natasha D.
    3/31/2018

    5 star rating  I floated for the first time at Synergy Float Center a few weeks ago and I loved it. The center... read more

    Emilia T. Avatar Emilia T.
    2/16/2018

    5 star rating  A very different type of relaxation experience. I’ve done lots of yoga, mindfulness, and meditation work, and this aligns perfectly... read more

    Christie D. Avatar Christie D.
    11/26/2017
  • 5 star rating  Synergy Float center is a new addition to Old Towne. I've been to other float spas, but this is the... read more

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    5/12/2018

    5 star rating  The first time I went to this place I had a calf sprain from cycling for 2-3 months that I... read more

    Jo S. Avatar Jo S.
    4/10/2018

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