Float Therapy is on the rise. Find out why this womb-like experience just might elevate the way you meditate.


Yoga Journal Floating to Meditate

You know how relaxing it is when you finally make the time to take a long soak in the bath? Imagine stepping into a tub the size of a walk-in closet, adding 1,000 or more pounds of Epsom salt, turning off the lights and soundproofing the room, and matching the water temperature exactly to the temperature of your skin. Now, you’re floating, literally. And this womb-like experience just might be the “new” way to meditate.

Floating has been around for 40 years or so and piqued interest in the ‘80s and ‘90s, but it’s having a renaissance right now due to vastly improved float cabins as well as the popularity of mindfulness and meditation, says Jim Hefner, owner of Just Float in Pasadena, California, aka the world’s largest float therapy spa, which opened in September.

“You can point to the mindfulness thing, of course, which is happening right now,” he says. “The float tank is the most perfect place in our opinion to practice mindfulness due to the lack of distraction. But it’s also word of mouth. People come float and have a beautiful, amazing, profound, transformative experience. They tell their friends and come back.”