BREVARD COUNTY — A new kind of therapy is making a name for itself. Floatation therapy, which enriches the body and mind through a meditative floating experience, is the only therapy center of its kind in Brevard.
Souler Float is owned by Pierre-Jean and Dionne Stracuzzi and they said that clients drive from all over the state to visit their center at 1694-A West Hibiscus Blvd., Melbourne.
Floatation therapy involves getting undressed and lying in a floatation pod that contains more than 1,100 pounds of Epsom salt, which makes the client more buoyant than if floating in the Dead Sea.
I was invited to try it out and arrived early in the morning to a quiet and peaceful visit. I was greeted and offered a bottle of water as the therapy session was explained to me.
As of press time, Souler Float only has two floatation rooms available at a time but will soon be expanding to four I-Sopod Floatation Pods. Each room has its own shower with soap, shampoo and conditioner, along with a towel.
The main feature of the room is the floatation pod, which is approximately 8.5-feet long by 5.5-feet wide and 4.3-feet high. Two buttons inside the pod allow the client to turn a pod light on and off, as well as to ring the reception in case there are any problems.
As a somewhat claustrophobic person, I was a little nervous about what I was about to do. Before entering the pod, I took a light shower and then slid in and closed the lid. A soft blue light stayed on until I was ready to be in the dark and music akin to being in a rain forest played softly for 10 minutes to help me get in the right frame of mind.
A light sensor in the room can easily turn on when opening the lid, which I found out after getting up to grab a Styrofoam neck pillow five seconds after closing my lid.
Inside the pod, I was surprised how buoyant I felt and despite the dark, I felt calm. The water’s temperature is kept at 94.2 degrees Fahrenheit, which is near the human skin’s own temperature.
While I didn’t fall asleep, I amused myself by pushing myself from wall-to-wall (there was a lot of room in there for my small size), until I felt relaxed enough to quiet my mind and contemplate life.
The hardest part for me being inside was not knowing how much time was left on the clock, but the point is not to worry about things like that. After 45 minutes, the rain forest sounds came back on for five minutes, and then to indicate the end of my session, the pod light came back on.
My limbs felt heavy and relaxed. After getting out of the pod, I crossed over to my shower to rinse off all of the salt. Once dressed, I was invited to spend some time in the relaxation lounge. Mr. and Mrs. Stracuzzi do not want clients to feel they have to drive right away after a therapy session, and so created the lounge as a place to come back to your senses before driving.
Water bottles are available in a mini-fridge, and it’s especially important to stay hydrated after such an experience. The relaxation lounge is kept dark, with soft lights and salt lamps around, and clients can use a coloring book to further relax.
A guest book is available for you to jot down your float experience or to read other’s comments.
Clients of any age are invited to try Souler Float, although those 17 and younger need a parent or guardian’s permission and to be present throughout their session.
Military, veterans and first responders are invited to try a free floating session and can receive a 15 percent discount for following sessions.
It is recommended that you try it more than once because during your first time it’s hard to totally relax, Mr. Stracuzzi said. Water and salt in a quiet environment can do so much to the mind and body. It not only affects the body for people suffering from trauma, accidents or recovery from injuries, but it also affects the mind.
Whether you have fibromyalgia, PTSD or are pregnant in your second or third trimester, floating can give you an inner-peace that is hard to come by anywhere else.
“Floatation is a great complimentary therapy,” Mrs. Stracuzzi said. “The medical fields are trained in medicine and what the new world of medicine looks like, essentially, is a combination of both treatment through the usual mainstream medication format but also through health and well-being.
“A lot of what floatation does, you can’t get in a pill form,” she added. “So, we’ve got people who have a lot of stress and anxiety and PTSD in their lives and in their minds, and popping a pill will dampen that for them, however, it won’t actually deal with the in-set root causes of it.”
For the Stracuzzi’s, quality is very important as they have both traveled around the world trying various businesses floatation therapy. Each pod is kept clean due to the high concentration of salt, but also to the filtration system which pumps and sanitizes after each session.
When compared to visiting community pools or the beach, you couldn’t find a cleaner system, according to Mrs. Stracuzzi.
Souler Float is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Sunday.
For more information, call (321) 591-9005 or visit www.SoulerFloat.com.