Relax Like Gisele Bundchen
NYC's latest spa craze involves something she and Tom Brady have in their home
You don’t need us to tell you that navigating the streets and the sirens and the subway in New York can take a serious toll. That’s why regular trips to the spa (or, at the very least, a neon-signed neck-massage spot) are often in order.
But there’s a game-changing new stress reliever in town.
It’s called “flotation therapy,” where you lie alone in a dark, soundless, salty pool for an hour. And it’s being offered at a new Brooklyn spa. Fans of the treatment include Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen (OK), Caputo from Orange Is the New Black (uh, sure) and Mary-Louise Parker. (The Weeds star took a break from her Broadway run to try a session right before ours.)
We’ll walk you through all the strange details.
OK, SO WHAT IS FLOATATION THERAPY?
Basically, it’s a treatment in which you float in total darkness in a pod filled with water and 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt. It’s just you in a womb-like pool, alone with your thoughts. (And a little music, if you like.)
HOW DOES IT WORK?
When you book your appointment at Lift Floats in Carroll Gardens (seen here), you’ll have a choice between the aforementioned pod (like what Tom and Gisele have in their home) or, for claustrophobes, a high-ceilinged pool (pictured below). Each experience comes with its own room and shower, so you get tons of privacy. You strip down and shower (bathing suits are optional but most people go nude). Then hop in for 60 zenned-out minutes.
ARE THE PODS SCARY?
Fellow control freaks here--we were nervous, too. But turns out you can customize everything from the lights to the music to the setup. For extra comfort, keep the pod lid open or the pool door cracked. (Like we said, you’re in your own private room.)
IS THE WHOLE THING TOTALLY WEIRD?
A little at first. But once you settle in, it’s pretty damn rejuvenating. After the first 15 minutes, we forgot where we were and legit felt like we were floating through space. Have you ever been able to say that on a massage table?
Lift Floats, 320 Court St., 2nd Fl., Brooklyn; 718-701-0808 or liftfloats.com