I learned about Flot Spa from a friend that went in and had the Flot experience a few months ago. "What? You float in some water and don't sink or have to furiously move around to keep your head above water?" Not exactly.
The spa itself is located on 12th street, a lovely area of midtown. It's a cozy size. Two pod rooms, a men's and women's locker room, an esthetics room and a massage room. Aveda products are abundantly available for use and purchase. You will smell good at every step here as a result.
The staff gives detailed and thorough instructions during your entire visit. I found the service and professionalism to be exceptional. Both by the front desk (also what I would consider a spa host) as well as the massage therapist.
Mr. R and I went with a hope of having a couples experience but the spa isn't set up for that. Don't let that stop you from going with someone. I went in for my massage first and Mr. R went in for his flot first. Then we switched (the water is filtered for several minutes between floters). I was escorted to the ladies locker room and instructed to disrobe and remove any makeup prior to my flot session. Additionally there is a beautiful open but private shower in the pod room itself to clean off any massage oil or lotion residue you may have on your body, then rinse off again post flot. Why?
You see, the pod is only 12-14" of water deep. It is hypersaturated with magnesium salts thus why your body, including your head will effortlessly flot. The word pod may have you thinking smalll but it is not. I'd estimate it larger than a queen mattress. The session is 50 minutes. I found that some of my exposed skin had a thin layer of salt that dried within about 30 minutes and made me just a tad itchy. Mr. R did not have this same experience so it appears to be a matter of skin sensitivity. Both of us are rather tall, me 5'11 and he 6'3 but both found we were able to move around in the flot pod with arms over head (more crossed above the head) and legs able to move and cross ankles, bend knees, etc with no issue. You will have on goggles and ear plugs during your flot. Do not open your mouth or lift your googles while in the water or it will interrupt your relaxation. Salt water in the mouth or eye isn't one of the more pleasant things in life.
Already relaxed from a superb massage I was escorted into the pod room and given detail intructrions how to flot, what to expect, options for music, light and a panic button should I need it. Once alone I took off my robe and got under the beautiful shower and washed all the product out of my hair, conditioned at the suggestion of the host, then stepped into the blue light pod of water. Ear plugs in, goggles on I laid back and sure enough every inch of me was suspended atop these few inches of water. It could have been 6 feet deep for all I knew once relaxed and weightless. I imagine if you're on the heavy side it would be heaven to feel so weightless. If you're on your feet often or just have an all around hectic life this will transport you to a different world for a time. Don't think, just flot.
I was more appreciative than ever of the cozy dimly lit spa post treatments. I was entirely relaxed and any superfluous noise or light would have killed my chill buzz.
Bonus, that salt water relaxes your muscles so it's great after you had a rough workout or sports session. I slept 10 hours the night I floted.
See you again soon, flot.