“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.”—Isaiah 43:2
"The flotation tank gained popularity among pacifists in the 1970s as a peaceful alternative to the dunk tank. Make waves, not war, with today’s Groupon: for $39, you get a one-hour float session at Float First in Chesapeake (a $79 value).
Float First’s flotation pods cradle customers in salt-infused water to relieve pressure on joints and soothe skin with healing nutrients. Spa-goers shower before climbing into an i-sopod float tank, the filtered water of which is combined with 1,200 pounds of Epsom salts to enhance buoyancy. The water creates a feeling of zero gravity to relieve the pressure on strained muscles and weary joints, while the salts encourage the healing of superficial scrapes and the slow transformation into a mer-mayor. After the pod lid is closed all the way or left partially open, quiet, ambient music lulls customers into tranquility for the first 10 minutes of the treatment. The music returns five minutes before the end of the session to signal bodies to awaken for the posttreatment shower and an optional tap-dance number.”