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Guilford Spa to Offer New Way to Relax
August 22, 2013

GUILFORD >> Floating in a tub of salt water is probably not the first idea that comes to mind when people think of rest and relaxation.

But it is for Jeremy Spang, 26, and Jocelyn Rustemeyer, 25. The residents are the owners of a new saltwater float spa called Surrender to the Float and are excited to get the word out about the unique business. They hope to have the 236 Church St. spa opened by Oct. 1 and plan to lease the space for three years.

Spang and Rustemeyer decided to bring the treatment to the area because "people seemed ready for it." More popular in western states such as Oregon, these spas feature flotation tanks made to provide a zero-gravity environment resulting from the high salt content, allowing for muscles and bones to relax. The technique has been around since the 1960s, Spang and Rustemeyer said. Floaters submerge into 850 pounds of Epsom salt. in a tub of water kept around 93 degrees Farenheight. With no outside distractions, the body's system stops concerning itself with outside tasks.

Studies show dopamine and endorphin levels rise, giving you a natural high, Spang said. Floating tanks also help reduce chronic pain. Rustemeyer was involved in a car accident that caused constant neck pain. "I felt a natural alignment after I tried floating for the first time. The pain was definitely better than normal," Rustemeyer said. While the amount of salt keeps the body floating, Spang says it also helps keep the tank clean. "I think that's a big concern for people, the cleanliness," Spang said. Spa guests are required to wear a bathing suit inside the tubs. Spang said tank water will be leaned every 1.5 hours, and 25 percent of the water is replaced once a week. "We are going to require people to shower before and after floating," Spang said.Spang and Rustemeyer said they are working to finish blueprints for the spa design, which will include two tanks and must be approved by the state and local officials. Spang said approval could take a few weeks.

"The good thing is the (state) health department already went through this with a float spa in Westport," Spang said. Float tanks are zoned like pools, according to Spang. Spang recognized the public is not well-informed about the methods of floating, explaining, "We've done a lot of research to have on file for the public." Float tanks have been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health and the book, "Flotation REST in Applied Psychophysiology," by Roderick Borrie and Thomas Fine, of the College of Ohio.

Surrender to the Float will offer cheaper sessions than other local spas, the pair said. Spang said he's visited other spas that charge $75 per hour. "We're looking to charge $55 for an hour or an hour-and-a-half," Spang said. Rustemeyer and Spang hope to have a launch party at the end of next month.

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Call Ebony Walmsley at 203-789-5734.

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