In 2015, Tom Palermo was doing home renovation work. While installing a floor, her back came out, causing her tremendous pain.
Having had back problems for years, he knew that a visit to the physiotherapist and chiropractor would usually help with pain relief, but not this time around. The discomfort continued for months without relief.
Palermo turned to flotation therapy, a holistic treatment where clients relax and reset their mind and body while lying on their backs almost completely submerged in water heated to 93.5 degrees and containing more of 800 pounds of Epsom salt. Each session takes place in total darkness inside a soundproof room so that there are no distractions during the therapeutic process.
“I had (a little) relief and that relief helped the chiropractor and physiotherapy be more efficient,” he said. “… That loosened everything up, so the next time I went to the chiropractor he was able to get a good fit. “
There was no convenient flotation therapy center nearby. Eager to offer this relief to others, he founded Light Side Floats (formerly Float Frederick) five years ago. While other facilities feature a small coffin-shaped pod that guests enter, Light Side Floats offers spacious and private 8-foot-tall floating cabins with an oversized 5.5-foot-wide and 9-foot tub. feet long, as well as a shower and changing room.
Many clients come once or twice a month to help ease symptoms of Parkinson’s, arthritis, and Lyme disease. Athletes, especially runners, often come to help relieve muscle tension before and after sporting events. Others appreciate the opportunity to relax for an uninterrupted hour.
Palermo noted that the float will not cure illnesses, but therapy will provide temporary relief and may help clients avoid surgery, high-dose opioids, and may reduce additional medical appointments. “I hope they will feel better physically and mentally” after a session, he said.
The facility also features hydromassage, which is a combination of heat and water designed to relax muscles and tissues. Guests lie on a waterbed with multiple jets, the water is heated to 104 degrees. They keep their clothes on during the 10 or 30 minute session and control the intensity of the massage.
Two Sunlighten far infrared saunas are also available and target deep tissue to produce a number of anti-aging and health benefits.
Memberships are available to reduce the costs of regular visits. Since this year marks the fifth anniversary of Light Side Floats, the company is running a number of promotions to celebrate the occasion.
Before leaving, guests can also take advantage of their Whisper Lounge offering hot and cold water for tea, as well as two heated massage chairs. “When you are done relaxing, you can relax a bit more before you go back to the world,” Palermo said.