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Float therapy easing patients' pain in Juno Beach

Posted: 4:45 AM, Apr 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-15 10:42:31Z
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JUNO BEACH, Fla. — Step into a capsule. Close the door. Relax. Do all three and you've "officially floated."

The water in a float pod is about 10 to 11 inches deep and 94 degrees. It has about 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt in it.

"When you go in the bath tub, you only put a cup or two cups of Epsom salt," said Melissa Kessler, who works for Transitions Float Studio in Juno Beach.

It's a personal ocean, so to speak.

"We actually say it's equivalent of floating in the Dead Sea. Your very own private Dead Sea, where you don't have to worry about being taken out," said Kessler.

It's great for anyone look for physical and mental health benefits.

"Relieve muscle and joint pain, we have people who come who have serious insomnia," she said. "It's great for anxiety, stress."

Professional athletes also find it helpful.

"Professional golf players, the Cardinals, Marlins, all of the local teams that practice here," said Kessler.

If you're wondering how much time to spend in one of these pods, most people go in for about an hour. But, in rare circumstances, some people ask to spend about six hours in there overnight.

What is it like?

"You know, when you go to the beach at night?" Kessler asked. "It's super dark and you look out at the ocean and it just looks like it never ends. It's pretty much the feeling you get laying in there."

Don't worry if you're not the best floater.

"You are buoyant whether you actually know how to float or not," said Kessler,