If you need to contemplate about life in peace, relax before your big day or simply want to be alone to gain focus, floating in a sensory deprivation chamber is now an option! The latest, most interesting thing to come to Manila, Saltwater Float Center just opened last August 2018 in Ortigas Center’s Sapphire Bloc. With only 2 sensory deprivation pods, you basically have the entire place to yourself. While walk-in customers are accepted, it’s still best to reserve ahead of time. They open at 2 PM and close at 10 PM from Mondays through Saturdays.
The foot-deep water is mixed with 1,000 lbs of Epsom salt, which is made of magnesium sulfate, the saltwater allows you to float effortlessly. Even if you try to sink, you can’t. Because the salt crystallizes into chunks, it’s advisable to wear the ear plugs provided. In case you’re wondering if the saltwater is salty, it’s NOT. In fact, it’s pretty bitter, so don’t even think about licking it like I did. In case some of the water gets into your eye, immediately use the fresh water spritzer to wash it away.
Each float session takes 90 minutes, plus 15 minutes before and 15 minutes after for showering. Saltwater Float Center takes showers seriously, since the water isn’t drained but filtered only once a week. You can get fined up to PHP 20,000 for non-compliance. Saltwater Float Center’s amenities include towels, toiletries, slippers, mouthwash, lotion, powder, Vaseline, hairbrush, cotton buds, alcohol, tissue, and a plastic bag for wet stuff. I super loved the Dyson bladeless hair dryer!
The sensory deprivation pods are spacious. They’re about 1 meter wide and 2 meters long. The inside contains a mood light that changes color every few seconds, which you can turn off with the press of a button from inside the pod. In complete darkness, your other senses are heightened–including your imagination if you’re anything like me. To the right, there’s also an emergency button, or a “panic button” as I would like to call it. A general tip on how to enjoy floating: don’t watch any horror movies nor drink coffee before floating!
Saltwater Float Center Price Rates
One Float: PHP 2,800 per person
Double Float: PHP 4,500 (2 pods to be booked at the same time. Bring a friend.)
3 Float Package: PHP 6,500 (3 single floats on different days. Must be you; Not shareable.)
Soft Opening Promo (until end of November 2018): PHP 1,800 per person and PHP 1,500 per person for 2 persons.
What makes sensory deprivation chambers different from floating in the pool, the beach or on the bed?
Bed vs. Sensory Deprivation Pod: A bed doesn’t allow you to float and achieve that light feeling.
Pool vs. Saltwater Float Center: You have to consciously float in the pool unless you have a floater.
Beach vs. Sensory Deprivation Pod: You can get pulled farther out into the sea, whereas the sensory deprivation chamber offers a safe environment.
On top of all these, it’s difficult to attain complete darkness and silence on your own. You need an enclosed space that can shut out light and sound but not totally airtight to the point that you can’t breathe.
Benefits of Floating
Isolation in a dark quiet place generally helps you relax, stimulating creativity and deepening meditation practices. Floating also aids in the following:
-Relieve stress, anxiety and depression
-Soothe chronic pain from arthritis, back and neck pain, inflammation and tendinitis
-Improve circulation and reduce blood pressure
-Strengthen immune system
Location: The Sapphire Bloc, Garner Road, Ortigas Center
Monday to Saturday: 2 PM to 10 PM
Contact Number: (+63 927) 499-0888