"Don't worry," the manager said as I was about to experience my first hour and a half floating in a 4-by-8-foot isolation tank filled with lukewarm water.
"You'll be fine," Ron Becker reassured me.
Becker was standing at his usual spot behind the front desk of Costa Mesa's Newport Float Therapy, hailed consistently on Yelp as the best place to go to spend time in a sensory deprivation chamber to explore a unique state of mind.
I tried not to be nervous, despite the fact that I was about to be floating in a pitch-black tank filled with skin-temperature water, wearing earplugs and not much else.
This exercise is to help people relax, heighten senses and manage pain.
Floating in a tank of 1,000 pounds of dissolved magnesium sulfate — known as Epsom salt after a saline spring in Epsom in Surrey, England — is said to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, enhance concentration and focus, relieve pain from injuries and joint inflammation and, overall, enhance relaxation.
Flotation therapy businesses have been opening around the country, including Newport Float Therapy, which Becker opened in July.
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