Stress drifts away at Zen Float Center

Stress drifts away at Zen Float Center
Since Chris Haylett opened the Zen Float Center in Streetsboro, she says the response has been exactly what she'd hoped for. (Source: WOIO)

STREETSBORO, OH (WOIO) - Since Chris Haylett opened the Zen Float Center in Streetsboro, she says the response has been exactly what she'd hoped for.

"Right after I floated I was like, 'This is what I want to do, I want to open a float center, people need to do this,'" she said.

She's referring to a very old form of relaxation therapy in which the user attempts to achieve a feeling a weightlessness.

"It's just total relaxation -- totally in the moment in the tank, no other worries or anything," says Dylan Teter, 25, of Kent.

He's talking about a float tank, where he goes often these days to escape the stress of balancing work and school.

The tanks look a little intimidating. They're filled with 200 gallons of water, 10 inches deep, with 1,000 pounds of sea salt -- enough to allow just about anyone to lay on top of the water. Haylett said people come by looking for help with all kind of things from depression to stress.

"Just getting away from the world for an hour, chronic pain, sport injuries," she said.

Some participants fall asleep.

Haylett said the 93.5 degree water temperature is key, as it's the same temperature as a human being's skin. She said once the person gets settled they eventually feel the full float effect.

"Instinctively, you are trying not to go under the water," Teter said, discussing the difficulty of letting oneself relax in the tank. "You have to trust you are not going to."

Haylett said the effects mental and physical can last a few to several days, and is proving to make a difference for military personnel suffering post-traumatic stress disorder.

There are 250 centers in the U.S., including five in Ohio. The average price is $50 per hour.

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