“How can sitting in a dark salt bath be therapeutic? I’ll just fill my bathtub with Epsom Salts and call it a day.” Anyone who has tried to describe flotation therapy to the uninitiated is familiar with those dismissive retorts. An all-natural, wonderfully simple holistic therapy that boasts a wide range of physical, mental, and emotional benefits? Sounds too good to be true. Not to Dr. Justin Feinstein, a neuropsychologist with the Laureate Institute for Brain Research (LIBR), whose research on anxiety and flotation therapy is giving skeptics pause. While […]

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The end of Labor Day weekend brings with it a collective mindset shift – the end of summer, the official date to pack away your white pants, and most famously, the start of a fresh school year. Whether you’re driving carpool or not, Back to School season is a cultural touchpoint for everyone, signaling a time to settle back into the day-to-day routine. The Type A list-makers in your life may thrive with that kind of structure, but getting back into the swing of things isn’t so simple for us […]

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Float like a butterfly? Today’s top athletes are utilizing flotation therapy to float like a champion. Aly Raisman, a two-time Olympic gymnast with a gold medal from Rio already in the bag, recently discussed flotation therapy as a part of her training program: “You literally float in salt water for an hour or so. That stuff is really crucial because you have to find ways to rest.” Turns out she’s in good company – elite athletes have been floating their way to greatness for decades, citing both physical and mental […]

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“I can’t remember a day without pain in more than a decade…until I went to the float spa.” When we met Tammy, a medical condition had left her with chronic pain. Online research had led her to True REST and, like many people who arrive looking for relief, she was cautiously optimistic. The results of her first float? We’ll let Tammy tell you herself… In Tammy’s case, an hour in the pod offered her relief in ways that a laundry list of medications could not. How can a simple, all-natural […]

Whether you come from a family of naturopaths, a long line of medical school grads, or you were regularly instructed to just “walk it off,” you probably noticed a bag of Epsom salts stashed in the medicine cabinet growing up. They may have been pulled out for the occasional foot soak, but the home remedy superstar probably didn’t get the type of regular use it deserves. There’s a reason mom always kept a salt supply handy – everyone from the high school track coach to the World Health Organization recommends […]

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Portland played host once again to the industry’s Float Conference, a chance for float fans near and far to come together. With a schedule full of presentations by scientists, artists, healthcare professionals, and float gurus, it was a banner year for the annual conference. True REST took full advantage of the opportunity by inviting the entire team, from franchisees to corporate support, for a weekend full of education and team building. With the first ever True REST convention on Friday, followed by the Float Conference, it was a perfect occasion […]

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When was the last time you worked through lunch? Missed a workout? Skipped your weekly bubble bath? We often add time for ourselves on the to-do list, but somehow those tasks are still left without a check mark at the end of the day. When the surprises of daily life pop up, me-time tends to take a backseat. Some may view mental health breaks as unnecessarily indulgent or selfish – even when they’re vital to meet the needs of demanding careers, hectic family schedules, and active social lives. So how […]

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