Hope Floats Wellness Spa To Open On Battery Lane


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A Bethesda woman is bringing flotation therapy back to near where the concept first began. Kimberly Boone, who runs her Hope Floats flotation therapy out of her home, is moving into the first floor of the 4811 Battery Lane building near NIH. It's at the NIH where the concept of an isolation tank, a tank filled with salt water to help a person float, was first devised. Neuropsychiatrists wanted to test the effects of sensory deprivation, so they devised a water tank to see if cutting off stimuli would cause someone to sleep. The flotation tanks eventually became a part of something called Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy or REST therapy, which Boone practices. Boone and Lynette D'Arco are hoping to open the spa on Saturday. There are two flotation tanks and an infrared sauna room. D'Arco said the closest similar facility is in Manassas. Most flotation or REST therapy facilities are on the west coast. Boone says the flotation therapy helps to relax and energize: I became passionate about floating after my very first experience. The benefits were immediately evident following my first float. I emerged relaxed, energized and with an overall strong sense of well-being. I knew this was something truly unique and became determined to share it with others. Each subsequent float revealed new benefits; my sleep patterns improved, my ability to meditate was enhanced and aches and pains were diminished. I emerged each time feeling as though I had just experienced the most restful night's sleep. I knew, those of us living in the Washington DC area dealing with the stresses of everyday life, would benefit greatly from this natural, holistic method of therapy and healing. Whether it is for relief from anxiety, depression or addiction, or just a search for a better quality of life, I urge you to consider Flotation Therapy. A 60- to 90-minute session in the tank typically runs $70. D'Arco said it's typical to receive the second session free to better get the hang of it. Photo via Hope Floats

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