Wiped out? Reset your mind-set
The clarity chamber at JW Marriott Chicago's Velo Spa includes the belly stone. "This fits two people, and is an extra-large radiant heat stone," the spa's Katie Hurley said. "The body is bolstered so you feel comfortable lying on a stone. The fireplace is there so you sit and get clear. It's an incredible experience." (Photo by Anthony Tahlier)
Graf, who went to Columbia College for creative writing, said he started the site because he had a hard time finding similar things online. "I had an Internet background and decided to start something myself," he said.
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Set your stress afloat
SpaceTime Tanks offers visitors the chance to "take a vacation in an hour," according to their website.
I reluctantly tried this with a friend last year. The concept was frightening: You enter a saltwater tank and close the door, doing your best to float for an hour wearing nothing but earplugs. I have an aversion to silence and meditation, so nothing about this experience sounded appealing except the promised results of relaxation and heightened awareness.
I panicked at first; when the door to the tank shut, I was afraid it wouldn't reopen. But eventually I fell into a deep sleep, and by the time the session was over, I couldn't believe an hour had passed. Colors seemed brighter and sounds seemed louder when I re-entered the real world.
I don't recommend planning any social activities after floating because my ability to talk was greatly diminished in my super-centered state. But I felt really rejuvenated and despite my initial panic, would do it again next time I'm feeling overwhelmed.
SpaceTime Tanks is at 2526 N. Lincoln in Chicago; sessions are $50, or three for $120. Check chicagofloatationtanks.com for more information.