Every year, as the weather starts to turn and a chill fills the air, I often express my wish to be able to hibernate like a bear for the winter. While this is a wish I know will never come true, my experience this weekend at Nimas Float & Spa was about as close as one can get.
I’d heard about floating experiences and how they’re designed for relaxation and rejuvenation, and always thought it sounded blissful. When a spa offering that experience opened in Mokena, I knew I had to check it out.
I went in, a little unsure of what exactly to expect (my mind was picturing something like Eleven’s floating scene in Stranger Things). I was greeted by Maggie – the spa’s VP, who was very kind and enthusiastic – who showed me around the space and told me everything one would need to know about float therapy.
I was shown to my float room where there was a shower, and I was to wash off and shampoo (but not condition) my hair prior to getting into the water – body wash, shampoo, and conditioner were all provided. I knew the experience would (obviously) take place within an enclosed space, but I was pleasantly surprised by how big the space was, as my brain was picturing something similar to a tanning bed. The tub had tall walls, which didn’t make the space feel confined.
I showered, shampooed, put in ear plugs (which were provided), and took Maggie’s suggestion of putting some petroleum jelly on my lips as the salt can cause discomfort if it comes into contact with chapped lips. I then took the floating halo – which was to be used to support my head and neck – and stepped into the tub.
The tub was filled with 1,000 lbs. of Epsom salt, but had no overwhelming scent or sensation, which made it easy to acclimate. There were buttons inside that allow you to control whether you want lights on or off, as well as if you want meditative music. I’d highly recommend the music as it makes the experience that much more peaceful. A voice comes over a speaker, letting you know your experience is about to begin – and all you have to do is lay back and relax.
Once I laid down, my body floated comfortably, and I had no concern of going underwater. The best way I can describe this is like a lazy summer day in the pool as you float upon a raft – except your body is kept warm by the water instead of the sun, and there are no distracting outside noises that disturb the peace.
The total experience lasts for one hour, where you’re encouraged to let all of the nonsense from the outside world go and just enjoy the relaxation of that moment. This was a bit hard for me to do, as I was writing some of this in my head, but I could definitely see where one would fall asleep. After the 60 minutes are over, brighter lights come on and the voice comes back to let you know that the time is almost up. You then have a few moments to come back to reality, before you step out and shower off.
After the experience is over, you have the option to sit in a relaxation room with (or without) music and enjoy water, tea, and granola bars. The room is adorned in purple and makes you feel like royalty. The spa also offers massages, facials, waxing, makeup, and CoolSculpting. First time clients receive an introductory rate of $59 for a float session or $15 off a spa service. Memberships are also available.
On Sunday, October 20, Nimas will be hosting an esthetician event, Damsel Lipstick, Facials, Brows, and More from 4-7pm and will feature their own esthetician (makeup artist and founder of Damsel’s Cosmetics) who will be debuting her lipstick line, discussing the benefits of skincare and offering free consultations on facials, waxing, and lash extensions. Visit their Facebook page to RSVP.