There are lots of us who may want to start floating and using saunas again, but may also reasonably ask if this is the right time to do so. After all, there are risks to going anywhere right now. States are facing the difficult situation of how to keep people safe, and how to make sure we can continue to support ourselves in the long term. As we all know, the situation has been pretty stressful!
We’ve shared with you how we go above and beyond recommended sanitation protocols for our massage clients. Just like massage, we would normally leap at the opportunity to get into float tanks and infrared saunas to cope with a stressful situation. The environment seems tailor-made for crises like this. We can isolate, de-stress, and there’s evidence to suggest that saunas are impressive at bolstering the immune system and that floating improve mindfulness can strengthen the immune system as well.
Many people are prioritizing activities and only going out when necessary. Trips to the grocery store are essential and, of course, they also carry a certain amount of risk. But as we go on with our lives and create a new normal, we need to discuss how to also prioritize the things that help bring balance to our lives like our services of floats, saunas, massages. The good news is that float tanks and saunas have a few things about them that generally make them safer than other wellness modalities. Here’s a few things to remember about how much safer floating and using a private sauna is than most activities in a COVID world:
- They’re unmanned: At no point do you need to directly interact with practitioners in order to feel the full benefits of floating.
- Cleanliness: Customers shower before and after the float. This makes a world of difference in mitigating risk and exposure. Also, sweat and any potential virus or pathogen is burned off of the surfaces of the sauna from the heat and infrared rays.
- Uncongested space: With just a few clients in our clinic for massage, sauna, or floating, it’s easy to maintain safe social distance. Seattle Massage Pro rarely has more than 4 or 5 people in the space at any given time.
- Heat and Humidity: Heat and humidity seem to be hostile to the coronavirus, which naturally inhibits growth in float and sauna environments. While this result is still being studied, it does seem like good news.
So already, we’re way ahead of grocery stores in some regards. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t additional precautions to take before going for a float or sauna session.
Mask up: Just like going to the grocery store, be sure to wear a mask when you arrive. Bring your own hand sanitizer as well, but we will provide some for you too.
Call ahead: Make sure you get everything taken care of ahead of time. Pay online, use your stored credit card interact directly with anyone. If it’s your first time floating, do a little research on what to expect to prepare for the experience.
Stay home if you need to: If you have a fever or other symptoms and think you might be contagious, it might be better to wait until you feel better before going to float or private sauna.
Right now, many of us are wondering what the right thing to do is. It might feel selfish to focus on a “luxury” like floating when we’re battling a global pandemic and many people are faced with economic uncertainty. Many people may also be concerned with contributing to unsafe conditions for workers or the general public.
Don’t forget that we are a small business and a part of your community! We are open because we can provide our services of massage, floating, and sauna safely. We all need healing now, and since we can do it safely, we want to provide that for you.
Floating and sauna use is extremely helpful for de-stressing and can help you think and act more clearly in the rest of your day-to-day life. It can help you return to a sense of normalcy by finding time to refocus your attention and prioritize what’s important to you and your health right now. It makes you healthier by reducing your stress, which can strengthen your immune system.
While many of us are eager to rush to the beach or the waterpark during the hot summer months, it seems like that may not be a good idea right now. Floating and using a sauna may seem like a luxury in some regards, but it has been life changing for so many people and it’s so much safer than many other practices in light of current circumstances. Do what you think is best for you, but we should consider supporting the practices that are working hard to bring serenity back to a world that needs it.