Salt pod

Sensory Deprivation Pod

You may be wondering what this means, if Amy can do it, I can do it?  Allow me to explain… if you are a fan of The Big Bang Theory TV show, then you are familiar with Amy Farrah Fowler’s character. To say she is a little neurotic, would be an understatement. Her role involves a conservative neuro scientist that is inquisitive of everything. From chimpanzees to human behavior, she questions all! So when I watched  the most recent episode (do not worry, there will be no spoiler alerts) and discovered that she was going to be in a sensory deprivation tank, my curiosity was peaked. You can see a clip here. 

Salt water pod

You may ask, what is a sensory deprivation tank? I did too! Well it is a pod with salt water and calming music. Sounds simple, right? It is! Imagine a giant bathtub with a lid. You are floating in this chamber. There is more than 1000 lbs of salt to help keep you buoyant. The salt softens the skin. When I was lying on my back, if I lifted my leg I could not touch the ceiling. There is soft music playing and mood lighting. It is a very tranquil environment. If you are claustrophobic, then you simply leave the lid open. I ended up starting with the lid about 75% ajar and then gradually lowered it until it was 100% closed. For me, there was no panicking involved, Amy was not so lucky!

The benefits

Deprivation tank

Pod  – Big enough to stand up!

So you may ask why I went? Well as stated in my previous post, I am suffering with a severe case of eczema. At the present time, I have approximately 10 lesions on my body. I am on medication and using prescribed creams, but nothing seems to be alleviating my symptoms. This was my motivation to go try the pod at Sonder Mind and Body. As most of us know, the ocean soothes all. However, since I am not near the beach, I have been looking for salt water pools. Unfortunately, we do not have any in our area, so I caved and decided to try the deprivation tank. Truth be told, if my skin was not as bad as it is, then I probably would not have gone due to fear. As they say, desperate times call for desperate measures. I put my big girl panties on and braved my way downtown to the spa. Actually, you can sit in the pod in your bathing suit or your birthday suit!

I am so glad I ventured down to the spa. The feeling was exhilarating. It seems almost impossible to describe. You need to try it for yourself. The ambiance was calm.  But the real test was how was my skin going to do?  Admittedly the water did sting slightly. As you may know, when you have eczema, you tend to have open wounds or blisters. The salt stung but only because it was healing it.  When it was too much to tolerate, I simply rolled over.

End result

My hair was salty, my body was smooth, and I was on cloud nine. Walking out of there, I forgot that my body was sore from my intensive workout the day before. It was an additional bonus that my body seemed to be pain free. I was there solely for my skin, but the other benefits were appreciated. Will I go back? YES!  Was it better than a massage? It was different. Was it better than acupuncture? Again, it was different. Do I recommend it HIGHLY!!! You can even get a monthly membership. I am not sure if I need that, however, I am willing to try!

Pod lighting

Deprivation pod – mood lighting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author: Tarah Jakubiak

After working for 20 years in the corporate world, Tarah Jakubiak founded Allergic Traveler. Jakubiak, president of Allergic Traveler has traveled the world since the age of two. She has been to 25 countries and 34 states. Jakubiak has been to all inclusives, gone on cruises, gone camping; backpacking through Europe, gone to the big cities, and little hidden gems. She has multiple food allergies but it does not stop her from seeing the world. Jakubiak is allergic to eggs, nuts, mushroom, soy, garlic, corn, sesame, potatoes, celery, shellfish, chicken, pork, peanuts, and many fruits. She is originally from Montreal, Quebec and now lives in Greensboro, NC with her husband.