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Float your troubles away at Elements Float Spa

Diet, exercise and lifestyle changes are some of the most popular ways to feel better, but what if you could simply let your problems float away? Now you can. Elements Float Spa opened in Birmingham in July and offers floatation therapy. 

Flotation REST (reduced environmental stimuli therapy) consists of laying in a float tank of 10-inch-deep water with thousands of pounds of Epsom salt. The salt makes the water so dense that it impossible not to float. 

Owner Kristine Sparrowhawk opened Elements in Birmingham after visiting a floating spa in Atlanta due to a neck injury. 

“I broke my neck in 2008 and I was taking tons of medicine and getting injections, and I wanted to find something that was better for me because I was getting liver damage. I found floating on the Internet in Atlanta and drove over to try it.”  Sparrowhawk said. “After my very first float, I could tell a difference the next day.”

Sparrowhawk started driving from Birmingham to Atlanta on a regular basis, sometimes three times a week. After some time, she and her husband, Kele, decided to open a float spa in Birmingham in order to share it with more people.  

“You release endorphins at a higher rate when you’re in there,” she said. “Floating is the only time in your entire life that you can experience zero gravity unless you are an astronaut. So getting all the gravity off of your muscles and joints helps your entire body relax.”

The benefits of floating don’t stop at aches and pains, she said. 

“One thing I do want to mention that I don’t talk about a lot is the mental and emotional benefits of floating,” she said. “We are having a fundraiser for autism on the 31st [of October] because it has been studied and tested and floating shows a huge improvement for people with autism and ADHD.”

Floatation has been academically studied in America since 1975 and currently in Sweden. To find out more about floating, visit their website at http://www.elementsfloatspa.com.

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Float your troubles away at Elements Float Spa

Float your troubles away at Elements Float Spa

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BY: MACY DYEThe Crimson White:

Diet, exercise and lifestyle changes are some of the most popular ways to feel better, but what if you could simply let your problems float away? Now you can. Elements Float Spa opened in Birmingham in July and offers floatation therapy.

Flotation REST (reduced environmental stimuli therapy) consists of laying in a float tank of 10-inch-deep water with thousands of pounds of Epsom salt. The salt makes the water so dense that it impossible not to float.

Owner Kristine Sparrowhawk opened Elements in Birmingham after visiting a floating spa in Atlanta due to a neck injury.

“I broke my neck in 2008 and I was taking tons of medicine and getting injections, and I wanted to find something that was better for me because I was getting liver damage. I found floating on the Internet in Atlanta and drove over to try it.” Sparrowhawk said. “After my very first float, I could tell a difference the next day.”

Sparrowhawk started driving from Birmingham to Atlanta on a regular basis, sometimes three times a week. After some time, she and her husband, Kele, decided to open a float spa in Birmingham in order to share it with more people.

“You release endorphins at a higher rate when you’re in there,” she said. “Floating is the only time in your entire life that you can experience zero gravity unless you are an astronaut. So getting all the gravity off of your muscles and joints helps your entire body relax.”

The benefits of floating don’t stop at aches and pains, she said.

“One thing I do want to mention that I don’t talk about a lot is the mental and emotional benefits of floating,” she said. “We are having a fundraiser for autism on the 31st [of October] because it has been studied and tested and floating shows a huge improvement for people with autism and ADHD.”

Floatation has been academically studied in America since 1975 and currently in Sweden. To find out more about floating, visit their website at http://www.elementsfloatspa.com.

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Nothing says relaxation like a day at the spa--and luckily for us, Birmingham has plenty of places for us to relax and indulge. It's not always easy to find time for that, but with this roundup of spas, we hope you'll realize you need to treat yourself. There's a type of spa for everyone--from salt rooms to float spas to luxury spas. So find one that suits you best, make an appointment, and forget about your worries for the time being.

1. Poseidon Spa at Grand Bohemian
2655 Lane Park Rd.
grandbohemianmountainbrook.com/spa

When we're looking for a truly luxurious, relaxing experience, we head to the Poseidon Spa at the Grand Bohemian in Mountain Brook. With four treatment rooms (including a couples massage room with a soaking tub), the small spa offers relaxation in a more private, intimate setting. The spa is open to both hotel guests and non-hotel guests.

The Poseidon theme incorporates soothing decor in shades of blue and turquoise, with a relaxation room where guests can enjoy tea, gem water, or mimosas before and after their treatments. The treatments at Poseidon Spa are all truly customizable--from the pressure of the massage to individualized skin treatments. For example, the signature massage incorporates the guest's choice of aromatherapy or reflexology, and different enhancements are offered to add on to the massage for a minimal fee, such as hot stones, a Moroccan scalp massage, or a collagen eye mask. These enhancements are also offered with the facials and other treatments.

Treatments called the Jewels of the Sea are unique to the Poseidon Spa; they include detox and exfoliation that specifically focuses on the skin. A popular one is the Eternal Beauty Ritual, which features a full body hot stone massage followed by a green tea infused body masque. You are then wrapped in warm towels that allow the skin to incubate and soak in the body masque--the balance of the hot stones and antioxidants revitalizes the skin.

"We try to beautify the whole body and bring a feeling of wellness," says spa director Vanessa Pierson.

The spa also offers seasonal treatments that utilize botanicals that align with the seasons. The summer treatment, which runs through the end of July, features a coconut-lime leg massage and an avocado mask facial. The fall treatments, which begin in August, will feature a Southern peach treatment that includes a customized pressure peach body butter massage and a back exfoliation with Southern handcrafted peach salts.

"For these seasonal treatments, we use clean botanical bases, in line with our mission statement," Pierson says.

The spa curates unique products to bring in and use in the treatments. One of the signature lines is Privai--a natural skincare line with a philanthropic base; they donate a percentage of their profits to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, as well as Women for Women International.

In addition to the signature treatments, you can also visit Poseidon Spa for a manicure, pedicure, waxing, and salt water soaks. Lunch can be ordered to the spa from the Habitat Feed & Social upstairs and enjoyed in the relaxation room. You might just never want to leave! And if you opt to join the spa's membership program, which offers discounted treatments and other benefits for a set amount each month, you might not even have to.

2. The Retreat Day Spa
5236 Overton Road, Irondale
theretreatbham.com

This is the newest addition to our spa scene, and it's one of our favorites already. Located in an old renovated house in Irondale, the spa is run by Molly Flora and Cindy Pinger. Focused on all-natural remedies, the spa's tagline is "Farm to Facial."

Flora and her husband moved to Alabama from Australia when her husband was offered a job as elephant caretaker at the Birmingham Zoo. The couple both previously worked with elephants in Australia, but Flora was looking for something different to do. She had taken massage classes in Thailand and Australia, so she decided to attend Birmingham School of Massage. After working for some other spas in town, she wanted something with a more unique, local feel.

"None of the spas I worked for had the feel I was looking for," Flora says. "I really wanted something with an outdoorsy, local feel."

Flora grows some of her own herbs and flowers to be used in the treatments, shops for others at Pepper Place, and also has a girl who provides some homegrown goods.

"We use what's in season," Flora says. "Rosemary is so good for your skin; mint, lavender...there's so much good outside. We wanted to bring that in."

Their signature is the poultice massage. A poultice is a warm bundle of herbs that is rubbed along the back during the massage to incorporate the herbs right into the skin. The poultices at The Retreat are all filled with locally-grown herbs and flowers. They also incorporate the poultice and other organic products into their facials.

"We have such a deep appreciation for the natural world and we just want to share that," Flora says.

The setting just adds to the natural feel of the spa. Far from the hustle and bustle of the city, the house sits on its own, surrounded by trees. The only thing in sight is a farm across the road with sheep, donkeys, and emus. Flora really wants people to feel like they are escaping it all.

"I don't want to rush 80 people in and out here every day," she says. "My favorite people are the people who sit and have a glass of wine with us on the deck while we watch the sheep."

3. Spa at Ross Bridge
4000 Grand Ave.
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If there's one thing the spa at the Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa has perfected, it's the art of the staycation. Set only about 20 minutes from Birmingham but feels like a world away, the Spa at Ross Bridge offers any spa service you could want, all in one place--from massages to facials to body treatments to haircuts to makeup and nail services.

The extensive spa menu includes multiple varieties of each treatment. Massages include Swedish massages, warm stone massages, pregnancy massages, couples massages, hydrotherapy massages; facials include refresher facials, gentlemen's grooming facials, microdermabrasion facials, anti-aging facials. And the list goes on...

How you'll ever choose is beyond us, but if we had to recommend some treatments, the 75-minute Lavender Dreams Body Treatment offers a little bit of everything. It begins with a full body exfoliation, followed by a back, neck, and shoulder massage with lavender oil and warm stones, and finished with a foot and pressure point scalp massage.

"It's a combination of a bunch of treatments in one," says Taylor Fields, director of spa operations. "It uses minerals from all over the world."

The spa is also known for the cutting edge Reverse Anti-Aging Facial, utilizing BABOR Re-Youth time-reverse complex to retain and extend skin cell lifespan, reactive the skin's own anti-aging mechanism, and smooth fine lines and wrinkles.

The spa at Ross Bridge really is the perfect place to just spend the entire day pampering yourself. In addition to the numerous treatments offered, the spa also has steam rooms and therapy baths to enjoy. In fact, the spa offers the option for a spa access day pass for $35 for hotel guests and non-hotel guests alike to use the spa's amenities without booking a treatment.

"We really do our best to provide the best customer service," Fields says.

In order to truly enjoy the Spa at Ross Bridge, block out a whole day on your calendar, book some treatments, order lunch at the spa, and relax by the pool to finish out the day.

4. Elements Float Spa 
4851 Cahaba River Rd.
elementsfloatspa.com

Imagine floating weightlessly, with no distractions, no noise, and no worries. At Elements Float Spa, you do just that--and nothing else. A float pod with 10-12 inches of warm water is filled with 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt. You enter the pod, adjust the LED lights to your color of choice, and float for a solid 60 minutes. Floating is effortless--the amount of salt makes it impossible to sink, so don't worry if you can't naturally float.

You may be wondering what the point of floating is. The majority of people float for pain relief, while some float for meditative purposes--a sensory deprivation experience.

"It creates an environment with no pressure points," says owner Victoria Robbins. "You can't get that environment otherwise. By creating a restful, pressure-less environment, people can heal faster."

Robbins decided to start the spa after hearing from friends who had used floating as therapy before, and when she realized Alabama didn't have one, she knew it was time to bring the concept to Birmingham. Elements has been open for a year and is the only float spa in the state.

The pods were invented by a doctor in the 1950s and were popular through the '60s and '70s as sensory deprivation tanks. They faded away in the '90s but are growing in popularity again as the pain relief benefits are realized. The tanks are also popular with pregnant women who suffer from back pain. They often float on their stomach (as opposed to their backs--the standard
floating position).

After your float session, a shower is provided, as well as a room to dry your hair and freshen up. Robbins does warn floaters not to wear their favorite bathing suit, as the salt might not come out of it. In fact, most people choose to float sans bathing suit for a truly undistracted and freeing float.

5. Spiro Salt Room
2816 Culver Road (Inside Mt. Brook Mall)
spirotherapy.com

Salt is in the air--literally--at Sprio Salt Room & Massage Therapy. As the first and only salt room in Alabama, guests come to Spiro to cure a variety of ailments, from asthma to allergies to cystic fibrosis--but salt therapy (also called halotherapy) is beneficial to everyone. Salt's antibacterial properties clean the lungs and skin to help to prevent infections. It also produces negative ions that promote brain chemistry changes to improve mood, release stress, boost energy, and help sleep.

At Spiro, you enter a salt room with pink Himalayan salt bricks laid around the door, a beachy sand-like layer of salt on the ground, and calming Grecian murals on the wall. There are chairs set up for you to recline and relax for your 45-minute session. A halo-generator releases concentrated salt air into the room. The amount is determined relating to the specific issue you want to resolve, and the machine has a sensor to monitor that concentration and keep it consistent.

The reason salt therapy works is due to the inhalation of salt aerosol, a well-known decongestant clinically proven to decrease inflammation, cleanse the respiratory system of bacteria, viruses, pollen and pollutants, and speed up the elimination of toxins.

Salt rooms came about in Europe, where the Europeans discovered the salt miners never had any respiratory or skin problems (salt therapy also reduces acne and psoriasis). In ancient times, people would smash salt blocks together and breath in the dust for its benefits. Later, salt caves and salt rooms became popular, and have just in the past decade grown in popularity in the U.S.

Owners Lee John Bruno and Loretta Wendel wanted to bring salt therapy to Alabama after visiting a salt cave in Virginia and noticing a difference in how they felt.

"Alabama is one of the worst states for allergies," Bruno says. "Salt can help to open the airways and is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory."

The results from each session can last up to 2-3 weeks. You can also add on a massage or acne facial treatment. Sometimes one session is enough to make someone feel better, but for those needing regular treatment, the spa offers a family membership plan. Tiers vary, but a 12-month salt room plan includes a total of 24 visits per year, for $75 per month. The plan can be shared with family or friends, and the sessions never expire.

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Float Pool

Float therapy is an innovative take on true relaxation. Float pods are an intimate, single-person enclosures that are filled with over 1,000 pounds of epsom salt and water. This creates a buoyant surface that allows each user, no matter the body type, to float without any effort! Each float contains 10 inches of salinated water, so guests are not required to know how to swim. It’s a complete sensory deprivation experience.

All distractions are removed when you’re in the pool, which decreases the production of cortisone, the stress hormone, meaning you’ll feel refreshed after the float. It’s safe to even fall asleep!

The benefits of flotation are significant: just one float has been linked to decreased stress, higher relaxation and better sleep. Floating has also been linked to physical benefits, including increased pain management and blood circulation, enhanced athletic training and better immune function.

Floating in the 30% salt solution, which feels similar to floating on a cloud (or outer space), provides an elevated level of relaxation and sensory deprivation. Additionally, there are no pressure points on the body once floating, which promotes nearly 100% pain relief. With each additional float, the benefits build on themselves! The more you float, the better it gets! Coupled with a massage or other therapies, our float spa is a powerful tool for stress reduction, better sleep and enhanced pain management.

Is Float Pool Therapy Right for Me?

As we’ve stated above, the benefits of entering the float pool at Spa Cahaba are many. There are virtually no downsides to swimming in a float pool. For those of us who find daily stresses taking a toll on our mind and bodies, a salt float pool can offer some time in which there are no physical stresses weighing on the body.  This can be a surreal experience for many people. You can come back as often as you like as there are no negatives or downtime associated with floating in salt solution.  This spa therapy can lead to profound effects on the mind and body, and often leaves our visitors ready for another experience with our pool.

Although floating is a safe relaxation method for nearly everyone, it’s important to check in with your doctor before starting any health regimen.

Those with kidney disease or epileptic conditions should consult their doctor and take extra precaution before floating.

Getting Started

We’re excited to have you float with us at Cahaba Dermatology in Birmingham, Alabama! First time clients should arrive 15-30 minutes before appointment time to complete paperwork and get acquainted with your pool suite and the spa.

We provide plush robes and changing facilities. Some items you can bring:

  • Bathing suit (optional)
  • Swimming cap if you wish to keep hair dry. We have caps available as well.
  • Personal Flip flops or use ours
  • Special toiletries or use our complementary assortment
  • Problems and Tensions (You’ll leave them with us!)

Cahaba Dermatology offers a private shower and changing suite for all of our guests. Relax in your own private space. We also provide shampoo, conditioner, lotion, body wash and other toiletries at your request. Contact the float spa at Spa Cahaba in Birmingham Alabama and enjoy this personal and relaxing mind and body experience today.

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