Does floatation therapy work? This is what happened when we tried it

Clocking up 8 hours sleep without closing your eyes? Don't mind if we do
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Does floatation therapy work? This is what happened when we tried it

Admittedly, a spa session that involves lying in a heated pool for an hour wasn't on the top of Grazia's to-do list as the peak of summer sets in. Still, having heard of the restorative and stress-relieving qualities of floatation therapy, we were keen to ease our slightly stressed state from a busy day in the office and reap the rewards. 

Taking place in the Talise Spa at Jumeirah Emirates Towers hotel, the therapy - which involves adding 300kg of Epsom salts to warm water to enable unaided flotation and deep relaxation - claims to be the equivalent of eight hours of deep sleep in just one hour. Quite a statement.

Upon inspection, the flotation pool room definitely oozes relaxing vibes: it's full of low-lit candles, soft towels and meditation music plays in the background. There are also plush shower facilities to use before and after the treatment and bottles of water to sip to keep hydrated throughout. 

As well as vowing total zen-vibes, the therapy also claims to reduce anxiety, help digestion and aid muscle soreness. After tackling Dubai's evening traffic, Grazia slipped straight in to the 36-degree water in anticipation of quickly beginning the restoration process. Throughout the hour you lie on your back - using the provided neck pillow - and watch the peaceful cloud design on the ceiling while the water jets push you gently around the pool. A word of advice, though, it's best not to attend the therapy on an empty stomach. The hunger pangs were real. 

As expected, you really do relax during the Dead Sea floatation experience, which is priced at Dhs204 for 30 minutes and Dhs359 for one hour. It's also incredibly rewarding to feel you are taking time out to recharge your body and cleanse and nourish your skin using salt water. The worst part? As your time draws to a close, the dimmer lights fade up and you are brought back to reality. Such a shame. 

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