Earth is currently home to 7 billion people, and the population growth seems to show no signs of slowing down. With that in mind, it can be hard to find some peace and quiet – somewhere you can go that completely erases the distractions of everyday life. Despite what appears to be impossible odds, Uncharted Waters, located at 3837 S. 12th St., seems to have found the answer: floating.
Floating is a sensory deprivation experience in which you lounge in a private pool of water infused with Epsom salt, which allows your body to float effortlessly. After a few minutes, the experience feels like the most natural thing in the world, and you enter a relaxed state.
Some benefits of floating include:
• Relief of pain
• Improved sleep
• Reduced anxiety and depression
• Greater self-confidence and wellbeing
• Improved digestion and immunity
• Lowered cortisol
• Balanced hormone production
• Greater mental focus and clarity
• Enhanced creativity
• Faster illness/injury recovery
• Improved physical performance
• Release of old habits
Floating is becoming an increasingly popular activity for people looking to enter states of relaxation, and Uncharted Waters lets you do it in style. The company offers four separate private cabins for your floating experience that includes restroom facilities, a shower and your float chamber. It is one of the few float facilities that offers everything you need in your own private cabin, allowing you to immediately get into the mindset of solitude.
“It’s less intimidating to people who may be claustrophobic or have mobility issues,” co-owner Jonathan Murray said.
The float chamber itself is the main attraction. Each pool is 11 inches deep with approximately 800 pounds of Epsom salt saturated in 110 gallons of water. The water is heated to a comfortable 93.5 degrees Fahrenheit. You can float with relaxing lights or in complete darkness. The lights can help you transition into the proper mindset, but if they later become a distraction, you have complete control and can turn them off whenever you like to experience complete sensory deprivation. Regardless of your decision, your session will last an hour – an hour to just shut off, an hour to relax and forget about all your stress and pain in the world. You can feel every little movement you make, and you become in tune with your own body.
You will leave the chamber feeling completely refreshed, and Uncharted Waters knows this. It’s why they also provide customers with an after-float lobby to unwind in. The room features free water and tea, as well as notebooks floaters can write in, as oftentimes a deep meditative state encourages creative outbursts.
The business already offers massages, and eventually Uncharted Waters hopes to become Tacoma’s number one stop for body relaxation.
“We want to grow and expand to acupuncture,” Murray said. “A one stop wellness center with floating at our core.”
Uncharted Waters began its journey in April, and there is nowhere else the owners would have liked to open the location.
“We love Tacoma, and we’re very excited to be part of it,” co-owner Sarah Murray said. “It’s kind of the secret of the Puget Sound.”
Uncharted Waters are also big supporters of the military, and floating has linked benefits to PTSD.
“Floating is a very natural way to kind of process those emotions and things that sneak up on you, so we’re very happy to be able to support the military community,” Sarah said.
This is exemplified in the company’s Freedom Float plan, in which customers can purchase or put money toward a float for military members.
For more information or to book a session, call (253) 330-8815. Uncharted Waters is open Monday, Thursday and Friday from noon to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Each float is 60 minutes long and priced at $70. Your seventh float at Uncharted Waters is free, and if you are a first time floater, you are offered a 20 percent discount. Friday is ladies night, meaning floats and massages are half off for women looking for a little relaxation. Military members, both active and veterans, police, firefighters and EMTs all receive a 10 percent discount.