22 Sep The Dead Sea: A Different Way to Float
This may come at some surprise, but there are places in the world where one can float without the assistance of a float tank. The Dead Sea, for instance, is one of those places. Because of a its extreme salt content, bathers can float on top of the water, much like they would inside of a Pro Float Cabin. Although the experience is noticeably different, it is worth considering if you are ever in the area. Let’s talk a bit more about the Dead Sea and some tips on floating there.
Bordered by Jordan, Israel and Pakistan, the Dead Sea is one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water, and is referred to as a hypersaline lake. 50 kilometers long by 15 kilometers across, the Dead Sea is 9.6 times as salty as the Pacific Ocean. Due to its super saline content, plants and animals cannot flourish either within the water or on its shores, but it does allow for people to float on top.
Unlike the Epsom salt we use in our float cabins, the Dead Sea receives its salt intake from the River Jordan, which is so salty because of the mountain ranges around it.
Tips for Floating in the Dead Sea
It’s important to keep in mind that this experience isn’t the same as a regular float. In fact, many of the tourists that visit the Dead Sea won’t even be thinking about float therapy. But don’t let that deter you! It still an amazing experience.
Here are some basic tips to prepare for your float in the Dead Sea.
Check for any scrapes, scratches or cuts
Because of the extreme salinity of the Dead Sea, any open wounds or scratches will be extremely painful. If you plan on making a visit, we recommend you avoid shaving for at least a few days beforehand.
Keep it brief
Although you will find the same sort of physical relief as you would in a traditional float tank, the high saline content won’t agree with your skin after too long. Unlike the levels of magnesium that make Epsom salt so great for you skin, this will quite quickly irritate you. Make sure to shower as soon as you leave the sea.
Don’t dunk your head
While one would never think to dive head first into a float tank, they may act otherwise in the presence of a great lake. Whatever you do, resist this urge. Getting this sort of saltwater in your eyes, ears, nose and mouth will be incredibly uncomfortably and maybe even worse. In the event that you do, exit the water immediately and rinse off.
Lean back and relax
Just like you would in a float tank back home. Because the body of water is so big, you may be thrown off at first, but the technique is similar to what you’re used to.
No sensory deprivation
This should go without saying, but the key difference here will be the lack of sensory deprivation. Chances are, you will be floating out on the Dead Sea in the middle of the day with plenty of other people surrounding you. Deprivation is not the point of this activity, rather, it is the experience of something new.
The Dead Sea is a fascinating bit of floating for anyone who is interested. Unfortunately, it isn’t something that will necessarily last forever. Due to evaporation and other factors, the Dead Sea is receding at an alarming rate. Although there is an upcoming initiative to slow its retreat, nothing is certain regarding its future. Make the trip as soon as you can!