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Spa Day at Salt Spa at The Reeds

A dry cocoon suspended in water. This describes what I felt like as my body relaxed into the dry floatation therapy experience that I’d selected for my spa day visit to Salt Spa at The Reeds. 

Just Google “floatation therapy” and you’ll find that the concept is associated with a host of benefits ranging from stress relief to pain reduction. 

I’ve seen an increasing number of boutique wellness spots offering floatation experiences in tanks that provide sensory deprivation. Given I’m not a huge fan of confined dark spaces, I’ve been a little hesitant to try floating. 

For years, my friend Jodi and I have wanted to treat ourselves to a spa day at this swank Jersey Shore spa. And we finally were able to check it off our bucket lists.

As we reviewed the treatment menu, which includes everything from manicures to massages, I came across the dry floatation therapies. It occurred to me that I could finally see what floating was all about—minus the enclosed tank. Sold! 

We arrived at the spa about 45 minutes prior to our treatment times to enjoy the amenities, which included steam and sauna rooms, and a relaxation room stocked with snacks, tea and water.

If you’re booked for multiple facial and/or massage treatments, you also have access to the Brine Light Inhalation Lounge. 

I’ve visited a few spas with salt rooms and was almost as excited to try out the lounge as I was to have the treatment. 

According to the Salt Therapy Association, there are a variety of benefits associated with salt therapy including removing toxicity from the respiratory system and boosting the immune system. 

If it’s a holistic health therapy that simply requires me to sit in a room, close my eyes and breathe pleasant air, I’m in!

Outfitted in our fluffy robes and spa sandals, we headed to the lounge, where Jodi and I snuggled into the chaise lounges and took in the sights and sounds. Since it was a Monday morning, the spa was on the quiet side, so we had the room to ourselves. 

In the lounge, the spa has cultivated a tiered block of Himalayan salt that cascades over a waterfall. You’re lulled into a peaceful state by the sound of falling water, which is complemented by light therapy that is meant to revitalize and enhance your overall well-being. 

Compared with the other salt rooms I’ve sat in, I was impressed at how large and natural the salt growth appeared.  

I opted for the 60-minute float session, which included a 30-minute massage and a 30-minute dry float. 

However, you can also choose from a 30-minute float-only experience or an 80-minute session that includes a dry float, scrub and mask experience. 

Right on time, our therapists collected us from the lounge. Jodi headed to enjoy her raindrop therapy treatment, which included a massage on a heated marble table with pure essential oils. 

My therapist led me to a treatment room that included both the massage table and the flotation bed. 

I requested that the massage portion of the experience focus on my lower back and glute area. 

For the dry floatation portion of the treatment, I was given the option to put my robe back on and was wrapped up, first in a sheet and then the vinyl covering of the bed. 

FYI, if you have difficulty with your arms being bound alongside your body, opt to keep them out of the enclosure.

Next, the therapist removed the support that I was laying on (beneath the vinyl covering), leaving me wrapped up—except for my head—and suspended in water. 

Note that during this treatment, I never got wet. The feeling is like being suspended in a deep waterbed. With a delicate pillow covering my eyes, I embraced the peaceful weightless feeling and almost drifted off to sleep. 

Needless to say, I was reluctant to leave my little cocoon, but I knew there was a glass of sauvignon blanc and nachos with decadent lobster meat calling my name at the property’s upscale waterside dining option, Water Star Grille. 

Relaxed and recharged, I joined Jodi who was also on cloud nine post-treatment to commiserate about our spa day experiences and head to lunch. 

The verdict? Salt Spa has been checked off of our bucket list—and added to our itinerary on our next visit to Jersey Shore. I’m already counting down the days until I can float away again!

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