Howard Magazine - Page 14 - To Your Health By Valerie Bonk For Howard Magazine

Howard Magazine
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To Your Health By Valerie Bonk For Howard Magazine

Floating away

Journey Within Wellness Center in Columbia offers an alternative for pain sufferers

 

Physical therapy wasn’t quite helping the back pain that Fort Meade resident Charles Lok, 34, was experiencing on a daily basis.

 

“The stretches helped temporarily but never completely got rid of the root of the pain,” says Lok.

 

Through an Internet search he found flotation therapy. He had never heard of it and thought it was time to get experimental with solutions to his pain.

 

Now, he’s going to the Journey Within Wellness Center in Columbia at least once a month for flotation sessions.

 

“I was apprehensive at first because you’re floating in the dark, but now I realize that’s all part of the experience. The desensitization of the water, and the way that the floating helps your body align is just incredible,” says Lok.

 

Floating is a relatively new form of sensory deprivation therapy, and the science remains out on it. The Journey Within therapy tanks include 11 inches of skin-temperature water with more than 2,000 pounds of Epsom salt.

 

“The idea behind it is that you lose complete sense of your body, which provides relief in your joints,” says Farhan Qureshi, 33, owner of The Journey Within Wellness Center.

 

Qureshi first heard about flotation therapy when listening to a podcast almost a decade ago, but it wasn’t very popular in the United States just yet.

 

He first floated at a spa in Bethesda and says he immediately noticed a difference physically