Howard Magazine - Page 15 - To Your Health

Howard Magazine
- Page 15
To Your Health

and mentally.


“The moment that you get out you’re in a totally different mood,” Qureshi says.


And it’s not just for those experiencing the average aches and pains. Qureshi says that flotation therapy can help those with chronic health issues — like fibromyalgia, ruptured discs and arthritis — as well, though there is no definitive research supporting this claim.


He says that flotation therapy at the Journey Within, which opened in June, first really got noticed on Groupon.


“People started giving us high ratings and buying therapy sessions on Groupon for themselves and others and it really took off,” Qureshi says.


The location made more than $30,000 in its first four months of business. Qureshi is now looking to expand and hoping to build a franchise.


Flotation therapy sessions cost $70 for 60 minutes, $95 for 90 minutes and $110 for 120 minutes. The facility also offers floats for couples, which cost $110 for 60 minutes and $140 for 90 minutes. Buying a membership reduces the prices.


For Lok, who spends most of his time at work sitting at a computer, flotation therapy is the only thing that truly helps his pain subside. He now has increased his time in the salted water from an hour to 90 minutes.


“I find that an hour is just too short,” Lok says. “Before flotation therapy I couldn’t twist right and left without moving my entire body. Now, I’m so loose and limber that I’m back to regular activity. I look forward to the feeling when you step out of that tank,” he says.


The Journey Within
8900 Columbia 100 Parkway
Columbia, MD 21045