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What if you could "float" your stress and pain away?

A trend called 'floatation therapy' has made its way to the Cedar Valley. Celebrities such as Kristen Wig and even athletes like Stephen Curry swear by it. Tom Brady even has a float tank in his home.

The idea behind it, is not new. It's called sensory deprivation, and it's a fast-track way to a meditative state. 

Transcend Mind-Body Wellness & Floatation Clinic in Cedar Falls offers a floatation tank. 

A recent study found that floating can help relieve symptoms of people with stress,depression, anxiety, and chronic pain. 

Owner Morgan Schoof is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who wanted to find a way to help patients on a more holistic level. 

"It's very beneficial and I feel like this is kind of the way medicine is moving," said Schoof. "People are tired of taking a pill and having it work a little bit or not at all. Or maybe it does work, but then they have a ton of side effects from it. And if you can try something that has minimal side effects, if any and it's good for any or all types of people in some way or another, why not give it a shot?

Time in the tank is equivalent to meditation. But it also goes beyond a complete serene state of mind. 

"Pain reduction, sleep, anxiety, mood improvement," said Schoof.  "And it's just really relaxing. So it can benefit anyone and everyone in some way or another. It's ten and a half inches deep. Body temperature water and epsom salt so you float without trying. A lot of us are deficient in magnesium, so floating in 1200 of epsom salt helps you get that magnesium."

For patients like Alex Beninga, float therapy aids his chronic pain. 

"I have some knee pain, inflammation, and it definitely helps with recovery, post-workout recovery," said Beninga. "Just getting your mind kind of settled."

Patients can adjust the lighting and choose music, but Schoof suggests no light and no music, in order to completely shut your mind off. 

"It's very beneficial for having the lights on still," said Schoof. "But if you really want to reach that sensory deprivation, complete relaxation-complete nothingness, and work through what's on your mind type of thing, then you want to shut it all off."

For those who suffer from claustrophobia, Schoof says not to worry.

"This is a glorified bathtub," said Schoof. "It is huge. It's 8-feet tall inside. It's 8-feet long and about 4-feet wide. So, if you can take a shower at home, you should be good here."

Most floats typically last 60 minutes, but the clinic does offer 90 minute sessions as well. There's no limit to how many times you can go and they do offer pricing packages. 

The clinic currently has one floatation tank, but will be getting a second in the next few months. 

To learn more about float therapy, and other services the clinic offers, visit their website

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