ST. MARYS — When Zak Brenimen went to California months ago, he didn’t know he would find his calling.
Traveling there to visit his uncle, a yoga instructor, Zak experienced his first floatation therapy session.
Taking his first float in an older tank, Zak said it felt like wading into a coffin with 93.5 degree clear water.
He remembers getting in, closing the door and immediately being taken away from everything during the one hour session in the pitch, black quiet.
“It’s not often I go an hour without looking at my cell phone or looking at a clock,” Brenimen said. “It was unbelievable. I’ve never experienced such a thing.”
He would float two other times before deciding to open his own business, Dream Float, at 930 Million Dollar Highway, St. Marys.
So what is floating?
Floatation therapy, which was created in 1954, is entering into a sensory reduced environment, also known as a float pod, to reduce as much external stimuli as possible.
Pods hold about 10 inches of water loaded with approximately 1,000 pounds of epsom salts, which creates a dense solution that allows the body to float effortlessly.
The water is heated and maintained to the same temperature as the skin, which helps to dissolve the perception of where the body ends and the water begins.
The tanks are also light proof and sound insulated, creating a very quiet and serene atmosphere.
Benefits are numerous, studies show, including reducing tension headaches, improving sleep, reducing blood pressure, speeding up muscle recovery, and relaxation.
Currently, Zak’s two pods are being built and shipped from Singapore. He hopes to have his business Dream Float up and running by April.
His state of the art pods will be nothing like the coffin-like one he found himself in in California. They will be the newest models with interior lights that change colors and with speakers inside.
The average session at Dream Float will be about an hour and a half, with time allotted for showering off before and after the float, as well as 60 minutes in the pod.
“It’s a great way to unplug from the world. And the health benefits are huge. I’m not saying this is going to cure everything that ails you, but I believe this is something everyone can benefit from,” Brenimen said.
A 24-year-old machinist at Morgan AMT, he is working to make his dream a reality in his off hours. He has gutted and cleaned the space he is currently renting and construction is underway.
With a Facebook page already established, Brenimen said the reaction thus far has been overwhelming.
“The community has really embraced this and been supportive and excited,” Brenimen said. “There’s a lot of good people in this community and everyone’s life can change with a float.”