LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - In today's world, where many of us are constantly connected, where every moment is taken or accounted for, there's a need to step back and find quiet time to relax and disconnect. A Lexington entrepreneur believes she has the answer to relieving stress by floating.
In a small building on East High Street, Corinne LeReau has created a place of peace, relaxation, and calm. She calls 'Source on High' a wellness co-op and movement studio that includes massage, yoga, meditation and water therapy in float tanks.
"I feel like the most powerful healing moments I've experienced have been that with water, or somewhere near water," said LeReau.
She has two float tanks, each holding 160 gallons of water. The tanks are about ten to twelve inches high with a temperature of 92.5 degrees. Each tank has a lid that shuts, almost like a cocoon. There's 1,200 pounds of Epsom salts in the water, making it almost impossible for a person to sink.
"You can't, not float," said Dale Austin.
Austin just retired after a long career at the University of Kentucky. His first float last year was in another city.
"I tend to be a self-generating stress person, as lots of us are, and I needed something to relieve that," said Austin.
He was excited to hear float tanks were coming to Lexington.
"It's certainly not something that's mandatory for me, it's not like I have to take a prescription on a daily basis. On the other hand, it's a really good additive benefit to me. If I'm able to kick back every month or so and spend an hour to an hour and a half relaxing," said Austin.
Each float tank is in a small, private room with a shower. You have several options in the float tank. You can choose to have the lid closed all the way or partially open. You can go dark, or you can choose a light color inside. You can have music or no music. There's also an intercom and talk button if you need help.
"So, I'm floating naturally. I'm not doing any kind of movement of any nature to stay afloat and because of that, after some minutes, you kinda forget where you're at," said Austin.
Once you are inside the float tank and the lid closes, you cannot hear anything, you can not feel anything except for the water, or see anything. You even lose the sense of gravity.
"You have this time of having nothing to do, nothing holding on to you or pulling you back. You completely let go, and, I mean it's a gift," said LeReau
Dale says the floats also ease his arthritis. NBA superstar Stephen Curry regularly floats in San Francisco.
"It's an opportunity to just relax for one. To get away from all the stresses on the court, and in life, but obviously has some physical benefits as well with salt," said Curry.
"I find it purges my mind. Sometimes better than others. Some float events are better than other float events. But the ability to kick back and release all the thoughts I have and get back to a clean mind, if you will, is really beneficial," said Austin.
A one-hour float is $60 and three floats are $135. The water in the tank is run through a filter to help keep it clean and the salt water kills any germs. After the float, you take a shower and relax for awhile to readjust to being out of the water.
For more information on the float tanks, contact Source on High at (859) 539-2097.