Metta Rest Spa Deal – Please scroll down for a 25% off deal for Good Life Vancouver readers.
Recently I had heard of these new flotation sessions inside tanks full of water, and I thought that there could be nothing worse than being crammed into a vessel in the dark in sensory deprivation. I am claustrophobic and bore easily; I once had to flee a hot yoga session completely freaked out. You could say that I have a few issues.
When I was invited to try a REST session at Metta Rest Spa in Kitsilano I was, needless to say, more that just a tad reluctant. However, in the spirit of adventure I figured I’d go for it after I was reassured that I could abandon the tank at any time, and told that it was far from restricting while in there.
At the spa lockers, eco-friendly bamboo towels, robes, and comfy sandals are all provided. Tank visitors shower both prior to and after REST session in their own private room with the spa’s products. Their shampoo/conditioner, body wash and moisturize are divine.
Guests are asked to arrive at least a half hour early, so I walked down there to ensure I was in full relaxation mode. I was given a tour of the spa facility, had a chat about what to expect and then it was off to the changing room. After climbing into my rob I ventured into the far-infrared Sauna where I sat for fifteen minutes and emerged already felling rather chilled out.
Onward to the tank portion of Metta, I then headed into my private room, showered and crawled into the large egg-shaped chamber pictured above and pulled down the lid to spend the next hour submerged. It was a huge surprise when the time was up. It flew by and the experience was far from the torture I had imagined.
The water is salt, so your body will literally float. A head rest is provided so there’s no water flooding over your face and once you pull the lid down the lights go out and you’ll hear nothing. I dreaded spending the hour in this tank, but after my brain calmed from its racing thoughts, I then pretended I was a mermaid, dolphin, a floating dead body on CSI and more; a few random thoughts that kept my mind from racing. Finally I started to just zone out and suddenly the lights slowly came up and the hour was up.
After a shower I headed into the library and was served a cup of tea, and relaxed for just a wee bit more before I really had to get back to my always busy day. I wish I could do this at least once a week, perhaps next time pairing a private yoga practice session that the offer prior to my REST treatment. Now just to find the time.
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Metta3 Rest Spa has a coupon code for you so you can book appointments with a 25% discount. The code is MettaLove (case sensitive).
This coupon will be valid for 6 months, until March 31, 2015. Please note that users can book and pay for their appointments using this coupon online or if they prefer to pay at the spa, they can mention this coupon on-site and their discount will be applied then.