‘Hydrotherapy’ in Bangkok using cutting-edge capsule spa technology offers new way to de-stress and enter a world of utter relaxationby Atthasith Khupratakul
I had another wonderful spa experience recently and it happened at the Theta State Float Center on Sukhumvit 24. I’ve done some hydrotherapy treatment before but this one is different. Using a capsule spa technology that “floats” your stress away and takes you into a world of utter relaxation, Theta State Float Center is great for those who really want to shut themselves out from the world, if only for an hour or so.
The method is anchored on “gravity-free floatation” techniques to detox your body while adjusting your hormonal balance and restoring your body to a state of relaxation — and nothing touches your body except the water.
This is how it’s done: You enter a room where a white floatation chamber welcomes you. The chamber, roughly 25cm deep, is filled with Epsom salt water, which is twice more concentrated than salt from the Dead Sea.
You first take a short shower, and you turn off the lights, before making the “plunge.” You immerse yourself in the waters, silent, motionless. You close your eyes, as it is pitch-dark anyway, and you let all your thoughts and ideas vanish. In a way, it’s like going back inside your mother’s womb, only you are very much aware of what’s going on around you.
Soon you feel your body being floated away effortlessly. You let you and you feel muscle tension going away. In fact, you may not even realize that the process is urging your body to generate more endorphins, or lowering your cortisol level, which responds to stress that leads to insomnia and other illnesses.
Being in complete darkness forces your thoughts to stop, ridding you of unnecessary cares, leading you to a deep state of relaxation afterwards. And if only for that, time spent on the floatation chamber was definitely worth it.
But you learn later that Theta State Float Center (88/1 24th Avenue Mall, 1st Floor A4/A5/A6 Soi Sukhumvit 24 //02 261 7943) is also designed to be an alternate cure for pregnancy, muscle aches and failure, spinal column pain, knee osteoarthritis, gout, and others. And you feel a sense of newfound well-being.
Now some might get claustrophobic with utter darkness and the small space, but it’s all in the mind. Eventually, you settle in and become thankful that you tried the therapy. Of course, each session begins with a consultation to prepare your body and mind, and you are reminded on what to do or not while inside the chamber.
Climbing out of the capsule after the session, you go to a lounge area where you can enjoy a cup of tea or bury yourself into one of the many books from the shelf. You relish the great feeling, and you begin to understand why TripAdvisor reviewers havea voted Theta as first in the health spa category.