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Alternative And Holistic Health Practices To Try Throughout Fort Lauderdale

It’s the age-old question for any adult dealing with work, family and responsibilities—what's the best way to deal with stress?

Some opt for an intense workout, while others find solace in yoga and meditation. But others are looking to alternative therapies to heal their minds and bodies, from ancient Chinese medicine to new-age float pods and cryosaunas. 

Interested in trying out alternative and holistic health trends? See our list below for more information on the therapies offered throughout Broward County.

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Flotation at Float8

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From the moment we wake up, our minds are rushing with thoughts. With flotation therapy, customers lay in an Epsom salt bath for 90 minutes in a pod that blocks out all external stimuli to help ease the mind. In this time, they reach a deep state of relaxation to help with stress and anxiety. 

People with chronic pain and athletes also frequent the flotation tanks to help give their bodies a chance to heal injuries. 

“When you’re in the float pod, it calms your central nervous system,” explains Destiny Beck, the co-owner of Float8. “Sometimes you don’t realize how anxious you are, or how busy your brain is, until you go in the void that is the float tank and you experience that stillness.” 

616 SE 10th St., Deerfield Beach; 754.666.3588; float8ion.com

Sound Baths at Thrive Wellness Center

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Using crystal singing bowls and vocal toning, soothing sounds and vibrations are emitted for the ultimate session of relaxation and meditation, known as sound therapy. 

As practitioners create the sounds by running wooden mallets along the edges of the crystal bowls, or sometimes striking them, guests are enveloped by the humming and can feel the vibrations running through their bodies. Many choose to integrate sound therapy with aromatherapy and acupuncture for an intensified experience. 

1244 S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale; 954.713.6118; thrivewellnesscenter.com

Halotherapy at Salt Suite

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Also known as salt therapy, halotherapy uses salt’s bacteria-killing power to help with breathing and skin ailments, such as COPD, asthma, allergies, eczema and psoriasis. 

“A lot of people say it’s like a loofah for the lungs,” said Jamie Stafford, the owner of Salt Suite Fort Lauderdale. 

Customers spend 45 minutes in a dimmed salt room where they can meditate, read, listen to music or even sleep, while the salt works its way into their systems to clear out bacteria, mucus and other moisture that shouldn’t be there. Children can also benefit and play in the kids salt suite, set up like a giant sandbox of salt.

1425 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale; 954.520.7258; thesaltsuite.com

Cupping at The Qi Cottage

Ever wondered what those round marks were on Olympian Michael Phelps? It’s a Chinese medicine practice called cupping. Katie Fly, the owner and acupuncturist at The Qi Cottage, uses the technique to help with muscle spasms, tightness and pain. 

A flame is passed inside a cup to create a vacuum and placed on the skin, which pulls the skin and blood. In sliding cupping, massage oil can be incorporated to slide the cup along the skin for an experience similar to a deep tissue massage. 

Don't let the marks intimidate you, though. “Even though the marks look painful and they look like a bruise, they’re really only something that can be seen, not felt,” Fly says. 

3321 SW 20th St., Fort Lauderdale; 954.673.2736; theqicottage.com

Cryotherapy at Cryotherapy Center

Photo courtesy of Fort Lauderdale Cryotherapy Center

While many therapies use heat, this process does the exact opposite and uses the cold. Step into a 360-degree cryosauna, where dry air chilled with liquid nitrogen drops the temperature as low as -260 degrees for a session lasting up to three minutes. 

A lot of customers who walk through the doors are in pain, suffering from ailments as a result of car accidents or soreness after surgery. The cold suppresses inflammation. “It acts as an ice pack from the neck down,” said Jeana Kay, the co-owner of the Fort Lauderdale Cryotherapy Center. 

Guests can also opt for “spot treatments” with cryotherapy on localized areas. Since it helps with recovery time, athletes also use cryotherapy for aching muscles and an energizing endorphin rush.

2740 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Ste. 104, Fort Lauderdale; 954.854.2524; fortlauderdalecryotherapy.com

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