Things to Know Before You Try A Sensory Deprivation Tank

The latest craze in alternative medicine is called Flotation Therapy, which uses a sensory deprivation tank. After hearing about this new way to “relax, purify, and soothe”, I decided to try it.

The basic idea is that you float in a tub full of warm water and Epsom salt inside an enclosed environment where all your senses are blocked or otherwise dulled.

To proceed with my experiment, I bought a Groupon for the Awaken Float Lounge in Orange. Check 0ut their website here. The owner Eric told me he personally floats 3 days a week for about 90 minutes. Awaken Float Lounge has been open since March 2016.

What to Know Before you Go:

  1. You will float without any effort. There is so much Epsom salt in the tub that it’s almost impossible not to stay buoyant. About 1/3 of your body is above water, so you can still breathe.
  2. You can choose to close the door to the tank entirely, blocking all outside sound and light; or leave it cracked.  I left it open for about 10 minutes, then closed it. It is not recommended to keep opening and closing it because it interrupts the serenity of the experience
  3. The benefits of floating include stress relief, flushing away toxins, lessened pain, and pure relaxation.
  4. Floats average 60-90 minutes, but a gentlemen I met told me he floated for 4 hours one day.
  5. You may think – what am I going to do for 90 minutes?! Some people fall asleep, some people daydream. I personally was caught in a trance-like state.
  6. The experience is surreal and hard to explain but the closest explanation I can think of is that it feels like what your mother’s womb must feel like – warm, comfortable, dark, and peaceful.
  7. It’s easy to lose track of time and reality because all your senses are blocked. You can’t hear or see anything and all you feel is the warm water on your skin. To help pull you back to reality, soft music is played to signal the end of the session.
  8. Those who are afraid of small spaces/the dark (like myself) will be uncomfortable at first, but if they can relax enough they will enjoy the experience.
  9. Anyone can float, including those with medical conditions & pregnant women.

Being a Type A personality, I was skeptical about Flotation Therapy. I often have trouble relaxing, and being constantly surrounded by technology can be both a blessing and a curse. After having spinal problems all my life, I am always willing to try any kind of therapy that might help. I do believe Flotation Therapy helped me both relax and soothed my muscle aches, and I would recommend it. I believe everyone can benefit from this experience.

The normal price for each 90-minute session at Awaken Float is $55 ($45 for your first time).

Other locations in Orange County include Newport Float in Costa Mesa and Float Lounge in Laguna Beach.

Please note that SoCalLocale was not compensated for this review.

 

 

Holiday Time at the New Outlets at San Clemente

Have you been to the new Outlets at San Clemente?

The Outlets at San Clemente is the first and only ocean-facing outdoor outlet shopping and dining destination in Orange County.

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The center is currently open, though they are still adding new shops and dining locations. Upon completion, the center will boast nearly 70 retailers and more than a dozen dining options, including four restaurants offering scenic ocean views.

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We stopped by The Outlets at San Clemente and were delighted to see how they were decked out for the holidays. The Christmas tree is stunning, and we found Santa and Mrs. Claus sitting at the bottom of it. They’ll be available to meet and take photographs with starting on Black Friday.

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We also spotted Santa’s reindeer, waving and jingling from above some of the stores. The attention to detail in the decor at the Outlets at San Clemente is just outstanding.

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Many of the shops in the Outlets at San Clemente are already open! You can find great deals at some of your favorite high-end retailers such as Calvin Klein, Cole Haan, Columbia Sportswear, GUESS, Tommy Hilfiger, Nike, and more.

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If you have some free time this week and want to beat the Holiday shopping rush, you’ll find the Outlets at San Clemente to be a beautiful and relaxing place to shop. Most of the stores already have their sales started.

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Fresh air, beautiful decor, scenic views, and a relaxed shopping environment that is great for the whole family. What more can you ask for? Oh yeah, dogs are welcome at the Outlets at San Clemente too!

Keep updated on the various holiday events and new shops and dining options opening at the Outlets at San Clemente by following them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Happy Shopping!

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Build-A-Scare at Goodwill This Halloween

For Goodwill of Orange County, the busiest shopping season of the year isn’t the retail extravaganza that is Black Friday – it happens much sooner: Halloween. Halloween has become such a big business for them, that sections within the stores devoted to all things Halloween have sprung up across all of their 22 retail locations. SoCal Locale contributor, Jen, attended a free media event to learn how Goodwill is the best kept secret for those on the hunt for the perfect Halloween costume. From wigs and accessories to unforgettable getups, Goodwill is the ultimate Halloween emporium.

Halloween Build A Scare with Goodwill OC

Hi friends! I know there are lots of places to get Halloween costumes, but have you thought about Goodwill? Goodwill of Orange County is the place to go – not only do they section off an area of stores with items that would be perfect to build Halloween costumes for the whole family (including pets!), but they also have a great selection of Halloween decorations to costume your house too!

I’m a sucker for thrift store fashions and Halloween is my favorite holiday. For all of you vintage mavens and horror fanatics, the Halloween costume section at Goodwill of Orange County is great to pick through for your new favorite item of clothing to wear all year. Trust me – it’s what I do! When I’m looking through the racks trying to build the perfect costume, it’s impossible for me not to see things that I could rotate into my wardrobe. I mean, how could I pass up that cool skull t-shirt or those black cat ears? Maybe that’s just me though. 😉

Halloween Build A Scare with Goodwill OC

photo credit: Fely Phibbs

I stopped by one of the Goodwill of Orange County stores this week for a fun costume contest event! A group of us bloggers and influencers paired up in teams and competed against each other in costume contests using the Halloween racks in the store. The first contest was to build a classic costume but put a twist on it! My teammate, Fely from Le Fashion & Beauty dressed up for this one and we came up with a pirate on vacation. Conveniently, this year’s Halloween themes at Goodwill include pirates, superheroes, princesses, witches, and more so finding the right items was a snap. Oh and guess what…we won!

Halloween Build A Scare with Goodwill OC

photo credit: Fely Phibbs

The second contest was to dress up as a superhero. People came up with some really fun costume ideas – even some made-up superheroes! My partner and I ended up dressing me up as a superhero mermaid, an underwater crime fighter, if you will. 😉 We had so much fun layering different textures and colors to create my mermaid superhero look. Oh, and did I mention that we did it all in 8 minutes?!

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If we were able to pull together two costumes in about 15 minutes, imagine how easy it will be for you to do the same! Goodwill of Orange County also supplements the donated clothing with new, purchased items for Halloween including wigs, hats, masks, and more. Speaking of donated clothing, Goodwill also welcomes donations of any old costumes – bring in yours today – maybe you’ll walk out with another one!

Goodwill of Orange County is the O.C.’s largest non-profit. When you’re thinking of where to buy your Halloween costumes this year, remember that revenue from the purchase of Halloween items supports Goodwill’s job training and career services for the thousands of people Goodwill serves annually. That said, did you know that Halloween is the busiest shopping season of the year for Goodwill of Orange County?

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So now that you know where you’re getting your Halloween costumes, what are you going to dress up as? Do you like classic costumes like ghosts or witches or are you into modern pop culture references? Let’s talk Halloween costumes!

Find Your Fountain of Youth at the BeautyLand Event by CosmetiCare

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of the client. All opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.

BeautyLand Event at Cosmeticare

 

Have you been flirting with the idea of having a cosmetic procedure? The many options can be so overwhelming. CosmetiCare in Corona Del Mar knows this, and they’re throwing a fabulous open house event to help you figure out what procedures would be best for you!

The one day only event called BeautyLand is a fun and pressure-free opportunity to learn about latest in preventative beauty and non-invasive procedures. If you have questions about aesthetic technology, lasers, body sculpting, and other cosmetic procedures, then this is the perfect chance to get answers. You’ll be able to learn all about the different options to help you get ahead of the aging process.

This intimate experience gives you an insider’s look into CosmetiCare’s seven signature rooms, where you can learn more about non-invasive beauty treatments through demonstrations of techniques to correct wrinkles, loose and sagging skin, uneven tone and pigmentation, rosacea and more.

What can you expect if you attend the BeautyLand event?

  • Stroll room-to-room sipping complimentary wine or champagne and indulging in delectable hor d’oeuvres
  • In the Skin Care and Glow Room, discover aesthetic technology with instant results and zero downtime
  • Marvel at TruSculpt, a 100 percent noninvasive body contouring option with no downtime, in the Fat Melting Room
  • In the Laser Room, learn about painless laser hair removal, just in time for swimsuit season
  • Find out how to freeze out frown lines with techniques presented in the Freeze & Fill Room
  • Head over to the Nip Tuck Room to consult with CosmetiCare’s founder Dr. Niccole and his partner physicians
  • Curious about costs? Request more information on no-interest financing in the Care Credit Room

Reserve your spot now!

The BeautyLand event will be held on May 7th, 2015, from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m, with tours taking place at  2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. You can RSVP by emailing inquiry@cosmeticare.com or by calling (949)273-2663. CosmetiCare is located at 1101 Bayside Drive, Suite 100, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625.

Attendees will receive opportunity drawing tickets to win baskets overflowing with skin-care products and services valued up to $600 with each stop during the BeautyLand event. The $2,000 grand-prize winner will receive a gift certificate for one area of laser hair removal, one area of Tru Sculpt, one syringe of Juvederm and 40 units of Botox.

We hope to see you there!

WIN!

Enter to win a $500 gift certificate for beauty services from CosmetiCare’s MedSpa, by entering the #BeautyLand giveaway! Follow the entry instructions on the Rafflecopter below. This contest is sponsored by the client. Socal Locale is not responsible for winner selection or prize fulfillment.

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