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Health Check: Float therapy eases stress, pain

Terri Scandariato Fournier, a breast cancer survivor, said a recently diagnosed ailment led to constant pain. Despite being claustrophobic, she called it an "amazing" experience. (WJAR)

Professional athletes do float therapy, including some New England Patriots players like running back Rex Burkhead.

"Oh, I think it's just great,” Burkhead told NBC 10 News. “I do it at the end of the day. It's kind of a mental wind down and when I get out of there, I feel so relaxed. It helps me sleep better at night."

But he and other players are not the only ones floating away the pain.

In fact, FLOAT is now open in Warwick -- and people are taking advantage of it.

"It's 850 pounds of Epsom salt, heated to 93.5 degrees, which is your skin's temperature, and you float in 10 inches of water and it basically replicates the dead sea,” said Letitia Latek, who owns the boutique. "The Epsom salt removes toxins from your body. It replaces minerals and magnesium and it also helps to remove lactic acid, so a lot of athletes benefit from floating."

The natural buoyancy of the water, Latek said, creates an anti-gravity environment for the body, while the spine decompresses, also adding that it helps remove aches, pains and ailments in the body.

Terri Scandariato Fournier, a breast cancer survivor, said a recently diagnosed ailment led to constant pain. Despite being claustrophobic, she called it an "amazing" experience.

"So, I was very skeptical, but I tried it," she said. "First time -- I wound up being pain free for over two and a half weeks."

But float therapy isn't the only modality offered at FLOAT, as the facility also has a fitness studio that focuses on functional training, as well as fitness classes, Reki, massages and more.

Health Check reporter Barbara Morse Silva has the story.

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