Arete (Greek), in its basic sense, means "excellence" of any kind. Becoming the best version of one's self. 

Areté flotation studio opened in February 2018 in Carrboro and offers first class float tank and full spectrum, infrared sauna experiences to help convince your mind it's time to relax, recover, and create.  

A flotation tank is a lightless, soundless tank filled with highly concentrated Epsom salt water heated to skin temperature. Floatation, also known as sensory deprivation, is simply the act of relaxing in a flotation tank; with all sights and sounds removed and drifting into a meditative state that rejuvenates your mind and body.

The main purpose is to provide a distraction-free zone. Modern versions of sensory deprivation have been around since the 1970s. Prior versions were used mostly in research settings, including NASA astronauts training for moon missions.

Floating is achieved by adding a high concentration of Epsom salts to the water. Much like in the Dead Sea this raises the density and buoyancy of the water.

Float tanks will use around 1000 liters of water and 550 kg of magnesium and sulphate-rich Epsom salts thereby increasing the specific gravity for the solution to around 1.27.

It is this change to the density that adds buoyancy to the water and allows a flotation tank user to float.

Epsom salts allow the float tank user to float but also do so much more. Ancient wisdom tells us that Epsom salts are an effective cure-all with benefits including stress relief along with easing aches and pains. Epsom salts are rich in magnesium, which is the second most abundant element in the human body and one that is vital to good health and well-being. When floating, the Epsom salt solution helps with lymph drainage and promotes the absorption of magnesium.

Sadly, over half of the US population does not meet the US recommended allowance for dietary magnesium. Modern agriculture and diet have radically reduced the magnesium in the body whilst modern consumption levels of fat, sugar and salt all work to deplete magnesium.

Give it a try. I enjoyed the experience and was not at all tense or claustrophobic. I was surprised at how easy it was to adapt and relax.

203 E. Carr St
Carrboro, NC
Phone: 919-636-9899