If you’re looking for something different from you standard (but usually amazing) massage here in Shanghai, you can’t really go wrong with booking a float session at Floatasian. If you’re new to this, rest assured, almost everyone is, with the exception of the Swedish, who apparently love a good float and have been doing this for quite some time.
Anyways, basically you step into a sensory deprivation chamber that is filled with just 25cm of water, and packed with a bunch of healing Epsom salts that provide a variety of health benefits. Because the water and air are perfectly temperature-controlled to match each other, after a few minutes you really do lose orientation and relax completely.
I was skeptical about paying to get into a warm, dark, metal box and float naked in salty water, but I have to say I was COMPLETELY won over by the great new space in downtown Shanghai. The owners and staff are super friendly, and the entire experience was relaxing from start to finish.
Here’s the experience from start to finish:
1)Check in at the Dagu Lu location
2)Change into a robe in the changing room
4)Float for an hour in almost complete darkness while succumbing to complete relaxation bliss
6)Tea and refreshments in the lounge
Floating is also known to be a great antidote for jet-lag relief, so if you’re looking something to relax and refresh you, booking in for a session may just provide you with the key to getting on the China timezone.
Chinese & English Address & Booking info:
Unit A, 2nd Floor, Building 5, 288 Dagu Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai, 200003 (Cross with Chengdu North Road)
上海市黄浦区大沽路２８８号, 大沽庭, 5号楼, 2层, A室, 邮编：200003 (靠近成都北路)
Here’s an infographic with even more info on the process:
If you or your loved ones do book a float, let them know we sen you, and be sure to check our our walking food tours in both Beijing & Shanghai.