Timeless Spa & Salt Cave
To most moms (and dads!), eight hours of
uninterrupted sleep is a relic from a past life, lost to crying
babies, scary dreams or a snoring spouse. So when I heard about
Timeless Spa & Salt Cave's Zen Bed, which purports to provide
the restorative benefits of a night's sleep in only 30 minutes, I
had to try it out.
On first glance, the Zen Bed looks like your average
table, except this hard plank transforms into a soft mattress that
submerges into a pool of hot water-without getting you wet. Wearing
street clothes, I was covered with plastic sheeting that provided a
pleasant weight, a nice counterbalance to the gravity-free feeling
of floating in water. Jets of water underneath my back gave me a
subtle massage, my favorite part of the experience.
The staff at Timeless credits the restorative effects of
the Zen Bed to the light therapy, LED lights that cycle through
different colors. I'll admit that I kept my eyes closed for most of
the time, but they say the benefits from the lights are effective
For someone like me, who has trouble "turning off" my mind
in order to truly relax, it was helpful first to visit the
eponymous Salt Cave, a room outfitted with a dozen reclining chairs
and made from thousands of pounds of Himalayan salt, a mineral-rich
salt that's thought to be especially restorative. The 45-minute
session helped me to calm down enough that I could take full
advantage of the restful Zen Bed experience.
I can't confirm that my time in the Zen Bed equaled a full
eight hours of zzz's, but I do know that I emerged from the spa
energized and more willing to take on my tasks of the day,
including the grocery store, dinner and a full email
In other words: Mission accomplished.
Elizabeth Diffin is the associate editor at Chicago Parent. She lives in Wheaton.
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