Lucas Harger

Young entrepreneur offers state-of-the-art floatation therapy

March 31, 2011 // 0 Comments

Member of old Rockford family brings a first to town by BETH ALTENA Thirty-year-old Lucas Harger is no stranger to Rockford. The 1999 Rockford grad had his first job at the Corner Bar at age 16 and also worked at Waldon Books in the former North Kent Mall, was an art assistant to local artist Jerry Berta, and worked in a store in the Hush Puppie Factory Direct mall. Many old-time residents will remember his grandfather Vance Harger or his Myrna Harger, who used to be the school librarian. His family built housing for Wolverine in the early 1900s. Harger left Rockford for many years, but has now returned with Just Relax Floatation, a unique way to de-stress, focus mental and physical energy, and improve health. It is a homecoming that has been good for many reasons. “I was always interested in meditation and finding a way to block things out,” Harger said of the monkey depictions located in his suite at MVP Athletic Club, 515 E. Division in Rockford. His interest in meditation and focusing mental energy led him to try floatation—relaxing in a tank filled with soothing warm water and 800 pounds of dissolved Epsom salts. He was so struck by the positive effects of the experience he began his own business and now has two tanks available here in Rockford. It is a mind and body healing experience that is not available elsewhere in West Michigan. The tanks were originally designed for mental studies, and soon the benefits were recognized. Harger said they are useful for soothing anxiety, for clearing the mind for an important decision, are useful in smoking cessation, and for healing the body with the beneficial effects of the salts. Users literally float in the 94-degree water, bouyed by the salt water. Some experience sensory deprivation in the quiet dark while others may prefer to have music played. Either way, the results are striking. “It’s a weird kind of energy,” Harger said. “It’s not like how you feel after an energy drink. It’s like the energy you have when you are really well rested.” Harger said some people float for just an hour while others float as long as several hours. He has had anxious or even claustrophobic people […]