“Tired of Being Tired”: Nap Pod Provides Space to Relax in Tampa
TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Millions of Americans wish they could take a nap in the middle of their workday. Now there is a place to rest and relax in downtown Tampa.
“The the whole concept of Nap Pod is to offer you a place to come and relax and unwind. To relieve your anxiety, your stress, to take care of your mental state, if you will, âsaid Scott Chester, Founder and CEO of Nap Pod. âTo help your physical and mental well-being. This is the goal and this is the goal of Nap Pod.
Chester’s background is in computers and he has seen the use of these “pods” – with chairs that move around in a relaxing position – used in companies such as Google and Zappos. Pods are intended for 20 âenergy napsâ during the day to keep employees happy, functional and productive.
Chester started talking with other employees and realized that there was nowhere that the general population could go to relax for a few minutes a day.
âSo that got me thinking. At home with my fiance, she has a daughter who is autistic. So to help her sleep at night, we started making lavender and ambient sounds to help her sleep. And it works, âhe said. “And I was like, ‘what if we combine that with the capsules to help people fall asleep and relax faster, instead of going to the capsule and it takes a minute to fall asleep.” It made me think about starting the business.
Nap Pod just opened in September and is located at 412 East Madison Street.
Chester said it’s not about falling asleep during the day, it’s about relaxing to help you be productive throughout the day and to help your mental state no matter what you’re going through in your life. everyday life.
âYou carry that stress and you hope you go to bed at night and it all goes away. It does not happen that way. The human body needs time to take breaks during the day, except at night.
When guests enter Nap Pod, they enter Chester’s living room about 10 minutes before their meeting time, if they choose.
The living room has natural plants, seating for watching relaxing videos of the ocean and mountain ranges with ambient sound. Chester uses two air purifiers at a time to keep the air, which is also fragrant, clean.
Its two rooms, each containing a pod, are scented with lavender and sandalwood and soft lights dance on the walls and ceiling.
A guest presses a button on the capsule, which brings him back to a relaxed state, which means his knees are above his heart, according to Chester.
The chair will be tilted back for 20 minutes. After that, the lights will come on, the seat will vibrate, and the music inside will become louder to wake a person up.
A session at Nap Pod costs $ 16.05, which includes fees and taxes. Chester also offers a monthly pass for $ 240.75. Appointments must be booked online.
Nap Pod has security measures in place due to the coronavirus pandemic. Each pod is wiped down with disinfectant before and after each visit, each pod contains disinfectant wipes for guest use, and each room has an air purifier.