Jax-Zen Float, Aladdin R U Hungry? Event, Canopy Children's Solutions and The Ramey Agency | Jackson Free Press | Jackson, MS

Jax-Zen Float, Aladdin R U Hungry? Event, Canopy Children's Solutions and The Ramey Agency

Bilal Qizilbash heads R U Hungry?, a local group that gathers food and items such as blankets to give to homeless individuals in Smith Park in downtown Jackson on Fridays.

Bilal Qizilbash heads R U Hungry?, a local group that gathers food and items such as blankets to give to homeless individuals in Smith Park in downtown Jackson on Fridays. Photo by Imani Khayyam.

Jackson residents Jason and Jina Daniels held a soft opening for their new business, Jax-Zen Float (155 Wesley Ave.), on Nov. 16, with a grand opening planned for January 2017. The couple is currently taking appointments by phone or online.

Jax-Zen Float offers floatation therapy, which uses sensory deprivation to aid in relaxation. Customers enter a darkened tank filled with 200 gallons of water with 850 pounds of Epsom salt dissolved into it. The air and water in the tank are both heated to the skin's surface temperature of 93 to 94 degrees, and customers also wear ear plugs, creating the effect of being in a zero-gravity environment, which is intended to allow for the loss of a sense of body to achieve total relaxation. Jax-Zen Float's website says floatation therapy helps relieve stress and fatigue, chronic pains from arthritis or other conditions, and helps improve focus and concentration.

Jason Daniels, who also serves as the frontman for the Jason Daniels Band, first learned about floatation therapy on the Internet and decided to independently research the concept. He and his wife got the chance to try it for themselves while vacationing in Mexico and fell in love with the idea immediately, he said.

"Floatation therapy provides a unique level of relaxation that massage and anything else don't give," Daniels said. "I ended up using flotation therapy to relax while on tour in any city I could find it in, and when my wife and I found out that both a suitable space in midtown, along with some tanks we could use, had become available about six weeks ago, we just went for it. This will provide Jacksonians with the perfect chance to just turn off all distractions and give their body the opportunity to truly rest."

Jax-Zen Float is open Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with the last appointment of the day at 7 p.m., and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the last appointment at 3 p.m. A 90-minute float session is $65. Jax-Zen Float offers a three-float package for $110 and $49-per-month membership that includes a monthly float session with additional floats available for $49 each.

For more information, call 601-691-1697 or visit jax-zenfloat.com.

Aladdin Hosting R U Hungry? Benefit Event

Aladdin Mediterranean Grill (730 Lakeland Drive) is hosting a one-day charity event benefitting R U Hungry?, a local group that gathers food and items such as blankets to give to homeless individuals in Smith Park in downtown Jackson on Fridays.

On Dec. 3, customers will be able to purchase Aladdin gift cards in any amount and receive another gift card of equal value for free. The restaurant will donate five percent of all gift card sales for the day to R U Hungry?. Aladdin is also currently hosting a donation box for the group, and through Dec. 2, customers who give money will receive a gift card equal to their donation.

For more information, call 601-366-6033 or visit aladdininjackson.com. Learn more about R U Hungry? on the organization's Facebook page.

Mississippi Children's Home Services Becomes Canopy Children's Solutions

Mississippi Children's Home Services, which has worked to provide behavioral health, education and social services for children in the state for 105 years, recently changed its name to Canopy Children's Solutions. The organization opened in 1912 as Mississippi Children's Home Society and is one of the state's largest privately run nonprofits.

Through a network of 20 locations across the state, Canopy provides a variety of resources to help children and their families, including psychiatric care, specialized education programs, therapeutic foster care, crisis solutions and shelters, adoption and family-reunification services.

The Ramey Agency Makes 10 Best Places to Work for Second Consecutive Year

Jackson-based marketing group The Ramey Agency recently made it into the top 10 of magazine Advertising Age's Best Places to Work for a second consecutive year.

The magazine selects 50 winners based on criteria such as workplace policies, philosophy and the employee experience. The 2016 Best Places to Work list is a joint project from Advertising Age and Best Companies Group, an organization that researches and identifies leading places of employment.

Companies considered for the list undergo a two-part survey process, which gathers information about what the employer offers and measures the overall experience in the workplace.

Among the benefits that Ramey Agency employees receive are 40 paid community-service hours per year, monthly enrichment events, a staff massage therapist, and indoor and outdoor creative spaces.

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