I don’t know about you, but I love a bath and a bit of peace and quiet. Imagine a bath in which you can float effortlessly on top of the water, in what feels like infinite space and silence. Sounds like a dream, right? Not anymore, thanks to the re-birth of a wellness trend that’s been around since the 1960’s – gravity floating.
Melburnians, it seems, are taking to the opportunity to switch off from life for for an hour like ducks to water, with two Gravity Float centres in Northcote and Armadale, and a number of other flotation centres now operating in Melbourne.
Flotation therapy (also known as sensory deprivation therapy) involves lying in a small car sized pod (basically a bath with a lid), which is filled with 600kg of magnesium based Epsom salts in body temperature water of 34.5 degrees celsius.
Because of the high salt content and water density, once you’re in the pod, your body floats effortlessly on the surface of the water, leaving you in a position where you can totally relax.
With the doors closed, music off and lights off, you are free to experience the benefits of a very personal and almost spiritual session. It’s easy to fall asleep once inside, although if you manage to stay awake, you can allow your mind and body to unravel, free from the stresses from the outside world.
Epsom salt baths have been recommended for decades in the alleviation of sore muscles. Flotation therapy allows muscle joints and tendons to making way for a powerful healing experience. The magnesium in the epsom salts is also linked with reducing symptoms of chronic pain, fatigue and insomnia.
Claustrophobics, don’t be alarmed, the door to the pod is extremely light! Instead of feeling closed off when inside, the mixture of the water temperature, silence and darkness gives the sensation that you are floating in a larger space.
After attending two Gravity Float sessions, I’m hooked. I loved the stress release the floating experience gave me, and of course being free from the distractions of my phone and social media.
Well go on then, what are you waiting for? … Jump in!
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