Imagine if you could feel nothing at all, even just for an hour? Well, Sydney Float Centre has brought that dream to life.
Known commonly as sensory deprivation therapy, floating is the new meditation.
Jump in a luxurious tub and fall asleep on top of the water. That’s right, you can now sleep your pain away in a luxurious enclosed bath.
What is sensory deprivation therapy?
Sensory deprivation therapy involves evoking loss of sensory stimulation to the body. Sensory deprivation tanks are usually used to achieve this.
This may sound scary, but the therapy has been around for years. And studies show it works.
A 2014 article by the European Journal of Integrative Medicine found it increased “originality, imagination and intuition, which can all lead to enhanced creativity.”
The tank is designed to promote muscle relaxation, enhance neural plasticity, improve concentration and decrease stress and anxiety.
This is what Sydney Float Centre is about. With two locations in Sydney, the company provides a new-wave form of meditation.
Upon entering their private room, guests at the Sydney Float Centre must shower before stepping up to the futuristic float tub.
The room is filled with changing lights and meditative music, designed to help you relax.
The float lasts for around an hour. Guests can choose to close their tank completely, turning off both lights and sound. This often provides the best results.
Is there anything to worry about?
The short answer is no. There’s nothing to be nervous about using the tanks at Sydney Float Centre.
But, staff get that first time users can be nervous.
So, guests are briefed on what to expect upon arrival.
It’s pretty straight forward. Lay comfortably. Try to relax. Wash off before and after. Oh, and wear your birthday suit if you please.
That’s right. Most people opt to go without a bathing suit, as it can be restricting. Don’t fret though. The float centre staff thoroughly clean the tubs. Plus, bacteria don’t stand a chance against the high amount of salt.
The only thing you may need to worry about is getting salt water in your eyes. However, staff supply a spray bottle of natural water. Before you float, the bottle is placed into your tank.
So, how does it work?
At Sydney Float Centre, the tubs are full of epsom salts. We’re talking 550kg of magnesium and sulphate-rich salt, balanced out by 1000 litres of warm water. This is what allows your body to float.
The high concentration of epsom salt raises the density and buoyancy of the water. Essentially, this means your entire body will float on the surface.
It may feel weird at first, but it’s also one of the most interesting sensations you’ll ever feel.
It’s like putting an inflated lilo on the surface of a pool. No matter how much you fight to sink it, it’ll always rise to the surface.
So really, there’s nothing to be afraid of. Many people actually fall asleep in the tank, and wake up feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.
A single float at Sydney Float Centre costs $89. If you enjoy it, book two floats a month for $99.
Staff recommend floating more than once, as the first time can involve a bit of restlessness and distraction.
If you want to give it a go, head to Sydney Float Centre. The company has facilities at Darlinghurst and Warringah Mall, Brookvale.
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