By Melbourne and Georgette Editor
It's not often I do lifestyle pieces, but I thought I would share my most recent experience with you in a sensory deprivation tank.
Since floating has become the latest trend in Melbourne, it was definitely an experience I wanted to try out. I had had lots of close friends do it and they spoke highly of the relaxing results.
So what is floating? Well, its where you are placed into a confined space that is filled with around 40 cm of water mixed in with 550kg of Epsom salts (magnesium sulphate). The water and air temperatures are matched to that of a person’s skin temperature. The buoyancy of the water and Epsom salt solution allows the user to easily float in the water, removing any sensation of gravity. A state of the art float tank removes all visual, audible and physical stimulation to create experience that is not replicated anywhere else.
After a long year, all I wanted to do was spend an hour concentrating on me and my relaxation skills with absolutely no distractions.
I booked in with Elevation Flotation and Yoga for $69. Situated in the heart of Camberwell, this business was one of the first of its kind in Melbourne.
When you walk in you are greeted by a beautifully big space with two doors. One door leads to a staff area, while the other leads to the floating rooms. You get the sense that when you walk through that second door you are leaving all your emotions, problems and stress behind.
There are three floating rooms in Elevation, with the yoga space soon to be opened upstairs. Each room is fitted out with a custom made deprivation pod, sensory lights and a shower.
Before entering the pod, it is a necessity to shampoo your hair and wash your body as to not contaminate the water. Once you head inside the timer starts, you close the pod and relaxing music soothes you for around 2 minutes before switching off. When you are comfortable you turn off the light in the pod.
Essentially, it was dead quiet and dark.
At first, I have to admit I freaked out a bit. I am not easily scared, nor claustrophobic, but my body just went into a state of shock. There is no way of knowing where you are in the pod and eventually due to the temperature control you can't even feel the water.
Then I was restless - I started to realise an hour is a REALLY long time.
After that? Pure bliss. Even though I was aware my mind and body was awake, my consciousness went into a deep state of relaxation. It is a really hard experience to describe but its almost like you feel nothing and you are nothing. Almost alien like in its expereience.
Some people never reach that state, while others say it took them around three visits to achieve it.
I came out feeling as if I had a lovely nap. The salts also made my skin feel fresh and rejuvenated.
I would highly recommend this experience to anyone. It would also be a great gift for someone for Christmas!
Head to Elevation Float now to book your float online.