This past weekend I visited the Gravity Floatation centre in Melbourne for a 1 hour 'float' session. I had never done anything at all like this before, but with my recent interests into different forms of recovery, I thought I would give it a try.
I think the best way to explain to you what 'floating' is, and what this centre is all about, is to show you exactly what is written on their website.
'Floating is commonly referred to as Floatation Therapy or Sensory Deprivation. It involves lying in a pod that contains a highly concentrated Epsom salt solution (700kg of magnesium sulphate) which creates the buoyancy for you to float effortlessly. The water is heated to skin temperature so after a while the sensation of your body dissolves and you feel weightless.'
Essentially, you lay in a VERY cool (very spaceship-like) pod, for up to an hour with nothing to do except for relax, unwind and be with your thoughts. The aim? Recovery, better sleep, stress relief, relaxation, pain relief and enhanced creativity. H
onestly, I expected myself to be excessively bored in an environment like this, but it was AMAZING. One of the best experiences I have ever had. And from something as simple as floating in water... who would've thought!?
These 'dream pods' are sound proof and light proof, so inside you are really in your own little world. It's the perfect opportunity to take time away for yourself, allow your mind to disconnect from distraction and stress, while giving your body an incredible opportunity to replenish and recover. As these pods contain over 600kg of Epsom salts, the solution contains essential minerals that leave you feeling deeply relaxed.
Upon entering the pod it was a truly bizarre feeling not having to make an effort to float in the water, it's unbelievable that you feel so weightless so effortlessly.
Within minutes i felt myself falling into a deep state of relaxation and a calmness swept over me. Within 15 minutes I was out like a light, fast asleep, just floating away!
With 5 minutes remaining in my float a gentle music began playing which woke me up. I woke feeling so refreshed and full of energy, surprisingly! Generally after a nap I feel awful. Not to mention, the terrible DOMS and muscle pain I had in my lower body from the day before's training session had 90% eased and could barely be felt. I was amazed! They say 1 hour of floating can be equivalent to 4 hours of restful sleep. No wonder I felt so great!
Some more of the benefits that floating may have:
Reduce nervousness, anxiety, depression, fatigue & sleep disorders.
Reduce stress hormones, inflammation, tension & heart rate.
Enhance mindfulness, emotional intelligence, composure & vitality.
Increase blood circulation, oxygen flow, digestion & skin health.
Increase dopamine & serotonin – the happiness & pleasure brain chemicals.
Reach Alpha and Theta brain waves – optimal for deep relaxation & meditation.
After my float the team at the centre encouraged us to take our time, relax and enjoy a yummy tea before we went on with our day.
.... I think I'm in love.
If you're in Melbourne I would definitely recommend heading to the centre and checking it out. Give floating a try, it really is an incredibly soothing experience.
Below is the link to their website if you're interested in more info.
Thank you so much Gravity Floatation Centre, I will 100% be back.