Recently, floatation tanks, also known as sensory deprivation tanks or isolation tanks, have popped up all over Melbourne offering busy Melburnians a chance to escape from the world and enter a dream-like state of weightlessness. Who knew that an alien-like pod filled with warm water and Epsom salt can be so soothing? Here’s a rundown of the best float therapy joints around Melbourne.
At Rest House Float Centre the feeling of calm permeates the entire experience, from the moment you step into the lounge-like waiting room and become ensconced in soothing ocean noises and the sweet smell of herbal tea brewing. Left alone in the room, I step into the pod and close the lid. I close my eyes, lie back, and start to enjoy the feeling of floating. With nothing to distract me, I quickly sink into a dream-like state – not quite awake, not quite asleep – enjoying the feeling of suspension. It’s bliss.
Floatation tanks in Melbourne
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Have you ever felt truly, and absolutely, weightless? When staying afloat takes no effort at all, to the point that you begin to lose any sense of your own body? If you’ve visited the Dead Sea, then these feelings might be familiar. But add total darkness, silence and stillness into the equation and things start to get a little more… interesting. This is what it was like trying floatation therapy for the first time.
Inside this new-age spa, the hustle and bustle of Camberwell Road almost completely disappears. The studio’s cocoon-like sensory deprivation tanks, are completely sound and light proof and is filled up with lukewarm water which has been heated to about body temperature and mixed with 600kg of Epsom salts, creating an almost weightless environment. Clients can opt for a one-hour or two-hour session in the spaceship pod-like tanks.
The I-Sopod is the largest pod in the world and has room to move around within the float tank — it is the size of a small car.
Sacred geometry has been used to plan each float centre space as well as in the fine detail seen in the custom made light fittings. We have built temples of relaxation incorporating sacred geometry, which is derived from patterns and proportion systems that exist in nature.
The infrared sauna is a tool to help you experience a deeper float without any effort.
The float tank was created by neurophysicist Dr John C Lilly 60 year ago when he was doing research on brain waves and altered states of consciousness through sensory deprivation.
Alpha waves are the ‘frequency bridge’ between our conscious thinking (Beta) and subconscious (Theta) mind.