Being a functioning human in the world who has like, a job, and rent and parking tickets (so many parking tickets, whyyy) is hard, which is why we’ve been looking for ways to de-stress other than adding another wine to the nightly rotation.
Enter floating. If you have ears and hang around with anyone vaguely health conscious, you’ll have heard of float centres popping up all over Brissy, promising a relaxing hour floating in a salty tank and letting all the worries of the world drift away.
If you don’t know what floating is (gasp!) don’t worry, we’ve got you covered here but just trust us, if you’re in the market for a bit of sensory deprivation-cum-stress-relief, treat yo’ self to a big ol’ float and never look back.
Obvs only reputable top-notch places are the go, so we’ve whacked our fave places to float in Brisbane together for your relaxation pleasure. Enjoy.
With locations all over Brisbane, friendly staff and gorgeous minimalist decor, City Cave is the ultimate relaxation destination. While your body unloads all its tensions and hits refresh on fatigued muscles, you’ll have the chance to truly unplug and zone in on some mind time, ideal for stress relief, as you drift inside the float tanks. Floating offers the ideal opportunity to practice mindfulness and meditation, because hey, what else have you got to do for those 60 minutes? You can choose from a float tank or a float room or bring your beau for a good old fashioned couples float.
The Float Space
If you’re in West End (or even if you’re not) and in need of some serious down time, you have to check out The Float Space. With state-of-the-art float tanks and tricked up rooms that block out ALL sound (seriously), you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven. As you drift peacefully on your way to restoring your body and relaxing the mind, you’re guaranteed to hear no splashing from the next pod over. After you rinse off and towel down, stick around to continue floating on cloud nine as you relax in their beautiful chill-out room.
Bulimba’s contribution to the floating scene is seriously stylin’—we’re all about Bliss Float's Hamptons vibe. But we’re more interested in spending an hour of bliss in one of their luxury Dreampods (only one of the most cutting edge tanks around, thanks).They also have a Dreampod Max, which is a supersized pod for those that need a bit of extra room to float, and why the hell not. Boosting endorphins and relieving muscular aches as you defy gravity, expect to shed layers of tension inside the tank.
Fountain Of Youth
Fountain Of Youth offer a range of float sessions in excellent facilities, but what we really stay for is their ‘floatage’ service. Yes, it’s a float and massage combo and yes you need one. DEAD. If the elevated relaxation vibes of the float aren’t enough, try complementing your experience with a full body massage for the ultimate in treating yo' self.
TH7 Body Labs
At TH7 Body Labs in West End, they reckon that whether you're a weekend road warrior, part of a sports team, training for an endurance event, or simply working in a high-stress environment, you’re at your best when your body is too. We couldn't agree more, which is why we go for the Relax package, complete with a long float and infrared sauna. You can even get a guided meditation to play while you’re in the float too.
Northsiders can discover inner peace at Float Oasis in Northlakes. Upon walking into the light and breezy salon, you can’t help but feel your shoulders drop and your breathing slow a little. As well as the float tanks, you can also get world-class massages and facials, just for a bit of extra relaxation.
Bikram Yoga And Float Rooms
Is the idea of the pod a little too claustrophobic? The float rooms at Bikram Yoga in Woolloongabba are your ticket. All the same benefits are on offer, just without the closed-in pod. Don’t worry, the float pool is not your local council pool—it’s still a relaxing environment with customisable music and lights.
Urban Recharge at Coorparoo boasts tonnes of rave reviews, and after an hour or two in their tanks, you can see why. Pro-tip, skip the morning coffee and have a little snack so you don’t get distracted by being hungry or cracked out in the pod. Everything about your float is explained in detail leaving you question-free when you arrive, which makes for the most relaxing experience.
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