When someone asks you if you’d like to boost your concentration levels, cut down on the sleepless nights, and enhance your ability to think creatively, there are *very* few of us who would say no. I mean, who doesn’t want to start each day feeling well-rested, focussed, and brimming with ideas? Melbourne: meet the one-stop wellness treatment that’s giving you just that. Floating.
When I discovered Gravity Floatation Centre—who now have two stunning centres open in Northcote and Armadale—that’s exactly what they suggested floating might do for me. Not only would a session in their futuristic float pods help us de-stress, I would also be seeing improvements across the board in everything from learning and memory to pain relief.
So, what is floating, and does it actually work?
In case you haven’t spotted Gravity’s amazing pics on Instagram lately, floating involves lying in a warm, shallow bath of concentrated Epsom salts inside your own personal pod for around an hour. The pod is in a private room, complete with shower and towels, and has a soundproof lid that you can close, enabling you to relax in total darkness and silence while floating on the surface of the water. The entire experience lasts for 60 minutes (more experienced float fans book in for up to two hours), giving your brain AND your body the opportunity to unwind and recharge.
At first, the concept of lying naked in what looks like an alien spacecraft can seem a little strange—but the experts at Gravity calmed our fears by letting me know that I could open and close the pod’s lid at any time.
Once inside the pod, I relaxed into the bath, lying facing the ceiling, and practiced some deep breathing while staring into complete darkness. At one point, I couldn’t tell if I was awake or asleep—was I dreaming?! Already, the stresses of a busy week had melted away.
Once my hour was up, soft music lulled me back into reality and, getting out of the pod, my body already felt better. Knots and tension in my muscles were a thing of the not-so-distant past, and an hour of switching my brain off reminded me just how important it is to take time out. In an effort to hold onto the amazing calm I felt, I reached for a herbal tea on the way out, rather than checking my emails or catching up on my Instagram feed.
When it came to sleeping that evening, I felt entirely relaxed and ready to rest—no thoughts buzzing around my head or stress in my shoulders and back keeping me up.
How can floating help?
In total, I counted six key things a Gravity float experience can help with: from relaxation and recovery (whether from sport or from a night out), to pain relief and better sleep, learning, and creativity. Think of a massage, a full-body detox skin treatment, and meditation combined—and then you’re getting there!
While floating has existed years (over fifty, to be precise), Gravity Floatation Centre has pioneered the wellness treatment here in Melbourne, turning something that sounds like a dodgy Scientology gimmick into a bona fide wellness sensation. With northside and southside venues—their first slick salon in Northcote opened in 2014, with its hotly anticipated southside sister opening in late 2015 in Armadale—there’s pretty much no excuse to have not treated yourself to a Gravity float.
No, Gravity’s expert team might not be able to turn you into a superhero overnight, but they sure as hell can make you a healthier, happier and more productive human. And for only 60 minutes of your time, what more could you want?
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