What the heck is floating, and what’s possessed everyone from pro athletes to our most #fashun of friends to become regular floaters?
Prepare to immerse yourselves in the ultimate relaxation trend that’s surfacing in Sydney.
When you first arrive at Sydney Float Centre, you may be a little surprised to find this quiet, futuristic space tucked away in a medical centre. As it turns out, floatation therapy is a pretty established way to de-stress both body and mind. Secretly, we’re pretty fond of it because it combines all the best parts of an indulgent warm bath, the zen of meditation, and the relaxation of massage (but without any pressure on your muscles).
So how does it all work exactly? After a relaxing herbal tea, you’re led down a glowing corridor into your own private room, where your float pod is glowing away. It’s surprisingly spacious inside the tank, but you can totally float with the lid wide open too if confined spaces aren’t your thing. These are hands down the ‘Rolls-Royce’ of float tanks and are the only ones of their kind in Sydney.
The body-temperature water is loaded with epsom salts to ensure that you float effortlessly, no matter how terrible you think you are at swimming. In fact, the water is even more buoyant than the Dead Sea. Plus, the epsom salt prevents you from going all prune-y as you relax. Surprisingly, the magnesium in the epsom salt also moisturises your skin rather than drying it out (which is why our beauty and fashion friends are getting into this big time).
As you’re floating away, you let your mind wander to the gently fading music. You have complete control over the lighting and the lid, so each float can be a little different to the next. Unlike floating in regular water, your body will relax into its natural position, and you’ll even start to lose a sense of where your body starts and ends. Essentially, you’re tricking your brain into feeling as if you are floating in mid-air… We’ll admit it’s pretty damn trippy (but in a good way!).
Once the music fades back in, it’s time to hit up the shower in your private room, before making your way to the post-float relaxation room. With hammocks, yoga mats, and couches, this interim area brings you back to earth nice and gently. Sip on a cup of tea and scribble your thoughts (or how you’ve left them behind after your float) on the giant blackboard, and leave feeling blissfully calm.
Now that you know what all the hype is about, you’ll be happy to know that Sydney Float Centre has more centres opening soon, so booking yourself in will be as easy as floating. For now, a trip to Sydney Float Centre located in Westfield Warringah Mall, Brookvale is the perfect excuse to escape the CBD as well as your stresses for those south of the bridge.
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