Recently I was lucky enough to win a competition run by Brisbane Threads for three floats at Beyond Rest Coorparoo. I actually hadn’t heard of ‘floating’ until a few days before the competition started, when my bestie Dianne (@thehairdressermama) tagged me in one of Beyond Rest Coorparoo’s Instagram posts with “LET’S GO!!!”. Next thing I knew there was a competition, I had won it and I was off to Beyond Rest with Dianne in tow (after all we were planning on going together anyway!) to experience my first float.
When we first arrived we were greeted by name, and given the usual forms/details to fill out and go through. We didn’t have to wait long and we were shown into one of the private rooms to go though what to do and what to expect. Every small thing is thought of, from the toiletries and towels provided, to the additional floating head support (I recommend using it) and ear plugs to keep your neck comfortable and ears clear of salt water, to little sachets of Vaseline for any cuts (so they don’t sting). There’s even an area where you can blow dry your hair and pop some makeup on (if you so wish) afterwards!
I will admit the question I asked Molly (the Manager) first was “What do I wear?”, and although it is completely up to you… it is recommended that you wear nothing as bathers press against the body and takes away from the experience. The pods are designed to block out all external distractions, such as sights, sounds, tactile sensations and gravity. As it says on the website…
“Outside distractions such as sight, sound, tactile sensations, and gravity fade away, so you feel like you’re floating in space, losing track of where your body ends and the water begins. Noise from the outside doesn’t get to you. This is achieved by water and air being heated to your body temperature so you cannot distinguish between the air and water thus giving you the floating feeling.
The reduced stimulation encountered in the floatation tank refocuses the your attention to internal stimuli. At first this includes the novel sensations of floating effortlessly in darkness and quiet. The sensations of the body become more salient, making the flotation tank a walk-in biofeedback device.
This natural biofeedback initiates a self-regulation process that encourages relaxation. This relaxation is augmented by the full body absorption of magnesium that elicits the release of muscle tension.
As physical sensations become less noticeable, mental activity can come to the fore. For those not used to being alone with their thoughts this can be difficult. However, even unpleasant thoughts become more pleasant as the body descends into a more deeply relaxed state. Eventually even the parade of thoughts subsides and the mind enters a meditative state.”
For the first 10 minutes of the float, there is relaxing music playing, to help you settle in and start relaxing (or get used to floating naked in a space age pod… or maybe that’s just me). You’re in total control of the pod, you can close it fully or leave it open a little for cool air (it can get warm from your breathing and the temperature of the water) or leave it open if you get claustrophobic. There’s a light on the LHS (blue) which you can leave on or turn off (I turned mine off, it was bliss!) and on the RHS there’s a panic button just in case. There’s also a spray bottle of fresh water inside the pod in case you get any of the water in your eyes (I didn’t thankfully!).
So what makes you float?! The floatation tank contains 500kg of super-saturated Epsom salt solution, which is about 25cm deep. This creates an environment similar to that of the Dead Sea, letting you float effortlessly on the surface of the water and enjoy a feeling of weightlessness!
The music comes back on 5 minutes before your float is finished, signalling to you that it’s time to come back to reality. But don’t worry, if you’ve fallen asleep and miss it the jets will come and wake you up LOL!
I am TERRIBLE at turning my mind off, and spent the first part of my float thinking about EVERYTHING, but then I did start to relax and enjoyed stretching in the water – it’s crazy good stretching your muscles out while being weightless! After my stretching I felt a lot more relaxed and less tense and really started to enjoy floating in the dark without any distraction. Let me tell you as a Mama of a baby and pre-schooler – QUIET TIME IS BLISS!!
Before I knew it the music had come on again. I hopped out, had a shower and then headed to the quiet area (I didn’t bother blow-drying my hair as I was going straight home) to have a herbal tea and reflect on my experience while I waited for Dianne.
I chatted with Molly about the benefits of floating and she mentioned that the benefits are felt long after the float has finished (read all about floating and the benefits here), and boy was she right! I had the BEST sleep I’ve had since BEFORE I was pregnant with Bambino…. it was deep, uninterrupted (sorry Hubby who had to get up to the baby all night) and long (also sorry Hubby for sleeping in to 10am the next morning)… for that alone I am converted!
I can’t wait for my next float! And Brisbane babes I have the scoop for you! There is currently a special on – 2 floats for $159 (this can be two for you, or bring a friend) PLUS I can exclusively let you know there is going to be a FLASH SALE for the Australia Day Weekend for $59.00 floats Friday 26/01, Sat 27/01 & Sun 28/01! And if you’ve always wanted to see what floating is all about without committing, Beyond Rest’s 1st Birthday is 27th January and they’re having a party! From 6.30pm there will be nibbles and drinks and you can check out the pods and chat with the staff about floating. RSVP by 17th January to Beyond Rest Cooparoo.
I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences on floating, and if you’ve been inspired to give it a go!
To check our Brisbane Thread’s review of Beyond Rest, click here. To go to the Beyond Rest Cooparoo website and read more on floating click
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