Before the ride begins…
The art of sensory deprivation involves floating in a dark, soundless capsule full of warm salty water to reach deep levels of relaxation/mental clarity/calm. Here is the how-to for the best float possible.
- Cultivate a bit of calm—the more relaxed, the deeper the float.
- Ditch the morning coffee—same goes, the less stimulated the better.
- Follow the tao of needing to go—drink enough water, yet not too much and be sure to answer any calls of nature pre-float.
- Do not eat a big meal—digestion in total silence is a noisy business.
- Cultivate an open minded approach to the experience—let go of expectations
- Practice some conscious breathing—to get the most out of your float.
Then select one of many float operators in Melbourne
∗Gravity Float is my choice.
You are ready ∞
Enter the float room ∞
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Float Room: Shower and the Tank.
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The room is private, this is a great time to indulge any naturalist tendencies. Float naked—clothes in the float are distracting—any jewellery or contacts lenses should also go. Use the shower, rinse thoroughly and remember to dry your face (pro tip, water beads on the face are hugely distracting/annoying). Put in the provided ear plugs and you’re all set.
Enter the Tank and Close the Hatch
Let the water support you. Embrace the sensation of weightlessness—even if you fall asleep there is no danger of drowning—the 400kg+ of dissolved Epsom salt makes you super buoyant.
On your left-hand side, the emergency assistance button and a neck pillow if you want to use it. On the right, a switch for the lights and a fresh water spray bottle (for if you get any salt in your eyes).
Stretch out and find what position your body feels most comfortable in. You can clasp your hands behind your head or let your arms float by your side. You can also use the neck cushion if you want to relieve extra neck tension.
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Now is a good time to switch out the lights.
Give yourself a few minutes to adjust to the dark before the music fades out.
No light, no sound, weightless and ideally without the sense of touch or temperature.
You are alone with your mind. You will feel a little like this—
Inner Space Astronaut
This is where conscious breathing practice will really come in handy. Let your mind become like a boat on the water of the subconscious. Practice conscious breathing and mindful awareness—let stresses and issues come into focus and then fade away. It is important to let your mind do its own thing. Let the images, ideas and thoughts appear and disappear on their own.
“Turn off your mind, relax and float downstream…”
You have put yourself in the canoe—now let the river take you. An hour will pass without any concept of time—before you know it the music will fade back in.
Turn the light back on and slowly open the hatch. As you move back into the world of sound, light, and gravity, reflect on where you went during the float.
Have a shower and wash the salt from your body (now is the time for the provided conditioner).
The world after the float can feel like living in HD Blueray from the future compared to early VHS. Don’t operate heavy machinery or try to have any kind of conversation with your uber driver on the way home.
∞ Tonight you will sleep like a baby ∞