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Published October 27th 2012
The blissful and sensory "Outer Space" experience
Maybe a float tank can also be a Meditation Tank or Siesta Tank?(Image Source: Paramount Sports Recovery Centre Facebook)
Perhaps many of us have had dreams about flying and floating in the sky like a feather. I am happy to tell you that with the float tank experience your dream may come true. The only difference is that you will be surrounded by water.
According to Wikipedia a float tank is a weightless, soundproof tank inside which the subjects float in salt water at skin temperature. Flotation tank therapy is designed to soothe aching muscles, relieve mental stress and insomnia. I had the chance to experience its healing effect with a gift voucher associated with Paramount Sports Recovery Centre at Rozelle.
The centre is located on the main commercial street at Rozelle, Darling Street. Upon my arrival, after confirming my appointment with the receptionist, I was given one pair of disposable earplugs and a clean bath towel. The receptionist showed me the room. It is a quiet, dimly lit room with an attached bathroom. I could hear water running inside the deep blue colored tank with a smell of sea salt. The receptionist gave me the instructions for how to operate the tank and I was asked to clean myself first before diving into the tank. Once the session finished, I would hear the soothing music to remind me of the time.
I also had a choice of playing my iPod music while I was in the tank or choosing complete silence and having a nap. I have had many chances to listen to my iPod music but not many chances of indulging in complete silence. So the later one sounded like a better choice. The bathroom is very clean and has everything you need for a shower. After the shower, I got into the water and shut the sliding door above my head.
Once I entered I felt a totally different world inside. I couldn't feel the water much as it was close to my body temperature. My body was wandering freely like a weightless jellyfish. I was in complete darkness and silence. The only "sound" I could hear were my thoughts - all kinds of thoughts actually - the shopping list, my next adventure, the last conversations I had with my mentor, my writing ideas, my next holiday destination. My thoughts were the only companion I had at that moment. I allowed them to drift freely. With no schedule, no deadline, I felt my body was softening and relaxing in the water, like butter melting under the increasing heat. After a while my mind was empty, all I could hear was my breathing, in and out, again and again. Maybe you could call the rest "a blissful siesta"?
The tank turns into a space ship when the door is closed
I woke up to the soothing music gently reminding me of my finish time. I did a big stretch in the water before I opened up the sliding door above my head. The light invaded straight away, together with the sound of the outside world. Why had I thought it was a quiet room when I entered?
This part is important. You need to clean yourself thoroughly in the shower, because you will be covered by the sea salt. If you miss out on cleaning one part (as I did), it will leave you with a white patch full of sea salt grains and it stinks under the sun. I felt so energetic yet relaxed, both physically and mentally, after the session. I feel that I could embrace another day like this, again and again. Before I can get into space travel with Virgin Galactic, this might be the ideal alternative for the moment.