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flotation therapy would have to be the most relaxing. While you come away without a trouble in the world and feeling totally refreshed and invigorated, flotation therapy, which I first experienced after someone gave me a gift voucher to Rest House in Hampton East, is also extremely therapeutic.
It basically involves letting go and floating in an especially designed, state of the art flotation tank which, in addition to water of course, contains 500 kilograms of Epsom salt (or magnesium sulphate), which is completely non-toxic, softens your skin and increases the density of the water so that you float - no effort required.
In fact, the opposite of effort is required. While everyone's experience is different, I found it easy to simply close my eyes, let go and float. Marina, who opened Rest House in late 2015, also gave me a great run down beforehand on all I needed to know to make the experience as enjoyable as possible. (There were also some beautiful, healing teas on offer in the ambient, beautiful waiting room.)
If you're thinking flotation therapy is 'the latest fad', please don't. It's anything but new; it's actually been around for centuries, with the modern day float system essentially replicating the phenomenon of the Dead Sea, whose warm salt waters are renowned for their healing and spiritual properties.
So, in addition to feeling great, what are the benefits? Amongst other well-documented benefits, flotation therapy maximises blood flow, lowers blood pressure, alleviates mental and physical stress by reducing cortisol, accelerates rehabilitation and recovery, reduces pain and increases energy - all while you do nothing but lie there! Now, that's my sort of therapy! There are lots of other benefits too, like reducing anxiety, depression, jetlag, headaches and other modern-day maladies.
While very good for you, flotation therapy is also quite affordable, especially when compared to many other therapies. Your first float at Bath House is even moreso. While a 1-hour float is normally between $74 and $79, a current special introductory offer gets you your first float for just $55!
That's a pretty affordable (and pampering) way to float your troubles away if you ask me!
I know many people find this very soothing but I don't know that I would be able to relax while suspended in water. An interesting artivle though Julia, as I have not previously heard from anybody who had tried it.
Floating is an amazing experience. Besides being incredible for soothing aching muscles it's also a great way to unwind and meditate or just float around the tank watching the effects of the lights changing colour within the pod.