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Float away at Sensu Spa
Sensu Spa, located on Little Burke Street
Have you thought about what to get your Mum for Mother's Day this year? How about a relaxing massage, or perhaps something a little different, such as an alternative therapy that has been scientifically proven to help with anxiety, depression, PTSD, migraines, injury, aches, trouble sleeping, as well as, helping with difficulty with concentration, and memory issues? Or do you just want to give her a unique experience?
I know it sounds too good to be true, but there is such a thing, and it has been around since the early 1950s. This method has been used for many years to help people who suffer from suicidal thoughts, combat addiction, recurring nightmares, and has proven successful where other methods have failed. It has proven so beneficial that more and more American athletes are utilizing this very technique to help with a multitude of ailments. It is known by many names: isolation tank, sensory deprivation tank, or float tank, among others. It is considered an alternative therapy, but there is no denying the documented benefits.
Enter Sensu Spa, one of the hottest massage, beauty, and float spas in Melbourne. Sensu Spa offers the Float Away Package for just $150. This includes a one hour session reserved for the float tank experience and a soothing one-hour massage. If you are only interested in treating your Mum to the mental and health benefits of the float tank, book in now for just $79 for one-hour and let her experience the joys of all her stresses floating away. What more could any Mum want for Mother's Day?
Sensu Spa is the only float spa within the CBD. They have two float tanks, and a float specialist, Brigid B., who is from America. Brigid has been with Sensu Spa since their grand opening five months ago, and she has only one philosophy: your float, your rules.
Brigid takes her job seriously and is more than happy to answer any questions and address any concerns you may have about the float tank. She noted that Sensu Spa offers relaxation music, the sounds of whales, a guided meditation, or sounds designed for theta mediation (think ZEN) to help you maximize your float experience. When this music is combined with the magnesium sulfate in the tank's water, it is very beneficial for achieving a REM meditation state. You could also opt to bring your own music if you prefer. Speaking of REM sleep, many people find their float experience so soothing that they fall asleep inside the tank and claim it is the best sleep they have ever had!
She also highly recommends that you try the floatation tank at least twice before making up your mind because the first time can be a learning experience for some. If you think an hour is too much, you can opt for a shorter time too.
Moreover, Brigid noted the inside of the float tank remains lit while the lid is open. If you decide to fully immerse yourself in the float tank experience and close the lid, Brigid said it is completely dark inside, so there is no sense of being in a closed-in space. There is an emergency button, and the lid lifts up if you feel the need.
I still was not convinced, so Brigid was kind enough to give me the answers to the most frequently asked questions:
the tank is NOT airtight;
the tank has about 363 kilograms (800 pounds) of Epsom Salt dissolved in about 25 centimeters (10 inches) of water, which allows you to float like a cork, meaning your body remains buoyant regardless of your position;
keep the salty water out of your eyes, and seal ALL open wounds with a liquid bandage, or wait until you have no open wounds;
same goes for freshly shaved areas or scratches;
remove your metal jewelry and contact lenses before getting in the tank;
the water is ambient, meaning it isn't hot or cold;
shower, shampoo, rinse thoroughly, and dry your face before you get in the tank;
wear your bathers if you are shy!
All that's left is to enjoy your float experience, and with a dedicated float specialist like Brigid and an expert massage therapist like Keiko on hand, you can't go wrong with the Float Away package.
Feeling a little spontaneous? Sensu Spa welcomes walk-ins! Generally, they are booked out on weekends, but the staff encourages you to stop by for an impulsive float session, massage, or beauty treatment Monday through Thursday. If they can accommodate you, they will! And let's face it, who doesn't need a soothing facial, or 30-minute massage to rejuvenate you during a stressful workday?
If you aren't ready for the float tank, that's okay. Just take advantage of one of Sensu Spa's special Mother's Day packages for a more traditional experience. After chatting with Brigid, I decided the mental and health benefits far outweighed my fear of closed in spaces; as a result, I'm looking forward to my first Float Away Package experience for Mother's Day. So book yourself a session online, stop by, or give Sensu Spa a call, and don't forget to book that appointment for Mum today!