Sensory deprivation, coupled with the weightlessness of being in a magnesium- and Epsom salt-filled water tank, helps the ‘floater’ enter a deep meditative state.
I step into the tank, close the lid and begin to float. The first thing I notice is the dark: there’s no difference between having my eyes open or closed. For a few minutes, I’m reflecting on the thoughts of the day; soon, I begin to grapple with the lack of distractions from my own thoughts. But then, something changes. I give into pure relaxation. I’m in a womb; I’m floating free in the galaxy; I’m deep, deep in the ocean; I’m consciousness existing outside of body, time or space.
The wellbeing factor: 5/5
I don’t see the future, and I don’t hallucinate like Lisa Simpson, but I do emerge from the tank feeling incredibly reinvigorated. That night, I sleep a deep, refreshing sleep, and I’m much more present and energised the next day.
Beyond Rest 26 Regent Street, Prahan 3181. 03 9521 4963. beyondrest.com.au. Mon-Thu 8am-9pm; Fri-Sun 8am-11pm. $79.