The concept involves getting inside a sensory deprivation floatation tank filled with Epsom salts and body temperature water that allows your body to be 100 per cent weightless. The tank makes it effortless to float and impossible to sink.
“It’s pitch black and there’s no sound so the theory is that about 90 per cent of our mental capacity is used to deal with gravity and 10 per cent for our peripheral senses, and by taking those things away, it allows us — your body and your mind — to go to places it normally wouldn’t,” owner of Float Brisbane, Chris Deans says.
Deans says floating has been growing quicker than expected with people from all walks of life coming in to float for an hour. “I get people who come through who are insomniacs and they jump in and are able to sleep for the whole hour, people who suffer from chronic pain, we have people post-surgery and I had some Brisbane Lion boys come through for recovery, relaxation and visualisation.”
The benefits of floating are physical and spiritual. It relieves stress and pain, as well as allowing you to reflect on your life by entering a deep meditation known as the ‘Theta State’. Without any distractions inside the tank, your level of concentration and knowledge is sharpened.
“Everybody wakes up, checks their phones, gets stuck in traffic, goes to work, sits at a computer all day, gets told what to do, goes home, rinse and repeat! It’s a very rare thing to have something that’s truly unique to yourself and to avoid everyone else’s opinions and all the other things in life,” Deans says.
Many people use floating to escape reality for an hour but for Chris, it changed his lifestyle. “My first time was pretty average … I just played around in the water and I never really settled into it but I committed to do a few and my second time was really good. I managed to relax and it put my thoughts into perspective,” he said.
“I had been floating for years and really liked what it was doing for me as a person. It helped me really identify what was real and important in my life. The trips overseas just really consolidated in my mind how important it is for us to just stop and be alone with our thoughts,” Deans said.
“Everyone has a 100 per cent different experience and it is dictated by their body, their mind and what’s going on. I think that’s what draws people to floating — it’s unique,” he said. “I really believe if someone takes the time to float or meditate on a regular basis they will be calmer, have a greater understanding of themselves and to a degree be able to detach from the madness and sensory overload that our daily lives have become.”