Anything which helps centre me, strengthens my inner peace and reminds me of how blessed I am in life, then I am jumping right in. So imagine when my friend suggests we go float in a tank for an hour…my flip-flops were on and I was at the door ready to go! This particular session was held at Palm Ave Float Club, Bugis Singapore.
I don’t know about you but I had never heard of this awesome way of removing yourself from the hustle and bustle of daily life and incase you also don’t know what this is, let me explain.
WHAT IS A FLOATATION TANK?
It’s a pod containing a super-saturated Epsom-salt solution, it isn’t deep at approximately 25cm and contains magnesium rich Epsom-salts. This is what gives the sensation of being in the Dead Sea and which enables you to float without effort! I thought oh my god I am so fat the water will never hold me but I literally laughed as the moment I sat down in the pod, my legs shot up in the air as if they had just been dying to float.
The water is warm, pretty much skin temperature. It’s a bizarre experience in that once you are floating, your entire body feels like it’s at the same temperature. Not like when you’re in a hot bath and you stick your arms out for a while and they get cold.
HOW DO YOU START?
There are a few simple steps to this:
- You shower
- Turn off all the lights (the pod is already lit so you can see where you are going)
- Step into the pod, close the lid, turn off the light and float, literally!
- Music will play for 10 minutes to ease you in to relaxation then the next hour is up to you, to completely switch off
- To let you know the hour is nearly up the music will play in the final 5 minutes
- Shower off the salts
- Relax in the lounge with herbal tea
WHAT HAPPENS IN THE POD?
You literally float! I struggle to relax at the best of times but I was in desperate need of anything, literally anything at this time to help me reconnect with my inner peace. I did all of the steps above and just floated (at my amazement that the water could hold my body weight!).
The music began which really does help if you find it difficult to switch off. And then it stopped, my initial reaction was, “Oh my god no don’t leave me in this tank on my own with just my thoughts!” then it was down to business, I was here because I needed to relax.
At first my neck was in immense pain because I must have been trying to hold my head up thinking it would go underwater but as I worked hard on completely switching off, that lessened.
Thoughts of course were swirling around in my head and I was wondering whether I was moving around in the tank but that soon stopped, I am not quite sure when or how but I fell asleep! I woke a few times with a bit of a jolt as I realised where I was but then drifted off back to sleep again. I remember thinking how the hell can you fall asleep floating?! But it’s the most effortless, letting go experience I have ever had.
The final 5 minute music came on to slowly bring me back to being awake, I felt wonderful. Then it was time to get out, shower and lie on one of the comfy chaise lounges for herbal tea.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
I was sceptical thinking is this similar to a massage, you know that chilled, happy feeling? But it was much more than that. The benefits are surprising:
- You enter a state of deep relaxation
- It improves sleep (I slept like a log afterwards!)
- Research suggests significant mood improvement following being deep meditation
- It alleviates and diminishes stress
- It helps in the speeding process of sports injuries
- It promotes a calming mindset and inner peace
If you have never experienced the wonders of a floatation tank I highly recommend it! Just make sure you don’t have anything planned afterwards so you can maximise the relaxed sensations you will feel when you leave.
Palm Ave Float Club have two locations in Singapore, this one in Kampong Bugis and the other in Waringin Park. The cost here is $90 per float and they have some fantastic packages to choose from should you want to make it a regular occurrence.
I cannot wait for my next float and after discovering Floatworks in Vauxhall, London I am booking my sessions as we speak!
Have you ever tried a floatation pod? I would love to hear about your experience!
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