It’s time to “treat yo self” and float away to a blissed-out state.

We know how busy you are. We know how tired, stressed and depleted your body feels. We also know that sometimes you need to just take a break and “treat yo self”.

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So each week we are going to bring you an activity that you can do or a place you can visit or a food you can eat, that will enhance your sense of serenity and help you feel healthier. In a decadent, luxurious, pampering type of way.

This week, we’re all about floating to good health.

So what is floating?

According to the Fountain of Youth and Float Centre in Alderley, floating has been around since 1954, when it was first developed by researchers at Washington’s National Institute of Mental Health.

If you’re feeling sceptical, you can be assured that the effects of floating have been scientifically validated all over the world. It has been researched and documented for mental health, physical health, resistance to addictive habits, accelerated learning and elite sports performance at Harvard, Stanford, Yale and other Universities, as well as hospitals and sports training facilities around the world. Many famous elite athletes have used floating as an essential part of their training.

Did you know the Australian Institute of Sport has been promoting floatation as a recovery therapy since 1983?

Even if you’re not an elite athlete, you will definitely benefit from a floatation session. A session can help you eliminate stress, tension and muscle soreness in a simple, effortless way.

Michael Hutchinson, the author of ‘The Book of Floating’, writes: “Floating compensates for lack of sleep … Two hours in a float tank can be more restful and restorative than a full night of sound sleep.”

Wondering how it actually works? A floatation tank is a special, lightweight floatarium designed to remove the effect of gravity. No noise, no light and no feeling of weight. The tank is housed in your own private bathroom at the Fountain of Youth and there is total privacy. Once inside the tank, you rest upon an extremely dense solution of sterile warm water and salts – a velvety mixture just 25cm deep, yet so tremendously buoyant, you have no choice but to float.

Afterwards you will feel so relaxed it could almost be alarming. Some of the benefits include…

  • Deep and profound relaxation
  • Relief from painful muscular conditions
  • Relief from PMT/ PMS
  • Relieves back pain
  • Relieves joint stiffness
  • Relieves joint pain
  • Enhanced sleep patterns
  • Improved stress management
  • Increases muscle regeneration
  • Normalises blood pressure
  • Enhances immune system

Ready to “treat yo self”? The Fountain of Youth and Float Centre is located at 126 Banks St, Alderley. For bookings, call (07) 3856 4087.