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By Alexander Trew

HAVE YOU EVER WANTED TO LOSE
YOURSELF IN TOTAL PEACE AND SILENCE,
TEMPORARILY REMOVING YOURSELF
FROM REALITY?

Palm Avenue Float Club offers guests this exact experience in the relaxed atmosphere of a spa, through something called Sensory Deprivation Therapy (or ‘floating’). This is a therapeutic technique that seeks to minimise all sensory input, specifically sound, sight and smell. This is done by placing customers in a sound and lightproof tank where they float in shallow water, heated to body temperature and mixed with Epsom salts.

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The Epsom salts are to help you float, removing the impact of gravity on your body and allowing your muscles, bones and joints to completely relax. They also help replenish magnesium and sulfate, which play important roles in everything from organ function, bone strengthening and the development of brain tissue.

Floating encourages deep relaxation and allows people to reach what is referred to as a ‘theta state of mind’, which is normally only experienced after intense meditation. In this state your mind is free of the overwhelming pressures of daily life and even lets you delve into your subconscious. It’s believed to promote the release of endorphins, which not only provides a natural high, but may help alleviate feelings associated with depression, stress and anxiety.

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From my personal experience, floating does everything it says on the tin! From the moment I lay in the tank, I began to notice how much tension there was in my body. Yet, by simply focusing on my breathing, the tension began to melt away and it felt like I was almost rolling in the clouds or floating in the ocean. The experience was surreal but my mind felt liberated and seemed to leave my body completely, only to return at the end of the session. After just one experience, I felt as though I had a new lease on life. I felt refreshed, energetic and far less stressed about whatever worries I had. Physically I felt like my body had been reset, and mentally I was more relaxed than I can ever remember being.

Single 60-minute and 90-minute sessions are available, but those spending longer in the city should consider purchasing a package of three, five or ten float sessions.
For more information, visit: palmavefloatclub.com Palm Avenue Float Club, 20 Waringin Park, tel: 9151 6004, palmavefloatclub.com

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