We try a tandem float session at Sandringham’s The Liquid Room

Photo: iStock

Photo: iStock

 

The promise

A sisterly session in a relaxing two-person floatation room.

The reality

Seeing as there’s a two-person room option, I decide to take my sister Olivia along as a bonding exercise.

Owner and yoga teacher Ivy tells us that float therapy “is like an express train to meditation”. I’m an amateur meditator, while Olivia finds it difficult to meditate without getting distracted, so sensory deprivation sounds perfect for us.

We shower and slip into the double flotation room in our bathers, turning the lights off so that we’re in complete darkness. For the next hour we bob around in a room full of water and 650 kilograms of salt.

I’m struck by a feeling of total nothingness and timelessness; you hear nothing but your own heartbeat. The room is big enough that we hardly bump into each other, and at one point I’m tempted to ask Olivia if she’s still there.

When the very silent hour is up, we sit on couches in the foyer, drinking coconut green tea and chatting.

“At the beginning I felt pretty anxious, knowing that I had to be there for an hour,” Olivia says. “But walking out, I had a feeling of lightness. I definitely feel like I’ve got a quiet mind now.”

 

The Liquid Room’s flotation room. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

 

The pay-off

Both of us reported a feeling of floating immediately after the session. It was great being able to debrief with someone.

The pain factor

I was conscious of trying not to disrupt my sister with my movements, which made it slightly harder to fully let go.

Who should do it?

People who would feel claustrophobic in a pod. The double rooms allow for those who are afraid of the dark, or of being alone, or who are accompanied by a carer.

The bill

$120 for two people.

Would I do it again?

I absolutely loved the experience and the venue. I’ll be coming back to try a solo float.

 

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