How many of you have been dying to try a sensory deprivation tank after watching that episode of the Simpsons? Well, now you can, because there’s a place in Cork that has just the thing.
Located in Bishopstown, Zero Gravity Float is Cork’s only sensory deprivation flotation therapy centre – but what exactly is it?
A sensory deprivation tank is essentially a giant pod filled with Epsom salt water. The water is so saturated with salt that it provides buoyancy, allowing you to float effortlessly on the surface without sinking or having to move a muscle to stay afloat. The water is also heated precisely to skin temperature, and after a minute or two, you can no longer feel it, thus giving the illusion of ‘floating’.
When the lid is closed (optional), and earplugs inserted, the user will find themselves floating in complete darkness and silence. The idea is to remove all external stimuli, so that you can’t hear, see or feel anything, and it feels like you’re floating through space.
Floating has been scientifically proven to have numerous physical and mental health benefits since it was first discovered in the 1950’s, which include the following:
- Easing anxiety
- Muscle recovery
- Increased immune health
- Chronic and acute pain relief
- Conscious exploration
- Meditation and mindfulness
- Improved sleep
- Boosted creativity
- Stress relief
Regular use has also been proven to reduce blood pressure, relieve arthritis, help with depression and cure migraines, and has similar benefits to a full-body massage. Sounds tempting!
Where can I sign up?
Zero Gravity Float currently has two pod options for single floaters, and a larger floating room for couples, complete with a starlit ceiling. Bookings can be made via their website here, and you’ll find them located at Edenhall, Model Farm Road.