What Is Floating?

Despite it’s surging popularity in recent years, floating is far from a new phenomenon. The science of floating was developed from the early work of Dr. John Lilly – a neurophysiologist and psychoanalyst. In 1954 he conducted research into how the brain would react when it was denied external stimulation – or what we know today as sensory deprivation.


Sensory deprivation – or Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy (REST) – is the deliberate reduction or removal of stimuli from one or more of the senses. To achieve REST through floatation, participants enter a custom floatation tank. These tanks are filled with 500kg of Epsom salts dissolved in 1000L of water, creating a 30cm deep floating solution heated to match skin temperature.

Experience Nothingness

Once you step inside one of our specially designed float rooms and begin your floatation experience, the darkness and absolute silence of your own private tank will carry you away. All you need to do is allow your mind to drift into the deepest state of relaxation possible. Many describe floating as a feeling of complete weightlessness – with the extreme buoyancy of the float tank environment removing the effects of gravity on the body.

“All the average person has to do is to get into the tank in the darkness and silence and float around until he realizes he is programming everything that is happening inside his head. You are free of the physical world at that point and anything can happen inside your head because everything is governed by the laws of thought rather than the laws of the external world. So you can go to the limits of your conceptions.”

– John C Lilly

First Time Nerves

It’s completely natural to feel some apprehension before using the tank for the first time. Some people suffer from claustrophobia, others a fear of the dark or even drowning. At Becalmed Float we strive to create a safe and indulgent experience for all our floaters – from first timers through to those more seasoned.

If you don’t like the dark, leave the lights on. If you’re not a fan of confined spaces, you can leave the lid of your tank completely open, partially open, or closed. And you’re free to hop in and out of the tank as you please (although once you experience the sensation of floating, it’s unlikely you’ll ever want to hop out!).

Make It Your Own

No two float experiences are the same. Part of the allure of floating at Becalmed Float is knowing you are totally in control of creating your own tank experience. Inside our Dreampods, a high-tech lighting system provides beautifully soothing light animations (Chakra colours). To create the right ambiance, you can choose to leave the charka lighting on throughout your float or slip into darkness – all from the touch of button once you step inside.

Combine your ideal lighting with ambient music (or silence, if you prefer) and you’ll be floating away to nothingness in no time.


For the first 40 minutes of a float many floaters experience a phenomenon common during the early stages of meditation.

The last 20 minutes often end with a transition from beta or alpha brainwaves to theta, which typically occur briefly before sleep and again at waking. This theta state can last for several minutes without the person losing consciousness and induces lower blood pressure and maximum blood flow to the entire body for deep rejuvenation.

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