Popular in the ’70s for expanding consciousness, float tanks are also going through a rebirth, especially in cities where the need for sensory and digital downtime is more crucial than ever. In Melbourne, designer “sensory deprivation” pods are opening up all across town with the promise to calm the mind and reduce blood pressure as you bask in the feeling of weightlessness. A recommended option in the neighborhood of Prahran is
Beyond Rest ( beyondrest. com.au), where athletes go to release muscle tension in a cocoon of warm salty water. Gravity Floatation Center ( gravityfloat.com. au) on Northcote’s High Street is another upscale venue to decompress, as is Resthouse Float Centre ( resthouse.com.au) in the suburb of Hampton East.