New centre aims to make troubles float away

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Float tank at Float Planet. Pic © JMU Journalism

The chance to feel your troubles float off into the distance has arrived as a unique therapy centre has opened in the city.

Float Planet, located on Dale Steet, is home to three large specially-designed flotation tanks, which aim to help customers achieve profound relaxation, meditation and wellness.

Floating, also known as sensory deprivation and R.E.S.T (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy) involves effortlessly lying on your back in one of the tanks filled with 10 inches of skin-temperature water packed with Epsom salts.

The tanks block out all external distractions including sight, sound, tactile sensations and gravity. However, those floating are completely in control of their surroundings and can opt to have lights or sound in the tanks to make them feel more comfortable.

Flotation therapy claims to have a wide range of benefits, such as alleviating stress and pain, reducing feelings of depression, fear and anxiety, overcoming addictions and improving athletic performance.

The centre was founded by Liverpool locals Michael Partington, 27, and Lee Owens, 32.

Co-founder Michael first heard about the technique three years ago and began using it regularly to help with a back injury.

He told JMU Journalism: “I noticed that there wasn’t a floating centre in the city and the nearest one was in Manchester. Because I was floating quite a bit, it was selfish really; I thought I want to float more so why don’t I open my own centre and I feel like it could help a lot of people out as well.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the positive feedback and we’ve been booked out near enough every day since we opened last week.”

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