They're just starting to pop up all over in not just Australia, but around the globe. These space-age looking pods of water are designed for users to climb inside, pull down the lid and float away their aches, pains and stress level.
Flotation pods are starting to pop up all over as the newest craze in relaxation, physical therapy and brain stimulation. Image credit: WikkiCommons
But do they work or are they just the next crazy fad?
Perhaps it's the latest trend of practicing mindfulness and incorporating regular meditation into your lifestyle, but 'flotation therapy pods' are popping up in day spas as well as health and fitness clubs as a way to not just settle your mind and help with stress, but to potentially benefit your physical being as well as boosting creativity and mood.
So how exactly does it work? Essentially you step into these pods which are filled with a high level of Epsom salt (thus making it very easy to float- actually, impossible not to). The water is heated to roughly 30 degrees Celsius. Pop in some ear plugs to drown out any external noise, pull down the lid and simply float. The premise is that you're putting yourself in a sensory-less state, devoid of light, sound or general distractions.
Without external stimuli, using the pods is meant to create a deep relaxation where your body is completely rested, and the participant is able to meditate and allow their brain to de-clutter from everyday stress to focus on creativity and mental improvement.
These pods are said to also produce physical benefits specific to those who suffer from joint pain, hypertension and arthritis.
While the lack of stimuli might not be everyone's'cup of tea, the quiet solitude for some makes a rather big difference in stress levels.
So while it appears these little pods will be on trend for a while, you might find one opening up in your area.
The question is, would you be be keen to give it a try, or does the thought of no external stimuli stress you out?