Malaysia’s first and only float centre – Float for Health – has opened its doors in Penang. The luxury float centre is the brainchild of Arthur Wilkinson, who during a visit to his brother in Southern California two years ago, had heard the hype being made about float centres. When the Wilkinson brothers located a float centre nearest to them, they found out there was a two month waiting list to get an appointment! Arthur finally secured a slot to float at another centre which was equally busy, and had what Oprah Winfrey would refer to as an Aha-moment when he stepped into a float tank, and figured that Malaysia may be ready to host similar float centres.
At his float centre located at Tanjung Tokong on Penang island (pre-booking is required normally between 8 and 10 hours before an appointment), one steps into a space where luxurious float rooms have been designed to maximise comfort and provide guests with a light-as-feather experience.
Guests are advised to bring nothing but an open mind, since all floating necessities such as towels, ear plugs, hair dryers, etc are provided. Tea and refreshments are also served after each float in a special lounge.
Each of the four float rooms found at Float for Health contains an extra-large tub with 500 kilograms of Epsom Salt dissolved in 250 gallons of water and heated to 34 degrees.
Free from gravity and external stimulation, one is left with no choice but meditate or sleep, as all sensation from the outside world melt away. Either in total darkness or with customised lighting on to fit the mood, the private spa-like room offered me a cocoon from the non-stop “chatter” of the mind and phone!
The sensation after the float session is akin to that of a relaxing massage, where all tension knots have dissolved and given way to a sense of zen and lightness.
Small wonder then that float centres in many cities around the world are turning into mini retreat and spa spaces for marathon runners, stressed out executives and fitness buffs.
More details are available at http://www.floatforhealth.com
Photos courtesy of Float for Health