Floatation tanks (aka float tanks, isolation tanks or sensory deprivation tanks) are lightless, mostly soundproof tanks filled with Epsom salt and water at skin temperature, which makes you float on the surface of the water.
In this setting, you experience little to no external stimuli and are able to relax your body far more than otherwise possible. These conditions provide the space for an incredibly unique experience of stress relief, tension release, self-awareness and journeys into peaceful nothingness.
I’ve personally been floating for the last two months and have experienced its many benefits. Floatation therapy has the tension release qualities of a massage, the stress relief qualities of drinking a glass of wine in a jacuzzi, the state of self-awareness comparable to psychotherapy and the trauma/fear release potential of ayahuasca. Floating also makes it relatively easy for anyone to dip into the infinitely blissful void described by experienced meditators and yogis. Essentially, floatation therapy provides the space necessary for self-healing on all levels of being.
28 Benefits of Floatation Therapy
- Promotes total calm and peaceful relaxation
- Eliminates fatigue and jet lag
- Improves sleep
- Alleviates stress (mental and physical)
- Reduces or eliminates depression, anxiety and fear
- Facilitates freedom from habits, phobias and addictions
- Facilitates an acute awareness of thought patterns
- Stimulates left/right brain synchronization
- Shifts brain waves from beta to lower frequency alpha, theta and even delta
- Creates mental clarity, alertness and mindfulness
- Increases creativity
- Enhances problem solving ability
- Heightens visualization ability
- Deepens meditation (you’re able to go into much deeper meditation than when you’re sitting on the floor)
- Expands awareness
- Enhances all senses
- Enhances hypnotherapy and self-hypnosis
- Decreases the production of cortisol, ACTH, lactic acid and adrenaline
- Reduces pre-menstrual tension
- Reduces post-natal depression
- Increases production of endorphins
- Speeds up rehabilitation, recovery and healing
- Relieves pain (arthritis, migraines, injuries…etc.)
- Boosts immune function
- Improves circulation
- Reduces blood pressure
- Improves athletic performance
- Makes you feel amazing afterward 🙂
Fun Facts About Floating
- The first floatation tank (or isolation tank) was developed by the neuroscientist John C. Lily in 1954. He used it as a form of psychotherapy, often in combination with LSD (when it was still legal).
- Carl Lewis used in-tank visualization techniques to prepare himself for his gold medal long jump at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
- John Lennon reportedly used a flotation tank in 1979 in an attempt to kick his heroin habit.
- Two-time NBA MVP, Steph Curry reportedly floats every 2 weeks.
Try out floating for yourself. Experience peace like you never have before. Experience your true self.
– Stevie P!