What Exactly Is A Float Tank?
And How Is Floatation Therapy Transforming People’s Lives?
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Why Do People Use Float Tanks?
The Float Tank, often called a sensory deprivation tank, is one of the most incredible and unusual environments in the entire world. There are many different kinds of float tanks. Some are cozy and simple, while others are vast and spacious, but they all serve the same purpose: Reducing as much external stimuli to the human nervous system as possible.
The first isolation tank was imagined and brought to life in the 1960’s by Dr. John C Lilly. He was a neuroscientist working for the national institute of mental health who wanted to understand the impact that coordinating and processing the human body had on the mind. Dr. Lilly was curious about what might be possible in a mind that had no external stimuli to distract it. Eventually he had the brilliant idea to create an environment that could reduce virtually every source of sensory input to the human body.
What is the Modern Float Tank Like?
The first isolation tanks were big and clunky. Users had to wear a scuba helmets and hang weight off their feet. Fortunately, that’s no longer the case. There are many kinds of float tanks today, but they all have very specific things in common.
Inside our floatation tanks, we keep around ten inches of skin temperature water saturated with up to 1,000 pounds of epsom salt. The tanks are perfectly insulated against light and sound. Once you’re relaxed and laying perfectly still with nothing to distract you, some incredible things start to happen.
With reduced signals from your nervous system, your mind begins to have a difficult time detecting the edges of your body. Many people describe losing awareness of their body completely! Does that sound strange to you? Well, studies have shown it can actually be great for your health!
Float Therapy Benefits:
Many people use float tanks as an opportunity to calm their mind and de-stress. It can be particularly powerful for people suffering from anxiety disorders or tension headaches. Without external stimuli, your body’s anxiety response is naturally interrupted, reducing the production of stress hormones, lowering your blood pressure, and calming your body and mind. Many people even say that floatation therapy is the most relaxing thing they’ve ever experienced.
While floating in the tank, your body’s frame is supported evenly from below. There is no physical pressure from gravity exerted on you. As your frame relaxes, your spine has a chance to decompress and your muscles can release any tension they’re holding. Floating can be very useful for people with back problems and many of our guests float to manage their physical pain while recovering from injuries. The magnesium sulfate in the epsom salt water also has a naturally anti-inflammatory effect, so floating regularly reduces swelling and stiffness in achy joints.
Being in a float tank offers a one of a kind opportunity to be alone with your thoughts. Many people use float therapy to deepen their focus during meditation. In fact, studies have shown a single float session can bring you into the deepest and most profound states of mind in less than an hour. A sensory deprivation tank can do wonders for your creativity too. Without the constant distractions of the external world, you can access your creative thoughts much easier and bring your inner-visions to life, post float.
Nothing on planet earth is quite like a float tank session, and floatation therapy has transformed the lives of millions of people!
Would You Like To Try A Float Therapy Session?
Some people might be put off being so alone with themselves, but you might be wondering… “Are there any sensory deprivation tanks near me?” If you live in the greater Seattle area, the answer is YES!
We have float center locations in Greenlake, Bellevue, and Greenwood, and we’re proud to offer the best intro-float rate in town!
If you aren’t in the greater Seattle area, a simple google search can help you find your closest float center or float spa. Be sure to look for the float centers with the highest ratings and best reviews so you get a world class experience!
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