“There is an infinite amount to find in the presence of nothing…”
Floatation Therapy, Sensory Deprivation, or R.E.S.T (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique), is the practice of floating on your back in 10" of body temperature water that is saturated with 1000 Ibs of Epsom salt within a float tank (also commonly referred to as a sensory deprivation tank or isolation tank). The tank is completely dark and silent. You won't be fighting gravity as the buoyancy created by the dense Epsom-salt solution takes care of that for you. Floating is one of the most effective tools for stress relief and relaxation. It has been proven to lower cortisol levels (the stress hormone), and can be used to treat a wide range of conditions such as high blood pressure, depression, and chronic pain.
All the forces of gravity on the musculoskeletal and nervous system are eliminated, and due to the body temperature water, you eventually lose track of where your body ends and the water begins. It is a space where you don't hear or feel anything.
There is no right or wrong way to do it. Float tanks can be thought of as training wheels for meditation. After settling into your float, your mind starts producing theta brainwaves, which are responsible for that ‘between waking & sleeping’, or meditative state. Without the distraction of external stimuli, your mind is free to maneuver untethered. It is the perfect time to reflect on your life; the ideal environment to cultivate creative and personal insight.
After years of practice, people can enter theta state through deep meditation. Float tanks get you there effortlessly.
See Why Float for more information about the physical and mental health benefits.
For in-depth research and scientific articles on the studies conducted for floatation therapy, please go to https://www.clinicalfloatation.com
History of Floating
So where did these tanks actually come from? Well, in 1954 a neuroscientist named John C. Lilly needed to eliminate incoming sensory information to create a control group for one of his experiments. He accidentally discovered that sensory reduction has loads of benefits that far surpass whatever captivating experiments he was doing.
By the 1970s, the tank design had evolved from Lilly's original laboratory chambers to create the comfortable commercial tanks we have today. You no longer have to be fully submerged in water, wear divers' helmets with a black faceplate, or have any experiments conducted on you!