Sensory Deprivation Float Tanks: The Benefits and What to Expect

total zen float sensory deprivation float tank
Sensory Deprivation Float Tanks are essentially chamber-like or pod-like in shaped tanks that are filled up with water with a temperature of 93.5 degrees Fahrenheit, the same temperature as the surface of the skin, and enough Epsom salts to create a anti-gravity buoyancy in the water.

Inside of the tank you will be in the silent darkness, all sensations removed so that you can experience deep levels of calm.



What to Expect for your Sensory Deprivation Float Tank Experience

  • Upon arrival, you will shower to remove any lotions, oils, or hair products.
  • You will then plug your ears with ear plugs which are generally provided by the facility you visit.
  • Either nude, or in a bathing suit, you will lay into the tank, like you are floating on your back in a pool. Your ears should be in the water, but not your face.
  • Place your hands behind your head on the neck to support the neck if it begins to feel tight from the buoyancy.
  • Float for the time allotted, some tanks have the option to play calming music, or even change the light from blue, to red, or off completely.
  • Breath, meditate, allow yourself to sink into deep relaxation. If you fall asleep you should be fine, but may wake up to salty water in your eyes if you turn your head into the water.
  • Once the session is over, the tank will generally shut off or a voice will announce that you can get out. Rinse off again in the shower, and dry off because you are finished!

When it comes to expectations of the actual meditative experience, you should try to leave them behind and just see what happens for you. Each time will be different for you, sometimes you may have a more hectic mind, then other times you may sink into such a deep theta state that you experience those epic heightened states of consciousness. Keep in mind that it can take up to 45 minutes to sink into a parasympathetic nervous system where the body is in healing mode.

Benefits of Sensory Deprivation Float Tanks

  1. The Magnesium in the Sensory Deprivation Float Tank is about 2,000 times the amount that you would find in a typical bath at home prepared with your own Epsom salts. This means the amount of pain relief, and muscle tension relief you will notice after floating is multiplied.
  2. Floating increases your dopamine and endorphins levels, therefore Float Tanks can naturally elevate your moods.
  3. The anti-gravity sensation in the float tank alleviates the stress on the joints and other parts of the body, making it easy for the body to heal in these conditions. It also helps you relax more fully as the buoyancy takes away the labor of carrying your own weight.
  4. After about 30-45 minutes of floating, your brain will switch into producing theta brainwaves which allows you to have deeper meditative experiences and even, as I’ve mentioned above, occasionally enhanced states of consciousness.

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