Are you interested in floating, but not sure how it works? That’s okay! We’ll walk you through the whole process here.
Floatation tanks are all about soothing your body. In fact, in the tank you can usually get better rest & relaxation than you typically experience during sleep! Reasons like this are why floating has grown in popularity in the last few years–but that doesn’t mean everyone knows how it works. To clear up any confusion about what float tanks are & how they work (and why you’d even want to try) keep reading!
First: What is a “Float Tank”?
Float tanks are where this type of therapy takes place! Within the tank, you’ll experience a completely light and sound free environment. The idea is for the tank to provide you with an experience of total sensory deprivation. This helps free your mind and body from distractions, allowing for optimal relaxation.
The water inside the tank is kept at standard body temperature (95ºF) and contains 1300 pounds of dissolved Epsom salt. This is what makes it possible to float in the tank.
Second: How Does it All Work?
The process is really simple: you enter the float tank, and within the tank, for the duration of your session, you’re cut off from outside stimulus.
Float tanks, as they function as sensory deprivation tanks, provide the user a space to R.E.S.T. This stands for:
But what does R.E.S.T. actually do for us? With our senses unbothered, we are able to access complete rest. If you have ever considered meditation, think of floatation therapy as a vehicle for a successful practice. With zero outside stimulus, it is much easier to focus your mind without distraction.
Within the tank there is no light, sound or feel–the water & air are the temperature of your skin to eliminate that external feeling all around you. That means you can feel only your body: the beat of your heart, inhales and exhales of your lungs, etc. The tank mimics the feeling of being suspended in time and space, no strain or stress anywhere on your body & mind.
How Will I Feel In the Tank?
Within the tank, especially for first time floaters, you may be aware of your body & surroundings for anywhere up to the first 40 minutes (typical floating sessions are usually an hour to 90 minutes long). But what studies have found regarding the last minutes, is that often floaters experience “theta consciousness”–or that same sort of feeling we get between being fully asleep and fully awake. This state is optimal for relaxing, clearing the mind, boosting creativity, and problem solving. The more often you float, the more time you’ll spend in this state per session.
Third: Why Float?
So what benefits can we get from floating? Well, a lot. To start with, the meditative experience you can get from floatation therapy can help you reduce stress, anxiety, and strengthen your ability to practice mindfulness. And, as we mentioned above, creativity, mood, and problem solving are often boosted after utilizing floatation therapy!
But there are numerous physical benefits as well. Floatation therapy, by design, eliminates strain on your body, which means it can be a great way to help heal from injury or manage chronic pain without adding stress to other parts of your body. Because it gives users an environment for total body rest, floatation therapy is growing in popularity as an option for pain relief.