Float Therapy

Float Therapy

The tank is where I go where all sense of vision and sound is completely gone, disappeared, next to impossible to accomplish this without the use of this brilliant, older with a hint of modern-day technology: Float therapy.

Picture a place with no distractions and no noise pollution takes over when trying to have quiet time.

Your thoughts can even be distracting at times. I feel like it is trying to organize a filing cabinet shoved full, nothing in proper order, papers sticking out everywhere.

When our eyes are open, we have many distractions as well. However, television, cell phones and computer use become overwhelmingly the worst of all distractions.

We all end up filling our days with tons of distractions, and it’s impossible not to in this high-paced technological society we live in. Meditation helps, but I still find myself getting off course, but float therapy is a significant booster.

This “Tank”  is called: Sensory Deprivation Tanks or Float Tanks.

I first learned about these tanks five years ago now. One afternoon, I listened to the Jason Ellis show on serious SiriusXM, his guest, Joe Rogan, explained how float therapy has many benefits for the mind and body.

He said the tanks are usually about four feet wide by four feet high and eight feet long. Then, 10 inches of water is added with about 1000 pounds of Epsom salts.

The water temperature is 34 degrees Celsius or 93.5 degrees Fahrenheit, the same as body temperature.

So when you go and lay in these tanks, you float, and when the door is closed, all sense of vision and sound is gone. It feels as if you’re swimming in midair, nothing at all except you and your brain now in a therapy float.

Sessions last anywhere from one and a half hours to unlimited.

First, the float attendant explained history a bit, Dr. John C. Lilly, who invented The Tank in 1954 at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). He started to discover float therapy, and what he had prophesied, he would find many benefits.

Float Therapy

Rogan would start to go on listing the multiple benefits float therapy has:

  1. Your body absorbs the magnesium from the salt, correcting any magnesium deficiencies, and and and pulls toxins from the body (I recently learned 2nd to vitamin D, people) are magnesium deficiency. Many doctors believe magnesium is the most critical nutrient for human health. It is essential for over 300 different chemical reactions in the body, including maintaining your energy level, helping you relax, and sustaining your heart and blood vessels.
  2. It can hugely reduce anxiety.
  3. Floating depletes stress levels.
  4. It can get rid of the pain, stress, and anxiety caused
  5. Lower and sometimes eliminate depression
  6. Float therapy helps to get back into a proper sleep cycle
  7. People with fibromyalgia see huge improvements
  8. You realize and deal with specific stresses that are on the mind
  9. You feel like you have tons of energy when you get out
  10. This type of therapy over long-term, you think, feel and do more positively in our hyper-productivity life
  11. You can get tanks now that are voice-activated records any idea you may find
  12. Particular light therapy, sound therapy technology
  13. FloatingBoosts Creativity

He mentioned he goes in there to work on individual bits for his comedy routines. Deals with specific problems in life to clear the mind.

The rest of the afternoon and night was spent researching everything I could find on flotation tanks. Early on, one site had sensory deprivation tanks within their description from a place in Red Deer.

Sensory Deprivation

Sources:

Floating Benefits 

Float Tank Health and Benefits

How Floating Works 

Floating – Time Magazine Article

Forbes Article on Floating 

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One thought on “Float Therapy

  • February 18, 2021 at 12:24 pm
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    Very interesting. Never trued a tank but may have to do so now.

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