The tank is that place 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. Picture a place with no distractions, no noise pollution that takes over one’s mind when trying to have “Quiet Time.” Our own thoughts can even be distracting at times. I feel like it’s 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. 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’ve created. I find meditation helps, but I still find myself getting off course. It’s -conceived. This “Tank” I speak is actually 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 all about these float tanks and how beneficial they are for themselves. He said the tanks are usually about four feet wide by four feet high and eight feet in length. 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 literally 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. Sessions last anywhere from one and a half hours to unlimited. He 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, and what he had prophesied, he would find many, many benefits.
Rogan would start to go on listing the multiple benefits this tank offered:
- 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.)
- It can hugely reduce anxiety.
- Deplete stress levels.
- It can totally get rid of the pain, stress, and anxiety cause.
- Lower and sometimes eliminate depression.
- It helps to get back into a proper sleep cycle.
- People with fibromyalgia see huge improvements.
- You realize and deal with specific stresses that are on the mind.
- You feel like you have tons of energy when you get out.
- Long term, you think, feel and do more positively in our hyper-productivity life.
- You can get tanks now that are voice-activated records any idea you may find.
- Particular light therapy, sound therapy technology.
- Boosts 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. It wasn’t right, not true at all. Hope was lost. Research would continue, and nowhere in Alberta offered such a place, unfortunately. Found a home in Vancouver and found some in California, but I wouldn’t end up going and quickly forgetting. The interest in the subject vanished.
A few years later, a friend of mine asked if I’ve ever heard or tried a thing called Sensory Deprivation Tanks. That was the first time I’ve heard of it from anyone I know personally. He mentioned he wanted to go and try out one of these things, had a decent discussion about it among a few friends. Then didn’t really hear or talk about it much after.
Closer to a year later or so, I would have a similar discussion with the same friend. This time he had gone to British Columbia with a friend of his and tried a float tank. He had such a great experience; it was now his and his buddy’s mission to bring these things to Central Alberta, which would be accomplished soon.
So far, I’ve tried floating three times now within the last couple of months. I would wait some time to write about this, but as soon I tried it, I had to. It’s like I’m 16 again. Thinking about girls doesn’t ever stop. Each experience is so vivid I remember it very clearly, very dreamlike but less cloudy. I started to jot down the 1st experience but still remember with clarity and didn’t have to. So the next article will be broken down into 3 parts for each experience I spent, just floating there doing nothing.