Flotation Therapy is a treatment to achieve a state of deep relaxation which involves lying in Epsom salt solution in a specially designed tank with little sensory stimulation. It is also referred to as REST Therapy (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy) or Sensory Deprivation. An isolation tank, also called sensory deprivation tank, float tank, flotation tank or sensory attenuation tank, is a lightproof, soundproof tank filled with over 350 kg of Epsom Salt at body temperature, in which individuals float. They were first used in 1954 by Dr John C. Lilly (January 6, 1915 – September 30, 2001), He gained renown in the 1950’s after developing the isolation tank. He saw the tanks, in which users are isolated from almost all external stimuli, as a means to explore the nature of human consciousness.
listen to what Joe Rogan said about sensory deprivation tank--Just let go
The environment simulated in a float tank is unique and difficult to replicate. Floatation tanks have water at a depth of 30 cm, containing approximately 350 kg of Epsom salt; this water to Epsom salt ratio renders the water buoyant and creates a floating effect similar to that of the Dead Sea. The water is heated to skin temperature at approximately 34.5°C; after a short time the water is imperceptible and where it meets the air is indistinguishable. This, in conjunction with the absence of light and sound makes for the ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation.
The benefits of floating are in abundance, and 45 minutes into a floatation session is when these benefits truly begin to take effect. At this point, the brain enters the ‘Theta State’; this state is characterized by slow rhythmic waves, and is associated with a deep relaxation akin to meditation. For this reason, 90 minute floats or longer are recommended, so that you may experience this powerful state for an extended period of time.
We live in an increasingly busy society with little relief from an onslaught of stimulation we are constantly overwhelmed by. Floatation Therapy gives you a unique opportunity to truly relax, and delve deep into the mind where the conscious and unconscious meet.