If you are not familiar with sensory deprivation or float tanks, you will want to read the info and studies here
A sensory deprivation tank, also called an isolation tank or float tank, is used for restricted environmental stimulation therapy (REST). It is a dark, soundproof tank that is filled with a foot or less of salt water (850 pounds of epsom salt water).
The tank is like a capsule about the size of a small bedroom. There is a dome ceiling. I was told after showering that I had 5 minutes to step in, lay down and settle in before the lights went off. It was warm and inviting. I let myself sink down and was shocked at the feeling of buoyancy. I breathed deeply trying to relax. The lights slowly dimmed. Then complete darkness. I lost my ability to gauge time but it only seemed like a few minutes before I lost discernment between where my skin ended and where the water began. My neck felt tense and tried to relax further…finally I felt no tension
Hearing nothing (except my heartbeat)
I was left with a few sensations on my right side; almost like electrical pulses. It wad odd. I imagined I was on a placid ocean waiting for the stars to appear. I recalled Joe Dispenza’s meditation in the book “You are the Placebo” and imagined moving across a sea of possibility. And then (what seemed a few minutes later) I was not present. It wasn’t like sleep. It was more like hovering elsewhere. It seemed like I detached from my body but was alive in spirit. When I came back to a conscious state of connection with my body, I had no idea of time or how long I had been gone.
If I were to guess, I would say about 7 minutes later the dim light appeared.
I got up. Left the tank and showered. I walked down the hall and into the changing room. I hung my robe, dressed and walked to a dimly lit waiting room with couches and a trickling fountain in the corner. It was so peaceful.
I gave some thought to the experience and 2 things emerged.
- I sensed that something that needed to leave my body, left.
- I felt something in my body needed repair but that there was a requirement. I would need to vacate for the procedure to be successful. The sensory deprivation tank provided the option.
I know that part of the health benefits of a float tank is the body being able to receive more magnesium. I’m sure this helped with relaxation.
I suggest trying it. Stimuli is amazing, but now I believe there is beauty in nothingness. It seems scarier in theory than in experience. I wonder what will emerge in my next float?
If you’ve done it, I’d love to hear your take-aways.
Cheers (or floats) to wellness, purpose & abundance.