25 Insane Facts About Sensory Deprivation Tanks

In recent years, sensory deprivation tanks have become increasingly popular. With new research, clinics, and spas opening up nationwide, there’s clearly a demand for this kind of therapy. Maybe you’ve heard about sensory deprivation tanks, also called floating, from a favorite television show or a friend who swears by it, but you’re not exactly sure what to make of it. Perhaps you have a bit of apprehension about it. Floating isn’t exactly a proven science, but there’s been more research about it. Ready for us to help clear a few things up? Here are 25 Insane Facts About Sensory Deprivation Tanks.

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Psychadelic Beginnings

john c lillySource: http://www.nytimes.com/2001/10/07/us/john-c-lilly-dies-at-86-led-study-of-communication-with-dolphins.html

The first man to develop and try sensory deprivation was a neuroscientist named John C. Lilly. Intermixing hard science with psychedelic drugs and spiritualism, he carved out quite the niche for himself. He would do both hard drugs and submerge himself in the sensory deprivation tank.


First Float Tanks

face maskSource: http://www.slate.com/articles/life/anything_once/2013/05/sensory_deprivation_flotation_tanks_i_floated_naked_in_a_pitch_black_tank.html

While today patients lay flat on their backs in salt water, in the early trials, they were fully submerged with oxygen masks. One can only imagine how stressful that might have been and why they needed to change it.


Water Temperature

temperatureSource: http://www.floattanksolutions.com/finding-the-right-temperature-for-your-floaters/

Many people wonder before getting into the tank whether the water is too cold or not. Most sensory deprivation tanks keep it at 93.5 degrees Fahrenheit (34 Celsius), give or take a degree. The goal is to keep it comfortable so you don’t notice it.



Float_tankSource: https://draxe.com/sensory-deprivation-tank/

So, how in the world do you not drown in these tanks full of water? Well, they’re filled with 10 inches of water and around 1,000 pounds of Epsom salts, helping the patient to float. You’re more likely in danger of getting salt in your eyes than drowning.



sensesSource: https://www.thecut.com/2015/08/i-survived-my-terrifying-hour-in-a-float-spa.html

Sensory deprivation tanks are designed to remove or dull most of your senses, excluding smell and taste. Those who have done it say mostly they can’t hear or see anything which was still very effective at eventually making them become both internalized and relaxed.

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