Sensory Deprivation Tanks?

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I am planning on trying out sensory deprivation tanks next week.

Have you tried one? Care to share your experiences?

I have heard its very meditative.
#deprivation #sensory #tanks
  • Profile picture of the author SilentX
    I've never tried it, but it sounds great. Bring along something to write with, because you might have some good ideas in there that could drift away quickly.
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  • Profile picture of the author NenadR
    This is something that is on my list of things to do, but I still have not got around. I would love to hear your experiences when you come out!
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  • Profile picture of the author Kevin Reynolds
    WOW, everything comes around. I used SD tanks in the 60s in Cambridge, MA. They were like the tanning centers now...a few tanks, pay for your 1/2 hour and off you go!
    There were two types then. One was a horizontal style where you were just floating in a about a foot of salty saline. It was sound proof and completely black.

    The other tank which I liked better had you floating upright. Same solution, same dead quiet and pitch black. I remember time seemed to go on forever. The feeling of lightness was good but the total blackness was scarey. lack of Sound was a neutral for me.

    I know people who went in stoned but I nevered did. The experience was OK. It got better after a few visits but the shock value was gone. It is absolutely worth the visit.
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    • Profile picture of the author Rita012
      You've got my curiousity peeked. What in the world is a sensory deprivation tank, and why would you use it?
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      • Profile picture of the author websitemagnetics
        I'm so glad you marketers are talking about one of my favorite things!

        @Rita012 A sensory deprivation tank is a small enclosed pool that simulates the experience of floating in the Dead Sea in Israel. 800-1000lbs of Epsom salt are dissolved into about 200 gallons of skin-temperature water to create an environment where gravity is nulled and you float with the top of your body above the water. It doesn't matter if you can float in a pool, it doesn't matter what your body type is. You're not so buoyant that you can flip over, so dozing off is perfectly safe.

        I discovered sensory deprivation tanks (aka floatation tanks) in Chicago in 1999 through a newspaper ad. I was merely curious at the time, but I had a powerful experience. The first 1/2 of the 1 hour float session is a little boring other than the novelty of floating like an astronaut. At some point I dozed off until the end of the session. When I emerged, colors were richer and I felt like I was 1/2 of my weight - like I was walking on the moon. This sensation lasted for over an hour. I was also very euphoric.

        I later learned that the deep relaxation created by floating in the sensory deprivation tank causes endorphins to be released in your brain. These are natural mood enhancers and pain relievers. You release endorphins when you laugh, exercise, eat a good meal and make love, but the level of endorphins I got after floating was much more than I typically get from these other activities.

        Two years later, I was going through a bout of sciatic pain caused by a pinched nerve in my back. The pain was so bad that I was nearly immobile and even laying in bed was very painful. Pain medication wasn't helping, neither was massage therapy and chiropractic care (adjustment) made the pain worse. Then I remembered the floatation tank and dragged myself over there again. At this point I had barely slept for a few days and my muscles were very tight from reacting to the shooting pain. I looked like a zombie when I walked into the floatation center, but within 45 minutes in the floatation tank, I was pain-free and my mobility had returned.

        Now at this point (2001) I'd been dealing with this problem for 6 years and it was getting progressively worse. Nothing had come close to the relief I got from floating. It's 9 years later and I'm on maintenance. If I start to feel some back pain coming on, I float for an hour and am good to go for several months. When my doctor saw X-rays of my back, he said that I should be in constant pain and be unable to walk straight. I still have a pinched nerve, but he attributes my normal mobility and lack of pain to using the floatation tank.

        I eventually started a website at where I compiled the best information I could find on the many health benefits of floating. I do pretty well in the SERPS and I direct the 2000+ visitors/month to the 65+ floatation centers across the US & Canada. If you have a location near where you live or travel, I highly recommend it.
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  • Profile picture of the author SilentX
    Wow! Thanks for the great information there, websitemagnets. I think I'll have to bring this activity up on my priority list. I live in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. Is there a particular place I should visit, or are they all about the same, as far as you know? Thanks again!
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    • Profile picture of the author nzwasp
      Joe Rogan from Fear Factor swears by them, he has one in his basement and theres youtube videos from him all about his experiences etc. As soon as I had watched them I wanted to try it, however the closest one to me is 5 hours drive so I guess I'll have to wait until I can afford to put one in my house.
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