Flotation Tanks: What Are They? What Are the Benefits of Floating?
A Modern Float Tank
All of us are leading stressful lives. It doesn’t matter what age we are; from the youngest person to the oldest. Wouln't it be wonderful if we had a place we could go to just get away from the world and enjoy peace and quiet? A Flotation Tank would be ideal, I think.
I find it very relaxing to just get in a swimming pool and float. I am not a very good swimmer, but I’m a good floater! When I have sore muscles from working in the garden, I fill my bath tub with warm water and lots of Epsom Salt and soak as long as I have the time!
Who Developed Flotation Therapy?
I have a very good friend who told me about visiting a Flotation Therapy Tank which was part of a day spa she attended. She raved about the experience and looks forward to taking me with her the next time she goes. After reading more about these Float Tanks, the more I want to experience it.
Flotation therapy was developed from the research work of John Lilly. According to Wikipedia, John Lilly was a physician and psychoanalyst. In 1980, Lilly invented and promoted the use of an isolation chamber as a means of sensory deprivation.
People that use float tanks report they enjoyed the experience and that the relaxed state was also a healing state for many conditions including stress, anxiety, pain, swelling, insomnia and jet lag.
From 1980 to the present day there are hundreds of flotation centers in dozens of countries including the United States.
I located seven facilities in my state of Florida.
Things To Remember Before Floating
- No hair or skin products should be used before floating.
- No deodorant should be applied.
- No caffeine four hours prior to your float.
- No alcohol or drug use before floating.
- No spray on tan within two weeks of floating.
- Females should not float if they are on their menstrual cycle.
The Effect Of Salt In The Flotation Tank
The Flotation Tank is an enclosed capsule, about eight feet long, four feet wide, and four feet high. The water in the tank is heated to our skin temperature (94-95 degrees).
These tanks are usually made of long lasting fiberglass.
The high concentration of salt in the water allows the body to float naturally without any effort. There is NO chance of sinking!
Feel Like An Astronaut In Zero Gravity!
Because of the high salt levels in the water, the flotation tank creates a zero gravity environment. Zero gravity allows the body to relax every muscle.
Floating allows the brain to fall into deep relaxation. The darkness in the tank induces a balance between the left and right brain.
A Young Man Shares His Experience In A Float Tank. He Really enjoyed it!
Common Fears Of Using A Flotation Tank
Many people have some fear or concern before they use the tank the first time. Fears such as being alone in the dark, drowning, not having enough air, claustrophobia, and others. You have complete control of the experience.
You can go in and out of the tank as often as you want. The door to the tank may be left open if you feel the need.
I think when I use the Float Tank for the first time, I will be compelled to leave the door open; otherwise, I might feel helpless and trapped!
I Am Anxious To Use A Float Tank!
Many times I have wished I could find a place where I could go and enjoy quiet isolation. Just think: no noisy traffic or other people, NO demands from everyday life! Just peace and quiet in pitch-black darkness.
There are so many new (and not so new) innovations in our world I am just not aware of. I enjoy learning about these things. The subject of Flotation Tanks certainly appealed to me for many reasons.
I was totally unaware that these Flotation Tanks existed until I learned of them through my friend. There are many of these tanks being used in the United States and other countries. I located seven of them right here in my home state of Florida.
I look forward to going with my friend when she returns to the one she used and enjoyed. I have a feeling I may never want to return to the real world!
Locations Of Float Tanks In Florida
After reading this Hub, please tell me what you think.
Would you be interested in going into a Float Tank?
© 2015 Mary Hyatt