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Flotation Tanks: What Are They? What Are The Benefits Of Floating?

Updated on July 23, 2015
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Mary is always interested in ways to improve her health. She likes to learn of new and innovative ways to accomplish this.

A Modern Float Tank

This is a modern version of a Float tank
This is a modern version of a Float tank | Source
I enjoy floating around in the pool.
I enjoy floating around in the pool. | Source

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!


This girl is enjoying floating in a Float Tank.  She should not have clothes on, though.  She should be nude.
This girl is enjoying floating in a Float Tank. She should not have clothes on, though. She should be nude. | Source

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

  1. No hair or skin products should be used before floating.
  2. No deodorant should be applied.
  3. No caffeine four hours prior to your float.
  4. No alcohol or drug use before floating.
  5. No spray on tan within two weeks of floating.
  6. 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.


This is informaton from someone who has experienced being in a Float Tank

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

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B markerOrlando, Florida -
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C markerMelborne, Florida -
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D markerCasselbury, Florida -
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F markerBonita Springs, Florida -
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References:

http://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/stories/what-is-flotation-therapy#ixzz3gXfh6WoM

http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/newport-float-therapy-costa-mesa-2

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isolation_tank


After reading this Hub, please tell me what you think.

Would you be interested in going into a Float Tank?

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      Devika Primić 23 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Incredible work! I learned so much from you. A greatly researched article.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi there, Sunshine625 These tanks are supposed to relieve a person from all stress and force you to relax in the salt water! Just what a busy person like you needs!! I intend to try one as soon as I possibly can.

      Thanks for reading and commenting. Mary

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      As hyper as I am I probably wouldn't last for more than 5 minutes and I would definitely need the door to be wide open, but this does sound tempting...so tempting.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      pstraubie48, good morning! I am flying out today to visit a daughter who moved to Portland, Oregon about a year ago, and there are four flotation tanks in Portland. I fully intend to go to one while I am there, and you can bet I'll be writing about my experience!! I am looking forward to that.

      Thanks for reading, and if and when you take the plunge, please let me know how you liked it.

      I'm excited about my 8 day vacation, but I know I will miss my little doggie. She is staying with another daughter. I will miss her.

      Angels back to you (along with a big hug!) Mary

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Mary, You just have a knack for finding interesting things to share. I had never ever heard of this and have several of these very near where I live....who would have thunk it?

      I can float and enjoy it very much. I think I would enjoy the tank but would leave the top open, for sure.

      thanks for sharing..I may just make the plunge, and soon.

      Hoping all is good with you ....Angels are headed your way with blessings and hugs ps

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      midget38 , hi there. From what I have read, these float tanks are very popular in your part of the world, and have been for a long time.

      It takes the U.S. longer to "catch on", I think.

      I'm looking forward to using one of these float tanks, Mary

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      I would have to agree, Mary. This is therapeutic indeed. When I float, I don't think of anything at all! It's relaxing.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, teaches12345 I enjoy a nice warm tub filled with Epson Salts; ever tried that?? I'm looking forward to using a flotation tank very soon.

      Thanks for reading and commenting....I'll write a Hub on my experience of floating, Mary

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      It all sounds so relaxing and wonderful. Wish I could have one at home. I could certainly use the peaceful environment.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Nell Rose, hi there! I am planning on visiting a daughter in Oregon in a couple of weeks. There are four float tanks near her house, and I am going to float!! I'll be writing about my experience for sure!

      These are very popular in Europe, and I'll betcha they are near your home.

      Have a wonderful day, always good to see you, Mary

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi mary, its one of those things that I heard about years ago, then totally forgot that they still do it! lol! yes I would love to have a go, and yes, like you, I would leave the top open bit to make sure that I didn't panic!

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi annart.....oh, yes....I'll be sure and write a Hub complete with photos of me in the tank!

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      You'll have to give us an update on that, then! Looking forward to that.

      Ann

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, annart....I'll look forward to hearing about your experience! My kids are taking me in September for my Bday to our nearest Flotation tank! I can't wait!

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      I'll let you know if I get round to it!

      Ann

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, annart These are very popular in Europe, I'm told. Google your area and I'll bet you will find one near you in England. The nearest one to me is two hours away, but I intend of go as soon as possible.

      Thanks for reading and commenting. I'd love to know if you enjoy using a flotation tank, Mary

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      I've heard about these a few times now and find them interesting. I'd try one if there was one near my home here in England but I don't know of one (there are probably some around). I've heard that they can make you feel dizzy but maybe that was someone who didn't obey the stated rules.

      Fascinating hub and you've given us plenty of information to think about, Mary.

      All the best,

      Ann

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Vellur I can't wait to get into a floatation tank and just melt my stress away. I love the idea, and I'm glad you do, too!

      I think I'll leave the door open, too....Mary

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      The flotation tank sounds great! I can never stay in a closed space for long, having the option of leaving the door open will be great for first timers. I hope you enjoy your experience!

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, travmaj Wow! You are the second person (I think) that has commented they had used a float tank! There is one near me, and I've already told my kids I want a gift certificate for my birthday in September! I can't wait. From what I read, these are very popular in Europe. Seems the U.S. is always slower to start things.

      Have fun in the float tank, and think of me wanting to go, Mary

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      I had a couple of float tank experiences several years ago. I did enjoy it although the first time I settled in, closed the lid, listened to the music and then - freaked a bit. I opened the lid fractionally. Even the second time I couldn't relax completely until it was open slightly. Nevertheless, it was most relaxing and I can recommend it. I haven't thought about this for some time but I googled my area and there are many - I might have to have a float myself. Best wishes.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, RTalloni Oh, my..I never thought of having my very own personal float tank! Now you have me wondering how much it would cost to purchase one. Then I'd have to figure out how much salt, etc. to put into it, right??

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Having a personal one of these is the best idea to me, and it doesn't seem it would be that difficult for most people to manage it in a safe and enjoyable manner with a little research.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, ChitrangadaSharan These float tanks are used extensively in Europe, but the idea is fairly new in the U.S. I'd never heard of them either till my friend told me. Now I want to try it out!

      I'm really afraid of water. I almost drowned when I was a child, but I could handle this float tank very well. The salt keeps the body from sinking.

      Thanks for reading, commenting and the votes, Mary

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      This sounds interesting although I have not heard about it earlier. Your hub tells a lot about the experience and I would like to try it, although I am a bit scared to float even otherwise.

      Thanks for sharing this interesting information, voted up!

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, AliciaC I'm like you....I think I would leave the door open at least for a while. But the darkness would add to the experience, I'm sure.

      I'd sure like to try a float tank.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I think I would enjoy being in a flotation tank, but only if the door was left open! Thanks for sharing the interesting information, Mary.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, FlourishAnyway Atta girl!! Glad to hear you would like to try a float tank!! Google "float tanks in your area" and I'll bet you will find one nearby. The nearest to me is about two hours away, but I'm going as soon as possible!! I'd love to experience peace and quiet in a dark place if only for an hour!

      Good to see you here today, Mary

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      if I could find one of these in my area, I'd be knocking their door down ready to try it. I also like Jackie's kiddie pool idea. I'd just have to yell at the neighborhood kids to hush for a few minutes.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, bravewarrior I am not claustrophobic, but I do think I would leave the door open (at least for a while). I practice Yoga and I meditate every day, and I'm told spending time in a float tank is similar to meditation, but on a higher plane.

      This may not be for everyone, but I really want to experience it! I will certainly write about it when I go.

      I'm glad you found this Hub interesting. I'd never heard of them before.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      I always spend time floating when I'm in a pool. It's very relaxing.

      I'm not so sure about the float tank, though. I'm highly claustrophobic, so I'd have to have the lid open. I think the complete darkness (even with the lid open) would freak me out. I also don't think I'd be able to be in that situation for 60 - 90 minutes. As the kid says in the second video, you feel nothing but your mind is quite active. I think my mind would send me into a panic attack.

      I think I'll stick with floating in a pool where I can do it as long as I wish, have open air around me, and can see/feel the light.

      This is quite interesting though, Mary. I hope you'll follow this hub with one telling us about your experience.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, CatherineGiordano Wow! You are the first person to have actually experienced a float tank! I know I want to have that experience!

      There is a float tank in Orlando. I wish we had one near me. Melborne is only 2 hours away, so I may go there!

      Thanks for reading and sharing your experience, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      pumpkincat210 hi...I have asked my kids to get me a gift certificate to use a float tank! I know I would just love it.

      You should get together with Peggy...she is from Houston and wants to try it out. LOL.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, Peggy. I think I would leave the door open or at least till I felt more comfortable in the water. I'd never heard of float tanks till my friend told me about them. Now I can't wait to go.

      Wish you lived closer; we could go together! Google "float tanks in Texas" for locations.

      Thanks for reading, commenting and the share, Mary

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      I did a flotation tank many years ago. It was a good experience. I recommend it. You did a great job explaining it. Voted up++

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      Courtney Rhodes 2 years ago from Houston, Texas U.S.A.

      Very strange, but I'd probably use one if given the opportunity.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      I have heard of float tanks but learned more about them from reading this hub of yours. I did not know that so much salt was used as an example. People who are claustrophobic would probably have a problem if the lid was down. Sounds like it would be an interesting experience. Will have to look up how many of them are in our state and perhaps even in our area. Thanks for writing this! Will definitely share it with others.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, Faith Reaper I didn't really go into the spirituality of using a float tank, but a lot of people who practice meditation use these tanks, and I can see where it could be beneficial. As far as the salt is concerned, one should rinse well after getting out of the tank.

      Most of these spas charge about 100.00 for an hour. I have already asked my children to give me a gift certificate for my birthday in Sept. I can't wait: that will be another Hub!

      Remember, you can keep the door open. I'm like you.....I would have to get into the tank for a while before I'd be brave enough to close the door!!

      Thanks so much for sharing this; I'm sure there are many people who have never heard of these tanks, Thanks, Mary

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, Mary, you find out about the coolest things! I would love to try this at least once in my life. I have never heard of it before. I may be a bit claustrophobic at first if the door is shut, but that is part of allowing your mind to relax, plus if it is only in 10 inches of water is cool too. Wonder how all of that salt affects one's skin?

      I am reminded that when we have our alone time with God, it is always best to go to a completely quiet and dark place in one's home so there are no distractions, so that special time spent with Him is truly just between you and God.

      I wonder how expensive it is too.

      Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

      Great hub!

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Sure will and I know we will love to hear about it!

      Jackie

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Jackie Lynnley I couldn't help but be concerned about the hygiene of these float tanks, but then I found out the water is treated to kill any bacteria, etc.

      Hey, a kiddy pool would be great if you could just get enough salt in it to float!! I love the idea of the peaceful dark place, though.

      I can't wait to get into this tank. That will be another Hub for another day, right? Goodnight, Mary

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      It does sound like it would feel wonderful. I am a little paranoid about water other people have been in so I don't know. Could buy a big plastic kids pool for the back yard and float in that. lol

      Very interesting and no doubt great for stress.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, BlossomSB I like to float in the sea, too, but lately we have had so many sharks coming close to our shores! I just like the idea of being in a dark enclosure where it would be nice and quiet.

      Thanks so much for reading and being the first person to comment, Mary

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      It sounds interesting, but I think I'd rather float in the sea. Our bay is beautiful when it's calm.