Release Tons of Toxins and Hyper Relax in A Floatation Tank (Sensory Deprivation tanks)
What is a Floatation Tank?
Invented in the mid 1950's by neuro-scientist Dr. John Lilly, floatation therapy tanks were originally named "sensory deprivation tanks," and sometimes "isolation tanks." Over the years the name was changed to float tanks or floatation therapy tanks. Although floating was invented in the United States, it has grown quickly over the past two decades in Europe. You can now easily float around the world.
The "Brain Wave Explanation" by Michael Hutchison best describes what happens to us at each of the 4 stages of brainwave frequency. Floating subtly changes our body chemistry, creating profound benefit for an individual's emotional balance. Negative emotions such as anxiety and fear are replaced by positive feelings of empowerment, confidence, and well-being.
As one floats, the brain waves slow down into theta frequencies, a state of tranquility, creativity and very deep relaxation. Theta waves, measured at 4-7 Hz, represent the brain in a state of REM sleep (dreams), hypnosis, or lucid dreaming. Theta is the twilight state just before sleeping and just after waking, the border between the conscious and the subconscious world. By learning to consciously use a conscious, waking Theta brain wave we can access and influence the powerful subconscious part of ourselves that is normally inaccessible to our waking minds. While in the Theta state, the mind is capable of deep and profound learning, healing, and personal growth.
The process involves a large tank with a door. You step into the private tank that contains around 11-14 inches of water and over 10,000 lbs of Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) dissolved into about 1000 lbs of water which is kept at a constant 94 degrees (the same temperature as your skin) making it more buoyant than the Dead Sea and allowing you to float.
My Personal Experience with Floating
I had my first of many float experiences in Chicago at a place called Space Time Tanks. I was greeted by a very calm front desk person who was extremely attentive to our trepidation and multitude of questions. The scene was very serene and surreal. They offered an assortment of herbal teas and spa water and had essential oils in diffusers, which created a zen like ambience. I was instructed on the phone not to shave any part of my body before hand (due to the salt, ouch) and to eat a light breakfast before arriving. It was explained that being hungry or too full would only serve to distract from being able to go into deep levels of relaxation and prevent me from slipping into an altered state.
I was led to the ladies room to empty my bladder (you don't want to be needing to pee while in there) and then I was told to shower before hand in order to wash away any body oils and to enter clean and warmed from the shower water. I was then instructed to place ear plugs in my ears so that I would not get swimmers ear while floating. I was then shown how to enter the tank and how to get out. They had a towel tied to the door incase I wanted to leave the door partially cracked for a wee bit of light. They said they would knock on the door when my session was up and requested that I knock back to let them know I was awake and heard them. I guess some people go into such a deep sleep that they don't hear the knock. I was a bit nervous, but excited!
As I stepped into the tank I couldn't wait to be in complete blackness. I tried to keep the instructions in mind and told myself to remember to not rub my eyes or let one of my arms that would be wet to drip into my eyes (again, OUCH - that salt water would burn like heck). I got in and opted to keep the towel that was hanging on the door to allow it to be in the door opening to keep a bit of light in at first. Once I entered the water I laid there for a moment and immediately felt my body relax. I knew I had 90 minutes so I just exhaled and focused on the sound of my heartbeat. That is literally all you can hear, its your breathing and heartbeat. I was instantly calmed by the feeling of being totally alone with myself and feeling completely safe and supported as if I was in a womb. I finally took the towel that was in the door out of it so I could be in total blackness. It was as if I was floating in space. I had never felt so free and calm in my life. It was quite a spiritual experience. I was playing with my hair which seemed so long and soft in all of that salt water. It had a slippery feel to it as did my skin. The next thing I knew I heard a knock. I thought for sure they had made a mistake, because I thought had been in there for about 20 minutes.
I was wrong I had been in there for a full 90 minutes. I was amazed! Once I showered and dried my hair I got dressed and entered the resting lounge. My friend was already out there sipping on some hot herbal tea. He was completely spaced out. I had never seen him so relaxed before that. He was the CEO of the company I was President of at the time and seeing him so relaxed was nice. We both floated to our car and we both slept like babies that night. We would often talk about how we had experienced the best sleep of our lives the night of the float. The euphoric feeling of complete relaxation and a lazer sharp focused mind last about two days. So, that was my first experience. It was out of this world! I have since floated in every city I have been in. Each time I am so relaxed and feel so refreshed and at one with myself and the world around me.
Why Should I Float?
A number of people suffering from skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis as well as arthritis have claimed to experience relief after spending time in the float tanks.
Floatation REST has many physical and mental benefits because it provides an unparalleled level of relaxation. With the elimination of external stimuli, the central nervous system's workload is reduced by as much as 90%. This reduction draws a person's energy inward and promotes relaxation--also known as the parasympathetic response. The parasympathetic response is the mechanism by which the body naturally regenerates itself and maintains chemical and metabolic balance. Old wounds and injuries are allowed to heal faster. Increased T-cell production strengthens the immune system. This deep level of relaxation also benefits the cardiovascular system. Known as the vasodilatory effect, the body's circulation is increased while the blood pressure and heart rate are reduced. Furthermore, the elimination of gravity on the body allows muscles and joints to release tension and heal more rapidly. For this reason, people suffering from musculoskeletal and rheumatic conditions greatly benefit from Floatation REST.
Where Does All That Salt Come From?
The salt is harvested from many different places. However, the most common place is from the Dead Sea in Jordon. The sea salt there has such a high content of minerals and so much magnesium that it helps you relax instantly by being absorbed into your skin. Which is another reason you want to take a warm shower before hand because you want to fully open your pores so the magnesium and over 72 additional minerals and vitamins will readily absorb into your skin.
Wrapping It Up
Floating is one of my favorite ways to advocate extreme self care. It allows you to relax at the deepest level possible. It also forces you to connect with yourself and really focus on your breathing and connect to your heartbeat. It leaves your skin so soft and exfoliated as well. Many people report going into transcendental states of consciousness automatically. It also detoxes your body by pulling heavy metals and free radicals from your cells. So be sure to drink tons of water and allow for a massage or a nice workout such as yoga or tai chi class afterwards. It always feels good to eat clean and high vibrational foods afterwards because you feel so connected to Source and yourself. Do yourself a huge favor and find a float tank in your city and go have a float!
NAMASTE AND ALOHA