Looking for a new path to mindfulness? Consumers seem to be turning towards flotation tanks, otherwise known as sensory deprivation chambers. The tank offers a relaxing and deeply meditative experience. Dr. John C.Lilly, is credited as the neuroscientist that invented the flotation tank back in the 1950’s. Flotation Tanks did not become a huge hit until the 1970s and their popularity waned shortly after. Recently, floatation centers and even in-home floatation units have made a comeback into vogue.
So how do these tanks work? Essentially, they are lightproof and soundproof, this deprives the user of visual and audible stimuli. Thanks to the implementation of warm water rich with Epsom salt, the user can easily float for long periods of time. During these sessions, the user’s brain waves slow down. Essentially, the user gains access to creative and imaginative insights that are often blocked by work, stress and daily routines (Influencive.com, 8 August 2017). A session in the tank typically runs 60 or 90 minutes, but they can be longer.
A testimonial from Cardiff, CA, resident Jaquelin Pearson dives into the wonders of the tank. She claims that floating in the tank once a week for two and a half hours eases her neck pains and offers mental benefits: “I don’t think people realize what it does to the body to never take a break and never be quiet. … We are not used to being quiet with ourselves. Quiet is really underrated” (SanDiegoUnionTribune.com, 29 July 2016).