What Is a Sensory Deprivation Tank and What Are Its Benefits?
Sensory deprivation tanks have grown in popularity thanks to its numerous benefits, such as pain relief, reduced stress, and better sleep. If you’re curious about what exactly a sensory deprivation tank is and what are its benefits, you’re not alone.
What’s a sensory deprivation tank?
A sensory deprivation tank (also known as flotation tank or isolation tank), is a dark, soundproofed, temperature-regulated, salt water filled tank where you can float and be isolated from various environmental stimulation.
The first sensory deprivation tank was designed by American physician and neuroscientist, John C. Lilly in 1954. Lilly originally designed floatation tanks to study the origins of consciousness by cutting off all external stimuli. During the 1970s, commercial sensory deprivation tanks were created and started to be studied for possible health benefits.
Today, sensory deprivation tanks in Melbourne, such as Urban Float, can be found easily, with plenty of float centres offering float therapy.
What it’s like being in a sensory deprivation tank?
Inside a sensory deprivation tank, there’s no light and sound. Because of the quiet environment, you will be aware of your muscles tensing, your heart beating, and other body functions.
Worried about not being able to float? You’d be glad to know that since our sensory deprivation tank is filled with Epsom salts, which allows you to float easily and almost feels like being in a zero gravity environment. It might feel a little odd initially but, as you get used to the sensation, you’ll eventually find yourself relaxing.
To get the most out of your session, it is suggested to avoid consuming caffeinated drinks and eat a light meal before your session.
What are the benefits of sensory deprivation?
Some of the potential benefits of sensory deprivation include:
There is some evidence that sensory deprivation improves focus and concentration. This results in clearer thinking, improved learning and better performance in school and work.
Relieved chronic pain
For individuals with chronic pain, floating in a sensory deprivation tank can be a part of pain treatment plans. Floating has also been reported to reduce pain, muscle tension, and anxiety among those suffering from fibromyalgia.
According to the Music and Medicine journal, floating improved the technical ability of musicians during jazz improvisation. A stimulus-free environment might just be what you need to finally get out of that creative slump!
Though it seems intimidating at first, sensory deprivation tanks are generally safe and may have a wide range of benefits that you can enjoy. If you have any medical conditions or concerns, speak to a doctor first and then to your sensory deprivation centre of choice.
Ready to try floating? Get in touch with Urban Float today by calling us at 03 9870 4777. We’ll be happy to guide you and make you feel at ease for your first sensory deprivation tank experience!