If the present state of affairs has you down, you’re not the only one. The usual media and social media outlets that used to be a place of solace and humor are no longer a place to escape from the negativity. It’s time to turn the television off, put your laptop in sleep mode, turn your phone off, and float all your trouble away.
That’s right! Now you can recharge inside flotation therapy tanks, also previously known as sensory deprivation tanks or isolation therapy. I guess those terms used to sound scary before anyone knew what it was like to feel sensory overload or understood how nice it is to be alone once in a while. But here is the low-down on what some celebs, like John Lennon, Elle Macpherson, Carl Lewis, and Kristen Wiig already know.
How Does Flotation Therapy Work?
The flotation therapy tanks are typically eight feet long by five feet wide with seven-foot high ceilings. Each tank is located inside a private room, so you can change out of your clothes in modesty. The room locks from the inside so no one can pop in and disturb your peace. Basic toiletries, towels, and a robe are provided.
Once you are ready to enter the water it is suggested that you get completely undressed to get the full experience, but wearing a bathing suit is okay too. The water in the tank contains 1300 pounds of Epsom salt that has been dissolved into 260 gallons of body-temperature water. Even though you are free to stand up, sit down, lie down, it is recommended you lie down and let your troubles wash away, but — it’s your time, so use it how you please.
For the first five minutes, serene music will help ease you into your relaxation session. Once the five minutes are over though, there will be complete silence; you will not be able to hear any notification pings, dings, or other sounds inside the tank. If total darkness freaks you out, you are welcome to leave the lights dimmed.
First timers might want to do this, as the entire experience of sensory deprivation might be brand new and a bit intense. Germaphobes need not worry! Each tank goes through an ultraviolet disinfecting process to ensure that no water borne diseases or illness are carried or passed through the water.
How Long Does it Last?
A typical float session lasts anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half. Each location is different and some offer specials for first timers such as reduced rates or extra time in the tank. Once your session is over, you are welcome to enjoy organic hot tea in the lounge as you reflect on your experience inside the tank. Flotation therapy is helpful for just about anyone, even those with physical disabilities can find relief in flotation therapy.
Sensory overload might have been considered the norm for a long time, but as the political and social climate begin to become increasingly more uncertain, sensory isolation every now and then doesn’t seem like such a terrible idea. It actually sounds really nice.
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