Sensory-deprivation tanks are sweeping the nation helping people all over who suffer from back pain and stress. The new device has become a must try, especially for young parents, to feel relaxed and calm.
What is a sensory-deprivation tank? Well, it can also be referred to as isolation tank or flotation tank. According to Healthline, it is a dark, soundproof tank filled with about a foot of salt water and is used for restricted environmental stimulation therapy.
American physician and neuroscientist John C. Lilly first designed the device back in 1954 to study the origins of consciousness by cutting off all external stimuli. The flotation tank has come a long way and today is essentially much smaller, as well as easier for folks.
Our float rooms or pools (AKA sensory deprivation tanks) are essentially the perfect bathtub. Your room will be completely dark and soundproof with the water kept at the average skin temperature (93.5° F)— Floatopia Wellness (@floatopiaspa) November 8, 2018
No gravity, no touch, no sight, and no sound. Just pure nothing.. pic.twitter.com/IeCBXJRLhe
How does the tank work? It is heated to skin temperature and nearly saturated with Epsom salt; this helps you float better. Once inside the tank, it is quiet, dark, and you are cut off from all other stimulation. The reason for the isolation is so that your brain can achieve a completely relaxed and unstimulated state. All you have to do is lay, float and try to relax, which according to experts, is easy once you are inside the device.
There are a slew of benefits to spending even 60 minutes of time laying in one of these bad boys. A 2018 study proved that one-hour sessions in the floating tank would produce a serious reduction in anxiety, as well as improvement in mood. Another study conducted in 2016 found that all 46 participants had a reduction in symptoms like sleep difficulties, fatigue, depression, and irritability.
Along with helping with anxiety, the device is also beneficial for those who suffer from back pain. Several studies have been conducted over the years, but a small one consisting of only seven participants discovered that the tank was effective in treating back pain, neck pain, stiffness, and reduced range of motion.
Now, the benefits are amazing — even if all you get is an hour of relaxation time. However, what is not indicated in any of the studies is how often a person had to go to see the effects. Some people said they reaped the rewards immediately and felt better, while others said it took a couple of times for them to notice a significant difference.
The price ranges from $70 to over $100 per hour session, so how often you go will depend on your financial situation. However, if you can afford it, then there doesn't appear to be any harm in trying the sensory-deprivation float tank.