“The basic idea of floating is simple. First, you minimize or completely remove the sensory input to your brain. You just shut everything off—every signal to your brain from the outside world. The goal is to create an environment that allows for greater focus, deeper meditation, and more effective thought.”
– Shane Stott, Zen Cofounder & CEO, Author of “The Float Tank Cure”
Floating & Sensory Deprivation Tank Benefits
What is Floating?
Also known as Sensory deprivation or floatation tank therapy, floating is essentially nothingness for your mind and body. It's achieved by turning off all sensory input - sight, sound, touch, smell and the pull of gravity - with the help of an isolating tank, 200 gallons of water with 800 pounds of Epsom salt at exact skin temperature, total darkness, and total silence.
Floating is a time out, a trip off the grid - away from all the distractions of daily life - to a deeper level of relaxation. A relaxation that offers rest, focus, recovery, reprieve, and exploration.
Why Would You Float?
There are many reasons to float - time to yourself to relax and de-stress, athletic and muscle recovery, focus and thought processing, meditation and mindfulness, relief from pain, therapeutic processing and PTSD therapy. At the very minimum, it's an escape from the over-stimulating world that we live in… No sound means no phone alerts. No sight means no screens. No sense of gravity means relaxation for the postural muscles.
Where Can You Float?
Stand-alone Float centers or spas are available all over major metro areas and some smaller communities too. You might also find float facilities as a part of a chiropractor's office, a sports recovery center, or a traditional spa. If you can't find a float center you could give Zen's "Feels Like Floating” kit a try for an almost floating experience that works to convey some of the effects of floating.
How Should You Float?
Floating is a personal experience and you should treat it as your own journey. During your first few floats, you might find yourself losing track of time and falling asleep - total relaxation and the comfort it comes with will do that. We also recommend entering the tank with a meditation plan, or a work or life topic you'd like to focus on. You might also like the act of journaling afterward to help capture your thoughts and realizations. However you decide to spend your time in the tank we say give it a few tries before you decide if you want to continue floating or even take it to the next level with a Zen Float Tank in your home.
When Should You Float?
Like any journey the timing is up to you. Some people prefer to float after a long, stressful day at work to help them relax and process. Some like to float in the morning so they can strategize their day and the challenges they want to take on. Some athletes float right before a big game or event to visualize their performance, some float after to use the muscle relaxation for recovery, and some do both.
Muscle Rehabilitation & Pain Relief
Floating puts the body in a weightless environment, taking pressure off the muscle, bones and joints. Then Epsom Salt works as a natural pain reliever and muscle relaxer, relieving pain from Tendonitis and sprains, improving muscles and joints, while promoting quicker healing. GET MORE INFO
Reduces Anxiety, Depression & Promotes Relaxation
Sensory deprivation floating is healing people around the world by offering mental clarity, a respite from stress and uninterrupted relaxation. There is an incredible amount of ongoing research citing stress relief and mental health benefits: GET MORE INFO
Increased Memory, Problem Solving & Creativity
Our fast paced world is creating BRAIN STRAIN, we process more quantities of information now than ever before. Even one hour in an isolation tank will significantly calm your brain, allowing deeper thought, unlocking the subconscious mind, stimulating creativity and innovative thinking. GET MORE INFO
Mental Fitness is just as important as physical, an athlete or professional that lacks confidence or plays with fear, takes themselves out of the game. Floating helps you to visualize your success, putting you on the path of victory. GET MORE INFO
Impact Your Five Senses Like Never Before
Mental benefits from floating are almost LIMITLESS, you can see, hear and feel things that truly heal your body and your mind from the damage caused by the outside world. GET MORE INFO