Floating Philosophy

From 1st Float to 10th Float - What Happens Once You Begin To Create a Regular Practice

Just like leather or wine, some things only get better over time. And we'd like to think that floating is one of those things too.

However, for a lot of people, floating is something they only try once or twice before they automatically throw into the "it just wasn't for me" category and really give it a fair chance. Or they wait months and months inbetween float sessions so it's hard to really feel the mental, physical, or spiritual benefits.

But if you're willing to get past the initial float jitters and can make the commitment to go weekly or monthly, not only will you see a huge change in your health but you will see a huge change in your every day life too! To keep you motivated as you start down this journey, here's a list of some benefits that you'll start to experience as you float at home or at your local center:

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1. You're able to let go right away

We always preach that if you're going to give floating a fair shot you have to try it at least three times. This is because for most people it usually takes the first couple of sessions to get past the initial frustration of bumping into the walls, fully relaxing your muscles, and truly quieting your mind. But by your 4th or 5th float, it's usually much easier to hop in and immediately tune out. And this is when the magic really starts to happen! 


2. You discover your floating habit

Because we all float for different reasons it's hard to say exactly when someone should float and how often. However, the more you float, the quicker you'll discover what type of routine works best for you.

Night floating vs morning floating.

60 minute sessions vs 90 minute sessions.

Weekly vs Monthly. 


3. Meditation becomes easier and more powerful

Many people find meditation frustrating because they don't know if they're doing it right or they just have a hard time quieting their mind for a long period of time. But the nice thing about float tanks is that they create the perfect meditation environment and are designed to help induce deep meditative states. Therefore, floating not only complements your meditation practice but it enhances it too. 


4. Time doesn't matter as much

Once you've floated a good handful of times and are comfortable with letting go right away, the actual time inside the tank becomes of less importance and each float session becomes more about going with what feels right. 


5. You become more in tune with your body and mind

Developing a regular floating routine is one of the best self-help practices you could incorporate into your life as it helps you become more in tune with your mind-body connection. From the second you lie down in the water, you can feel the areas where you hold the most tension or can recognize the thoughts that seem to be reoccurring the most so you can begin to work through them.  


6. You begin to see changes in your personal life too

When you practice operating from a calmer, less stressed state of mind, everything in your life also becomes calmer and less stressful. Your mood is better, relationships begin to improve, and things that once got you worked up and upset now have no effect on you. 


Ready to start floating more regularly? Floating at home is the best way to commit to a regular float practice and it can save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars a year! Download this guide that will show you everything you need to know before you consider buying.


An Inspiring Story About Using Float Therapy to Overcome Writer's Block

Imagine a noisy classroom. The bell just rang as the students rush to their seats. It's a Monday morning so the kids have a lot to chatter about.

Today the teacher decides to play a little experiment. She puts on a calm, meditative audio in the mist of all the chatter and she asks herself, "how long will it take for them to hear the music?" 

Minutes go by and she watches the the evolution of the classroom chatter. You'd think the chatter would stop and the students would realize something different but to her surprise, they still don't amp down the chatter even ten minutes after the start of class.

As the minutes pass, some of the students closer to the speakers start to expend their built up energy and suddenly notice the calming music playing from the speakers. Unfamiliar to the students, the sound sounds interesting, foreign and undeniably therapeutic. One by one the students nudge each other and direct their classmates attention to the sounds. As each student tunes in, the once non-existent sound begins to crescendo into a loud harmonizing wave of peace.

She begins class and notices that those ten minutes of calmness led to a more productive hour lecture. The students she finds were more attentive and responded in a more center way, instead of their usual sporadic ways. 

Now imagine this classroom represents your mind. The students represent our daily mental chatter that often stops us from observing our surroundings more fully, each conversation distracting us from the peace that dwells within. The soothing nature of floating in a warm silent floatation tank can be related to the teacher who is trying to bring the classrooms attention to this wave of bliss.

You may be thinking, could one hour of my day lead to more production and energy for the next 15 hours you spend awake? From my experience, the answer is 100% yes.

At the time when I first decided to float, I was a 19 years old with years of anxiety. I was always very gifted in the creative arts but a string of life set backs had me with a lot of questions that I looked to my mind to solve.

During this period, it was very hard for me to come up with new lyrics, it was like the chatter within kept me from tapping into my creative source. I decided to try out floating and was lucky enough to get free float time for handing out flyers down the city blocks for an amazing float center named Halcyon Floats located in Philadelphia.

I floated in the tank for about 90 minutes but didn't really get settled until 60 minutes in. At that point I found myself hugging the warmness of the experience and basking in the space, very much in the moment. After hearing the music underwater, I said to myself, "was this really worth it?".

The moment I opened the door and stepped into the shower it was clear to me it was worth every second.

I noticed a fluid stream of observance emanating from my being and a calmness that rivaled nothing else. My heart felt lighter and my motions synched well with this feeling I had. After getting dressed, I went to the counter to talk to the owner of the center and noticed my anxiety levels dropped exponentially, something that no previous forms of therapy seemed to manage.

Now, here's the icing on the cake. As I drove back home calm and relaxed, in my mind I began to free verse and came up with a new song concepts and lyrics! This one session seemed to have a lasting after glow that stabilized my psyche for the rest of the work week. 

If had to sum up my experience in one sentence it would be, "Quiet down the classroom and tune into the the music in the background". 

6 Myths About Floating That You Should Stop Believing Right Now

Just hearing the words "sensory deprivation" or "isolation tank" is all it takes to make some people instantly break into a cold sweat and with all the misrepresentation about it in press and media, it's no wonder why so many people have misconstrued ideas about the world of floating. 

Today, we're here to put all those misconceptions to rest. Get it? (R.E.S.T. = Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy, the clinical term for floating.)  Because floating is one of the greatest tools that exists for relaxation, pain management, and overall health & wellness and we truly believe everyone deserves to soak up the benefits of the tank. 



Myth #1 - "I can't swim, so I definitely can't float"

According to TIME Magazine about 50% of Americans don't know how to swim but the great news is that 100% of people can float. Here's why: 

Float tanks contain anywhere between 800 to 1000 lbs. of epsom salt but are only filled with about 10-12 inches of water. The density of the water creates a uniquely buoyant environment that makes it pretty much impossible NOT to float, even if you were to fall asleep mid-float. Floating is safe enough that kids can float as young as ages 10-12 with parental guidance. 


Myth #2 - "Sensory Deprivation is used for torture"

You know how there's good pain and bad pain? Good pain like when you're sore after a nice workout? Well, the same thing could be said for deprivation therapy. 

There's the good kind like you see in hundreds of float spa's around the country and hear Joe Rogan raving about on his podcast. Then there's the bad kind that involves being locked in a dark room for weeks or months on end, which is actually meant to be torturous. 

If used for the right reasons, sensory deprivation can be one of the most therapeutic and relaxing experiences for both the mind and body. 


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Myth #3 - "Floating in a tank isn't any different than floating in my bathtub, pool, or the ocean" 

Technically, you can float anywhere there's enough room and water. However, the hard part is recreating a true sensory deprivation environment. 

Even though the ocean contains salt water, it's not nearly as saturated as the water in the float tank. Meaning, you can still float but not nearly as easily or peacefully. It's also hard to completely rid light and sound in anywhere other than a fully enclosed environment, which is necessary in order to shut off your mind. Last but not least, it's hard to regulate water temperature in any other environment but a float tank and half the magic lies in having the your skin disappear into the feeling of the water. No hot tub, pool, or water formation can compare. 


Myth #4 - "I can't float if I'm claustrophobic/have a fear of the dark"

Doing something for the first time (and sometimes even the second time) is always a little nerve racking, especially when you're in a new environment. However, the important thing to remember is floating in a sensory deprivation tank is completely safe so it's up to you to approach each float session with an open mind

It's completely normal to float with the light on or with music for the first 1-5 sessions until you feel comfortable enough to truly relax and let go of control. But never forget, YOU ARE IN CONTROL the entire time. Can't handle the entire 60 minutes? You are welcome to hop out of the tank at any point. Prefer to float with the door open and cracked and the lights on? That's totally okay. 

They say life begins at the end of your comfort zone, right? Don't afraid to step outside of your comfort zone a little and step into the tank. 


Myth #5 - "Float tanks aren't very clean"

There are several different types of float tanks on the market, all of which come with some sort of filtration system to keep the water sanitized. Our Float Tent, for example, uses two filters that clean the water with UV light and filter out any debris, hair, etc and is always running when the tank is not use. On top of this high concentration hydrogen peroxide is often used to help sanitize the water inside of float tanks along with regular maintenance and cleaning.


Myth #6 - "People see things inside of the tank/hallucinate"

Though you may hear of friends or people online that claim to have hallucinations inside of the tank while being sober, it's unlikely that you will experience something out of this world. What does happen is that during a float your brain enter's into the Theta state, which takes your mind into to a slower, almost dream-like state. This state is commonly experienced by the average person just before they drift into a deep sleep. 


So, now that you've cleared up your fear or misconceptions about floating, are you ready to learn more? Discover all the What, How's, and Why's of floating in our FREE 5-Part Float 101 Email Course. 



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Floating Research and The Impact On Our Mental Health with Justin Feinstein

We had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Justin Feinstein, Director of the Float Clinic and Research Center (FCRC) at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research. The FCRC’s mission is to investigate the effects of floatation on both the body and the brain, as well as explore its potential as a therapeutic treatment for promoting mental health and healing in patients who suffer from conditions such as anxiety, addiction, and anorexia.

In our interview, Justin tells us how he first heard about float tanks and shares some of his research and insight on how floating can help alleviate stress and anxiety.


Q: How did you first hear about floating?

A: I was working at a neuroscience laboratory at Caltech. This serendipitously happens to be the same place that John C. Lilly went for his undergraduate degree about 75 years before I was there. But basically, for the last 15 years I had studied neuroscience and I’d been very interested in consciousness and very interested in subjective emotion and feeling states. But in particular I’ve been focused on anxiety, both for personal reasons and my career, with an eye towards how we can alleviate anxiety.

When I was in the lab at Caltech working with patients, one of the research assistants who shared an office with me at the time, came to me on a Monday and over the weekend she had just had her first float. At the time I had never even heard of what a float tank was. She preceded to tell me over the next several hours with great drama how intense and powerful this first float was for her. I listened with great curiosity because she had been describing something I had been interested in almost my entire life.

What she was describing to me was what’s known in our field as interoception. The idea is how to access what’s happening in our inner body. It really brings to bare the idea that inside all of us is a pathway into our brain that provides signals about the internal milieu of our body. It provides signals about the heart beating, the blood pulsating, your lungs and respiration, it provides signals about the immune system and it provides signals from the gut. And all these various signals come into the brain through a dedicated pathway. This interoceptive pathway had been my focus of research for many years dating back to the early 2000’s.

When she was describing her first float to me it became clear to me, even though she didn’t use those words, that what she was accessing was her interoceptive self. What was really interesting to me is that at the same time I was hearing this story I was learning about the primary disruption to this same pathway in patients who suffered from anxiety disorder. There’s something about this interoceptive pathway that’s critical for anxiety, it seems to be dysregulated in anxiety disorders. When you float, it provides a sneak peak into this pathway in a way that you could never access outside of a float.

She continued to describe how liberated she felt after her first float and I was to be honest, both scared and fascinated. The fascination because of everything I just talked about but the fear because I knew I had to try this.

Q: How did you feel after your first float?

A: I think a lot of my first float was pure novelty. Everything was new…. from the sensation of no gravity–to being able to feel my heart beating in such an intense way–to letting my physiological systems come down to an all time low. I definitely felt relaxed but at the same time had my mind turning. As soon as I stepped out of the float tank, the first thing I wanted to do is figure out how I could buy one of these to start doing research with it.


Q: How did you transition into actually doing research on floating?

A: It wasn’t until my second or third float that I achieved a state of pure sensory awareness, unlike anything I’d ever obtained before meditating outside of the float tank. At that moment in the tank I felt total bliss and it was really with moments like these, and repeated moments like these, that I realized how powerful this environment is. I knew I needed to pursue floating as a line of research.

I was able to team up with my original mentor from when I was a freshman in college at UCSD named Dr. Martin Paulus. Together, we did a lot of work during my time at UCSD and one area we had a lot of success with was studying the concept of interoception.

Around the same time that I was discovering floating as technique, Dr. Paulus had been offered the position as the scientific director of this institute that had recently opened in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I was collaborating with him on a project I was working on at Caltech and was visiting him in San Diego when I mentioned some of my experiences using float tanks. He started talking to me about this opportunity at LIBR and it was over the course of that week that we put our heads together and realized how ideal this situation was for a few reasons. We were able to reconnect and reunite after a decade of not working together, we had the opportunity to pursue a novel line of research that no one else in the neuroscience community has focused on, and better than that, we knew that the core mission for LIBR was to think outside of the box to come up with brand new novel treatments for mental illness.  In this case, we actually went inside the box because we decided to pursue floating as a treatment. I can’t emphasize how serendipitous all of this was.

Pictured third from the right is Dr. Justin Feinstein and his team of LIBR researchers

Q: Why do you think floatation therapy alleviates the negative symptoms of stress?

A: I think there are several reasons but two in particular. First off, our brain is wired in such a way to be reflexively triggered by the outer world. We’re living in the midst of an anxiety epidemic and a lot of this is driven by our technology. Smartphones in particular have taken off in such a way that almost every culture and every country has these now. It gives us instant connectivity and it provides us with a slew of conveniences that we never used to have.

What our society doesn’t realize though is that every time we get pinged with a new text message, or a new email, or a new phone call or every time we get some update on our Facebook or Twitter, it’s setting off a cascade of events in our brain that creates a state of temporary stress.

We become addicted to this, to a point where we aren’t able to leave our phones behind us or disconnect from them in any way, shape or form. It’s affecting our sleep patterns. It’s affecting our ability to socialize and our ability to communicate in the real world rather than the virtual world. It’s affecting us because people are now living in a constant state of connectivity.

So, one of the reasons I think floating helps stress is because it's the ultimate form of disconnection. It allows your brain to literally go into a state of rest without having any distractions whatsoever from the external world.

The second thing is that stress isn’t just in the brain. It’s physiological, it's through the entire body. One of the most strong and powerful results of the past research into floating is the profound physiological effects that floating has on the body.

We’ve created equipment here at LIBR to study this. We have devices to measure things like blood pressure, heart rate, respiration, EEG, movement, and what we’re finding across all of these measures is that you are entering into a state of absolute relaxation. Your blood pressure is going way down, your respiration is going way down, your heart rate is going down. So you’re really entering into a physiological state of relaxation, which is the exact opposite of the state of stress. Floating doesn’t only affect the brain.  It has profound effects on the body as well.

Q: In your professional opinion, what would be the benefits of being able to float at home?

A: It would certainly provide that access (to floating) that a lot of people are missing. Having the ability to float at home is so beneficial, especially for clinical populations who can do this on a regular basis. It can help them better control their symptoms and also help them achieve the relief and benefits that they really need.


In summary, the future of floating is bright. We find it very encouraging that research both old and new are focusing on the idea of float therapy as a treatment not only on stress and anxiety, but also for overall health and wellness.  We also look forward to Dr. Feinstein’s research, more of which he will present at the yearly Float Conference.



Floating with Duncan Trussell

Photo by  DeviantArt

Photo by DeviantArt

The Duncan Trussell Family Hour is a weekly podcast where comedian Duncan Trussell explores the outer reaches of the multiverse. Visit his website and listen to his podcasts in case you want to discover out more about what his shows entail. Duncan is also a frequent guest on the Joe Rogan Experience and is a regular home floater. 

Recently, Duncan had Shane on his podcast to talk float tanks and it was such a powerful episode we wanted to share it with all our friends and readers here on the blog. We've highlighted the best parts of the show below for you to listen to. Enjoy!


0:58 – Intro: Duncan introduces Shane to the show and gives his testimonial on his Zen Float Tent

19:36 – Duncan asks Shane, "What is your theory about what is happening when a person lays in a float tank for an extended period of time?"

21:37 – Shane talks about what it feels like once you get out of a float tank after a session.

22:53 - Duncan and Shane discuss the history of John C. Lilly, inventor of the first float tank

28:07 – Duncan asks Shane if he's ever felt a presence in the tank with him.

32:33 – Duncan and Shane discuss the effects and benefits of floating once you float for longer than hour.

38:05 – Duncan admits his most intense and strange moments inside of a float tank.

44:41 – Shane talks about the importance of floating more than once to really get the full effects of the experience. 

46:12 – The state of float.

51:03 – Duncan talks about John C Lilly's book, "Tanks for the Memories,

53:17 - Duncan talks about how he used floating for mental visualization and help him through a stand-up comedy performance that he was nervous about performing in. 

107:13 – Duncan asks Shane where he foresees the floating industry heading in the future. 

117:13 – Duncan asks Shane if he plans to make commercial or higher grade versions of the Zen Float Tent.


Takeaways We Enjoyed

We love how Shane compares your body to a running phone or computer. "It's like our bodies have all these apps open and running all the time. Floating is like closing all the apps so you can run at a better speed.  It's a powerful place to be. "

Another great point is that, "Most of the benefit of floating comes from outside of tank - once you get your float habit your life starts to change a little bit. You approach life from a calmer more relaxed place and therefore it makes your life a calmer and more relaxed place."

Floating is like riding a bike, you just have to let go and trust, and learn to do it. You won't be great at it the first time but each time you float you get better and better at it.  



Duncan Trussell Family Hour Website

Duncan Trussell on Twitter

Shane's New Book on Floating: The Float Tank Cure



- Have you ever felt a presence in the tank like Duncan and Shane talk about in this episode?

- How many float session did it take for you to let go and really relax? 

- What part of the show did you enjoy listening to the most? 


Share your answers with us in the comments below!


John C. Lilly: Floating Pioneer Timeline

Exploring our minds only works when we know where to start. John C. Lilly did more than anyone else to give humans the perfect mental compass.

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No single person had a greater impact on our understanding of the powers of floating than Lilly. He was a pioneer in researching floating and developing the modern isolation tank. Lilly was driven to peer deep inside the human mind and see what made it tick. The isolation tank became his tool for opening the door to that unexplored frontier.

It is impossible to condense Lilly’s life and work into a single blog post. But it is also important to gain a better understanding of his contributions to the development of floating.

Enjoy this timeline exploring Lilly’s life and his development of the modern isolation tank:

January 6, 1915 – Lilly is born in Saint Paul, Minnesota

1938 – Graduated from the California Institute of Technology with a degree in physics and biology.

1942 – Graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a medical degree.

1951 – Published a paper at the University of Pennsylvania after extensive research on the physical structures of the brain and consciousness. Lilly showed how to display patterns of electrical brain activity using electrodes inserted into a living brain.

1953 – Lilly took a job studying neurophysiology with the US Public Health Service Commissioned Officers Corps

1954 – Working with the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Lilly devised a prototype isolation tank. He created it through a desire to isolate the brain from external stimulation. Lilly was the first subject for his research. The original tank required masks for breathing underwater, which was later eliminated through modifications.

1958 – While floating in his isolation tank, Lilly communicates with two other beings monitoring his evolution on a subconscious plane. This is the famous First Conference of Three Beings.

Late 1950s – Lilly established the Communication Research Institute on St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. It was a facility devoted to fostering development of communication between humans and dolphins.

Early 1960s – Lilly published several papers revealing that dolphins could mimic human speech patterns.

1960s – Lilly experiments with LSD while floating in the isolation tank. The results cause a greater fear and a greater bombardment of images and ideas than he had ever experienced.

1972 – The US Government passes the Marine Mammal Protection Act, making it illegal to kill dolphins as a result of Lilly’s research.

1980s – Lilly directed a project which attempted to create a computer language dolphins could learn and use to speak with humans.

1990s – Lilly moved to Maui in Hawaii and continued his research from the island during the remainder of his life.

September 30, 2001 – Lilly died in Los Angeles from heart failure. He was 86 years old at the time of his death.

The Floating Dimension

Boundaries were redefined and sometimes eliminated when “The Twilight Zone,” a classic science fiction TV series, arrived on the airwaves in the 1960s. It allowed viewers to explore new dimensions of sight and sound – opening the door to new ideas and new worlds.

It can be said that floating in an isolation tank operates on the same plane.

Floating offers an experience as unique as each person that steps inside the isolation tank. People who are frequent floaters may feel like they are entering another dimension because of the effects floating has on their bodies and minds.

What can it do? Floating can make it seem almost as if a person has left their body while traveling through their unconscious mind. It can evoke feelings similar to an out-of-body experience. Images, sounds and smells are all around a floater that feel as real as anything in the real world. Physical boundaries seem to disappear as they become more and more relaxed and enter their own personal “Twilight Zone.”

Isolation tanks are helpful in removing physical and mental barriers that block a person from finding inner peace and happiness. Going from the tangible, real world to a realm of simple thoughts, feelings and energy can give new definitions to our senses.

What we experience on the subconscious level is more powerful than battling imaginary aliens or traveling on fictional starships. Floaters can become aware of thoughts they never knew they had. They can truly cross a barrier and explore strange new worlds within their deepest mind.

It  creates a whole new meaning to entering “The Twilight Zone” when you apply it to floating.

Entering the Floating Zone

You’re in an isolation tank – completely removed from the outside world and detached from external stimuli. If you have ever frequented an isolation tank, you know that your journey is all a state of mind. The experience for any two people is never exactly the same.

Some people enjoy a state of extreme meditation and relaxation. Others see images, hear sounds and experience tastes and smells that feel as real as the water supporting their body. What you experience really does depend on you.

You control how much you shut out the outside world. You alone are in charge of how you prepare yourself to reach the degree of isolation you desire.

As the song says, free your mind and the rest will follow. Such a sentiment rings true in an isolation tank much more so than outside one.

Your focus should turn to finding that sweet spot of meditation and relaxation. Those thoughts can keep you from getting there if you are trying to hard to force it. Many people find it helpful to stop focusing on meditating and let it happen naturally. When you allow your body and mind to relax at it’s own pace, peace and serenity are just on the other side of the door.

Breathe it in. Let your mind wander. Don’t try to control the situation. It can feel so liberating and productive once you invite free thinking and free feeling. That is the whole purpose behind floating. Trying to control what you see, what you hear and what you feel is foreign to what floating is designed to do for you.

Floating and Relationships

Floating can be a bonding experience between couples.

That doesn’t mean couples share a float tank when they float. What it means is they can share experiences and use those experiences to bring them closer together.

Many people associate floating as a personal activity only, but it's also possible to use time in a sensory deprivation tank to deepen and strengthen your relationship with your spouse or partner.

Here's a few reasons why you may want to add floating to your next date night or list of activities:


3 ways floating can help strengthen your relationship


1. Peace and serenity

The effects of a floating session are deeply personal. Couples can forge a closer bond though when they share what they experience in a float tank. They can discuss how it affected them and any benefits they enjoy afterward – such as a clear mind or a feeling of peace.

Partners can move the discussion along through asking questions about the session. It allows each partner to figure out exactly what they learned from their experience and see how their significant other also responded to that environment. Exploring these feelings with each other can also help recreate those feelings of peace and serenity at home.


2. Answers to questions

Floating often coincides with efforts at soul searching. People hope to find answers to deep questions or troubling questions inside the safe confines of a float tank. Answers are not simply a means of satisfying curiosity. They can be a cure for serious problems.

Couples can use floating sessions to seek out answers for questions related to their relationship. They can share personal moments of inspiration or revelation with each other. It can help them interpret how their individual experiences apply to their relationship.


3. Being open to more floating

Once floating is used to solve one problem, that does not mean it should be discarded like a used towel. Couples can enjoy continued benefits from floating by supporting and encouraging each other to visit a sensory deprivation tank often. Attending together can strengthen the bond between partners and help them find support in using float tanks to improve their lives.


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Can Floating be a Shared Experience with Family and Friends?

Anyone who spends time in an isolation tank quickly becomes familiar with the healing benefits that come from floating. Your body and mind both feel upgraded into better versions of themselves even after a single session. It can be seen in the happy expression and positive attitude you show long after the session is done.


It is definitely an experience you want to share with the people you care about the most – your family and friends. So how do you discuss the power of floating with them, especially if they are the type of person who sees alternative natural therapies to be a weird new-age hippie thing?

Educating your family and friends on the isolation tank itself is a good starting point. You can give a rundown on how it operates and what the environment will feel like to them when they first step inside. Knowledge will help put their mind at ease before starting a floating session.

Explain to them that an isolation tank is a small pod filled with water. This water is treated with Epsom salt to allow your body to float on the water. A person can seal the door or leave it open during the floating session – depending on their preference. When it is sealed, the isolation tank is soundproof and blocks out the light. You can spend the time relaxing as you float or engaged in meditation.


An isolation tank provides isolation from the distractions of the outside world. You can explain how it allows you to focus on your own thoughts and feelings. Some people consider this a form of sensory deprivation, but it is much more low-impact. Absence of outside stimuli is deliberate and temporary. A floater can leave the tank at any time they choose.

Removing those elements promotes a feeling of peace. The body can relax from stress and it opens the mind to heal whatever needs to be healed. A floater comes away feeling rejuvenated and possessing increased energy. Shutting off one portion of your brain allows other portions to roam free. A floater can do everything from lessening anxiety or depression to increasing their creativity.

The bottom line is sharing your isolation tank experiences with family and friends matters. They need to know how it benefits you and how it can help them.