What is a sensory deprivation tank, and how can it help me?

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Sensory deprivation tanks, or Float Tanks have increased in popularity due in part to scientific evidence. Studies suggest time spent floating in a sensory deprivation tank, can bring health benefits, such as muscle relaxation, better sleep, decrease in pain, and decreased stress and anxiety.

The water in a float tank is heated to skin temperature and saturated with Epsom salt. The salt provides buoyancy, enabling you to float. You enter the tank nude and are cut off from all outside stimulation. As you float weightless in the silence and darkness, the brain is supposed to enter into a deeply relaxed state.

There are several psychological and medical benefits of a sensory deprivation tanks on conditions such as anxiety disorders, stress, and chronic pain.

Can Floating decrease Anxiety?

Flotation therapy has been found to be effective in reducing anxiety. A 2018 Study showed that a single one-hour session in a sensory deprivation tank was capable of a significant reduction in anxiety and improvement in mood in the 50 participants with stress and anxiety related disorders.

Will floatation therapy reduce chronic pain?

The effect of sensory deprivation tank therapy on chronic pain has been confirmed by several studies. It is shown to be effective in treating headaches, muscle tension, and pain.

A small study of seven participants found it effective in treating whiplash-associated disorders, such as neck pain and stiffness and reduced range of motion.

It has also been shown to reduce stress-related pain.

When used properly, a sensory deprivation tank may help relieve stress and ease muscle tension and pain. It can also help improve your mood.

Sensory deprivation tanks are generally safe, but it may be a good idea to speak to a doctor before using one if you have any medical conditions or concerns.

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