Relax your mind and heal your body in a sensory deprivation tank – a new alternative medicine that resembles something straight out of a sci-fi novel. These futuristic pod-like chambers are popping up in spas, doctors offices and can even be installed right in your home.
A sensory deprivation tank also known as a sleep deprivation or isolation tank is designed to help dim your physical senses while floating in a warm pool of water with high levels of magnesium sulfate (Epsom salt).
The treatment combines float therapy with salt therapy or halotherapy – because of the high levels of Epsom salt added to the water, your body naturally floats in the sound proof tank which typically contains a lid to prevent light from entering. Some spas and doctors offices will provide water-proof, noise canceling ear plugs or headphones – while the idea is to prevent light and sound, some find it easier to relax in such a setting with soothing music played in first 10 minutes of their float.
The benefits of sensory deprivation tanks with Epsom salt saturated water are believed to be numerous and many professional athletes and those who suffer from back issues, spinal injuries and insomnia swear by them.
After my experience in a sensory deprivation tank for a 60 minute float, I found the tension in my shoulders and in my lower back decreased and I felt energized and rejuvenated as if I had almost a full nights rest.
The cutting off all the stimulus experienced daily especially from technology allowed my mind to rest more fully while floating in the high levels of Epsom salt relaxed my entire body more fully.
These tanks are a perfect solution for anyone with chronic pain, fibromyalgia and stress or for anyone looking to increase athletic performance, improve creativity and concentration.
If you are able to build your own or purchase one to install in your home, the long-term benefits of daily use may be even more rewarding to your health than ever imagined!