Float On: Health Benefits of Sensory Deprivation Tanks
Sensory deprivation tanks obviously leave you floating (pun intended) on another level. But beyond that yummy natural high, do these $99 a pop sessions actually work? What do they do for you, your body, your mind, and your spirit? Are they even worth it?
Eastern cultures have been utilizing sensory deprivation tanks for centuries to help balance the system and combat a myriad of sufferings. The magic of the float tanks is twofold: sensory deprivation and an epsom salt bath. Not only are you reaping benefits from sealing yourself in complete silence and darkness, but your body is also healing from soaking in 1,000 pounds of epsom salt. It's more bang for your buck - kinda like Sakara's superfood meals ;). Let's dig in.
- Lowers stress by reducing cortisol levels and balancing other hormones.
- Soothes and helps manage chronic pain, injuries, or various issues (from insomnia to high blood pressure to depression) by treating the autonomic nervous system.
- Boosts rest and recovery by reducing the amount of work your body has to do when bombarded with lights, colors, sounds, etc. Studies have found that floating can improve everything from athletic performance to musicality.
- Helps activate creativity, imagination, and connection to intuition. Without outside stimuli, your brain has the freedom to create on its own. According to Gina Antioco, founder of Lift Floats in Brooklyn, float tanks allow clients to access "theta brain wave frequency, the frequency that usually only experienced mediators are able to achieve. When an individual is in theta, there is an increase in right brain activity which is responsible for both creativity and cognition among other things. This is why when someone is floating they often experience clarity and bursts of inspiration". Hallucinations are common.
Epsom Salt Bath:
Relaxing in epsom salts is one of the very best and most delicious ways to get a high dose of magnesium soaked straight into every tissue, organ and cell of your body. Magnesium is one of the easiest minerals to become deficient in, and it's also one of the most vital for our overall wellbeing. It helps your body regulate over 325 enzymes and plays an important role in organizing bodily functions, such as muscle control, electrical impulses, energy production and the elimination of harmful toxins. Aka, soaking in 1,000 pounds of epsom salts will leave you feeling well and excitedly pure.
Ready to float on? Here are some Sakara-Approved float tank experiences in your area: