Sensory Deprivation tanks can be used for numerous different reasons and purposes, whether it be to alleviate stress, muscle recovery, further brain stimulation or to simply unwind after a unpleasant week. The float tanks can also be known as deprivation chambers or deprivation tank, when using these deprivation tanks as a way of elevating yourself spiritually or mentally, they will help in perceiving your environment differently, and in turn a great way to boost creativity and expansion of thoughts/idea in yourself.
Everyone is different, therefore results will obviously vary, but some common recurring patterns in which people experience from being inside the floatation tanks are: once your body starts to realise that it is time to relax and you gets used to the lack of your sensory input, the stress-centre of your brain starts to relax and release less cortisol—the main brain chemical related to stress.
Getting rid of almost all immediate sensory input allows for the ‘constantly-make-sure-you’re-not-dying’ part of your brain to calm down for a while, allowing for the creative, relaxed part of your brain to be engaged and expand itself. This sense of calm and relaxation is a feeling you take with you post deprivation tank session. Whilst floating you realise that without the constant pressure of analysing the world around you, your body is silently lowering its levels of cortisol, your brain also releasing elevated levels of dopamine and endorphins, the neurotransmitters of happiness, which is always a good goal.
Not having to fight gravity lets your muscles, joints, and bones take a well-deserved break. Without the gravity pushing you down, your spine lengthens an inch, chronic pain is relieved, and your muscles get to fully rest.
Being inside the floatation tank takes your brain from highly conscious alpha and beta waves to solid theta waves—the kind you would normally have right before falling asleep and just after waking up. Normally we only experience these theta waves for a few minutes, but having extended theta periods helps us to visualize better, often giving us vivid mental images.
Floatation has also been seen to improve a range of ailments and emotional states, such as:
- Chronic Pain
- Problem-Solving Skills