Sensory Deprivation Tank
What Happens in a Sensory Deprivation Tank?
The water in the sensory deprivation tank is warmed to skin temperature and then Epsom salt, or magnesium sulfate, is added in order to provide more buoyancy so it’s easier to float. You arrive at the spa or center and show up early if it’s your first visit. You will remove clothing and jewelry and shower before entering the tank. Music may play for 10 minutes at the start of the session in order to help you relax and then you float.
You are cut off from outside stimulation, including sights, sounds, and gravity once the tank’s door or lid is closed. As your float, you are weightless in the darkness and silence and your brain is supposed to enter a deeply relaxed state. Once you get out of the tank, you shower again and get dressed.
Studies have also shown that floating in a sensory deprivation tank can also help increase imagination and originality, which leads to enhanced creativity.