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Isolation aka floatation tanks provide an environment where you can free your mind from sensory input and just be. Watch a few of the recommended videos and review the faq’s below to begin understanding how floation works.

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FAQ #1 – What is an isolation tank?

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Floatation Tanks come in different shapes and sizes depending on the manufacturer. The isolation tank chamber resembles an over-sized enclosed bathtub in which the bottom of the tank is filled with 10-11 inches of water that has been saturated with 800-1000 lbs (360-500 kg) of Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate).

The floatation tank experience is meant to provide an ideal environment for the floater; free from light, noise, and touch floating allows specific areas of the brain to engage in healing, self-improvement, and creativity. The salt water and air inside the chamber is regulated at a temperature of 95.9 Fº (35.5 Cº), the same temperature as the surface of your skin. The chamber is designed to be completely dark and ear plugs are provided to the floater.

FAQ #2 – What are they used for?

Over the last few decades this integrative healing tool has been scientifically studied and applied to many areas of human development. Isolation chambers have been shown to improve health without the use of drugs, which has sparked interest in the field of medicine. The destressing and increased rate of recovery has made the floating experience very appealing to fitness enthusiasts and trainers alike. Sports teams like the Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, and many Olympic contenders have been known to use the isolation tank to improve their athletic performance.

The sensory deprivation chamber creates an environment free of all distractions enabling the body to truly relax. In this deepened relaxed state the body’s natural abilities to heal, focus, and harness creativity are heightened. This makes floating a powerful learning tool for any student, artist, or person looking to get the most out of their profession. Some celebrities that have utilized floatation tanks are: John Lennon, Robin Williams, Jeff Bridges, Burgess Meredith, Carl Lewis, Kris Kristofferson, Susan Sarandon, William Hurt, Peter Gabriel, Kirk Douglas, Neil Young, and George Carlin (see full list of benefits below).

FAQ #3 – Do they have other names?

Yes: Sensory deprivation tank, float tank, floatation tank, sensory deprivation chamber, isolation chamber, floatation chamber, REST tank, float spa, John C. Lilly* tank, and sensory attenuation tank.

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