Floating in a Sensory Deprivation Tank

Floating in a Sensory Deprivation Tank

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10/27/2015 4:07:00 PM
by Utne Reader staff

“There’s no crime in wanting to balance your life with a little bit of silence,” says Alan Goltl, owner and operator of TankHouse Float and Massage in Wichita, KS. TankHouse offers the experience of “floating” in a sensory deprivation tank, or as Goltl likes to call it, a sensory reduction tank. “I don’t think anybody knows exactly what the significance is [of floating], but it is a healing experience, if anything, because people come out and are baffled by it in a good way.”

In the fourth installment of the Abstract Notions podcast, Utne Reader editor Christian Williams and Alan Goltl discuss the history of floating, how to prepare for your first float, and what to expect when you get in the tank. If you are familiar with floating, jump to minute 43 for a discussion with Alan about his experiences with other altered states of consciousness including lucid dreaming, ayahuasca ceremony, and darkness retreats.

Utne Reader editor Christian Williams hosts this podcast that explores the nature of consciousness through art, culture, and spirituality. Read more in the Abstract Notions blog.


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