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Flotation therapy

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What is flotation therapy?

Flotation therapy, also known as sensory deprivation therapy, is a wellness treatment in which you submerge yourself into high buoyancy water in a dark tank or chamber. This creates a zero gravity-esque experience as you float in darkness. This will promote relaxation for both the body and the mind.

What is a sensory deprivation tank?

Flotation tanks and sensory deprivation tanks are the same thing. Both are typically egg-shaped pieces of equipment that are filled with warm water with a very high salt content. This high salt content (usually achieved by using lots of epsom salts) makes it very easy for people inside the tanks to float, creating a sensation similar to zero gravity.

Flotation therapy benefits

The benefits of flotation therapy, or of using a sensory deprivation tank, include pain relief, relaxation and improved skin health. The benefit of pain relief comes from the fact that you are in zero gravity, your body isn’t experiencing any pressure points, which reduces pain. The high salt content of the water is beneficial to your hair, skin and nails, and aids in muscle relaxation and soreness reduction. The environment in a flotation tank is a relaxing, meditative experience.
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What to do in a sensory deprivation tank

Try to relax, clear your mind, and enjoy your time in a sensory deprivation tank. You can also practice meditation or deep breathing while in the sensory deprivation tank.

How to prepare for a sensory deprivation tank

Arrive at least 20 to 30 minutes before your appointment to meet the staff, get a tour and get briefed on the experience (especially if this is your first experience).Avoid doing things such as shaving or waxing that will increase the sensitivity of your skin. Let the staff know if you have small cuts or scrapes, as they may have vaseline to cover the wound and prevent stinging in the salt water.

How much does buying my own sensory deprivation tank cost?

Expect to pay between $8,000 and $40,000 if you want to get your own sensory deprivation tank.

How much does flotation therapy cost?

Flotation therapy costs about the same as a long massage. It usually ranges between $60 and $100 per session, depending on your location.

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