Published on Dec 27, 2014
People all across the globe are visiting float tank centers in hopes of reaching states of sensory deprivation. With decades of promising research, why is floating so unknown and underutilized? The result of a trip across the United States, Float Nation explores the resurging trend of floating, its many uses, and the reason for its disappearance.
Clinical trial shows floating could be effortless treatment for acute stress: “Our clients are of all ages, both men and women come here to ease such ailments as back pain, insomnia, anxiety and stress. Life has become so stressful and many people cannot find the motivation to learn such things as yoga or meditation. Floatation therapy is an easy and lazy way to de-stress and relieve pain, leaving you feeling a deep sense of calm and people tell me after their float session they have never felt so relaxed.”
The Atlantic: Time Out: The Rise of Sensory Deprivation Tanks
“As it gets harder to live in the moment, without distraction, some swear by a forced shutdown.”
Chicago Tribune: Letting stress float away “For me, the experience was like Zen meditation: boring at first, then over in what seemed like seconds. Suspended in about two feet of 94-degree water filled with Epsom salt, I didn’t just feel relaxed, I felt like the giant baby at the end of Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey.”
Men’s Journal: The Modern-Day Float Tank “The audience has changed, too. Not just aging hippies, Float On’s fans (and founders) are mainly of the new breed: Techies and stressed-out city dwellers seeking to get away from their devices while, perhaps, approaching the theta brainwave state usually only achievable after years of deep meditation practice. Tapping into this half-waking, half-dream state can come with wide-ranging benefits, as claimed by both scientists and devotees.”
Can you float your way to creative flow? “Floating could be helpful if you’re experiencing a creative block, particularly the kind brought on by working too long and trying too hard.”