http://tinyurl.com/6s4hfjp

After the door closes, it’s not the darkness, but the quiet that strikes me—that and the fact that I’m totally naked, floating on a bed of Epsom salt in a contraption that looks like what would emerge if my bathtub impregnated my washing machine.

I’d rather be in a slope-side hot tub—that’s my idea of relaxation. Instead, I’m in a windowless, seven-and-a-half by four-foot, fiberglass sensory deprivation tank. As such, I’m part of one of the newest trends in wellness and relaxation, dubbed “floating” by its proponents.

It takes a minute to get accustomed to the darkness and the absence of sound. But I’m assured that if I stick with it, I’ll experience a state of meditative relaxation that’s virtually unattainable in everyday life—what floaters refer to as the “theta” state when the creative “left” brain takes over.

After a few moments of gently bouncing off the walls of the fiberglass tank, I’m still mentally balancing my checkbook and wondering what I had for lunch yesterday. I guess this relaxation thing takes practice.

Like most folks, I learned about sensory deprivation tanks from the old school psychedelic thriller Altered States. While that story about a Harvard professor’s chilling drug-enhanced extrasensory exploration was pure fantasy, the growing popularity of sensory deprivation tanks is a firm reality.

Float tanks are nothing new, but the cottage industry has enjoyed a quiet resurgence as... Read more

Views: 77

Comment

You need to be a member of Depth Psychology Alliance to add comments!

Join Depth Psychology Alliance

Comment by Kirsten Merrild on June 24, 2012 at 12:44am

Hi Christi

Do you know why this happened? When I pushed the "Read more" button, this appeared:

You don't have permission to access /news/local-news/touching-the-void-sensory-deprivation-tank-entrepreneurs-find-theres-plenty-of-interest-in-nothing.html on this server.

Additionally, a 403 Forbidden error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

Comment by Christie Gardner on March 19, 2012 at 2:25pm

Yes John did start the craze, and there seems to be a slow, but steady resurgence for floatation in the US.  It is an exceptional holistic tool with a wide range of healing benefits.  It's a shame it did not take off back in the 60's and 70's.  I hope to help reintroduce sensory deprivation on the clinical level and provide patients with a complimentary approach to their therapy program.  :)

Comment by Judith Harte,Ph.D. on March 19, 2012 at 8:28am

Oh my goodness..What images. This is reminiscent of the 60's! I once had a patient who had one of these in his living room. What stories he told....John Lily did many experiments with these tanks. You're so brave!


A hub for "all things Depth Psychology," with over 5000 members, Depth Psychology Alliance is FREE to join. Simply sign UP or sign IN to comment or post.

———————————————————————

FEATURED REPLAYS of ALLIANCE EVENTS 

——————————————————————

Subscribe to the "Latest Activity" RSS 

feed for Depth Psychology Alliance

CURRENT MOON

© 2019   Created by James Newell.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service