Though the idea of relaxing in water–whether that’s a bath, tub, or ocean or any other body of water–has been popular for centuries, it’s only been recently that “deprivation chamber” floating pods have become more popular.
Though there are a few variations, the basic idea stays the same: using Epsom salt to make floating effortless; keeping the water at a steady, skin temperature of 93.5 degrees Fahrenheit; and surrounding the tub with a relaxing ambiance, floating for an hour or more can alleviate all kinds of common ailments.
The idea is that floating naked in the water creates an environment where your senses are deprived of all distractions. You slowly relax and aren’t sure where your body ends and the water begins. With nothing else to take away your attention, reaching an intensely relaxed state can be very therapeutic.
According to floataway.com, a premier site for “the most relaxing experience on earth,” taking the time to float is unparalleled. The site says, “a flotation therapy tank is even more relaxing [than sleep]. The deep relaxation state achieved allows the body to recover from stress. Pain is relieved. Blood flow is stimulated through all the tissues, natural endorphins are released, the brain gives out alpha waves associated with relaxation and meditation. It feels good.”
In addition to the internal health benefits, floating works quickly, too. “Usually it takes perhaps fifteen minutes to enter the first deep stage of relaxation, and the remaining 45 minutes of a typical hour-long session seem to pass quickly and effortlessly. The benefits begin during this stage but continue after you leave the tank and for the rest of the day, and the next day, your body and mind feel refreshed.”
Still not sure? See what some tub enthusiasts have to say about the experience in the video below.