Isolation Tanks just for Stress?

Isolation tanks are well known for the effects they have over stress and anxiety and the benefits associated with it. It is actually becoming trendy to say yes when someone asks if you have been inside a sensory deprivation or isolation tank. Everyone is talking about the benefits that floating has reducing stress, anxiety, calming the mind and reaching the Tetha state.

Floating in sensory deprivation or isolation tanks also has a wide range of benefits for another segment of the population which sometimes we neglect to mention. Individuals that are dealing with chronic pain, Fibromyalgia, sports injuries and lower or back pain, just to mention a few, also benefit from a float session in an isolation tank or pod. Many of these individuals walk into our float center, after having tried everything, including traditional and non-traditional medicine, looking less than hopeful and saying something along the lines of “Someone told me to give this a try and who knows….”. Some individuals are not looking for Sensory Deprivation, they are looking for pain relief and relaxation in an isolation tank.

As owners and managers of SensaFloat Spa, we don’t make any promises or give anyone higher than normal expectations of what they can or cannot achieve during the float session. It is a unique experience. In floating nothing is written in stone. We just give the new floaters the tour of the premises, and let them be. We explain the benefits of Epsom Salt and Magnesium, answer any questions that they may have and we leave them to enjoy their float.

Isolation tank

Isolation Tank

Isolation Tanks have other Benefits besides Stress Relieve 

It is such a wonderful experience to see, after the end of each session, how the new floaters come out of the sensory deprivation or isolation tanks, with very few exceptions, smiling and rejoicing about their new experience. In some new floaters, it is easy to detect, even a change in the facial expressions. A change that says “I am Pain-free”. It is at this moment, that as owners and managers we can brag about the benefits of floating in enriched Epsom Salt water and we can confidently say that isolation tanks have multiple benefits.

Carolina Barreneche
SensaFloat Spa


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Why Seek Sensory Deprivation?

Sensory deprivation seems like the opposite of everything we have been taught

Sensory Deprivation seems to go against what we are exposed to and expected to react to. The world welcomes us with light, music, voices, and lots of information. As we grow up, we continue to be overloaded with information, lights, music and tons of noises and an increasing amount of input.

Our brains go from being a clean slate to having to continuously process a multitude of inputs, store information and, in a demanding world, produce high quality results. In an ever-changing society, our minds have to adapt to the changing technology and to different forms of communication. How different life was 50 years ago; few hours of television, few telephone calls and no mobile phones. At night, people were able to rest. Now a days, many people don’t even have eight hours of uninterrupted sleep. Cell phones ring, text messages give notifications and we communicate with people on different time zones.

Our brains are constantly working. that is why we seek Sensory Deprivation, to allow our senses time to rest. A calm and quiet hour for the mind, for the body and the soul. One hour without lights, music or external inputs.

An Hour of Sensory Deprivation

Every night, when we go to sleep, we let our body rest and our muscles take a break, our senses also need to rest. Rest according to the Merriam Webster Dictionary is “A bodily state characterized by minimal functional and metabolic activities”. No mention of the senses; The senses also need to rest and that is when R.E.S.T. comes into play through flotationSensory Deprivation tank - float pod therapy.  R.E.S.T. meaning Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy. While floating in an isolation pod or tank, the sensory input is restricted and the senses can take a much needed REST when we float in a isolation pod or isolation tank.


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