Sensory Deprivation Tank vs Float Tank

A question we frequently get asked. Are float tanks and sensory deprivation tanks the same? Can I achieve the same results that I achieve in a Sensory Deprivation Tank inside a Float Tank?

An ambiguous answer. Yes and no. Float Tanks and Sensory Deprivation Tanks are not the same; each have their own unique characteristics. However you can achieve the same results in a Float Tank as you do in a Sensory Deprivation Tank.

Sensory Deprivation practices started as a therapy that attempted to provide the individual with Sensory Deprivation. The best way to enjoy Sensory Deprivation was by being inside an isolation tank or isolation chamber. Tanks provide auditory and visual isolation, b1072274_556723667718325_713930947_olocking outside stimuli while the individual floats in Epsom Salt and enjoys zero gravity. Isolation of the senses and zero gravity. Tanks definitively provide this Sensory Deprivation.

As time went by, many individuals began to appreciate the benefits of floating in Epsom Salt and zero gravity. Individuals with chronic pain, fibromyalgia, sports injuries, stress, anxiety, and addictions began to seek Float Therapy as an alternative therapy.

As the needs of the population changed, so did the industry. Different Float Tanks appeared to fulfill those needs. Float Tanks provide individuals with the same benefits of an Isolation or Sensory Deprivation Tank with some added features that cater to those individuals not necessarily looking for sensory deprivation or that want to ease slowly into it.

Float Tanks, just as the Sensory Deprivation Tanks, provide auditory and visual isolation, block outside stimuli and allow floating in Epsom Salt at zero gravity; however, Float Tanks provide additional features that can be controlled by the floater and give the floater a sense of empowerment.

  • Lights that can be turned on and off from inside the tank by the floater
  • Music that can be programed in advance for the whole session or for part of it
  • The possibility to float with the lid completely open or half way open. Ideal for those that are claustrophobic

Back to the initial question “Are Float Tanks and Sensory Deprivation Tanks or Sensory Deprivation Chambers the same?

Yes and No

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  • Coleen D. June 24, 2016  

    I thoroughly enjoyed my float session today! Your float spa is exactly like a spa experience with a serene, comfortable and relaxing atmosphere, the entire spa was clean as well as the rooms, the showers and pod. I was very impressed with El, his welcome and sincere demeanor was a breath of fresh air, he was truly concerned that I have a pleasurable experience as my first float experience at a float spa in Port Coquitlam was not that great, it was more like going to a public swimming pool.

    If you haven’t tried a float spa yet, definitely make Sensa Float Spa your first experience, you will never want to go anywhere else, I promise! I have already booked another appointment at Sensa Float Spa and am definitely looking forward to another wonderful session.

    I suffer from chronic pain, fibromyalgia and migraines, the float allows you to completely distress, relax each and every muscle and I already have relief from my pain, which is regularly an 8 out of 10. It also makes your skin feel incredibly smooth and silky, any bumps or pimples or marks are gone, even wrinkles are reduced!!!

    • sensafloatspa July 3, 2016  

      Dear Colleen
      We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience at our spa and look forward to seeing you for your next float. Being able to help our floaters get relief from their chronic pains is our goal. Thanks for your wonderful review.

    • sensafloatspa November 27, 2016  

      Dear Coleen,
      We are delighted that you had a wonderful experience and that you really enjoyed your float. Your wonderful review lets us know that we are doing things right and that we are providing our customers with a wonderful and relaxing relaxing experience. It would be a pleasure to have you float with us again soon