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Flotation Tanks: What Are They? What Are the Benefits of Floating?

Mary is always interested in ways to improve her health. She likes to learn of new and innovative ways to accomplish this.

A Modern Float Tank

I enjoy floating around in the pool.

I enjoy floating around in the pool.

All of us are leading stressful lives. It doesn’t matter what age we are; from the youngest person to the oldest. Wouln't it be wonderful if we had a place we could go to just get away from the world and enjoy peace and quiet? A Flotation Tank would be ideal, I think.

I find it very relaxing to just get in a swimming pool and float. I am not a very good swimmer, but I’m a good floater! When I have sore muscles from working in the garden, I fill my bath tub with warm water and lots of Epsom Salt and soak as long as I have the time!

This girl is enjoying floating in a Float Tank.  She should not have clothes on, though.  She should be nude.

This girl is enjoying floating in a Float Tank. She should not have clothes on, though. She should be nude.

Who Developed Flotation Therapy?

I have a very good friend who told me about visiting a Flotation Therapy Tank which was part of a day spa she attended. She raved about the experience and looks forward to taking me with her the next time she goes. After reading more about these Float Tanks, the more I want to experience it.

Flotation therapy was developed from the research work of John Lilly. According to Wikipedia, John Lilly was a physician and psychoanalyst. In 1980, Lilly invented and promoted the use of an isolation chamber as a means of sensory deprivation.

People that use float tanks report they enjoyed the experience and that the relaxed state was also a healing state for many conditions including stress, anxiety, pain, swelling, insomnia and jet lag.

From 1980 to the present day there are hundreds of flotation centers in dozens of countries including the United States.

I located seven facilities in my state of Florida.

Things To Remember Before Floating

  1. No hair or skin products should be used before floating.
  2. No deodorant should be applied.
  3. No caffeine four hours prior to your float.
  4. No alcohol or drug use before floating.
  5. No spray on tan within two weeks of floating.
  6. Females should not float if they are on their menstrual cycle.

The Effect Of Salt In The Flotation Tank

The Flotation Tank is an enclosed capsule, about eight feet long, four feet wide, and four feet high. The water in the tank is heated to our skin temperature (94-95 degrees).

These tanks are usually made of long lasting fiberglass.

The high concentration of salt in the water allows the body to float naturally without any effort. There is NO chance of sinking!

Feel Like An Astronaut In Zero Gravity!

Because of the high salt levels in the water, the flotation tank creates a zero gravity environment. Zero gravity allows the body to relax every muscle.

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Floating allows the brain to fall into deep relaxation. The darkness in the tank induces a balance between the left and right brain.

A Young Man Shares His Experience In A Float Tank. He Really enjoyed it!

Common Fears Of Using A Flotation Tank

Many people have some fear or concern before they use the tank the first time. Fears such as being alone in the dark, drowning, not having enough air, claustrophobia, and others. You have complete control of the experience.

You can go in and out of the tank as often as you want. The door to the tank may be left open if you feel the need.

I think when I use the Float Tank for the first time, I will be compelled to leave the door open; otherwise, I might feel helpless and trapped!

I Am Anxious To Use A Float Tank!

Many times I have wished I could find a place where I could go and enjoy quiet isolation. Just think: no noisy traffic or other people, NO demands from everyday life! Just peace and quiet in pitch-black darkness.

There are so many new (and not so new) innovations in our world I am just not aware of. I enjoy learning about these things. The subject of Flotation Tanks certainly appealed to me for many reasons.

I was totally unaware that these Flotation Tanks existed until I learned of them through my friend. There are many of these tanks being used in the United States and other countries. I located seven of them right here in my home state of Florida.

I look forward to going with my friend when she returns to the one she used and enjoyed. I have a feeling I may never want to return to the real world!

Locations Of Float Tanks In Florida


After reading this Hub, please tell me what you think.

© 2015 Mary Hyatt


Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on December 03, 2015:

Incredible work! I learned so much from you. A greatly researched article.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on September 10, 2015:

Hi there, Sunshine625 These tanks are supposed to relieve a person from all stress and force you to relax in the salt water! Just what a busy person like you needs!! I intend to try one as soon as I possibly can.

Thanks for reading and commenting. Mary

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on September 10, 2015:

As hyper as I am I probably wouldn't last for more than 5 minutes and I would definitely need the door to be wide open, but this does sound tempting.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 24, 2015:

pstraubie48, good morning! I am flying out today to visit a daughter who moved to Portland, Oregon about a year ago, and there are four flotation tanks in Portland. I fully intend to go to one while I am there, and you can bet I'll be writing about my experience!! I am looking forward to that.

Thanks for reading, and if and when you take the plunge, please let me know how you liked it.

I'm excited about my 8 day vacation, but I know I will miss my little doggie. She is staying with another daughter. I will miss her.

Angels back to you (along with a big hug!) Mary

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on August 24, 2015:

Mary, You just have a knack for finding interesting things to share. I had never ever heard of this and have several of these very near where I live....who would have thunk it?

I can float and enjoy it very much. I think I would enjoy the tank but would leave the top open, for sure.

thanks for sharing..I may just make the plunge, and soon.

Hoping all is good with you ....Angels are headed your way with blessings and hugs ps

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 17, 2015:

midget38 , hi there. From what I have read, these float tanks are very popular in your part of the world, and have been for a long time.

It takes the U.S. longer to "catch on", I think.

I'm looking forward to using one of these float tanks, Mary

Michelle Liew from Singapore on August 17, 2015:

I would have to agree, Mary. This is therapeutic indeed. When I float, I don't think of anything at all! It's relaxing.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 12, 2015:

Hi, teaches12345 I enjoy a nice warm tub filled with Epson Salts; ever tried that?? I'm looking forward to using a flotation tank very soon.

Thanks for reading and commenting....I'll write a Hub on my experience of floating, Mary

Dianna Mendez on August 12, 2015:

It all sounds so relaxing and wonderful. Wish I could have one at home. I could certainly use the peaceful environment.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 11, 2015:

Nell Rose, hi there! I am planning on visiting a daughter in Oregon in a couple of weeks. There are four float tanks near her house, and I am going to float!! I'll be writing about my experience for sure!

These are very popular in Europe, and I'll betcha they are near your home.

Have a wonderful day, always good to see you, Mary

Nell Rose from England on August 10, 2015:

Hi mary, its one of those things that I heard about years ago, then totally forgot that they still do it! lol! yes I would love to have a go, and yes, like you, I would leave the top open bit to make sure that I didn't panic!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 05, 2015:

Hi annart.....oh, yes....I'll be sure and write a Hub complete with photos of me in the tank!

Ann Carr from SW England on August 03, 2015:

You'll have to give us an update on that, then! Looking forward to that.


Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 03, 2015:

Hi, annart....I'll look forward to hearing about your experience! My kids are taking me in September for my Bday to our nearest Flotation tank! I can't wait!

Ann Carr from SW England on August 01, 2015:

I'll let you know if I get round to it!


Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 01, 2015:

Hi, annart These are very popular in Europe, I'm told. Google your area and I'll bet you will find one near you in England. The nearest one to me is two hours away, but I intend of go as soon as possible.

Thanks for reading and commenting. I'd love to know if you enjoy using a flotation tank, Mary

Ann Carr from SW England on August 01, 2015:

I've heard about these a few times now and find them interesting. I'd try one if there was one near my home here in England but I don't know of one (there are probably some around). I've heard that they can make you feel dizzy but maybe that was someone who didn't obey the stated rules.

Fascinating hub and you've given us plenty of information to think about, Mary.

All the best,


Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 31, 2015:

Hi, Vellur I can't wait to get into a floatation tank and just melt my stress away. I love the idea, and I'm glad you do, too!

I think I'll leave the door open, too....Mary

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on July 31, 2015:

The flotation tank sounds great! I can never stay in a closed space for long, having the option of leaving the door open will be great for first timers. I hope you enjoy your experience!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 31, 2015:

Hi, travmaj Wow! You are the second person (I think) that has commented they had used a float tank! There is one near me, and I've already told my kids I want a gift certificate for my birthday in September! I can't wait. From what I read, these are very popular in Europe. Seems the U.S. is always slower to start things.

Have fun in the float tank, and think of me wanting to go, Mary

travmaj from australia on July 31, 2015:

I had a couple of float tank experiences several years ago. I did enjoy it although the first time I settled in, closed the lid, listened to the music and then - freaked a bit. I opened the lid fractionally. Even the second time I couldn't relax completely until it was open slightly. Nevertheless, it was most relaxing and I can recommend it. I haven't thought about this for some time but I googled my area and there are many - I might have to have a float myself. Best wishes.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 29, 2015:

Hi, RTalloni Oh, my..I never thought of having my very own personal float tank! Now you have me wondering how much it would cost to purchase one. Then I'd have to figure out how much salt, etc. to put into it, right??

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

RTalloni on July 29, 2015:

Having a personal one of these is the best idea to me, and it doesn't seem it would be that difficult for most people to manage it in a safe and enjoyable manner with a little research.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 27, 2015:

Hi, ChitrangadaSharan These float tanks are used extensively in Europe, but the idea is fairly new in the U.S. I'd never heard of them either till my friend told me. Now I want to try it out!

I'm really afraid of water. I almost drowned when I was a child, but I could handle this float tank very well. The salt keeps the body from sinking.

Thanks for reading, commenting and the votes, Mary

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 27, 2015:

This sounds interesting although I have not heard about it earlier. Your hub tells a lot about the experience and I would like to try it, although I am a bit scared to float even otherwise.

Thanks for sharing this interesting information, voted up!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 26, 2015:

Hi, AliciaC I'm like you....I think I would leave the door open at least for a while. But the darkness would add to the experience, I'm sure.

I'd sure like to try a float tank.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on July 25, 2015:

I think I would enjoy being in a flotation tank, but only if the door was left open! Thanks for sharing the interesting information, Mary.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 25, 2015:

Good Morning, FlourishAnyway Atta girl!! Glad to hear you would like to try a float tank!! Google "float tanks in your area" and I'll bet you will find one nearby. The nearest to me is about two hours away, but I'm going as soon as possible!! I'd love to experience peace and quiet in a dark place if only for an hour!

Good to see you here today, Mary

FlourishAnyway from USA on July 24, 2015:

if I could find one of these in my area, I'd be knocking their door down ready to try it. I also like Jackie's kiddie pool idea. I'd just have to yell at the neighborhood kids to hush for a few minutes.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 24, 2015:

Hi, bravewarrior I am not claustrophobic, but I do think I would leave the door open (at least for a while). I practice Yoga and I meditate every day, and I'm told spending time in a float tank is similar to meditation, but on a higher plane.

This may not be for everyone, but I really want to experience it! I will certainly write about it when I go.

I'm glad you found this Hub interesting. I'd never heard of them before.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on July 24, 2015:

I always spend time floating when I'm in a pool. It's very relaxing.

I'm not so sure about the float tank, though. I'm highly claustrophobic, so I'd have to have the lid open. I think the complete darkness (even with the lid open) would freak me out. I also don't think I'd be able to be in that situation for 60 - 90 minutes. As the kid says in the second video, you feel nothing but your mind is quite active. I think my mind would send me into a panic attack.

I think I'll stick with floating in a pool where I can do it as long as I wish, have open air around me, and can see/feel the light.

This is quite interesting though, Mary. I hope you'll follow this hub with one telling us about your experience.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 24, 2015: