By Angel Gore
Photo courtesy of i-sopod, a popular isolation tank manufacturing company.
Commonly known as float tanks, isolation tanks, or sensory attenuation tanks, these salt water float baths might be our answer to sensory deprivation. The tanks are dark and sound proof, that only contain sin temperature salt water, where users float for varying amounts of time.
Float tanks may have just become popular locally in the last 10 years, but they have been around since 1954, when they were first invented by John Lilly. But let’s fast forward to present day, where there are float tank centers in most cities all over the world.
Although athlete celebrities like Stephen Curry and olympic gold medalist Carl lewis swear by the benefits of float tanks to help treat conditions like muscle tension, chronic pain, hypertension, arthritis, and even PMS symptoms, some are still skeptical about the weather the treatment makes any sort of difference to patients senses.
Although there are some skeptics, as expected with any form of alternative medicine, the practice of isolation tanks is becoming more and more popular. You can even buy float tanks online to keep in your home for anytime you need a little relief. These float tanks do not come at a fair price however, they can cost anywhere from $10,000-$30,000 depending on the quality of the float tank, which seems like a lot for anyone, which is why there has been an increase of isolation tank centers all over the world, where you can go and float away at a fraction of the price.
Although the practice of floating in isolation tanks may seem like a health fad of the 21st century, specialists predict isolation tanks will continue to grow in popularity in the future.