I’ll be honest; even though it’s been over 10 years since it originally aired, the first thing I think of when I see a deprivation tank is this episode from the Simpsons. But apparently there is more to the tanks than just being a Simpsons’ gag! For the uninitiated, sensory deprivation tanks are lightproof, soundproof tanks half-filled with salt water in which people float to meditate and relax. The practice has been around for 60 years or so.
Due to the gradual acceptance of alternative medicine, floating, as it is called, is having a renaissance. Promoted benefits range from reduced stress and elevated mood to increased athleticism and creativity. With floating locations in many major U.S. cities, this health and wellness trend may be about to hit its tipping point.
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Image: The Simpsons