Tales From a Sensory Deprivation Tank
Today, I went to Float On in Portland, OR and had my first experience in a flotation tank. These things were popular in the '70's and have been making a comeback due to research on how the 'weightless' experience may be super helpful to the human body.
- •I arrived at Float On in Portland.The waiting room was calming. It felt like I was getting ready to enter an aquarium.
- •I was escorted to my room by the friendly staff member.The room was modest with a shower, the tank itself, and everything I could need for floating. Extra perk, a bathrobe.
- •I showered first.
- •I got into the tank. I closed the door.It is pitch black once you get in. It's a little unnerving at first. At first I thought, oh my god I'm in a water coffin. However, I sat with that and got over it. It quickly became a relaxing experience.
- •After about 20 minutes, I started to fully relax.It is difficult to now describe how this feeling felt because it was unlike anything else. Weightless, playful, calming are all words that come to mind.
- •90-minutes later...I emerged.
- •I showered the salty feeling off of my body.
- •I left.
- •2 hours later, I am feeling so zen it's like woah. The world is beautiful and honestly what's the point of worrying, ya know?
- •I want to go back again.I want to see if I have a deeper experience now that I realize I'm not going to die. I think it will be magical.