Life can be overwhelming. Sometimes it feels as if everything is battling for our attention, and there is never a moment of peace. It’s easy to understand why anxiety, depression, and stress have become so prevalent in today's society. However, many people believe the recent resurgence in the popularity of sensory deprivation tanks could help treat these issues. Researchers refer to these treatments as REST (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy) or Flotation-REST. "Float tanks" offer a brief break from the uproar of everyday life, and some experts claim they're an ideal treatment for stress, anxiety, and even physical pain.


1. What It’s Like

Imagine floating endlessly in a dark, silent space with no annoyances or distractions. Just peace, quiet, and relaxation. That is what REST offers. To begin treatment, a person will float in a tank of water that actively prevents him or her from sinking. The water and air in the tank sit at exactly skin temperature. Once the person is comfortable, a lid covers the tank, sealing out all sound, smell, and light. They will float for an hour, devoid of all senses. Even the feeling of gravity vanishes as the water lifts them. After an hour, they emerge, hopefully feeling rested and relaxed.

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