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    Updated on 8 Aug 2018. Posted on 27 Jul 2018

    I Tried That Sensory Deprivation Tank Homer And Lisa Did In “The Simpsons”

    Floating in the dark for 75 minutes sounds like hell.

    You've probably heard of float therapy – whether on Stranger Things or in actual real life.


    Also known as a sensory deprivation tank, float therapy involves floating in a dark, silent tank.


    To me, that honestly sounded like hell. I'm probably what you could call highly strung – I hate the idea of doing nothing. I get bored every time I do yoga, I take a book with me everywhere I go in case I have time to kill, and even when I go get massages I have to do it while listening to podcasts.

    So the thought of being left with nothing but my thoughts for 75 minutes sounded HORRIBLE.

    The experience is supposed to be relaxing for the whole body, as well as your mind.


    The water in the tank is mixed with magnesium and epsom salts, to make it easy to float in, and is really good for your skin and hair. There are also studies that show floatation therapy can help with tendonitis, arthritis, depression, and inflammation.

    I figured the worst case scenario would be that I just lose 75 minutes of my life, so I went along to Flow Revive in Sydney to give it a go.


    This definitely looks like some kind of space coffin, right?

    The first thing I noticed was how buoyant the water in the tank was – I didn't have to use any energy to keep myself afloat at all.


    This made it really relaxing. The water is heated to your body temperature, so I felt like I was lying in a warm bed. It felt very strange to be in complete darkness and silence, though after a few minutes I got used to it.

    (Also, you float naked but I put swimmers on for the purpose of taking this photo.)

    This was me for the first 20 minutes.


    At first, I was hella bored. I kept trying to switch my mind off, but it kept wandering to things I was doing that weekend, to what groceries I had to pick up, and what I was cooking for dinner. Believe me, I tried. But after a while, my thoughts started getting incoherent, in that way they do when you're in bed about to fall asleep. I had no concept of time in that tank, but I reckon that after about forty minutes, I dozed off.

    When your time is up, soft music is played to wake you up and get you moving again.


    I felt so incredibly relaxed that I didn't want to get out. I could have stayed in there asleep all day. I also noticed that the salt and magnesium made my skin and hair super soft, even after I'd showered and shampooed.

    Did it work?


    I definitely felt super sleepy and relaxed afterward, though that could have just been the result of having a thirty-minute nap on a Friday morning. I'm surprised by the fact that I was able to switch-off mentally (although it did take a while). For me, it was more relaxing than a normal meditation or yoga session.

    It's not the cheapest self-care practice, but I did love the ~floating on a cloud~ feeling it gave me, so it's probably something I'd do again every now and then to treat myself.

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