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Old 03-31-2016, 12:53 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Sensory deprivation tanks for anxiety reduction

Back in the early to mid 1970's I enjoyed the use of sensory deprivation tanks. Though the one I used was a free standing enclosed tank. It was incredible. Despite my inclination towards claustrophobia, I found the experience extremely relaxing, safe, comforting. Like returning to the womb?

No light, no sound, floating in a heavily salted, warm tank of water. You could hear your heartbeat and were keenly aware of the blood flowing through your body. Wonderful

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Suffer from anxiety? Try a sensory deprivation tank

Developed in the 1950s by a psychologist interested in hallucinogenic drugs, sensory deprivation tanks are now back in vogue



When was the last time you really stopped running around and just stood still? At a time when work, endless emails and a million distractions vie for our attention, the idea of taking time to just be present is more popular than ever.

This is where sensory deprivation flotation pools come in. Flotation pools promise to give that stillness back to you, even if you have never meditated a day in your life.

That said, sensory deprivation is really a misnomer, according to Justin Feinstein, a neurophysiologist who studies the effects of the practice in his laboratory at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research. The pools reduce external stimulation, and thus enhance internal sensation of a person’s world, he explains.


Flotation pools originated in the 1950s with a wacky researcher named John Lilly, who tried to see what would happen if a person was submerged underwater for long periods of time, without the distractions of light and sound. Lilly published no scientific research, according to Feinstein, and instead wrote about his experiences taking hallucinogens while underwater. Lilly was ostracized by the scientific community, explains Feinstein, and the practice didn’t catch on.

In the 1970s, when mediation and Eastern philosophy became fashionable, a much more palatable version of the flotation pool emerged, without the hallucinogens. For an hour at a time, at a spa or at someone’s home, a person could float face up in a warm tub or pool of very salty water. The temperature was set to match that of the human body, and the salt content was high enough that you could float effortlessly. With sound- and light-proofing, the desired effect was a feeling of weightlessness and a sensation that your body and the water were one.


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I used to think a deprivation tank would be cool. However...

I started experiencing panic attacks about 4 years ago.

I can think of no more hellish experience during a panic attack than being in a completely lightless, soundless, closed environment, surrounded by water.

You'd have to tranq me like a wild gorilla.
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I think it would be wonderful.
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I used to think a deprivation tank would be cool. However...

I started experiencing panic attacks about 4 years ago.

I can think of no more hellish experience during a panic attack than being in a completely lightless, soundless, closed environment, surrounded by water.

You'd have to tranq me like a wild gorilla.
All the ones I was in, 80's, you raise your hand apply a few pounds pressure and the lid rises on hydraulics automatically.
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Coincidentally, I was thinking about this a week ago. I am building a series of wind tunnels for testing odors and realized the design is similar to a tank.
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I don't care for small spaces but for me it only really applies to bathroom stalls. I'd love to try one of these tanks.Maybe it would help with some of the stress from dealing with DH.
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I don't care for small spaces but for me it only really applies to bathroom stalls. I'd love to try one of these tanks.Maybe it would help with some of the stress from dealing with DH.
They used to be about US$3k-$3.5k per. Of course you can rent them for about US$1 minute. (Been a while though)
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My ex did it around 1990, and told me I should try it. I wanted to, but I was a broke university student. I think it would be cool to try at least once.
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It would be a lot (!!!!!!!) more expensive now..... depending on the features.
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This is the tank I would use. The air flow is adjustable and filtered to remove volatiles (scents).

A refinement would be to insulate all the sides with 1" glass pack (used for ovens and aluminized adhesive tape. The lid opens by simply sliding it down. The chamber needs a fluid control system to adjust and keep temperature.

Of course is would have to install a lot of electronics like and LCD screen and an alarm, and a cool stereo system, and a refrigerator....
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The mere thought of this is enough to make me break out in a cold sweat. No way in hell I'd ever get into one willingly.
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I have been thinking a lot about this. Hypothetically, after reading the above plans, I realize my potential tank would have to be larger - about 4-5 foot wide, 4 foot tall (and inclined to 2 1/2 - 3' at the "entry end". Actually, the designed would have to be organized within the 4 x 8 standard sheet of Plexiglas/plywood.
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