Invest in Yourself at Urban Float

The hustle and bustle of daily life can often leave us stressed, anxious, and overstimulated. I often desire the ability to just shut it all out for any given time — to turn off my phone, put down the to-do list, and focus on myself.

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The Hype Over Sensory Deprivation Tanks Is Real. Here’s Why.

I am suspended in absolute darkness—one so complete that when I raise my arm, I see absolutely nothing, not even a suggestion of an outline where my arm might be. I let my hand drop back to my side. It makes a splash, which is the only noise within the eight-by-six-foot tank I am floating in.

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I tried floating in a tank of water to help my body dysmorphia

Working in a floatation therapy center, I encountered many motivations for clambering into the dark, soundless, watery pods that are the floatation tanks. Clients came and returned to floating to ease pregnancy aches and pains, unwind stiff muscles post-workout, as part of a detox and many, simply, for the thrill, as an anniversary date or a girl’s day out.

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Patriots keep up with floatation therapy throughout run to Super Bowl LI

He was supposed to step into a tank with less than a foot of salty water warmed to the temperature of his skin, lay belly-up in the dark, and that was going to help him recover from the dozen or so jarring hits he takes on game days? 

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My patients said floating in a sensory deprivation tank was healing. So I tried it.

In mental health care, it's not uncommon for patients to pursue complementary therapies to manage mental illness. As a psychiatrist, I've seen patients who take dozens of daily vitamin supplements. Some try acupuncture or massage. Others swear by light therapy or Reiki.

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TEDx Talk: 'Why Nothing Really Matters'

We have this idea that life is like packing a suitcase for a trip, we have a fixed amount of space and a fixed number of tasks we try to fit in. Some of us who are more organized manage to fit everything in, then there are the rest of us who are disorganized and end up sitting on the suitcase to try and force it shut.

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THE SCIENCE OF SENSORY DEPRIVATION TANKS IN STRANGER THINGS

MAYBE YOU HAVE watched Stranger Things but maybe you haven't. I've seen it, and I thought it was great—and not just because there's lots of science in it. Don't worry, I'm not going to talk about multiple universes or quantum tunneling. Instead I am going to talk about salt.

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